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Pentax Optio RS1000 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture. File size 2.17MB.

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The image quality is terrible even by budget compact standards.

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The lens produces a lot of wide-angle distortion, but it is mostly digitally corrected in processing.

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The centre looks over-sharpened, but actually lacks detail.

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The corner suffers from pixellated digital distortion, as well as chromatic aberration from the lens.

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Singulariter

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.

Ed

November 27, 2010, 5:29 am

Cliff's working on it this week I believe.

Noodles

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..

deus1066

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.

JK

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?

TonyH

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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