Pentax Optio W10 Review
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The Optio W10 is equipped with Face Recognition AF/AE, a new technology that detects faces and automatically adjusts the focus and corrects the exposure to suit. This technology is particularly effective at preventing "dropout" photos, where the camera focuses on the background and not on the person when taking commemorative or other valuable photos. At the same time, this feature automatically corrects the exposure so the face is properly exposed even in lighting situations where the brightness of the person and the background are drastically different, such as when a person is under a spotlight or on a strongly backlit stage.
Continuous AF or tracking AF are activated automatically upon selection of Sport, Pet or Kids modes - allowing the camera to track a moving subject within the frame and maintain accurate focus accordingly.
Selection of shooting and playback modes is made much easier with the Mode Palette, PENTAX's original mode selection function that lists mode icons on the LCD monitor. By arranging 25 shooting modes and 15 playback modes, the Mode Palette speeds up mode selection with its straightforward display. Pressing the green button while in the Mode Palette activates a guide function, which displays explanations of each mode.
The Green mode simplifies picture taking by letting the camera control detailed settings. Since a simple press of the green button activates the Green mode, even beginning photographers can enjoy taking pictures with ease. The Green mode resets the shooting menu, setup menu, and other settings to their defaults and locks the menu and mode buttons and other controls so you don't have to worry about unintentionally changing the settings. This mode comes in handy when asking someone else to take your picture.
The Optio W10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Furthermore, switching on the newly added movie anti-shake function* automatically compensates for camera shake while recording movies. (The anti-shake function can be switched on or off.)
The W10's design is not only stylish, it's innovative. Every seam in the camera is protected with rubber sealant and an interlocking design to resist the enemies of all electronics including dust, pressure and moisture. Inside, a powerful internal 3X optical zoom captures images as close 0.36 inches without ever protruding from the camera body. A special water-tight locking mechanism fully secures the rechargeable lithium-ion battery and SD memory card slot.
The Optio W10 offers waterproof performance to withstand up to 30 minutes of continuous
operation at an underwater depth up to five feet (1.5 meters). The Optio W10 conforms to
Class 5 dustproof performance of category 2 (machines produced to prevent internal changes in
atmospheric pressure). This performance makes ideal for outdoor activity sports and outdoor
events. Waterproof performance also allows users to rinse the camera off any time.
Pentax Optio W10 and a standard CD for size comparison
The Optio W10 and the 8-megapixel Optio A10.
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