The hi-res crystal-clear capture of a moving object is one of the must-have features of a reliable photo camera… a luxury we have to do without when schlepping around a point-and-shoot. But Colorado-based PENTAX is always pushing the envelope as far as what we’re allowed to realistically expect from a digital compact cam – latest among the company’s innovative touches is an 18X optical zoom, set to be fitted on every one of their Optio RZ18 point-and-shoots hitting the stores next month. As PENTAX switches hands, from Hoya to RICHO, on the 1st of October, the release of the Optio RZ18 comes as a welcome reaffirmation of its penchant and aptitude for catering to the on-the-go photo buffs.
As for the paps or locale reviewers keen to keep a low profile, the Optio RZ18 will also be subtle – maybe not so much so if you opt for its metallic orange version, but the black and the pearly white ones will fit snuggly, seamlessly like a swipe card, in the cup of your hand. Whatever your setting and however uncooperative your target might be, the new PENTAX point-and-shoot does away with jitters on both ends: the 16 megapixel sensor and the shake reduction tech ensures the crispness of pics even when clarity of vision is low. Also, the face detection soft and other built-in options for post-shoot effects will keep you hooked to the little gadget, much like your resulting snaps will keep everyone else hooked on them.