LCD and Viewfinder
Pentax RS1500 has a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7", the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
RS1500 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Kodak EasyShare Z980 (Compare) or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Pentax RS1500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/1500 sec
Unfortunately RS1500 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Pentax RS1500 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
With Pentax RS1500, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30,15 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution
RS1500 has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Pentax RS1500 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung SH100 or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect RS1500 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Pentax RS1500 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 260 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Pentax RS1500 vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Pentax RS1500 Features Compared to Main Competitors