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14 people found this helpful
on June 28, 2012
I bought this camera specifically for a planned white water rafting trip and it far exceeded my expectations. It was intended to be a supplemental camera to my existing compact digital, but the performance and versatility of this unit quickly made it my replacement. It's got a ton of different shooting options that I wasn't even aware of. The panorama function is pretty cool, it stitches 3 consecutive shots together horizontally to make one big panorama. The video capabilities are also very impressive, shooting in 1080p HD that will upload to YouTube and play back at the same resolution for easy video sharing. I got the waterproof camera specifically to protect it from splashes during the rafting trip, but I've since had it in swimming pools and the underwater video quality is simply amazing.
My local camera store only carried the GPS enabled version in the black and orange colors, which I initially balked at thinking this was going to be a gaudy safety orange camera. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it was more of a metallic orange highlight and actually makes the camera look very nice.
The salesman did say that battery life could be an issue, so I bought a spare battery (they charged me $50 for it, later found them on Amazon for much, MUCH less so I returned the other one to the store). During my first full day's use, I did change the battery at the mid-point of the trip, but the indicator was still showing it as full. I suspect it would have been lower if I'd done more video, but I primarily shot stills and even with the GPS on the battery life was very reasonable.
The only negative thing I can say about it is the battery charger than Pentax supplies with this. I'm accustomed to compact, plug-in wall units with retractable prongs for easier travel. Not this one...it comes with a unit that looks like a wall charger, but it has a long AC cord that you have to plug into it. It's not at all travel friendly, but there are some good deals on Amazon for a wall style charger and many even include spare batteries. Mine did and I think I paid about $20 including shipping...totally worth it. The supplied charger is in my spare electronic parts box, where I expect it will remain.
Other than the charger, this is a good, rugged and full-functioned camera that I am glad I purchased.