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PENTAX 16MP Optio 18X Optical Zoom

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Last Purchase:
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wootalyzer


quality posts: 1 Private Messages wootalyzer

Wootalyzer's Pricing Post! - The price of today's woot item is saved here for future reference
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PENTAX 16MP Optio 18X Optical Zoom
$139.99 + $5 Shipping
Condition: New

*DISCLAIMER* Wootalyzer! is in no way affiliated with Woot!, and this post may not always be here!

rlj1010


quality posts: 12 Private Messages rlj1010

"White" looks like light silver in the photo.

And "Orange" looks more like red to me.

kismatt


quality posts: 5 Private Messages kismatt

And here's a review from about a month ago:

http://www.gadgetspeak.com/gadget/article.rhtm/750/658965/Pentax_Optio_RZ18.html

CowboyDann


quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann

Here is the user manual


HSN Demo and they wanted 200 for it at time of airing.

lalaclassic


quality posts: 51 Private Messages lalaclassic

Black, orange, white or silver?

The orange looks red, and the silver looks pink to me...

lichme


quality posts: 2943 Private Messages lichme

Really good price for optical zoom (which doesnt reduce image quality), and yes, it is brand spanking new.

broderya


quality posts: 17 Private Messages broderya

Love Pentax cameras and this one has some really detailed reviews ... hard to find a flaw except that it's a bit bulkier than expected.

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_optio_rz18_review/

lola4028


quality posts: 10 Private Messages lola4028

I already have a camera, but I don't have an "orange" camera. Hard to lose, and highly unlikely to be stolen.

lalaclassic


quality posts: 51 Private Messages lalaclassic

Wow... apparently people have problems picking out the color of camera.

Undecided person #1

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woncoolone


quality posts: 782 Private Messages woncoolone

Abcdef1234


quality posts: 0 Private Messages Abcdef1234

hmmmm Amazon seller has it for Brand New in the box + a case and a 4 G card! and even throw in a new tripod! though dulcie review is not good

the Amazon review here

seems interesting...

hoodsbreath


quality posts: 0 Private Messages hoodsbreath

had a pentax for years. flawless cameras save that they are ugly!!! this looks a great buy considering they're new.

Wyatt8


quality posts: 11 Private Messages Wyatt8

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/compact-digital-cameras/pentax-optio-rz18-review-50005983/

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/digitalcameras/the-new-pentax-optio-rz18-serves-up-a-big-zoom-18x-in-a-small-package/5274

a couple more reviews ...
seems like mostly they like it!

a perfect day to have a great day on purpose...
or because the store clerk told you to...

annrcks


quality posts: 0 Private Messages annrcks

everything is good. except for the lens

schlafly


quality posts: 0 Private Messages schlafly

This is better than the 3 cameras I have. One of them is a Pentax from about 8 years ago. Too bad I cannot justify buying another.

ItsMorph


quality posts: 2 Private Messages ItsMorph

LOL @ "quicly". (in the "Discussion on today's woot" box on the home page)

I really hate when my "k" button doesn't work. I've had issues with buttons not working properly on my laptops....


Thunderthighs: My keyboard hates me lately. Sigh. Fixed. Thanks.

I stayed up. Again.

mac daddy1


quality posts: 8 Private Messages mac daddy1

Whiner's List:

Rlj1010 and lalaclassic have a color-shift problem with their eyes. Probably due to inconsistent cone photoreceptors in the retinal ganglions
lichme also likes spanking
lola4028 wants some orange in her life
broderya says it's hard to find a flaw and then quickly points one out
hoodsbreath is saved by ugly
annrcks (aneroxic?) doesn't like the lens. Probably makes her look too fat
schlafly is addicted to cameras but complains 'cause can't afford another. Hmmm. Self-inflicted wound?
Itsmorph komplains kause the k key kan't klick
mac daddy1 kan't stand komplainers and has an extra k key on his kkkkkkeyboard
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total = 10
limit = 10
you have reached your complaint limit of the day

worldwidewebfeet


quality posts: 33 Private Messages worldwidewebfeet

Da Egg has this in black only for $230. No reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830184165

palady


quality posts: 4 Private Messages palady
lichme wrote:Really good price for optical zoom (which doesnt reduce image quality), and yes, it is brand spanking new.



Could you explain why optical zoom doesn't reduce image quality? I'm just learning about all this and would like to understand more. Thanks!

jiggersgreen


quality posts: 36 Private Messages jiggersgreen
palady wrote:Could you explain why optical zoom doesn't reduce image quality? I'm just learning about all this and would like to understand more. Thanks!


This should clear it up for you.
http://www.photoxels.com/digital-photography-tutorials/optical-digital-zoom/

cstrachn


quality posts: 1 Private Messages cstrachn

Anyone know if the usb cable for this camera is standard? I hate custom USB cables.

jeremytheindian


quality posts: 17 Private Messages jeremytheindian
cstrachn wrote:Anyone know if the usb cable for this camera is standard? I hate custom USB cables.



Looks to be micro usb from the package contents photo. Most computers come with SD card readers built in now though... That's what I always use, easier than keeping up with a cable.


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andypop


quality posts: 8 Private Messages andypop
hoodsbreath wrote:had a pentax for years. flawless cameras save that they are ugly!!! this looks a great buy considering they're new.



Ugly? This is a clean, timeless design.

younggeezer


quality posts: 4 Private Messages younggeezer

Sid Vicious? Huh?

Somebody slap the copywriter. If you're going for irritating drivel, at least get the attributions right. The punker, if he said anything, was doing an approximate quote of Sturgeon's Law, for science fiction writer Ted Sturgeon.

And Sturgeon knew how to write.

dancojanu


quality posts: 3 Private Messages dancojanu

The lens is great but this camera does not have a viewfinder. Get one of the FMZ series for a better overall camera

travolta19


quality posts: 0 Private Messages travolta19

Well, this Woot came along at a great time, since I just lost my Canon in the River on Saturday. I've never owned a Pentax, and bought this more for the specs than the look. Went with Orange/Red, so hopefully I'll see it a little easier when I drop it off my Kayak this time

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn
palady wrote:Could you explain why optical zoom doesn't reduce image quality? I'm just learning about all this and would like to understand more. Thanks!



I am the author of the book, "How To Use The Digital Camera You Just Bought." Optical zoom enlarges the image before it hits the sensor the same way binoculars enlarge the image before it hits your eyes. "Digital zoom" is a marketing sham that simply takes the image already on the sensor and crops away the edges to make it appear bigger. When you crop away image, you crop away resolution. Cut of 50% of a 16 MP image and what's left is as if you shot it with an 8 MP camera. Only consider optical zoom when comparing zoom ranges. Hope this helps.

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jackietherussell


quality posts: 2 Private Messages jackietherussell


Ugly? This is a clean, timeless design.



Nah, it's just ugly.

timtlm


quality posts: 0 Private Messages timtlm

No mode dial, and no dedicated video record button. That means you'll have to go into the menu to change shooting modes. Seems like a poor design to me.

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn

As I mentioned earlier, I am the author of the book, "How To Use The Digital Camera You Just Bought." After dealing with 100's of new camera owners in classes, on the radio, and 1 on 1 tutoring, can I offer some advice?

First, try to decide what kind of pictures you hope to take BEFORE buying the camera and then see if the camera can actually take them.

Case in point: You want super indoor sports shots of your kids. All the ones taken with your present camera are "blurry." You buy a nice SLR kit and they are still "blurry."

That's because, while the camera body is more responsive, the lower-end kit lens that came with the SLR isn't that much better indoors than the lens you had on your little camera.

It's maximum aperture at the tele lens side is still f/5.6 and that is not big enough to let in enough light to use a fast shutter speed. (This may get better in a couple of years as ISOs increase.)

Until ISOs get a lot higher, you will need to spend a LOT more for the lens to do what you want to do. This is just one example.

If all these terms here make no sense to you, take a photo class, research online, or (ahem) buy a book for beginners.

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LobbVT


quality posts: 1 Private Messages LobbVT

The only quality I really care about in a digital camera anymore is that it takes a fast picture. I'm so sick of holding the button down for 2-3 seconds while the image I wanted to take a picture of has now completely changed. Will this camera help me?

nitagarner


quality posts: 1 Private Messages nitagarner

can the antishake be left on all the time or do you have to set it each time? that is what i need to know! thanks

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn
LobbVT wrote:The only quality I really care about in a digital camera anymore is that it takes a fast picture. I'm so sick of holding the button down for 2-3 seconds while the image I wanted to take a picture of has now completely changed. Will this camera help me?



Not really. The are getting better, but DSLRs are much quicker. Have you tried pressing the shutter button half way to lock in focus and exposure and then press the rest of the way at the "decisive moment?"

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radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn
timtlm wrote:No mode dial, and no dedicated video record button. That means you'll have to go into the menu to change shooting modes. Seems like a poor design to me.



It's turning out that at lot of people never use AV, TV, M or P. They want a box camera. Nothing wrong with that, if that is the way you wish to go.

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LobbVT


quality posts: 1 Private Messages LobbVT
radi0j0hn wrote:Not really. The are getting better, but DSLRs are much quicker. Have you tried pressing the shutter button half way to lock in focus and exposure and then press the rest of the way at the "decisive moment?"



Yes, on some occasions I can do the half way press to focus, and the snap it, but more often than not, I just want to take a picture immediately. No prep time available. I can't bring myself to buy another one of these. I guess DSLR is the only way to go for me.

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 96 Private Messages radi0j0hn
LobbVT wrote:Yes, on some occasions I can do the half way press to focus, and the snap it, but more often than not, I just want to take a picture immediately. No prep time available. I can't bring myself to buy another one of these. I guess DSLR is the only way to go for me.



Or wait a few years. In my book, I mention that we are only about 12 years into digital photography and that when "photography" was only 12 years old we were still coating glass plates with poisonous chemicals to make "film."

Rapid changes are coming.

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CrimsonDisciple


quality posts: 0 Private Messages CrimsonDisciple

Will this camera allow me to take picture stills from 720P video I take? For example, if I record clips of video of a sporting event, can I go back through the video (on my camera) and take a still of an action shot from the video? My Samsung HV30W offers this important feature. It's time for an upgrade as long as I get this feature as well.

ScottFromWyoming


quality posts: 11 Private Messages ScottFromWyoming

Replacement batteries are $8 (up to $50) but these seem to be cheap AND have higher mAh than the battery that comes with the camera.

leeyokum


quality posts: 0 Private Messages leeyokum

who thinks there isn't a view finder? is a digital camera the LCD Screen IS the view finder, geez people, if your going to spend $140 on something you have no clue to use, just have it shipped to me instead I'll make sure its used to its fullest, could always use an extra camera