Oct 14, 2005

Pentax Optio WP Digital Camera Quick Review

The Pentax Optio WP is a compact digital camera that features JIS Class 8-equivalent waterproof performance and has a body only 22mm thick. What's more, the Optio WP also features a 2.0-inch LCD monitor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and the imaging power of 5.0 effective megapixels.

There is an Olympus Optio WP quick review at The Imaging Resource in which they write-
"Pentax's Optio WP's sturdy plastic body and waterproof seals give peace of mind when travelling, letting users take the camera along regardless of weather or your planned activities. Its fully automatic exposure control performs reasonably well in a wide variety of conditions, although the camera does tend to underexpose significantly. For more difficult shooting conditions, an unusually wide range of preset "Scene" modes extend the camera's capabilities nicely, so long as you manage to find those hidden by an occasionally obtuse interface. The 5.0-megapixel CCD captures high resolution images, with plenty of detail to make good-looking 11x17 prints. DPOF and PictBridge compatibility, plus a good selection of pre- and post-capture tools such as Red-Eye correction, color filters, brightness filter, and more make the Optio WP an excellent choice for users looking to make prints straight from the camera or flash card. While more experienced photographers may prefer more subdued color, we suspect that most consumers will love the bright, vibrant photos the WP produces. As one of the only waterproof cameras on the market, pool and other underwater/over-water use is the only compelling reason to get the Pentax Optio WP. It is not for diving or even snorkeling unless you're content staying at only five feet deep, but that makes it excellent for silly underwater shots in the pool, and other clear bodies of water. Its poor low light performance and weak flash wouldn't allow for much deeper anyway. If you keep it to low ISO and watch your exposure, you can get some good watersport shots with the Optio WP. Compact, stylish, and well-suited to travel, the Pentax Optio WP is a good choice for novices, fans of computer-free printing, and more experienced users looking for a fun, take-anywhere digital camera."

I can think of a lot of places I'd love to take a waterproof digital camera. Bet you can too.

Optio WP Features:
* Compact and water-resistant camera body
* Fast boot-up and minimal shutter lag time
* 5.0-megapixel imager and a 3x optical zoom lens
* 2.0-inch color LCD monitor
* 20 Shooting modes to select from
* Voice Recorder and Voice Memo features
* Metering and White Balance is adjustable
* 10 Digital Filters, Sharpness, Saturation and Contrast is adjustable
* Movie mode 320x240 (30fps/15fps) w/audio, length limited only by available memory
* Built-in flash with Auto, Fill and Red-eye Reduction modes
* ISO speeds: 50, 100, 200, 400
* USB Mass Storage compatible for PC and Mac OS
* 10.5MB of memory + SD or MultiMedia memory cards
* World Time function displays the time in 62 cities
* Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery
* Audio-Video Out for connection and replay on TV
* PictBridge compatible for direct printing