Pentax Optio WPi Review

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Pentax Optio WPi

Review posted 01/22/2006


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The amphibious OptioWPi digital camera features 6.0 megapixels of resolution and a 3X optical zoom lens and captures high quality images both on land and up to three feet underwater without an additional waterproof housing. The OptioWPi is the perfect digital camera for active people who snorkel, ski, sail, surf and participate in a variety of outdoor activities or simply find themselves in a monsoon.

You sacrifice neither size nor weight with the stylish, durable OptioWPi. PENTAX kept the OptioWPi's dimensions to a mere 4x2x0.9 inches and it weighs only 3.6 ounces. Despite the diminutive size, the OptioWPi features a generous 2.0 inch low reflection LCD, 10MB built-in memory, quick start-up, an ultra fast nine point autofocus, and it captures QVGA movies at 30 frames per second.

Pentax Optio WPi The 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 camera's rechargeable lithium-ion battery and SD memory card slot.

These technological design advances help qualify the PENTAX OptioWPi with a JIS Class 8 water resistant rating. Continuous underwater picture-taking possible for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 m.


Optio WPi Features:

  • Compact and water-resistant camera body
  • Fast boot-up and minimal shutter lag time
  • 6.0-megapixel imager and a 3x optical zoom lens
  • 2.0-inch color LCD monitor
  • 20 Shooting modes to select from
  • Voice Recorder and Voice Memo features
  • Metering and White Balance is adjustable
  • 10 Digital Filters, Sharpness, Saturation and Contrast is adjustable
  • Movie mode 320x240 (30fps/15fps) w/audio, length limited only by available memory
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill and Red-eye Reduction modes
  • ISO speeds: 80, 160, 320, 400, 800
  • USB Mass Storage compatible for PC and Mac OS
  • 10.5MB of memory + SD or MultiMedia memory cards
  • World Time function displays the time in 62 cities
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Audio-Video Out for connection and replay on TV
  • PictBridge compatible for direct printing





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Pentax Optio WPi

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Pentax Optio WPi

Pentax Optio WPi

6MP All-Weather Olympus Stylus 600 and the Waterproof Optio WPi.





Pentax Optio WPi

Pentax Optio WPi and a standard CD for size comparison




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Pentax Optio WPi Specifications

Camera Type: Compact-type digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure, auto flash and water resistant design (JIS class 8 waterproof - depth TBD)
Effective Pixels: 6.0 megapixels
Image Capture Device
Type: 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter
Total Pixels: 6.36 megapixels
Color Depth: 10 bit x 3 colors
Recorded Pixels: Still - 2816x2112, 2560x1920, 2304x1728, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480

Movie - 320x240, 160x120 @ 30fps/15fps

Focus System
Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus system
Autofocus: 9 point AF, Spot AF, Manual, Tracking AF in Sport, Kids or Pet mode
Manual Focus: 0.4 in. (0.01m) - infinity
Focusing Range: Normal: 1.31 ft (0.4m) - Infinity
Macro: 0.4 in. (0.01m) - 2.0 ft (0.6m) Wide
19.7 in. (0.5 m) - 2.0 ft (0.6m) Telephoto
Lens
Type: Pentax power zoom - internal
Focal Length: 6.3mm - 18.9mm
35mm Equivalent: 38mm - 114mm
Aperture Range: F3.3 - F4
Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (3 aspherical elements)
Optical Zoom: 3X
Digital Zoom: 4X
Exposure Control
Sensitivity: Auto, or user select ISO 80, 160, 320, 400, 800 (Candle mode only)
Exposure Control Method: Program AE
Exposure Modes: Green, Program, Picture, Movie, Voice recording, Synchronous sound recording
Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Shutter: Type - Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter Shutter Speed: approx. 1/2000 - 4 seconds
White Balance: White Balance Control - TTL Auto, Pre-set, Custom White Balance; Available Settings - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, Manual
Flash: Built-in series-control auto flash, Auto discharge under low light and backlit conditions.
Operation Modes - Auto, Flash-Off, Flash-On, Auto + red-eye reduction, Flash-On + red-eye reduction, Soft flash.
Effective Range - Wide approx. 0.66 to 10.2 ft. (0.2 - 3.1m)
              Tele approx. 1.64 to 8.2 ft. (0.5 - 2.5m) at ISO auto
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes: Program, Picture (Landscape, Night Scene, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Surf & Snow, Flower, Pet, Candle, Food, Museum, Soft, Natural skin tone, Movie, Panorama assist)
Digital Filter: Black & White, Sepia, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Soft, Brightness
Drive Modes: One shot, Continuous (Standard, High speed), Self-timer
Movie Mode: 30fps/15fps with sound, Shooting Time: from Approx. 1 Sec. to memory card capacity.
Color selectable: full color, sepia, or black and white
Time
Modes: dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd
World Time: Display of the time in 62 cities (28 time zones)
Alarm Clock: Displays image with alarm (maximum of three memory settings). Snooze function available
Image Storage
Storage Media: 10.5MB of internal memory + SD or MMC removable cards
File Formats: Still - JPEG (Exif 2.2), DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Print Image Matching II; Movie - MOV (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 30 or 15fps with sound; Sound - WAV (PCM), Monaural, Record time depends on the remaining capacity of the memory card
Viewfinder: Optical Viewfinder - none
LCD Specifications
LCD Monitor: 2.0 inch, TFT color LCD, with Histogram Display
LCD Coverage: 100%
LCD Resolution: Approx. 110,000 pixels
LCD Function: Slide show, Movie Play, Histogram display, voice memo available
Magnification: 4X
In-camera Editing: Trimming, Resize, Digital Filter (Black & White, Sepia, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Soft, Brightness)
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes: Single, All
Image Protect: Single, All
Interfaces
Type: AV output terminal, USB terminal, DC input terminal
Video Output: Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats (monaural sound)
Power Supply: D-LI8 Lithium rechargeable, optional AC adaptor kit
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperatures: 32 - 104F (0 - 40 Celsius)
Camera Casing: Plastic
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 4 x 2 x 0.9 inches (102 x 51 x 22 mm) excluding protrusions
Weight: 4.8 oz (135g) loaded and ready; 4.2 oz (120g) without battery and SD memory card
Computer System Requirements
Mac Requirements: OS: Mac OS 9.2 or later (QuickTime 4.0 or later to view movies), CPU: Power PC 266MHz or higher, Memory: 8MB or more, Hard disk space: 6MB or more, Standard equipped USB port
PC Requirements: OS: Windows 98,98 second edition, 2000, Me, XP Home edition / Professional, CPU: Pentium or later recommended, Memory: 64MB or more, Hard disk space: 40MB or more, Standard equipped USB port
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)



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