Pentax Chameleon Optio RS1000 Specification and Price

By Avik, Gaea News Network
Monday, September 13, 2010

Pentax Optio RS1000

Pentax, undoubtedly one of the pioneers in the photography biz is back and this time with a new innovation.



The Pentax Chameleon Optio RS1000 is sure to add to your personality and style statement with its fully customizable outlook. The RS1000 features a 14 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom, 3-inch display and 720p HD video capture with shake reduction for improved imagery.

Pentax Chameleon is the first ever customizable camera. Now, the proceedings of the facts are truly awe-inspiring. All that you will be needing to give an unique identity to your RS1000 is but just a high resolution printer. Get the print-out of how exactly you want your camera to look with the software provided and then fix it behind the removable translucent acrylic panel at front. Isn’t that amazing?

Apart from popular features like Auto-Picture Mode, Smile Capture mode and Automatic Face Detection upto 10 faces; RS1000 offers 9 different digital filters — B&W, Sepia, Toy camera, Retro, Color, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Brightness to add various visual effects to recorded images without requiring a computer.

Specifications at a Glance:

  • Camera Type: Digital zoom compact camera
  • Sensor Type: CCD ; Size: 1/2.33”
  • Effective Pixels: 14 megapixels
  • Movie Recording: HDTV (1280×720), 30/15 fps
  • Color Depth: 12 bits x 3 colors
  • Sensitivity: Auto or Fixed (100-6400 ISO)
  • Lens Focal Length: PENTAX zoom lens 4.9 - 19.6mm f/3.5 (W) - 5.9 (T), equ. to 27.5-110mm in 35mm format
  • Digital zoom: Approx. 6.7x
  • Focus Range (automatic):
  • * Normal: 0.4m - infinity (whole zoom area)
    * Macro: 15cm to 50cm (at wide setting), 25cm to 50cm (at medium magnification length)
    * Super Macro: 8cm to 25cm (at focal length of 5.8mm)

  • Screen Type: 3” (7.62cm diagonal) color LCD monitor
  • Shutter Type: Electronic shutter with automatic exposure program controlled
  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000 to 1/4 sec. 4 sec max. (Night Scene mode)
  • Exposure Modes: Auto Picture, Program, Natural Skin Tone, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Movie, Landscape,Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Sport, Digital SR, Kids,Pet, Portrait, Food, Candlelight, Surf & Snow, Half-length portrait, Frame composite, Text, Digital Panorama, Green
  • Compensation: +/- 2EV (1/3EV steps)
  • Flash Type: Automatic activation in low lighting conditions
  • Modes: Flash-on, flash-off and soft flash modes. “Red-eye” reduction function.
  • Burst Shooting: 3.2 fps for up to 10 frames
  • Multi-Burst: Takes 16 VGA-size pictures at approx. 7.5 fps and creates a contact sheet
  • Internal Storage: 18.4MB
  • External Storage: SD and SDHC memory cards
  • Special Features:
  • * Features World time (75 cities, 28 time zones)
    * Digital Shake Reduction
    * Noise reduction when shutter speed is slower than 1/4 sec
    * DRE available: shadow adjustment

  • Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, PC/AV output (PAL/NTSC, mono)
  • Power Source: Rechargeable Li-ion D-LI108 battery
  • Dimensions:
  • * Height 56mm
    * Width 92mm
    * Depth 20.5mm
    * Weight 113 g unloaded, 130 g loaded and ready

The camera comes along with all the tools needed to customize it so don’t worry about that extra effort. It is preloaded with USB cable, Li-ion rechargeable battery, battery charger kit, strap, software, set of 3 alternative skins, hex wrench (diameter: 1.6mm), set of 5 pre-cut printable sheets of 10×15 photo paper), tracing stencil.

The Pentax Chameleon Optio RS1000 is all set to hit the market by October and is priced at a reasonable $149.95. So, what are you waiting for, grab hold of one right away. Don’t forget to tell me about your experience.


September 14, 2010: 4:18 am

nice cam, reasonably priced. good for beginners.

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