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Pentax IQ Zoom/Espio 115M Point and Shoot

3.35 star rating
                      3.35 / 5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $402.00

  • Camera TypePoint and Shoot
    Film Type35mm
    Zoom LensWith Zoom Lens
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus LockWithout Focus Lock
    Minimum Focus Distance2.1 ft.
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 200
    Min Aperturef3.9
    Max Aperturef10.5
    Auto ExposureYes
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    Self TimerYes
    Depth1.6 in.
    Height2.4 in.
    Width4.4 in.
    Product ID20286

Product Description

Weighing in at a mere 7.6 oz., the only thing big about this camera is its features. With a power zoom lens that ranges from a wide 38mm to true telephoto at 115mm, the 115M delivers razor sharp photos.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Cam a Intermediate from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

Strengths:    Compact, light weight and robust. Nice lens

Weaknesses:    Extremely slow shutter lag,
poor zoom control,
tiny viewfinder

Bottom Line:   
The slow shutter lag alone has almost stopped me using this camera. Sure, it's nice and compact, but you can get much better cameras for the same size and weight. To be honest, this is the worst modern camera I have used. I wouldn't buy one from this range again.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Canada

Similar Products Used:   Pentax ME Super SE
Canon EOS 300
Canon Sure shot 135

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don Weeks a Expert from Texas

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2001

Strengths:    Nice sharpness. Very compact, pretty-that's word isn't it?

Weaknesses:    Hard to open back-the latch is tiny and I'm a big guy.

Bottom Line:   
This is a pocketable camera. Women love it! Guys get one to impress the girls and take great photos!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Got this one in a pawn shop too!

Similar Products Used:   Olympus XA, Pentax 105 Super, Ricoh R-1 (the best one so far!)

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Harris a Casual from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2001

Strengths:    Appearance
Nice size

Weaknesses:    Not very sharp

Bottom Line:   
This is a very versatile camera. The photos are consistently good (although they are not as sharp as some other cameras) and well exposed. I suspect many people complaining about getting blur shots at the tele zooms are using ISO 100 or 200 film. To get consistently good results with this camera, you really need to use ISO 400 films. Unless you are sure you are shooting under bright sunlight.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Ted's

Similar Products Used:   Samsung Slim Zoom

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pete Burrell a Intermediate from Lonond

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2001

Strengths:    :: Size
:: Design
:: Zoom range
:: Price for the features

Weaknesses:    :: Min aperture too large - prone to shake
:: Unsharp lens
:: Panoramic option is poor
:: metering
:: shutter lag (painfully slow)

Bottom Line:   
A camera for people who like snaps - but not 'photographs.' The meter doesn't stand up to the critical tolerance of slides and the lens just isn't sharp enough. There is too much shutter lag (missed too many moments, and got "closed eyes" pics instead) and the max apertures are far too small, which force long shutter speeds - leading to blurred pics unless you use a tripod... and if you can take a tripod, you should take an SLR! It's OK for the non-critical eye, but the Olympuses are better. In fact, I've abandoned P&S zooms altogether. It has good features (apart from Panoramic) and may compare well with its peers, but I recently got rid of mine. And good riddance.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Olympus mju/stylus zooms

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Art Silver a Intermediate from Taiwan

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2001

Strengths:    Very small & light, sharp lens, decent zoom range, landscape mode, bulb mode, remote control

Weaknesses:    long shutter lag, poor response to zoom lever, blurry viewfinder

Bottom Line:   
This camera stands out for its remarkably small size, especially considering its zoom range. The picture quality is good. However, the poor zoom control and extensive shutter lag do get in the way. It's a good compact for shooting landscape, but not so good for taking pictures of children or pets.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $190.00

Similar Products Used:   Canon Sure Shot 115,
Olympus Mju Zoom 105,
Minolta Riva Zoom 115EX

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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