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!
What's in the Box?
The Optio 750Z has an average bundle.
Inside the box, you'll find:
- The 7.0 effective Megapixel Optio
- 32MB Secure Digital card
- D-LI7 lithium-ion rechargeable
- Battery charger
- Wrist strap
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD-ROM featuring ACDsee software
- 195 page camera manual + software
manual (both printed)
Pentax includes a 32MB Secure Digital
(SD) memory card with the 750Z. That's not going to
hold too many 7 Megapixel photos, so a larger card
is a must. I'd recommend a 256 or 512MB card as a place
to start. The camera can also use MultiMedia (MMC)
cards, though I'd advise against it. A high speed SD
card is probably an unnecessary purchase based on my
experiences with the camera.ek
The Optio 750Z uses the D-LI7
lithium-ion battery, which packs 6.7 Wh of energy,
which is impressive for a compact camera like this.
That translates into 245 shots per charge using the
CIPA battery life standard. Comparing that with the
other three compact 7MP cameras, the Canon S70 gets
140 shots, the Olympus C-7000Z gets 175 (though they
don't use the CIPA standard to come up with this
number), and the Sony DSC-P150 can take a whopping
No review would be complete without
a complaint about proprietary batteries like the one
used by the 750Z. For one, they're expensive, costing
$40 a pop (and I do recommend buying a spare). Secondly,
you can't drop in some disposable batteries to get
you through the day like you could on an AA-based camera.
None of the 7 Megapixel cameras currently on the market
use AA batteries.
When it's time to recharge the battery
just snap it into the included external charger. It
takes about three hours to fully charge the battery.
This isn't one of those handy (in my opinion) "plug
it right into the wall" chargers -- you must use
a power cable.
The 750Z has a built-in lens cover,
so there are no lens caps to worry about. As you can
see, it's a fairly compact camera (though it is pretty
thick, as you'll see later).
There aren't too many accessories
to mention here. In fact, the only things I could find
were an AC adapter ($50), your choice of two remote
controls ($15-20), a soft case, and a 3D image viewer
($10; more on this later).
ACDSee 1.6 for Mac OS X
Pentax includes ACD System's ACDSee
for both Mac (v 1.6) and PC (v 5.0) with the camera.
While it's not equal to Photoshop, this is still pretty
good software. It runs natively in both the Mac OS
X and Mac OS 8/9 environments. There's also a program
called ACD PhotoStitcher which assembles panoramic
shots for you. It's not Mac OS X native, but runs in
The manual included with the Optio
is slightly better than average. It's complete, with
a minimum of fine print. The writing isn't terribly
clear, but after some searching you'll find what you're
Look and Feel
The Optio 750Z is a stylish and fairly
compact camera with a faux leather front, mostly-metal
body, and a flip-out LCD. For the most part the camera
is well put-together, and it feels solid in your hand.
The important controls are well-placed and easy to
While it looks small from the photos
I've shown thus far, the 750Z is pretty thick, comparable
in size to something like the Canon PowerShot A95.
It won't fit in most pockets, but it was never a burden
to carry around.
Here's a look at how the 7 Megapixel
cameras compare in terms of size and weight:
(W x H x D, excluding protrusions)
|Canon PowerShot G6
x 2.9 x 2.9 in.
|Canon PowerShot S70
x 2.2 x 1.5 in.
|Casio Exilim EX-P700
x 2.7 x 1.8 in.
x 2.3 x 1.7 in.
x 2.4 x 1.7 in.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150
x 2.1 x 1.0 in.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3
x 2.9 x 2.1 in.
As you can see, the 750Z is comparable
in size to the C-7000Z and S70, but the Sony P150 is
really quite a bit smaller. I put the DSC-V3 and G6
in there for the sake of completeness -- they're quite
a bit larger but they offer things like hot shoes and
conversion lens support.
Enough about that, let's start our
Despite its relatively compact body,
the Optio packs a powerful 5X zoom lens (probably the
same one that was used on the Optio 550/555). This
F2.8-4.6 lens has a focal range of 7.8 - 39 mm, which
is equivalent to 37.5 - 187.5 mm. You cannot attach
a conversion lens to this camera.
To the upper-right of the lens is
the 750Z's built-in flash. The flash has a working
range of 0.4 - 5.2 m at wide-angle and 0.15 - 3.2 m
at telephoto, which is impressive for a camera this
size. The 750Z does better than the other 7MP compacts
in this area. Like those cameras, you cannot attach
an external flash to the Optio.
Just above-left from the lens is the
camera's AF-assist lamp. This helps the 750Z focus
in low light situations, and it's a welcome feature
on all cameras. Even better is what's located above
that lamp: a hybrid autofocus sensor. This speeds up
focusing in normal lighting. Of the three compact 7MP
cameras, the 750Z is the only one to have both of these
The only other things to see on the
front of the camera is the microphone (just under the "X" in
Pentax) and the remote control receiver on the far
The C-750Z is the only one of the
compact 7 Megapixel cameras to offer a flip-out, rotating
LCD display. It can rotate 270 degrees, from facing
the ground to pointing at your subject. While it may
sound like a novelty, rotating screens like this allow
you to shoot over people in front of you, or take creative
Here's the back of the 750Z with the
LCD in a more traditional position. I should mention
that you can also flip it around to close it (this
will certainly help with battery life). The screen
is average-sized at 1.8 inches, and it packs 134,000
pixels. Images on the screen are nice and sharp, and
motion is fluid. In low light, things go downhill:
the screen barely "gains up", making it quite
difficult to see what's in front of you. At least there's
still the optical viewfinder.
Above the LCD is the optical viewfinder.
It's pretty large for a compact camera, and as an added
bonus, there's even a diopter correction feature (to
focus what you're looking at).
To the right of the viewfinder are
three multi-function buttons. They do the following:
|Record mode function
||Playback mode function
|Flash setting (Auto, flash off, flash on,
auto w/redeye reduction, flash on w/redeye
|Drive (Single-frame, continuous shooting,
self-timer, auto bracket, interval shooting,
multiple exposure, remote control)
||DPOF print marking
|Focus mode (Autofocus, macro, super macro,
infinity, manual, focusing area)
Those buttons require a lot of explanation.
I'll start with the drive options.
Continuous shooting mode will keep
taking pictures until the memory card is full. The
frame rate will vary depending on the image resolution
and quality setting. At the highest JPEG quality setting,
the 750Z took six shots in a row at 1 frame/second
before pausing for a moment to clear out the buffer.
In addition, the screen goes black between shots, which
makes tracking your subject fairly difficult (you may
want to use the optical viewfinder instead).
The auto bracketing feature on the
750Z is quite impressive. You can bracket exposure,
white balance, saturation, contrast, or sharpness.
The camera will take three shots in a row, each with
a different exposure (or whatever you're bracketing).
For exposure you can choose an interval of ±0.3EV
to ±2.0EV in 1/3EV increments. For white balance
it's ±1 to ±5 stops (one image will be
normal, the next redder, and the last one bluer). Finally,
for saturation, contrast, or sharpness, it's ±1.
Interval shooting will take up to
99 shots at a chosen interval. You can choose intervals
ranging from 10 seconds to 99 minutes. You can also
set the start time up to 24 hours ahead. The AC adapter
is an unofficial requirement for this feature.
The multiple exposure feature allows
you to superimpose an image on top of one you've already
recorded. You can give priority to the brighter image,
the darker image, or you can just average their exposures.
I'll discuss the macro options later
in the review. Manual focus will let you use the zoom
controller to choose a focus distance. The center of
the frame is enlarged so you can be sure that your
subject is in focus, and a gauge on the LCD shows the
current focus distance. The focusing area option lets
you select one of eleven focus points in the frame.
Back to our tour now: the zoom controller
(located at the top right of the photo) is well-placed,
and it quickly moves the lens from wide-angle to telephoto
in 1.8 seconds. I counted 11 steps while moving through
the 5X zoom range.
To the right of the LCD is the playback
mode button, which does just what it sounds like. Below
that is the Function button, which is totally customizable.
You can assign any menu function to this button. Then
you just hold it down and press the four-way controller
in the desired direction. I always appreciate features
like this. Below the Function button is the button
for activating the menu system.
To the right of those buttons is the
four-way controller, which is mainly used for navigating
the menu system and adjusting manual settings. Pressing
the center button is the "OK" button and
also toggles what is shown on the LCD.
There's plenty more to see up on top
of the 750Z. On the left side is the speaker, with
the viewfinder's diopter correction slider below it.
On the right side you'll find the power button, mode
dial, and shutter release button. While it's hard to
see here, around the mode dial is a lever which you'll
use to adjust exposure compensation (±2EV in
There are a ton of options on the
mode dial, some of which won't be found on any other
camera. Let's take a look:
|Picture (scene) mode
||You choose one of 12 situations and the
camera uses the correct settings; choose
from landscape, surf & snow, sunset,
flower, autumn colors, food, portrait, self-portrait,
sport, night scene, night scene portrait,
||Fully automatic shooting with full menu
access; there is no program shift feature
like on some other cameras
|Aperture Priority mode
||You pick the aperture, the camera picks
the appropriate shutter speed. The choices
range from F2.8 - F7.8 and will vary depending
on the focal range used.
|Shutter Priority mode
||You choose the shutter speed and the camera
picks the correct aperture. You can choose
from a number of speeds ranging from 15 sec
- 1/1000 sec.
|Full Manual (M) mode
||You pick the aperture and shutter speed.
See above for values.
||Three sets of your favorite camera settings,
easy to access.
|Digital exposure metering mode
|Audio recording mode
||Record audio clips (in WAV format) until
the memory card is full
||More on this later
|Digital filter mode
|3D image mode
||Helps you compose three-dimensional pictures
that can be viewed with the optional 3D viewer;
I didn't try it
||Helps you combine several shots into one
I always like to see it when a camera
lets you store your favorite settings to the mode dial,
and all three compact 7MP models do it.
The digital exposure metering feature
is unlike anything I've seen on a digital camera before.
You know those light meters used by professional photographers?
With a turn of the mode dial you can use your Optio
750Z for the same purpose. Just point it at whatever
you want to meter and the camera tells you the exposure
value and recommend shutter speed and aperture. You
can choose an ISO sensitivity ranging from ISO 6 to
6400. You can make multiple measurements if you'd like.
The manual explains all of that better than I can,
so have a look at that if you buy the camera.
The digital filter feature won't be
found anywhere else on a consumer-level camera. There
are eight color filters to choose from (black & white,
sepia, red, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow) as well
as a softening filter.
Nothing to see here. The lens is at
the full wide-angle position.
Here's the other side of the 750Z,
with the lens at full telephoto.
Under a rubber cover are the camera's
I/O ports. They include USB + A/V (one port for both)
and DC-in (for optional AC adapter).
We end the tour with a look at the
bottom of the camera. Here you'll find the battery
compartment, memory card slot, and plastic (boo!) tripod
mount. The memory card / battery compartment is covered
by a flimsy plastic door that could bust off if forced.
Also, you cannot swap memory cards while the camera
is on a tripod.
The included battery and memory card
are shown at right.
Using the Pentax Optio 750Z
The 750Z takes a sluggish 4 seconds
to extend its lens and "warm up" before you
can start taking pictures. For the sake of comparison,
the Canon S70 takes 2.8 seconds while the Olympus C-7000Z
and Sony DSC-P150 both take just 1.2 seconds.
The 750Z's LCD
shows a histogram as well as highlights (in red)
and shadows (in yellow)
Autofocus speeds were average, with
a typical delay of 0.6 - 0.8 seconds. When the camera
had to hunt (especially near the telephoto end), delays
over a second are possible. Despite having the dual
focusing system, I was disappointed with the 750Z's
low light focusing performance. I have a few darks
in a dimly lit room that I test all my cameras on,
and the 750Z did not do well -- and that's with the
latest firmware revision, too.
Shutter lag was not a problem, even
at slower shutter speeds where it sometimes crops up.
Shot-to-shot speed is good, with a
delay of about 2 seconds, assuming you've turned off
the post-shot review feature. Things slow down considerably
if you shoot in TIFF mode, with a lengthy 21 second
delay before you can take another picture. That's using
a standard speed SD card -- using an ultra high speed
card knocked 10 seconds off the time. This is the only
area in my testing in which I noticed that a faster
card made a difference in terms of camera performance.
You can delete a photo right after
it is taken by pressing the delete photo button on
the back of the camera.
Let's move on to the 750Z's image
quality options now with a look at our usual chart.
Pentax uses a "star system" for compression,
where three stars is "best", two is "better",
and one is "good". Now, here's the chart:
||# images on 32MB card
Two things to mention here. First,
you can choose between 4:3 and 3:2 aspect ratios for
all those resolutions. If you're printing your photos
at 4 x 6 inches, using the 3:2 ratio is a good idea.
The TIFF option records in -- get
this -- TIFF format. TIFF files are large, uncompressed
images that use an industry standard format that all
image viewing software can open. I was disappointed
to see that the 750Z doesn't offer a RAW image mode
(the S70 and C-7000Z both do).
As far as file numbering goes, the
camera names files as IMGP####.JPG, where # = 0001
- 9999. The camera maintains the numbering even if
you erase the card.
The Optio 750Z has the same menu system
as its predecessor. It's pretty basic in terms of appearance,
but it gets the job done. The options in the record
- Recorded pixels (see chart)
- Quality level (see chart)
- White balance (Auto, daylight, shade, tungsten,
fluorescent, manual) - the manual option lets you
use a white or gray card as a reference, for perfect
color in any lighting
- AF setting
- Focusing area (Wide, spot)
- AF mode (Single, continuous) - whether the
camera is always focusing or just when the
shutter release is halfway-pressed; the latter
reduces the lag when you take pictures at the
expense of battery life
- Focus limiter (on/off) - when on, limits
focus distances to either macro or infinite
distances when in those modes
- Aux AF light (on/off) - turns the AF-assist
lamp on and off
- AE metering (Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot)
- Sensitivity (Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400)
- Flash exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV, 1/3EV
increments) - adjusts the flash power
- Auto bracket (±2.0EV in 1/3EV increments)
- choose the steps for the feature described earlier
- Interval shooting - described earlier
- Movie settings
- Recorded pixels (640 x 480, 320 x 240)
- Color mode (Full color, black & white,
- Frame rate (30, 15 fps)
- Time-lapse movie (Off, 2X, 5X, 10X, 20X,
50X) - called "fast forward movie" on
older Optio cameras; this slows down the
frame rate so when you view it at normal
speed, it appears speeded-up
- 3D mode (Parallel, cross) - choose the viewing
method for 3D images
- Digital zoom (on/off) - using this lowers the quality
of your photos
- Instant review (Off, 0.5 sec, 1 - 5 sec) - post-shot
- Memory - the camera will store the selected settings
in memory so they aren't lost when you turn off the
camera. The available settings include:
- Flash exposure compensation
- White balance
- Exposure compensation
- Digital zoom
- AE Metering
- Focus mode
- Zoom position
- Manual focus position
- Display mode
- File numbering
- Drive mode
- Image tone (Standard, vivid)
- Sharpness (Soft, normal, hard)
- Saturation (Low, standard, high)
- Contrast (Low, standard, high)
I hope I explained everything up there!
In addition to the record menu, there's
also a setup menu. The options in this menu include:
- Sound - adjust the annoying beep
sounds or create your own
- Startup sound (Off, 1-3, user)
- Shutter sound (Off, 1-3, user)
- Operation sound (Off, 1-3, user)
- Self-timer sound (Off, on, user)
- Date adjust
- World time - view the time around
- Language (English, French, German,
Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Chinese,
- Folder name (Standard, date)
- Startup screen (on/off) - you can
use any of your pictures for a startup screen as
- Info display (1, 2) - what is shown
on the LCD in record mode; believe it or not, that
screen is customizable
- LCD brightness (-3 to +3, 1-step
- Video out (NTSC, PAL)
- USB connection (PC, PictBridge)
- Sleep timeout (Off, 30 sec, 1-2
min) - turn the LCD off after inactivity
- Auto power off (Off, 3, 5 min)
- turn off the camera after inactivity
- Function setting - define what
the various directions on the four-way controller
do while the function button is held down; almost
any menu option can go here
- USER setting - choose the settings
that will be stored at the USER position of the mode
dial; up to three sets can be saved
- Reset - turn settings to back their
I must admit that being able to customize
the record mode display is something I wouldn't have
Well, enough about menus, let's do
photo tests now.
The 750Z did a superb job with our
usual macro test subject. Mickey is "tack sharp" as
they say, and colors are very saturated.
There are two macro modes on the Optio.
In normal macro mode, you can get as close as 15 cm
to your subject. To get even closer, you can use super
macro mode, which lowers that distance to just 2 cm,
which is excellent. You can then fill the frame with
a subject just 34 x 25 mm in size. Do note that the
lens is fixed at the wide-angle position while in super
The 750Z did a very nice job with
the night shot as well. Everything is again very sharp,
and thanks to the manual control over shutter speed,
the camera took in plenty of light. I did spy a tiny
amount of purple fringing, but it's really nothing
to be concerned about. Noise levels are nice and low.
Using that same scene, let's take
a look at how adjusting the ISO sensitivity affects
the noise levels in images:
The Optio 750Z does quite well all
the way through ISO 200. Even at ISO 400 noise levels
are still low enough for the image to be usable, in
There's just mild barrel distortion
at the wide end of the 750Z's lens. In the corners
of the chart you will see some vignetting (dark spots)
as well as blurriness. While I saw a bit of blurriness
in the corners of my real world
photos from the 750Z, I did not find vignetting
to be a major problem. It was noticeable in some flash
shots (white wall, wide-angle), but that was about
Redeye isn't too bad, to my surprise.
Sure, there's some red, but it's not demonic like on
some other cameras I've seen lately. You can clean
this up pretty well in software.
Since I had both the C-7000Z and Optio
750Z at the same time, I decided to break out my new
comparison scene. You can click on the links above
to see the original (and unrotated) images from the
C-7000Z and Optio 750Z, or you can just look at my
crops below. Photos were taken with 600W quartz studio
lamps at F4.5/F4.6 on both cameras.
You can compare these to the Canon
PowerShot G6 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3, as well.
Do note that they were taken at a different time,
but the conditions should be the same.
C-7000Z at ISO 80
Optio 750Z at ISO 80
C-7000Z at ISO 400
Optio 750Z at ISO 400
Results were quite similar from each
of the cameras, with the main differences being slightly
sharper images and more saturated color from the Optio
Overall I was very pleased with the
photos that I took with the Optio 750Z. Photos were
well-exposed and colors were accurate. Noise levels
were a bit higher than the other 7MP cameras I've tested,
though that tends to blend away as you downsize and
print your photos. I did see a small amount of blurriness
in the corners of a couple of images. Purple fringing
was not a major problem.
As I always say, don't just take my
word for all this. View our photo
gallery and print the photos as if they were your
own. Then decide if the Optio 750Z's photo quality
meets your expectations.
The Optio 750Z has an excellent movie
mode. You can record at 640 x 480 (30 frames/second)
with sound until the memory card is full. That doesn't
take long with the included 32MB memory card (which
holds just 25 seconds of video), so a larger memory
card is needed for longer movies. Pentax doesn't mention
any requirements for memory card speed, and my "slow" Kingston
SD card worked just fine.
If you want to take longer movies,
you have a few options. You can reduce the movie size
to 320 x 240, or you can change the frame rate to 15
frames/second, which results in choppier video.
The 750Z also has a "time-lapse
movie" feature which I described in the previous
section. You can choose in color, black and white,
or sepia, as well.
You cannot use the zoom lens during
filming. Movies are saved in QuickTime format, using
the M-JPEG codec.
Here's a pretty boring sample movie
for you, recorded at the highest quality setting:
to play movie (16.9 MB, 640 x 480, 30 fps, QuickTime
Can't view it? Download QuickTime.
The Optio has a pretty nice movie
mode too. Basic features such as slideshows, DPOF print
marking, image protection, thumbnail view, and zoom
and scroll are all here. The camera is PictBridge-enabled
for direct printing to a compatible photo printer.
The "zoom and scroll" feature
lets you enlarge your image by as much as 10 times,
and then move around in it. This is a great way to
check focus. This feature wasn't as responsive as I
would've liked. If you want to jump right to a certain
zoom ratio, you can set the "Quick Zoom" option
in the playback menu to 2X, 4X, or 10X.
The Optio lets you easily resize,
trim (crop), and rotate images. You can also apply
any of those "digital filters" that I discussed
earlier to an image you've already taken.
By default the camera doesn't show
any useful exposure information about the image you're
viewing. But press the "OK" button in the
four-way controller and you'll get the screen above,
which includes a histogram.
The 750Z won't win any awards for
its playback speeds. It takes almost two seconds to
move from one photo to the next.
How Does it Compare?
While it's not perfect, I do like
the Pentax Optio 750Z quite a bit, and it earns my
recommendation. It has a stylish, fairly-compact body
with a handy flip-out LCD display. Build quality is
very good for the most part, save for the cover over
the battery/memory card compartment. Despite its size,
the Optio packs a 5X zoom lens -- great for telephoto
lovers who don't want to carry around a bulky ultra
zoom camera. Photo quality is very good, though a bit
noisier than the other 7MP cameras I've tested. Images
were well-exposed, colorful, and very sharp, all with
a minimum of purple fringing. You may encounter some
blurry corners or vignetting in flash shots while using
The camera has a full suite of manual
controls, and then some. You can bracket for things
like saturation and sharpness that you can't do on
most cameras. Heck, the camera can even double as a
light meter. Something bothering you on the LCD while
you're taking pictures? You can customize that screen
to your heart's content. The Optio offers very good
battery life, second only to the Sony DSC-P150 in the
compact 7MP class. In addition, the macro and movie
modes are first rate.
Probably the most annoying issues
I encountered on the 750Z are performance-related.
The camera is slow to startup, TIFF write times are
long, and playing back photos takes too long for a
modern camera. Despite having both an AF-assist lamp
and an external focus sensor, I found focus times to
be average at best, and low light focusing was poor.
Along those lines, I found the LCD nearly unusable
in low light conditions since it barely "gains up".
The 750Z's 1 frame/second continuous shooting mode
isn't worth writing home about, either. The 750Z is
one of only two cameras in the 7MP class to not support
the RAW image format, as well.
With all this in mind, I'd say the
750Z is great for most everyone, save for people taking
a lot of shots in dimly lit rooms, or if camera responsiveness
is of the utmost importance. For vacation shots and
people pictures, the 750Z seems like a great choice
Here's some advice if you're trying
to choose between the four compact 7MP cameras. Take
a lot of indoor or wide-angle shots? Go directly to
the Canon PowerShot S70. Want lots of zoom? Choose
the Optio 750Z or the Olympus C-7000Z. If photo quality
is the most important criteria, the Pentax seems to
do the best right out of the box, though I haven't
reviewed the Sony DSC-P150 yet, so things may change.
If you like a rotating LCD, then choose Pentax. For
support of the RAW image format or extra manual controls,
Canon or Olympus. For an ultra-compact camera without
a lot of manual controls, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150
seems to be the winner. And for the small percentage
of people who buy a camera for its movie mode, the
Pentax or Sony cameras appear to be the best. In terms
of design and usability -- well, that one's up to you.
As you can see, I didn't come right out and pick the
best one, but hopefully I dropped a few hints. By all
means, try the cameras in person and decide which you
What I liked:
- Very good photo quality, though
see issues below
- Fairly-compact, stylish, mostly-metal
body with a 5X zoom lens
- Full manual controls (and then
- Flip-out, rotating LCD display
- Excellent macro, movie modes
- Can save favorite settings to mode
- Unique features: 3D image mode,
- Crazy features: light meter, customizable
record mode display
- Above average battery life
What I didn't care for:
- Sluggish performance: slow startup,
average focusing and shot-to-shot times, unimpressive
continuous shooting mode, slow image playback
- Images slightly noisy; vignetting
may be an issue for flash shots; some blurry corners
- LCD difficult to see in low light
- Poor low light focusing, despite
all those lights and sensors
- Cheap plastic door over battery/memory
card compartment; cannot swap memory cards while
camera is on tripod
- No RAW image format support
Some other cameras worth looking at
include the Canon
PowerShot S70, Olympus
C-7000Z, and the Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-P150. For a more expandable (and
thus larger) camera, the Canon
PowerShot G6, Casio
Exilim EX-P700, and Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-V3 are worth a look.
As always, I recommend a trip down
to your local reseller to try out the Optio 750Z and
its competitors before you buy!
See how the photo quality turned out
in our gallery!
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