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Pentax IQ Zoom/Espio 120SW Point and Shoot

3.4/5 (5 Reviews)


  • Camera TypePoint and Shoot
    Film Type35mm
    Zoom LensWith Zoom Lens
    Zoom Range28 mm - 120 mm
    Battery TypeLithium Battery
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus LockWith Focus Lock
    Zoom Size4.3
    Minimum Focus Distance1.64 ft.
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 200
    Min Aperturef12.8
    Max Aperturef5.6
    Auto ExposureYes
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    PanoramaYes
    Self TimerYes
    Depth1.6 in.
    Height2.3 in.
    Width4.4 in.
    Weight6.56 oz.
    Included AccessoriesFilm • Case • Battery
    MPNpniqz120sw
    Product ID20886

Product Description

  • Aluminum housing
  • Lens: 28-120mm f/5.6-12.8
  • Min focus: 1.64 ft.(0.5m)
  • Exposure: Program AE
  • Self-timer


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by prisca_turner a Expert from Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 22, 2003

    Strengths:    Compactness, wide range of focal lengths, excellent optics, simplicity of use.

    Weaknesses:    Losable case.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a revised opinion. I have recently purchased this item, and used it for a Spring trip to Greece. This is not my first such trip, but it represents the first using modern emulsions in a compact camera with zoom lens. In the 1960s I had a fixed focal length rangefinder, and the finest emulsions would not resolve what my lens would put on them. I am basically an advanced amateur landscape-and-buildings photographer, now getting too old to lug an SLR and several lenses everywhere.
    I exposed only Fujichrome Velvia in good daylight without a tripod: the resolution is excellent at all focal lengths; there is, contrary to an earlier review, no vignetting visible even at 28 mm. in mounted slides; the camera is light, small and super-convenient, slipping into the interior pocket of a handbag, which my IQZoom 928 will not do; there is no visible camera shake in spite of the extreme lightness of the camera. What a beautiful range of focal lengths! Remarkable is the lack of distortion at wider angles: the lens is as slow as is to be expected in a point-and-shoot, but a winner in every other way. With the new Velvia 100 it should give even better results. I do not think that it should be used against the light, for it may be an SMC optic, but the front element is level with the housing at shorter focal lengths. There is no way of fitting a hood or polarizer (and no exposure compensation to set with filters). I did not see any flare. I have not, I should add, tried any people-pictures with flash, so cannot comment on the overexposure problem mentioned by another reviewer. That does not strike me as a difficulty with neg. film.
    Both the focus-cum-exposure lock and the timed release setting are useful. Exposure is pretty good even with a contrasty film. Spot exposure metering gives even better results in some situations. Scans suitably edited in Photoshop yield excellent b&w files.
    I expect to travel with no other outfit until the best digital cameras slim down.
    I should add that I could use a case which wasn't liable to fall off the strap and get lost at every turn.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   London Drugs

    Similar Products Used:   Pentax IQZoom 928.

    Type of photography:   Fine Art


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by prisca_turner a Expert from Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003

    Strengths:    Compactness, wide range of focal lengths, excellent optics in principle, simplicity of use.

    Weaknesses:    Ringing in light backgrounds, 'losable' case.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have just purchased this item, and used it for a Spring trip to Greece. This is not my first such trip, but it represents the first using modern emulsions in a compact camera with zoom lens. In the 1960s I had a fixed focal length rangefinder, and the finest emulsions would not resolve what my lens would put on them.
    I exposed only Fujichrome Velvia in good daylight without a tripod: the resolution is excellent at all focal lengths; there is, contrary to an earlier review, no vignetting visible even at 28 mm. in mounted slides; the camera is light, small and super-convenient, slipping into the interior pocket of a handbag, which my 928 IQZoom will not do; there is no visible camera shake in spite of the extreme lightness of the camera. HOWEVER, and it is a big but, there is at all focal lengths up to about 50 mm., when the lens does an audible and visible adjustment, causing the front element to retreat in relation to the housing, really hideous 'stone-in-the-pond' ringing in skies and other bright backgrounds. This is now involving me in endless faking in Adobe Photoshop. This must be a result of the front element's having no protection from light coming in at the top and sides. I should add that I could use a case which wasn't liable to fall off the strap and get lost at every turn.

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    Price Paid:    $279.00

    Purchased At:   London Drugs

    Similar Products Used:   Pentax 928 IQZoom



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by aban01 a Intermediate from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2003

    Strengths:    Sharp
    28 MM wide to 120 MM tele
    Small


    Weaknesses:    it is not built like a tank it feels fragile (but it has survived being dropped at the airport by the security person)
    Given 5.6 - 12.0 max f-stop you really need 800 asa films to get the best results (especially if you live in darker northern climates)


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a small camera with near SLR capability. It has a very capable 28 - 120 zoom with SMC (super multicoating) that virtually eliminates internal reflections that cause larger ratio zooms have softer images. I love this camera; it produces wonderful sharp images at the same time it is size of APS cameras. I have used it for more than a year now and it is always on my belt.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $215.00

    Purchased At:   Adorama

    Similar Products Used:   Yashica T4, Nikon Nuvis S, Canon Sure shot, and a host of SLR's, my favorites: Canon F1, Nikon N80

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by M Chan a Casual from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2002

    Strengths:    Size,
    weight,
    elegant design,
    excellent ergonomics,
    quiet,
    4x zoom,
    wide angle,
    features rich.


    Weaknesses:    serious vignetting at 28mm offset all the goodies

    Bottom Line:   
    This camera have got the TIPA best compact camera award 2001. But I don't think it deserve the award.

    The sleek design of the camera is very attractive. It is so light, quiet. It's just so cool by design. The 28mm capability is also a big selling point. I bought it without second thought because of this and previous good experience with Pentax zoom.

    However, I am very disappointed with the performance. The camera vignette seriously at 28mm end (dark corners). Photos at this end are totally unacceptable even to casual user. My cheap EOS with bundled cheap zoom lens can beat it's performance by a big margin.

    To me, picture quality is much more important than any other factors. A nice little pretty camera with poor optics is not what I want

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    Price Paid:    $230.00

    Purchased At:   Broadway Hong Kong

    Similar Products Used:   Pentax Zoom 70
    Pentax Zoom 90WR
    Pentax Zoom 105
    Pentax Espio 120MI
    T3 (very elegant and good optics)
    Canonet QL17 GIII (very sharp and contrasty, on par with my T3, a very good point and shoot, b




    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by brainedesign a Expert from Louisville,KY,USA

    Date Reviewed: January 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Size, weight

    Weaknesses:    Poor viewfinder, poor red eye reduction, flash overpowers the subject.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is not the camera for you. Poor viewfinder, poor red eye reduction, flash overpowers the subject.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Murphy Photo

    Similar Products Used:   Olympus, Fuji, Minolta,Nikon

    Type of photography:   People



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