Pentax Optio W10 Review

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Pentax Optio W10


Record Screens & Menus



Pentax Optio W10

This is the "green" point-n-shoot mode. Here the camera controls all aspects of the exposure process. The Record and Mode menus are locked, you may only change the flash mode (Auto or Off), enable the Self-timer, or change between 9-point AF or Macro focus mode.



Pentax Optio W10

When in any mode other than "Green", press the 4-way controller "Down" to bring up this graphical menu of recording modes to choose from: Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Frame Composite, Landscape, Flower (closeup), Portrait, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Surf & Snow, Synchro Sound Record (still image+sound), Sport, Pet, Candlelight, Kids, Soft (focus), Self-portrait, Fireworks, Sunset, Food, Text, Museum, Natural Skin Tone, and Report.


Pentax Optio W10

Press the Green "guide" button to get a description of each different mode.



Pentax Optio W10

Program AE mode with the real time histogram display enabled. You will also get icons for image size, quality, white balance, and ISO speed. See the menu below for all available settings.

When the shutter release is half-pressed, green AF target marks in the center of the frame indicate a good autofocus lock, they turn red when the auto focus fails. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed (not shown.)



Pentax Optio W10

Record menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 6M, 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024x768 or 640x480
    Quality Level - Three (Best), Two (Better) or One (Good) "stars"
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent or Manual
    AE Metering - Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto or fixed at 64, 100, 200, 400, 800
    EV Compensation - Override metering ±2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    AF Setting - Focusing Area (9 point AF, Spot AF, Tracking AF), Focus Limiter (On/Off)
    Movie - Enters the Movie mode menu (shown below)
    Interval Shoot - Choose interval, number of shots, and start time
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Instant Review - Off, 0.5, 1, 2, 3 or 5 seconds
    Memory - Memorize settings between power on and off
    Sharpness - Settings for minus, normal, plus
    Saturation - Settings for minus, normal, plus
    Contrast - Settings for minus, normal, plus




Pentax Optio W10

The Macro focus mode covers from 0.4 in. (0.01m) - 2.0 ft (0.6m.)





Pentax Optio W10

In Manual Focus mode a sliding scale is shown on the LCD with distance marks. While you are adjusting the distance the display is enlarged so you can visually "see" the focus change.



Pentax Optio W10

You can record 640x480 or 320x240 motion video at 15 or 30 fps with audio. Movie clips are stored as QuickTime MOV format video files. The length of these movies is limited only by available memory.


Pentax Optio W10



Approx. Storage Capacity

Pentax Optio W10





Pentax Optio W10

Setup menu options:

    Format - Formats the SD card
    Sound - Set volume and type of camera operation sounds
    Date Adjust - Set Date & Time
    Alarm - Set an alarm time
    World Time - Set World Time
    Language - Select the camera's language
    Folder Name - Create an image folder
    USB Connection - Set transfer mode (PC, PictBridge)
    Video Out - Set video format (NTSC, PAL)
    Brightness level - LCD brightness
    Power Saving - Time delay before LCD auto dims
    Quick Zoom - On, Off
    Auto Power Off - On, Off
    Quick Zoom - On, Off
    Green Button - Function of green button (Green mode, Image size, Quality, White balance, AE metering, ISO, EV comp, AF Area, Sharpness, Saturation or Contrast)
    Reset - Return settings to default



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