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Old Apr 22, 2005, 8:52 PM   #1
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Guys need your help on go/no go on the Pentax Optio 750Z!! Great specs/ features: 7mp, 5X optical, swivel LCD, etc. But reviews and forums are MIXED!!! Steve picked it as one ofhis "best" w great images. DP said above average. Others were mixed. The forums were cool w comments on "slowness" and shooting/focusing in dim light. Not much activity/prescence in the retail stores or forums! Those specs are too good to ignore in a compact cam!!The only one close, I believe, is the Oly C7000! Should I order one via mail for a test (w good return policy)OR is the consensus to ignore it as a lesser cam? There is a $50 rebate from Pentax till may. So what's the scoop? Pass or try??
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 2:37 PM   #2
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It has really great macro (1cm) and very nice image quality. It does have an auto-focus assist light on it, to aid with low-light focusing. Being Pentax it also has a good, logically organized manual and menus.

I would definately recommend checking it out.
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 2:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Les, I ordered one yesterday. Already shipped. Still would love to hear your opinion(s) on this potentially great cam!! Thanks!
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Old Apr 30, 2005, 5:51 PM   #4
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Its a nice light camera, with a lot of resolution.

I mentioned the macro on it. It lets you get in close, really close. If you like to get shots of flowers you will love it, especially with the swiveling LCD.

Pentax also has a really good panorama assist mode (on all their digital compacts) that lets you see the edge of the last shot you took while composing your second shot. Makes great panoramic shots very easy.

One of the great things about it is the ability to program the shortcuts on the "Fn" (Function) Button. By pressing it you get a shortcut menu tied to the 4-way pad, allowing you to modify your most commonly used settings quickly. Great for if you like to change your ISO, Resolution, etc on the fly.

The live histogram is nice and I like how it will flash red & yellow on areas that are over and under exposed.

The only thing I didn't like about it was that the wide angle distortion at full wide is not quite accurate on the display. It is more apparent on the file after than on the display while taking the shot. I noticed this when taking a picture of a picture for a friend of mine, and had to get a bit further back and zoom in a bit to get the edges nice and straight. Other than the one time, this was not an issue to me.

Good camera if you want something midsized that will still fit in a pocket and packs a lot of resolution and advanced features.
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Old May 5, 2005, 11:11 AM   #5
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See my new post. Thnx
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