Camera Review: Pentax Optio Z10

This pocketable 8-megapixel compact offers a 7x optical zoom lens and respectable high-ISO performance.

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Noise in the previous image, captured at ISO 1600, is overpowering when the image is viewed at full size.

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With crisp details, elements in this image appear true to life. Colors are accurate and the slight overexposure was easily corrected with auto levels in Photoshop. 1/60 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 64.

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The camera exposed properly in this low-contrast image. Noise becomes an issue only when viewed at full size despite the high light sensitivity used to capture this scene at sunset. 1/100 sec at f/4.2 @ ISO 500.

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The camera found a nice balance between the lit Eiffel Tower in the background, and the darker foreground elements. At ISO 800, there’s noise to be seen, particularly in the shadow tones. 1/20 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 800.

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Exposing for elements towards the center of the frame, few details are overblown and shadow detail is maintained as well. Elements are sharp throughout this ISO 64 image and colors appear accurate. 1/100 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 64.

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Details appear sharp throughout this scene adjacent to the Roman Colosseum. This multilayered image is well exposed for the different architectural elements as well. 1/100 sec at f/4.2 @ ISO 125.

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Details in this image of Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain are sharp, thanks to a low ISO setting and a nice ledge used to lean the camera on. Colors and exposure are dead on. 1/50 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 125.

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A perfect exposure, everything about this macro image is technically correct. While captured at ISO 250, details appear crisp with elements in focus. Colors are accurate as well. 1/50 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 250.

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Details appear sharp throughout this frame, thanks to the bright direct light on the woman and pigeons in Venice’s Piazza San Marco. Colors and exposure are accurate, with few overblown highlights. 1/125 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 64.

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Though the sky is slightly overexposed, the camera exposed well for the statue in this Venetian square. Shadow detail is a complete loss, though it helps remove distractions, keeping the image clean. 1/80 sec at f/3.9 @ ISO 64.