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Pentax Optio W90 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

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  • 12.1 megapixel CCD
  • 720p high-definition video at 30 fps
  • Wide-angle 5x optical zoom (28?140mm equivalent)
  • 2.7" LCD 16:9 display
  • WHATS IN THE BOX: Optio W90, USB Cable I-USB7, AV Cable I-AVC7, Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI88, Battery Charge Cradle D-BC88, AC Plug Cord, Strap O-ST20, Carabiner Strap O-ST103, Software CD-ROM S-SW102

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Product Description

PENTAX 16411 12.1 Megapixel Optio W90 Digital Camera (Black)

From the Manufacturer

The eleventh generation Pentax Optio W90 waterproof digital camera is built for rugged adventure in every way. It offers enhanced waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and coldproof performance and features an inventive Digital Microscope mode with LED lighting to capture small but intriguing subjects. Designed with the look of mountaineering equipment, the Optio W90 kit includes a woven web fabric strap complete with a carabiner to attach the camera to a backpack and other outdoor gear.

Adventure photography doesn't get any better than this. The rugged Optio W90 offers photographic performance, innovative features and style that surpass other outdoor compact digital cameras now available on the market.

  • Waterproof to 20 feet for reliable underwater photography
  • Shockproof to 4 feet withstanding the rigors of extreme use
  • Coldproof to sub-freezing temperatures for use in wintery, snowy activities
  • 12.1 megapixel sensor and wide angle 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent)
  • Digital Microscope mode with LED lens lighting perfectly captures the smallest and closest macro subjects as near as 1cm from the camera
  • Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity for built-in Wi-Fi capability to transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer or an online sharing site such as Picasaweb, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. (Eye-fi cards sold separately.)
  • Large 2.7-inch LCD with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio that is easy to view in strong light or underwater
  • Capture movies in widescreen 720p HD video at 30 frames per second An HDMI port plays back beautiful high-resolution imges and video on HDTVs
  • Advanced Pixel Track Shake Reduction captures blur-free images in any lighting Fast Face Detection, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, and processing modes specifically designed for portraiture, and new Pet Recognition captures up to 3 pre-programmed pet faces in memory
  • Infrared remote control compatibility with new waterproof Remote Control WP, as well as other Pentax infrared remotes
  • Autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus, even in challenging lighting
Pentax Optio W90 Highlights

Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof
Rated JIS Class 8 waterproof, the Pentax Optio W90 captures images up to 20 feet underwater (four feet deeper than the previous Pentax W series model) for up to two hours. The shockproof* Optio W90 is designed to withstand falls from a height of four feet without damage to the body. Rated JIS Class 6 dustproof, the Optio W90 also offers exceptional coldproof performance for reliable operation at temperatures as low as -10 degrees C, making it a perfect choice for active photographers who venture to shoot pictures in demanding outdoor conditions. The camera also comes equipped with carabiner strap to attach the camera to a backpack or other outdoor gear.
* Measured under Pentax-original testing standards (from a height of 1.2 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to the Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.

Digital Microscope mode for nature observation from 1cm away
Combining a macro shooting capability from less than one inch away with the Digital Zoom function, the Optio W90's new Digital Microscope mode magnifies the view and captures miniscule subjects that are difficult to observe closely with the naked eye.
* Three LED Macro Lights installed on the face of the lens barrel camera captures subjects such as plants and insects clearly and brightly on the LCD monitor for extreme macro photography.
** When using the Digital Microscope mode, the image size is fixed at 2.1 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity
Eye-Fi SD memory cards store media and offer built-in Wi-Fi capability that accesses an assigned wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer and online sharing site such as Picasaweb, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Equipped with an Eye-Fi Card, the Optio W90 allows users to enable/disable the Eye-Fi Card's Wi-Fi connectivity via the camera menu and provides an on-screen card activity indicator. (Eye-fi cards sold separately.)

Upgraded face detection detects dogs and cats
The Optio W90 features a new-generation Face Detection AF & AE function, which instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces in the image field and captures each in sharp focus and optimum exposure in just 0.03 seconds. This upgraded version is programmed to detect not only human faces, but also the faces of dogs and cats. When the user selects pre-registered dog or cat faces (up to 3 choices), the camera automatically detects them and optimizes focus and exposure. Users may program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject's face turns straight toward the camera, which is helpful for pet photography.

High-quality, HD-proportioned movie recording
The Optio W90 captures beautiful, flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This mode also offers a variety of editing functions: Still images may be extracted from movie clips; title images can be added to the beginning and/or end of a movie clip; and more. The Optio W90 also provides an HDMI micro terminal for audio/video signal output.

Extra-wide 2.7-inch LCD monitor for effortless outdoor viewing
The Optio W90 features a large 2.7 inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots and horizontally extended 16:9 proportions. This monitor is treated with a special AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to cut the glare of external light and minimize annoying reflections, making it easy to view recorded images and on-screen menus even in bright sunlight.

High image quality
Combining approximately 12.1 effective megapixels with the Pentax-developed imaging engine and the high-performance Pentax zoom lens, the Optio W90 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to larger sizes, users are assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Optical 5x zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage
Despite its compact dimensions, the Optio W90 features an optical 5x zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). This wide zoom range may be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes, from spectacular landscape and group shots to tightly framed snapshots taken from a distance.

Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake

Pixel Track SR
When recording still images, the Optio W90's Pixel Track SR (Shake Reduction) effectively compensates for camera shake by processing affected images.

High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode*
When the Optio W90 detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, it automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.

Movie SR**
During movie recording, the Optio W90 prevents blurry images by effectively minimizing annoying camera shake through the use of exclusive software.
*When the High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to five megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels).
**When the Movie SR is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Subscreen Input function for constant display of a favorite image on the screen
The Optio W90 features a Subscreen Input function that allows users to display a thumbnail of a recorded images in the upper left corner of the LCD panel for a picture in picture effect that may be used as a reference. This features is helpful when the photographer wants to shoot subjects from the same angle and at the same image size every time (such as photographing prepared food in the same way to compile a recipe file) or when the user wants to constantly keep a favorite image on the screen.

Additional features
  • Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 (available as an optional accessory) for wireless remote shooting*
  • New Collage function to compose a single picture from multiple images
  • New Ink Rubbing filter to create a monochromatic, high-contrast image from a recorded image
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for the optimum result 12 digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to recorded images
  • Digital Wide function to compose an extra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 21mm lens in 35mm format) from two images
  • MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, such as Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)
* Wireless remote operation is not available when shooting under water.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.2 x 2.3 x 1 inches
Item Weight 5.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B0039237GU
Item model number W90 Black
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,724 in Camera & Photo
#337 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Underwater Photography > Cameras
Date first available at February 24, 2010

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By Kristin D. Henry on April 4, 2010
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I read the reviews for the previous models of the Pentax, Lumix, Olympus waterproof cameras and most were mixed. I purchased this Pentax before taking a vacation in the Caribbean. I was very pleased with the performance and results of this camera. Now to be clear, it doesn't replace my Nikon D40, but complements it. This Pentax camera simply allowed me to get pictures I would never have gotten with another camera. I took it to the beach, out in the water, snorkeling underwater. It performed well underwater and was great for pictures out of the water with very acceptable resolution.

I had the camera immersed in saltwater, freshwater for extended periods of time. No signs of leaking. It is compact, durable. I like its functions, options etc. I was worried that it might work great underwater, but that I might have to compromise on normal pictures where I would have typically used another compact (non waterproof) but didn't want to carry another compact camera with me. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the pictures under normal shooting conditions.

I see a lot of use coming from this camera. Kayak trips, beach trips. just taking it places where I wouldn't want to take my other cameras.

I highly recommend this camera---but understand what you are getting, incredible flexibility with very good quality, but don't expect it to perform like your digital SLR. But some of the pictures I got with this camera, I simply wouldn't have gotten with my digital SLR because it wouldn't have been with me!
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I had this camera for about three weeks, I really liked the physical appearance, ease of operation, and menus (I think the menu/user interface was really good). However, the quality of the pictures and HD video is not there for what it costs. I ordered the Panasonic TS2 last week from Amazon and compared them side by side, picture for picture. The Panasonic won hands down in my opinion. The video was clearer, did not have all the noise which plagued the Pentax (especially in sunny conditions), and you can use the optical zoom with the Panasonic (with the Pentax you are limited to digital zoom while recording video). Granted these weather/waterproof cameras don't replace dedicated DSLR's or high-end consumer camcorders (I just bought a Sony HDR-CX550v - it is GREAT), but for the price, they really should give us more quality. I paid $276 for the Pentax, and $326 for the Panasonic - well worth the extra few dollars. Kudos to Amazon for their return policy! (FYI - I also looked hard at the Olympus 8010 and 6020, while at Best buy on several occasions. While not comparing it directly with the Pentax or Panasonic, I was not happy with the slow shutter lag, menu operation, and general feel of it. Again, just my opinion. )
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I recently bought this camera for a trip to Hawaii. I knew it was a good camera when i got it, but it out performed by expectations.
-- The image quality is good, colors are well portrayed in the finished images.
-- It does have Interval shooting, which it didn't say in the description but I find this option fun for time lapse.
-- The panoramic mode is also really nice. It stitches together three images as you take them. It has a kind of visual guide to help you line the pictures up. The finished product is very good.
-- I took this camera under water in the ocean. The pictures came out pretty good, but I didn't take alot because the water was colder than I thought lol. After the ocean I followed the instructions to rinse the unit in a bowl of fresh water and it worked good. No leaks.
-- The camera itself is very rugged and stands up to alot of abuse.
-- I haven't used the micro shooting function very much, but the shots I have done are very cool. The LEDs on the front of the camera work well, but again I didn't use it that much.

Over all this is an awesome camera. I am an amateur photographer, I usually shoot with my Canon 5D mark II. But for a light trip like this, the W90 worked perfect. I'm impressed with everything about it. It is a really fun camera and I highly recommend it, hence the 5 stars. Hope this helps.
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I used this camera for a week and returned it to Amazon.

The good.

1. It is waterproof. Took to the pool and used it for an hour and it did great.
2. Takes good video underwater.
3. Panoramic mode and Digital Microscope mode are really cool and work well.
4. Picture quality is pretty good.
5. Colors are accurate
6. Size and weight are great. Very easy to take everywhere.
7. I think it looks great.
8. Feels very solid and well made.

The bad.

1. The video quality is terrible. It is not HD video. It may be HD resolution but the video is so smeared and poor quality that it might as well be just standard def.
2. Can't zoom or focus while taking video. This was the deal breaker for me.
3. No orientation sensor. This should just be standard on any new digicam.
4. Automatic flash always uses red eye reduction. I wish autoflash would just use regular flash. This may not be a con for some people but to me it was annoying. I had to manually set to force flash to use regular flash.
5. No image stabilization
6. Video in HD mode is limited to 10 minutes regardless of flash memory size.


Because someone pointed out that this review could use some clarification.

The underwater video quality is much better than its "out of water" video quality. I don't expect much underwater and it met my expectations underwater. Out in the air, I expected crisp video that changes focus and you can zoom with. It is not crisp.
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