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05-23-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
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Pentax Z-1/PZ-1

Year introduced
Meter range
0 - 20 EV
Meter pattern
m c s
ISO range
6 - 6400
DX ISO range
25 - 5000
Exposure modes
HyP, Av, Tv, HyM, M, B
Exposure compensation
+/-4 EV
Exposure memory lock
Shutter speeds (auto)
30 - 1/8000s
Shutter speeds (manual)
30 - 1/8000s
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
Self timer
Mirror lock-up
Auto bracketing
Multiple exposures
Built-in 3 fps
Built-in flash
Yes, GN 14
TTL flash
P-TTL flash
Sync speed
Flash exposure comp
Yes (1 point)
Autofocus sensitivity
-1 - 18 EV
Power zoom
Yes, extended
0.8x, 92%
Viewfinder type
Diopter correction
Exchangeable screen
Depth of field preview
Image size
24 x 36 mm
Panorama format
Battery grip/pack
Size (W x H x D)
152 x 95.5 x 74 mm
650 g
With the Z-1/PZ-1 Pentax introduced power zoom and MTF exposure program. Pentax launched the 'FA' series of lenses with this new camera.
Program modes: Normal, Action, Depth of Field, MTF.Built-in interval timer.
Extra flash function: Contrast control

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05-24-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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With 1/8000 shutter speed Ús 1/250 X-Sync plus all pro features, the Z-1 is workhorse camera. I shoot fine-art black&white with it and in most cases it outperforms my K10D in means of usability (yes, it's not digital... but who cares? )). A best buy cam.
04-08-2010, 09:04 AM   #3
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PZ-1: What the K10D wishes it was

I've only shot a couple autofocus film bodies before, and in addition to that my only AF body is a K10D, so there is your perspective.

Upon picking up a PZ-1 you are immediately aware of several things. The first is the footprint...PZ-1s are large. The second is that it's fairly light for its size. The third, is that it fits your hands beautifully. PZ-1s are amazingly ergonomic. Not only that, but the shutter sound is beautiful. Very crisp and positive, with just a hint of motor whine. It's like the camera sound they record that point-and-shoot digitals play through their speakers.

The PZ-1 has several features going for it that even the K10D can be jealous of. First, is the fact that the Hotshoe is off to one side. Makes one-hand handling with a flash easier and reduces red-eye. Also allows you to pop up the built-in flash and use a flashgun at the same time.

Speaking of the integrated flash, that's another thing a PZ-1 has that a K10D doesn't. There's a spotbeam built in! The PZ-1 will also use spotbeams mounted on flash units, such as the AF360FGZ. It will also talk to TTL and PTTL pentax flashes, including moving a zoom head if the flash is equipped. Convenient!

Another nice thing about it is the wicked shutter speeds...the fastest pentax flash-sync EVER at 1/250, and the fastest shutter at 1/8000. Even the K-7 can't touch that flash-sync speed.

The PZ-1s autofocus is spot-on and extremely quick. Quicker than a K10D, and more positive. It doesn't hunt as much.

Something else the PZ-1 has that none of the digitals have is Interval Shooting. Set it on a tripod, tell it to take photos at a regular interval, and it'll sit there and happily shoot every x minutes or hours, to a user-specified number of total frames.

The last thing about the PZ-1 is my favorite feature: TOTAL lens compatability. Full-manual lenses, A Lenses, DA lenses...they all work fine. Aperture rings don't scare this camera like they do the digitals or the *ist film SLR. Literally any pentax lens has full function on this camera.

Should you get this or a PZ-1p? The PZ-1p, the PZ-1s big brother, has a couple extras, like panoramic mode and a faster winder. The PZ-1 though, typically goes for about $100, so you can save a little money with one of these.

There are a couple downsides to the PZ-1. The first is that the linkage that moves the flash up and down is fragile, and many times the pop-up flashes are broken.

The other major downside to it is that it takes expensive 2CR5 lithium batteries, and there is no AA battery grip. There are however Li-ion 2CR5 rechargeables, which have roughly 1/3 the capacity of the lithium batteries, but thankfully can be reused.

Overall, the PZ-1 is a wonderful SLR. It has features that not even the new digitals have, is affordable, and fun to use.
09-11-2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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Pentax Z-1/PZ-1 Camera Review

Pros Everything. I wanted one years ago
Cons Absolutely nothing
Rating 10
Price (U.S. Dollars) 80 uk
Years Owned 1 bit a Z20 for 17 years

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
It can be used by a complete amateur to producuce brilliant pictures and by an experienced photographer to produce 'Picasso' quality work

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