Pentax Optio W30 Review

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Pentax Optio W30


Features & Controls



Pentax Optio W30

With an internal Pentax 3X zoom lens (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format) the Optio W30 is designed for maximum protection against water. The camera even features an "SP" (Super Protect) coating which prevents water drops from sticking to the lens. Operating within it's full range without protruding from the body of the camera, the glass lens is constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups with three aspherical elements. The aperture range is F3.3 - F4 and combined with a 4X digital zoom the total zoom of is rated at 12X.

The AutoFocus sytem features TTL contrast detection with a 9 point autofocus with selectable pan, spot, or auto tracking modes. Manual focus is supported from 0.03' to infinity (at wide), 1.64' to infinity (off wide); The AF range in Normal mode is 1.31 ft to Infinity; Macro - 0.36 in. to 1.97 ft. at wide angle.



Pentax Optio W30

The built-in flash has modes for Auto, forced on (fill), forced off, redeye reduction, and soft flash. The working range at wide angle is approx. 11.8 ft., and telephoto is approx. 9.8 ft. (using ISO auto.)



Pentax Optio W30

The large 2.5 inch low-reflection LCD monitor has 115,000 pixels of resolution and offers 100% coverage. The LCD backlighting mechanism features a brightness adjustment as well as a Power Saving mode, which automatically reduces the backlight intensity to preserve battery life.

Controls on the back: Top right is the zoom rocker switch, in playback it controls the index and enlarge functions. The "blue arrow" button is the Play mode button, press it to review images. The 4-way selector switch is for navigating menu options, press the OK button in the center to accept selections. Press "Up" to change Drive modes in record, press "Down" to change the recording mode (see the next page for the modes available), press "Right" for focus modes and "Left" for flash modes. The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menu system. The Green button enters the Easy record mode, and you can also set a desired shortcut function to this button (ISO, white balance, contrast, etc.).



Pentax Optio W30

On top is the speaker, microphone, power button and the shutter release.





Pentax Optio W30

Images and movie clips are stored in its 21.9MB of internal memory or on Secure Digital or MultiMedia cards. The camera is compatible with all SD type cards up to 2GB in capacity and with the new SDHC memory cards offering capacities of 4GB and 8GB.

Approx. Still Image Storage Capacity

Pentax Optio W30


Approx. Movie Storage Capacity

Pentax Optio W30





Pentax Optio W30

I/O Ports: The PC/AV connector is for both the USB 2.0 data cable and the Audio / Video cable for connection to a TV set (NTSC or PAL). The USB cable can be connected directly to any PictBridge compatible printer.  The DC IN port is for an optional AC power supply.

The black rubber gasket inside the door helps to waterproof the camera. Click here to see the JIS Class specifications (Adobe .pdf format)



Pentax Optio W30

The Optio W30 is powered by a D-LI63 proprietary 3.7 740mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. Pentax claims a battery life of up to 210 shots and a playback time of 240 minutes in accordance with CIPA measuring conditions. The battery is charged out of the camera with the provided AC charger.




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