Pentax has updated its Optio RS1000 with the Pentax Optio RS1500, bringing with it a more simplified mechanism for changing the front.
As you may recall, the Pentax Optio RS1000 offered users the chance to add colour and pizazz to the front of the camera with any design they wanted, saving them from having to chose between Wasabi Green or Piano Black (names we haven’t just made up by the way).
The problem with the first Optio RS1000, however, was that to change the design – which is pre-cut on some photo-paper – you had to get out the tool box and start messing around with Allen keys. That's okay if you’re into that kind of thing, but not if you fancy simply changing the look of your camera for a dinner party you’re heading out to.
Up steps the Optio RS1500, a camera that packs the same concept of being able to decorate your camera behind a perspex screen, but this time with much simpler means to do so. Now, instead of the four Allen key screws, you’ve got a system that locks into place with the lens ring instead.
So easy is the new system, explains Pentax, that it is bundling three differently coloured lens rings in the box to match your different designs. Likewise, to get you started, the camera will come with a selection of pre-design skins (the number is still being decided) and a pack of five photo sheets so you can make your own (we like the idea of the cameras innards on show, or a shot of a small creature inside).
While those that you photograph swoon over how “hip” your new camera looks, you can worry about the specs: The RS1500 gives you a 14-megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom (27.5-110mm in 35mm), and HD video recording functionality.
It will cost £89.99 when it hits the shops later this month.