Optio W90

Optio W90

Pentax Optio W90 Review

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Review posted 06/14/2010

Quick Take
Pros
Nice wide 5x lens; Extremely durable; Captures nice 12-megapixel photos; HD movie mode (720p max. resolution); Multiple Scene Modes; Good shooting performance; Great price for a Lifeproof camera
Cons
Weak Flash; Good deal of noise present at all ISO settings in still photos and movies; Short Battery Life; LED lamps are not very bright
Bottom Line
Pentax continues to create competitive models for the "lifeproof" point-n-shoot category. The Optio W90 performed well during our tests, and is sure to please the active user who needs a camera that is as tough as they are. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Pentax has hit the outdoors with the rugged new Optio W90, an all-weather, rough and tough camera meant to be taken on any adventure, no matter where it leads. This unit boasts 12-megapixels combined with a versatile 5x zoom lens, which is housed completely inside the camera's body. Shots are framed on the 2.7-in TFT color LCD with an anti-reflective coating and 230,000 dots of resolution. A unique innovation on this new "lifeproof" camera are three LCD lights around the lens for up close macro picture taking; and by up close Pentax means as close as 1cm from the front of the lens! The W90 comes in Black, "Pistachio" Green, and Orange (available sometime in July 2010) and sells for around $260 - $330 U.S. (see our list of retailers for the best deal).

Features of the Pentax Optio W90:
  • 5X optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent)
  • 12.1 megapixel sensor
  • 2.7 inch LCD, with 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio
  • New Digital Microscope mode
  • Waterproof to depths of up to 20 feet
  • Shockproof from drops as high as 4 feet from the ground
  • Coldproof/Freezeproof down to 14ºF/-10ºC 
  • Dustproof
  • HDMI port for playing back HD videos and still images on you HDTV
  • 720p HD video at 15 or 30 frames per second (lower resolution options also available)
  • Pixel Track Shake Reduction
  • Face Detection, Smile Capture, Blink Detection
  • Autofocus assist lamp
  • New LED macro lights built into the lens ring
  • ISO settings from 80-6400
  • Infrared remote control capabilities
  • Rechargable Li-Ion battery

Whats in the box:
  • Optio W90 camera unit
  • USB cable
  • AV cable
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Battery charger
  • AC Power cord
  • Heavy duty dtrap
  • Carabiner clip
  • Software CD-ROM

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