Pentax IQ Zoom/Espio 120SW Point and Shoot

IQ Zoom/Espio 120SW

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

  • User Reviews (5)

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    prisca_turner   Expert [May 22, 2003]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    Losable case.

    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.

    Customer Service

    Haven't tried.

    Similar Products Used: Pentax IQZoom 928.
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    5
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    5
    aban01   Intermediate [Apr 09, 2003]
    Strength:

    Sharp 28 MM wide to 120 MM tele Small

    Weakness:

    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)

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Yashica T4, Nikon Nuvis S, Canon Sure shot, and a host of SLR's, my favorites: Canon F1, Nikon N80
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    5
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    5
    M Chan   Casual [Jul 16, 2002]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    serious vignetting at 28mm offset all the goodies

    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

    Customer Service

    Can't help. I send my 120SW back and after one month, it says the camera is okay. The vignetting effect is normal. That's the design of the camera. How ridiculous are they?

    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
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    2
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    2
    brainedesign   Expert [Jan 06, 2002]
    Strength:

    Size, weight

    Weakness:

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

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

    Similar Products Used: Olympus, Fuji, Minolta,Nikon
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