Like its Optio RS1000 predecessor, the RS1500 will offer cosmetic customization by way of a removable faceplate. No tools are required to remove the camera's protective front panel, an improvement over the last model.
Thanks to a removable ring around the lens, skins can now be swapped out without the hassle of using a small tool to unscrew the faceplate. The RS1500 will ship with 10 interchangeable skins. Users can also download a free application to create and print their own unique skins.
On the un-customizable side, the RS1500 will be equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens, a 14 megapixel sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD and 720p HD video recording. It will offer Pentax's Auto Picture mode for automatic scene recognition and face detection.
Pricing and availability
The Pentax Optio RS1500 will be available in April 2011 for $129.95.