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Pentax Optio RS1500: DC Super Heroes Edition

12 Apr Posted by Matt in News, Reviews |
Pentax Optio RS1500: DC Super Heroes Edition

Digital camera manufacturer Pentax and film production giants Warner Bros have teamed up to create a new special edition camera-pack based around the recently launched Pentax Optio RS1500.

Pentax RS1500 DC Comic Edition - Joker

Pentax RS1500, with The Joker skin

The special edition packs will co-incide with the release of Warner Bros upcoming action-adventure film, Green Lantern, and will include seven different front faceplate skins, a 4Gb SD Card, and a Green Lantern protective case.

The skins bundled with this limited edition pack include various super-heroes, including Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Superman.  Two villans are also included; Catwoman and The Joker.

Pentax RS1500 Super Heroes Key Specs:

  • 14 Megapixel CCD sensor
  • 4x optical zoom wide-angle zoom
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • 3’’ LCD Screen
  • Customisable front skin

Digital Camera Beginner Verdict:

The RS1500 is an already established camera in the Pentax range, so would-be buyers can be confident that they won’t be buying into something that is merely a marketing gimmick for the next Warner Bros blockbuster.

The specifications are modest rather than staggering at this end of the market, though the use of a CCD sensor should help to keep noise and low-light performance better than average. The inclusion of smooth 30fps HD movie recording is very welcome too.

What we like most about this camera though is that it’s a fun camera targeted at children, a market that we believe is horribly underserved by the somewhat clinical digital camera industry.  If the super heroes theme helps to get more children interested in taking photos from a young age then we reckon that has to be a good thing.

Pentax Optio RS1500

Pentax RS1500

What’s more the super heroes RS1500 utilises the same interchangeable cosmetic skin system as the standard camera, so if the child grows out of the DC Super Heroes theme then they can simply discard the novelty fascia and replace it with a standard RS1500 version.

The normal RS1500 sells for around £100 in the UK, so with an RRP of £119.99 the Super Heroes special edition is slightly more expensive.

We reckon this represents pretty good value considering the spec of the camera, that it’s an appealing special edition, and the fact you also get extras such as the 4 Gb SD Card and case that you wouldn’t get with the normal package.

The DC Super Heroes Pentax RS1500 pack will be available from May 1st, 2011.


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