Pentax Optio RS1500 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 7
Features 17
Size 87
Price 100

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 114 x 58 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 157 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Pentax Optio RS1500 Summary

This review is devoted to Optio RS1500 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Mar 16, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #333 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #754 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax Optio RS1500 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax Optio RS1500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Pentax Optio RS1500 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax Optio RS1500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax Optio RS1500

Pentax Optio RS1500 has the following external dimensions 114 x 114 x 28 mm (44.88 x 22.83 x 11.02″) with the weight of 157 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax Optio RS1500, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax Optio RS1500 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 28mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax Optio RS1500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax Optio RS1500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax Optio RS1500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax Optio RS1500 — 260 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Pentax Optio RS1500 — 28 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Pentax Optio RS1500 — 157 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Pentax Optio RS1500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax Optio RS1500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax Optio RS1500 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax Optio RS1500 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Pentax Optio RS1500 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Pentax Optio RS1500. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Pentax Optio RS1500 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax Optio RS1500 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Pentax Optio RS1500 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax Optio RS1500

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax Optio RS1500 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax Optio RS1500 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/1500 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Optio RS1500 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax Optio RS1500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax Optio RS1500 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Pentax Optio RS1500 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Optio RS1500 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax Optio RS1500 provides a shooting life of 260, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Pentax Optio RS1500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 260 shots.

How Good is Pentax Optio RS1500 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax Optio RS1500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax Optio RS1500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Optio RS1500 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax Optio RS1500 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio RS1500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio RS1500 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Pentax Optio RS1500 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio RS1500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 2. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio RS1500 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (114 x 58 x 28 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Pentax Optio RS1500 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio RS1500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio RS1500 can be called a 50 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1500s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (260 shots)
  • Small size (114 x 58 x 28 mm)

Pentax Optio RS1500 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio RS1500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio RS1500 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (157 g)
  • Small size (114 x 58 x 28 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Pentax Optio RS1500 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio RS1500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio RS1500 can be called a 58 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Pentax Optio RS1500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model Optio RS1500
Announced Mar 16, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1500 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.9
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Soft
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 3216
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 157 g
Physical Dimensions 114 x 58 x 28 mm
Battery Life 260 shots
Battery Type 260 shots
Battery Model D-LI92
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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