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Pentax Optio RS1000 - Design and Features

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


Despite its low price the RS1000's build quality is fairly good. The plastic body feels light and a bit insubstantial, but the panel joins are nice and tight, and the low weight works to its advantage. If dropped it's more likely to bounce than to smash. The tripod bush is plastic, as is the battery/card hatch, which has no locking catch and feels a bit flimsy. The USB socket is uncovered, leaving it prone to dirt and dust. The screws that hold the front cover in place are very small and fiddly, and their short threads and the brass bushes into which they locate look ripe for a stripped thread if over-tightened. The RS1000 is extremely small and very light, measuring just 92 x 56 x 20.5mm and weighing only 130g including battery and SD memory card. It's even smaller and lighter than the Optio H90.

The RS1000 shares its main features with other recent Pentax low-cost compacts, including the H90, the I-10 and the M90. It offers a choice of Program auto, full auto with scene selection, and a list of 15 scene modes, including the usual selection of portrait, night scene, sports, kids etcetera. The menu is very basic, but options do include a shadow correction mode for increased dynamic range. It lacks some common Pentax shooting options such as digital filters and RGB/CSS tone control, however filter effects, red-eye correction and the inevitable Frame Composites can be applied in playback mode.

HD video recording has indeed become ubiquitous when even a camera as basic as the RS1000 can offer 1280 x 720 resolution recording at 30fps. Sound is recorded in mono only of course, and the optical zoom cannot be used while shooting, but the video quality is surprisingly good, even in low light.


November 27, 2010, 5:23 am

Would it be possible to get a Pentax K-5 review in the works? I still remember the TR review of the GX10 (K10D in Pentax terms) and it would be great to see that depth for the K-5.


November 27, 2010, 5:29 am

Cliff's working on it this week I believe.


November 27, 2010, 5:06 pm

Every time I open a Pentax compact review I'm hoping for ANY kind of improvement, as it's really sad to see the company releasing such appalling rubbish on the consumer. Looking at Pentax's recent compacts it's clear there are some appealing designs trying to escape, but shame about everything else..


November 27, 2010, 8:24 pm

Is there going to be a review of the Sony a33 or a55 coming before christmas as I'm looking at getting in on Sony's VAT cashback scheme and can't decide between the NEX5 or a33. Though will probably go for the former based on Cliffs excellent review. Thanks.


November 29, 2010, 7:15 am

@Cliff - I agree that the image quality does look very poor, which is why I'm surprised that you would give it a score of 8/10 for Value...especially after saying: "Even considering the RS1000's low price this is very poor performance. There are budget compacts of around the same price that offer vastly superior results". It doesn't seem to be full of features that would make it good value either.

If a person doesn't really care about image quality at all, they might as well take their photos with a basic cameraphone. But if they care enough to spend £100 on a dedicated device, I'm sure they want better image quality than 3/10. So how can this camera still be good value..??

Ian Porter

December 4, 2010, 2:00 am

@JK. I agree completely. Surely the "value" is so sub standard that it should be down there with the image quality, 4/10 would be generous?


December 8, 2010, 5:02 am

Can anyone confirm that this camera is the same as the LS1100 being sold on Amazon for £60, just dressed up differently? I have owned a Pentax Optio S4 which had very impressive image quality and I was looking to replace it with something like this, but am disappointed to see that the image quality is so poor. Any other recommendations for under £80? Been looking at the CASIO EXILIM Zoom EX-Z335, CASIO EXILIM Zoom EX-Z35 and the OLYMPUS X-940, all around the £70 - £80 mark. Any others worth considering?

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