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Pentax Optio 750z Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.88 (out of 10)
Thanks to the recent spate of fully featured, pocket-friendly 7-megapixel cameras from Pentax, Olympus, Sony, and Canon, serious photographers don't have to trade must-have capabilities for compact size. Pentax includes the fine-tuning control over exposure and focus that photo enthusiasts need, along with some stand-out features such as a flip-out swiveling LCD, a 3D stereoscopic shooting mode, and a time-lapse interval recording option. Unfortunately, mediocre performance and imaging artifacts in the photos seriously crimp the Pentax Optio 750Z's upscale appeal.

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DCResource 9.33  12-08-04 Read Full Review
The Optio 750Z ($499) is Pentax's entry into the growing field of 7 Megapixel cameras. Building on the Optio 555 from last year, it offers a 5X optical zoom lens, full manual controls, dual focusing system, VGA movie mode, and rotating LCD display. Other cameras in this category include the Canon PowerShot S70 (review), Olympus C-7000Z (review), and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 in the compact category, and the Canon PowerShot G6 (review), Casio Exilim EX-P700, and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 (review) in the full-featured group. That means the competition is pretty fierce. How does the Optio 750Z perform? Find out now in our review!
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DPReview 9.00  12-02-04 Read Full Review
The 750Z was announced on 16th August 2004 as a part of Pentax's new line-up for the Photokina 2004 trade show. Pentax are clearly aiming for 'retro appeal' with this camera, from its fake leather front (it's rubber) to the chrome piping, big viewfinder window, and prominent mode dial. Behind the five times optical zoom lens is the industry's latest favorite, a 1/1.8" seven megapixel CCD. What's slightly curious about the 750Z is that they appear to use a slightly smaller area of the sensor than the others (16 less pixels horizontally, 8 vertically). Other than that this camera measures up to others in the same segment (Canon G6, Casio EX-P700 etc.) with a full quota of manual controls and a wide range of additional digital features.
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Megapixel 9.00  01-19-05 Read Full Review
With the Optio 750Z, Pentax raises the bar for its compact cameras to 7 megapixel, adds a swivelling 1.8 inch LCD monitor, and encloses it in a new body that still retains touches from previous Pentax designs. The body of the 750Z is metallic, with the exception of the back cover of the LCD monitor, and the front sports a black rubber surface with a chrome trim reminiscent of some old 35mm film cameras, but which provides a welcome grip area.
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Imaging-Resource 8.21  01-11-05 Read Full Review
The Pentax Optio 750z is the latest in an increasingly broad line of digital cameras from that company. Pentax is a camera maker with a long tradition in the film-based world, and has been making a name for themselves lately in the digital arena, particularly in the subcompact end of the market. With the Pentax Optio 750Z, Pentax raises the standard in both function and style with a higher resolution CCD at 7.0 megapixels, and offers more detailed user control and a flexible, swiveling LCD monitor. It's very similar in design and function to previous Optio models, but with a few cosmetic changes in addition to its expanded features, which include an 11-point selectable AF area and a couple of additional preset scene modes. Entirely unique to the Pentax 750z is its new Digital Exposure Metering mode, which turns the camera into a flexible digital spot exposure meter for use with your older film-based cameras. Read on for the full details.
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