Pentax Optio W10 Review

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Pentax Optio W10

Review posted 05/9/2006

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The Optio W10 sets the latest PENTAX standard for waterproof digital with 6.0 megapixels and a reflection-free 2.5-inch LCD that offers optimal viewing in outdoor settings. The amphibious Optio W10 captures high quality images both on land and up to three feet underwater without an additional waterproof housing. The Optio W10 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.

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.

Optio W10 Features:

  • Water-resistant and Dustproof performance
  • Fast 0.6 sec. boot-up and 0.05 sec. shutter lag time
  • 6.0-megapixel imager and a 3x optical zoom lens
  • 2.5-inch 115,000 pixel color LCD monitor
  • Ultra-fast 9-point Autofocus with Tracking AF and Face priority AF
  • Voice Recorder and Voice Memo features
  • Metering and White Balance is adjustable
  • 10 Digital Filters, Sharpness, Saturation and Contrast is adjustable
  • Movie mode 640x480 30fps w/audio and anti-shake, length limited only by available memory
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill and Red-eye Reduction modes
  • ISO speeds: 64, 100, 200, 400, (800 in Candle mode)
  • 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 71 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 W10 and a standard CD for size comparison

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The Optio W10 and the 8-megapixel Optio A10.

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Pentax Optio W10 Specifications

Camera Type: Compact-type digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto flash, waterproof 1.5m 30 minutes
Effective Pixels: 6.0 megapixels
Image Capture Device
Type: 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter
Total Pixels: 6.18 megapixels
Color Depth: 10 bit x 3 colors
Recorded Pixels: Still - 2816x2112, 2560x1920, 2304x1728, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480

Movie - 640x480, 320x240 @ 30fps/15fps

Focus System
Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus system
Autofocus: 9 point AF, Spot AF, Manual, Tracking AF
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)
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 64, 100, 200, 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 12 ft. (0.2 - 3.6m)
Tele approx. 1.64 to 9.8 ft. (0.5 - 3m) at ISO auto
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes: Program, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Night scene, Surf & snow, Self-portrait, Food, Museum, Sport, Underwater, Underwater movie, Pet, Candle, Soft, Natural skin tone, Fireworks, Kids, Report, Sunset, Text, Frame
Digital Filter: Playback: Black & White, Sepia, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Soft, Brightness
Drive Modes: One shot, Continuous (Standard, High speed), Self-timer, Interval Movie
Movie Mode: 30fps/15fps with sound, Shooting Time: from Approx. 1 Sec. to memory card capacity.
Anti-shake available. Color selectable: full color, sepia, or black and white
Modes: dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd
World Time: Display of the time in 71 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 III; 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: 2.5 inch, low reflection TFT color LCD - with 2-step Brightness adjustment
LCD Coverage: 100%
LCD Resolution: Approx. 115,000 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
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) 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches (107 x 55 x 23mm); excluding protrusions
Weight: 5.5 oz (155g) loaded and ready; 4.9 oz (140g) 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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