Pentax Optio W80 Review

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Review posted 10/27/2009
 

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Quick Take
Pros
  • Water, Dust, Shock and Freeze Proof; 720p HD movies; Ability to Travel and Shoot where most cameras can't
Cons
  • Weak Flash; No HD output for HD videos; Noise in images at ALL ISO settings; Very Short Battery Life
Bottom Line
  • Great features and excellent performance, but there was noise in ALL of our sample images. Read more in our Full Conclusion.





















Pentax's toughest camera yet, the Optio W80, has been built to withstand an active lifestyle that most other digicams can not. This 12-Megapixel model is waterproof up to 16ft., Shockproof from over 3ft., coldproof and even dustproof. It features a 5x internal optical zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD screen, 720p HD movie mode and multiple shake reduction options that allow this camera to compete with any other digicam in its price range as well as making it one of the top waterproof/tough models on the market. It is available in several stylish yet tough-looking colors.


Pentax Optio W80 Features:
  • 12.1-Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • Waterproof up to 16 ft. (5 meters)
  • Dustproof
  • Shockproof from drops of up to 3.3 ft. (1 meter)
  • Coldproof in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C)
  • 5x internal optical zoom lens: F3.5-5.5 28-140mm, 35mm equivalent
  • Image Stabilization: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR, Movie SR
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1500-1/4 (4 seconds in night scene mode)
  • Shooting modes: One Shot, Self Timer (10s, 2s), Continuous, High Speed Continuous, Interval, Auto Bracket; Continuous FPS
  • Multiple Scene shooting modes, including several for underwater
  • Smile Capture
  • Blink Detection
  • 720p HD video mode
  • Li-Ion Battery - Approx. 170 recordable images or 65 min. movie record time
  • USB computer and A/V output

In the Box:
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW87
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • AV Cable I-AVC7
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI78
  • Battery Charge Cradle D-BC78
  • AC Plug Cord
  • Strap O-ST20

Available now with a MSRP of US$ 299.95



Additional Images:

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