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Pentax Optio W60

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Pentax Optio W60

Pentax Optio W60
Pentax Optio W60
Pentax Optio W60
Pentax Optio W60

The Pentax Optio W60 is a lightweight and fully waterproof compact camera with 10 megapixels and a 5X zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle capability. The enhanced design of the Optio W60 allows the camera to operate up to 13 feet (4 meters) underwater for two hours and at extreme temperatures well below freezing.

The 5X optical zoom refraction lens never protrudes from the Optio W60, yet it covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format). This range allows the camera to capture a wide variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects. A Digital Wide function merges two shots into one image for ultra-wide-angle image capture (equivalent to a focal length of 21mm in 35mm format).

The camera is JIS Class 5 dustproof against dirt, sand and dust and operates in extreme temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius).

The Optio W60 includes a High-Quality Movie mode with HD resolution up to 1280 x 720 pixels (comparable to a 720p HDTV) as well as Auto Picture mode, fast Face Recognition, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, an Underwater Movie mode, High Sensitivity Digital SR mode that automatically adjusts the sensitivity up to ISO 6400, and an LCD monitor with a 170 degree wide-angle view and Anti-Reflection coating to reduce glare.

The PENTAX Optio W60 was introduced in July 2008 for US $329.95 in a choice of two colors: Ocean Blue and Silver.
Megapixels: 10 MP 1/2.3 inch CCD
ISO Range: HD (1280 x 720) at 15 fps, VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240) at 30 and 15 fps
Weight: 145 g loaded and ready
FPS: 5x optical zoom, 5 - 25 mm (28 - 140 mm eqv.), F3.5 - F5.5
LCD: 2.5 inch, 230,000 dots
In Production: No

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Location: Prague
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Review Date: October 23, 2012 I can recommend the Pentax Optio W60: Yes | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: easy to use, fast, good IQ
Cons: no advanced controls, no full HD video

I bought this camera to my sister as a Christmas present 3 or 4 years ago. She is still happy using it as her main camera - all she needs is something small and tough to take pictures while skiing or swimming.
I had a chance to try contemporary Panasonic and Olympus offerings in this category. Panasonic FT-1 is very unreliable - most frequently flooded WP camera by far (friend at the camera shop told me). Olympus is at least as tough as Pentax, but IQ is worse and it was much slower.
I also tried the Nikon WP offering later, which surprised me with unreliable flash exposure. Something my sister wouldn't know how to compensate.
The images from W60 look good up to ISO 400 when viewed on a Full HD TV. That's all my sister expects from her camera and I think most compact camera customers too.
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