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Pentax Optio W60 Waterproof 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom (Ocean Blue)

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  • 10.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Waterproof to 13 feet; coldproof to sub-zero temperatures
  • 5x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • 720p HD movie capture (15fps)
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: B0019V2CW8
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.2 x 1 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0019V2CR8
  • Item model number: B0019V2CW8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,438 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 22, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Lightweight and fully waterproof, the Optio W60 features 10 megapixels and a 5x zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle capability. The enhanced design of the Optio W60 allows the camera to operate up to 13 feet underwater for two hours and at extreme temperatures well below freezing.

Perfect for photography in adventurous as well as everyday settings, the 5x optical zoom refraction lens never protrudes from the Optio W60, yet it covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format). This range allows the camera to capture a wide variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects. A Digital Wide function merges two shots into one image for ultra-wide-angle image capture (equivalent to a focal length of 21mm in 35mm format).

The Optio W60 also accompanies users to new aquatic depths. With improved design and construction of the shutter button and controls, as well as reinforced, airtight joints, the Optio W60 allows underwater photography up to 30 percent deeper than previous Pentax waterproof models. In addition to the JIS Class 8 waterproofing standard, the camera is JIS Class 5 dustproof against dirt, sand and dust and operates in extreme temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius).

Other important features and modes of the Pentax Optio W60 include a High-Quality Movie mode with HD resolution up to 1280 x 720 pixels (comparable to a 720p HDTV) as well as Auto Picture mode, fast Face Recognition, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, an Underwater Movie mode, High Sensitivity Digital SR mode that automatically adjusts the sensitivity up to ISO 6400, and an LCD monitor with a 170 degree wide-angle view and Anti-Reflection coating to reduce glare.

A perfect companion for indoor and outdoor enthusiasts, the Pentax Optio W60 performs well during winter and summer activities as well as in and around water and sand.

Optio W60 Highlights

10-megapixel resolution With 10 effective megapixels, the Pentax Optio W60 delivers highly-detailed photos.

5x zoom lens The Pentax Optio W60 features an internal 5x zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format) and a refraction lens that never protrudes from the camera while zooming. This system allows the camera to capture a variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects. When combined with the intelligent digital zoom function (up to 5.7x) zoom magnification may be increased to 28.5x.

Enhanced waterproof and extreme weather performance The Optio W60 operates underwater up to 13 feet (four meters) for up to two hours, which is an increase of 30 percent over the performance of previous Pentax models that were limited to 10 feet. This performance is the result of improved construction of the shutter button and other controls and reinforced, airtight external joints. Waterproofed to the JIS Class 8 standard, the camera is dustproof to JIS Class 5 against sand and dust and operates in temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius). This makes it a perfect choice for outdoor winter activities such as skiing as well as for water sports including boating, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.

Bright, wide-angle LCD monitor The 2.5 inch high-resolution (approximately 230,000 dots) LCD monitor features an Anti-Reflection coating to reduce reflective glare and be easily viewed even in bright sunlight. The monitor’s wide viewing angle (about 170 degrees both horizontally and vertically) allows users to view images from nearly any angle.

High-quality movies with Shake Reduction And HD resolution The Optio W60 captures movies at resolutions as high as 1280 x 720 pixels, which is comparable to HDTV resolution at 720p. The camera also features Movie Shake Reduction to automatically correct camera shake and an Underwater Movie mode that optimizes color settings for recording underwater.

Auto Picture mode Featuring scene-recognition technology, the camera’s Auto Picture mode determines the subject’s shooting conditions and automatically selects the optimal scene mode. Optio W60 photographers also may select from seven capture modes including Flower, Sport, Night Scene Portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Standard modes.

Face Recognition function Face Recognition AF & AE function on the Optio W60 delivers beautiful portrait shots with a single setting. This convenient function automatically sets the focus and exposure detecting up to 32 faces at one time in 0.03 seconds. The camera also features Smile Capture mode that automatically captures images when subjects smile and Blink Detection, which warns the photographer if any subject’s eyes are closed during exposure.

High Sensitivity Digital Shake Reduction The Optio W60 features Digital Shake Reduction, which compensates for camera shake and subject blurring during still-image photography. This mode automatically adjusts sensitivity up to a maximum of ISO 6400 based on ambient lighting, which permits a faster shutter speed to capture sharp, clear images. In addition, Digital Shake Reduction for playback corrects blurring in images post-capture.

Additional Features

  • Macro focusing can focus on subjects as close as a centimeter (less than one inch) for stunning close-up shots
  • Pentax proprietary SP (Super Protect) coating adds superior water repellency and scratch resistance to the lens’s front protective glass to prevent water droplets from forming
  • Panorama mode stitches a series of up to three shots into one wide photo
  • Intelligent zoom function extends the zoom range without compromising the optical zoom’s image quality
  • Supports SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
  • Approximately 36.4 MB of built-in memory
  • Frame composite function allows photographers to shoot and create images with decorative frames; 80 styles to choose from
  • Date and Time imprint function for easy image categorizing
  • Includes the ACDSee for Pentax 3.0 image viewer/image management software, that supports Windows VistaTM
  • Supports PictBridge, DPOF printing, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching

Product Description

Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera, Ocean Blue The W60's 10.0 megapixels produce large, detailed images, which may be printed as 8 x 10 inch enlargements (and larger) in clear resolution with impressive image quality; The 5X internal optical zoom in a slim 1.0inch body is equivalent to 28-140mm, making it ideal for landscape, indoor, or group photos; The large, bright 2.5 inch IPS (In Plane Switching) LCD screen with Anti-Reflective coating is viewable at wide angles, even in bright sunlight. Features: * Waterproofing to 13 feet (4 meters) protects from rain and spills, as well as capturing underwater adventures in photo and video. * Continuing its adventurous spirit, the W60 is coldproof to sub-zero temperatures, ideal for winter activities such as skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. * HD movie capture vividly captures moving memories in wide-screen 720p at 15 FPS. * With Advanced Face Recognition technology, the camera automatically recognizes and quickly captures up to 32 faces, so every face is bright and focused, even in backlit areas. * Smile Capture recognizes theprecise moment a subject smiles and releases the shutter automatically, and Blink Detection gives an alert to retake the pictures if anyone's eyes are closed. * Digital Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. At up to ISO 6400, trustthe W60 for accurate, blur-free photos. * Movie Shake Reduction also is available to steady yourvideo captures. * Close focusing, Super Macro mode brings out the details in even the smallest subjects as close as 1 cm. Specifications: Sensor: Type - 1/2.3 interline transfer CCD w/primary color filter; Effective pixels - 10.0 MP; Total pixels - 10.34 MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 10M (3648x2736), 7.5M (3648x2056, 16:9), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (2592x1944), 3M (2048x1536), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480); Movie: HD 720p (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240); Type/constr

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I've never had issues with the photo quality. It's nothing fancy, but it takes good pictures and performs great underwater. Read more ›
The quality of underwater photos is slightly improved over the W10, but given that you're moving in the water and the fish are moving, the focus problem is really serious. Read more ›
The photos were not crisp enough. It was pretty interesting shooting footage under water but the image just didn't pop. Read more ›
No need to worry about getting the camara wet and took great pictures! I used it snorkeling and the pictures were wonderful. It fit in my wristlet purse which made it easy… Read more ›
I bought this camara not because of its underwater capabilities, but because I love close-up photography and I have to say, the pictures are stunning! My friends can't… Read more ›
It needs some kind of sun shade. Most of the pictures were very clear, except the underwater ones, which were out of focus. It is very difficult to focus underwater. Read more ›
- Not shorting out underwater. - Super macro mode is useful sometimes. Read more ›
The battery, SD card & USB port are all under one sliding door that…The controls are ridiculously easy to figure out, and common controls aren't buried in the "menu". Read more ›
It takes really good pictures outdoors and inside in good light but like other reviewers I agree that it take grainy pictures in low light. The 1 cm macro mode is great. I'v… Read more ›
I had really…The handling of the camera is really nice - all the functions work well, and it's really convenient to have the camera in the pocket of my PFD while kayaking. Read more ›
It may be that this is a…The screen is not viewable in bright day light conditions, the screen itself looked grainy, and many of the controls were not easy to access. I… Read more ›
It works great and I don't have to worry about getting it wet or sandy. I find the Pentax Optio series the easiest menu to use and it has some great features. Read more ›
I find this camera very easy to use. Turns on very fast, controls are easy to navigate, even with my large fingers. Read more ›
We used this on a trip to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia recently for pictures taken…The images were true to colour, and the movie feature was great to use while feeding the fish. Read more ›
I have not tried it in the water yet, but have taken at least 300 pictures and I love it. It's small & easy to use. I usually set it on action because if I don't I have… Read more ›
Bought this camera for underwater photography during my trip to Cuba. It was easy to use and the underwater pictures are surprisingly clear. I didn't have to sift through… Read more ›
Pretty much everything else by my book: really weatherproof, pretty decent image quality, HD movies, multiple aspect ratios, uses standard SD cards, easy to use and access… Read more ›
Great shots. Easy to use and definately waterproof. Read more ›
With the silicone skin its virtually kid proof as well. Images are good, low light images are amazing; video is excellent. Read more ›
The HD video is nice, but as someone else pointed out, the low 15 fps means that it isn't very smooth. Read more ›
When my Optio W10 started slowing way down and showing a little water in the…It was a big upgrade in picture quality and took some nice surfing video self-portraits. It… Read more ›
I can actually get some really excellent shots that make it look like I know what I'm doing even though I don't. It has alot of cool features, and takes some nice video. Sur… Read more ›
Pros: Durable, waterproof, good hd video in daylight, small and portable, different shooting modes. Cons: Not so good picture quality: average in good light and less than… Read more ›
I have been looking for a camera with good video quality and can be taken underwater for picture and video. This is the camera that does the job. nice video quality, though… Read more ›
For the price, this is an unbelievable camera. I am very satisfied with this product. Read more ›
Great overall value but if you need a camera for pictures of little ones who are always on the move other than in the pool this is not the one! I do love its size a quality… Read more ›
For example, you can set your default to portrait and then select outdoor, action or any other setting... Then by hitting one button go…Overall great camera, great price! Read more ›
Nice camera. Well worth the price. Read more ›
Actually got this for a bit less through Abe's of Maine. Many, many features for a reasonable price. The only reason this did not rate 5 stars was due to its plastic case,… Read more ›
Easy to use, waterproof, and takes great shots, especially…A great value and I would recommend it to anyone with an active lifestyle that needs a small waterproof camera. Read more ›
Like many people who somehow trashed their previous W series camera, I…In addition, it's lighter, the screen is brighter, and it's got a couple of useful software upgrades. Read more ›
Like many people who somehow trashed their previous W series camera, I…In addition, it's lighter, the screen is brighter, and it's got a couple of useful software upgrades. Read more ›
My next two had a better screen and took very nice pictures until the…I was hoping that the W60 would combine a great screen, be watertight and take excellent pictures. I… Read more ›
Where this camera really excels is as a travel companion. It has a nice screen, good usability, and enough flexibility to keep me happy even in absence of a full manual mode. Read more ›
I was hoping that the W60 would combine a great screen, be watertight and…I like the screen, it survived one snorkeling trip, but the pictures were a big disappointment. Read more ›
Compared to the 43WR, the W60 has a more conventional shape, larger and brighter LCD screen, a single access door on the bottom (to the SDHC card, rechargable Li-battery,… Read more ›
Not only that, but it takes FOREVER to focus, meaning if you're shooting people, you…The 5x zoom is nice, though it does make for enormous barrel distortion at close range. Read more ›
I own the W-30 , and was…The 60 is a worth while upgrade , just for the wide angle lense. the 3 to now 5 power zoom is also nice , but the HD video at 15 frames is a waste! Read more ›
The flash is too close to where your finger rests, therefore, when the flash fires…5x optical zoom was nice, but the autofocus did not keep up with far away action shots. Read more ›
Love this camera. Great optical zoom for a camera this old, lots of shooting presets, waterproof as advertised. I carry it everywhere with me in a pants cargo pocket and am… Read more ›
It is almost impossible to hear normal speech levels at distances of more…In addition, the camera provides the nice option of zooming and focusing while taking a movie. H… Read more ›
- slow autofocus (really takes much longer than a Canon P&S) - some slow operation (like zooming into a shot in playback) Read more ›
While this reasoning may make me come off as an idiot frat guy, i am an avid SLR photographer when im sober…The colors are real vivid and the video is better than expected. Read more ›
Not only is this Sony durable and easy to use - the picture quality is…The focus and the realistic colors are so amazing I want to go back and retake all of my pictures. Read more ›
I will say that the photos taken during the day and in very bright conditions were phenomenal. They were nice and crisp, with great color saturation. Basiclly I should have… Read more ›
They were a little murky straight off the card, but applying auto color correct (I used irfanview, but suspect any basic program will work equally well) caused the colors… Read more ›
Pros: Waterproof, plus abundance of features., Great looks, compact and nice color., HD movie mode. Read more ›
even though it is only 15fps, still this is a very valuable and uncommon feature. -outside it takes nice pictures, full of vibrant color -i like the green button that sets… Read more ›
I think the picture quality is amazing and there are so many features in the easy to navigate menu…The battery life has been good, much better than my previous cameras. I… Read more ›
There's even a pet and kid mode. The battery life is decent. Read more ›
I took a few test…Too bad it only worked for those test shots...it's back to not turning on (power button lighting up only) even though it's a new fully charged battery. Read more ›
I'd hit the power switch, the light comes on then immediately goes off. This is with a fully charged battery. If it stays on, hitting the zoom switch causes it to go off… Read more ›
This one is very easy to use and takes great pictures and movies. I really like how it fits in a shirt pocket, boots up quickly, and the battery lasts for a reasonable time. I… Read more ›
The flash is too close to where your finger rests, therefore, when the flash fires…5x optical zoom was nice, but the autofocus did not keep up with far away action shots. Read more ›
Still image quality is good, especially if you limit the Auto ISO to 50-400 to manage the noise. The camera is quick to focus, and the flash seems powerful enough. I've… Read more ›
Both of these are great for travel and I find myself using them alot. I also like the macro focus which has produced some great shots for me. But there are the things I… Read more ›
Played with all settings to no avail. The interface was fairly nice, but the images look like your using one of those cheap kid camera's. Read more ›
You can also do the slide-show on camera. - Easy to follow interface. I learned to use more than 90% of the functions without even reading the manual. Read more ›
-outside it takes nice pictures, full of vibrant color -i like the green button that sets everything to auto/default Read more ›
Because of built-in camera hardware limitations I would only gain minimal…I did as he suggested and the write speed is very fast with the class 2 (standard) Sandisk cards. Read more ›
- HD video is just 15fps at 1280*720, other video resolutions have 30fps. - A faster shutter speed on the Sports mode to prevent blur. Read more ›
(Also, while the W60's got a gazillion program modes, I found it pretty much impossible to make the darn thing stop down, as it consistently defaulted to a wide aperture… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

234 of 236 people found the following review helpful By surfbum on August 16, 2008
Color Name: Ocean Blue Verified Purchase
UPDATE: This review was updated on 9/1/08 to reflect the announcement of the Olympus 1050SW.

I am a self confessed camera freak. I have owned the Pentax WPi, W10, W30, and now, the W60. My other primary cameras are the Canon SD 870 (with waterproof housing for diving) and a Canon SLR system with L series lenses, etc. I live in Hawaii and I travel for a living and I can say that without a doubt, the Pentax W series of cameras have been my "go to" cameras for any activities that involve water, snow, sand, or dirt. They take A LOT of abuse even if they don't advertise that fact like Olympus. For optical quality in a "friendly" environment when I don't want to lug my SLR, I prefer my Canon SD 870 which has noticeably better optics.

Like many people who somehow trashed their previous W series camera, I have been waiting over a year for the W30 upgrade and I can report that all in all, the W60 is a worthy upgrade to the W30 if only for the 28mm lens. In addition, it's lighter, the screen is brighter, and it's got a couple of useful software upgrades. I've been using the camera for a month now.

Make no mistake, this is a "fun" outdoors camera. If you're not going to take your camera in the water, to the beach, or mountain biking stop reading now and find a camera with better optics. The W60 is just o.k. and certainly no worse than the W30. As for the barrel distortion at 28mm, it's probably just slightly worse than my Canon SD 870 which means that the distortion is there and is noticeable, but for a group shot at the beach or trying to get the full length of a kayak AND an isle in the background, I'll live with the ever so slight distortion. You can always just click the lens down to 37mm and eliminate the distortion just like any other compact.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By surfbum on August 16, 2008
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
UPDATE: This review was updated on 9/1/08 to reflect the announcement of the Olympus 1050SW.

I am a self confessed camera freak. I have owned the Pentax WPi, W10, W30, and now, the W60. My other primary cameras are the Canon SD 870 (with waterproof housing for diving) and a Canon SLR system with L series lenses, etc. I live in Hawaii and I travel for a living and I can say that without a doubt, the Pentax W series of cameras have been my "go to" cameras for any activities that involve water, snow, sand, or dirt. They take A LOT of abuse even if they don't advertise that fact like Olympus. For optical quality in a "friendly" environment when I don't want to lug my SLR, I prefer my Canon SD 870 which has noticeably better optics.

Like many people who somehow trashed their previous W series camera, I have been waiting over a year for the W30 upgrade and I can report that all in all, the W60 is a worthy upgrade to the W30 if only for the 28mm lens. In addition, it's lighter, the screen is brighter, and it's got a couple of useful software upgrades. I've been using the camera for a month now.

Make no mistake, this is a "fun" outdoors camera. If you're not going to take your camera in the water, to the beach, or mountain biking stop reading now and find a camera with better optics. The W60 is just o.k. and certainly no worse than the W30. As for the barrel distortion at 28mm, it's probably just slightly worse than my Canon SD 870 which means that the distortion is there and is noticeable, but for a group shot at the beach or trying to get the full length of a kayak AND an isle in the background, I'll live with the ever so slight distortion. You can always just click the lens down to 37mm and eliminate the distortion just like any other compact.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Li on August 28, 2008
Color Name: Ocean Blue Verified Purchase
Clearly, this is not a camera for everybody. It's designed for those outdoor enthusiasts who's willing to trade the picture quality for the taking anywhere feature. I wish I could have a compact camera that can be used anywhere but still has DSLR picture quality -- but that camera doesn't exist!

If the underwater capability is important to you, then there are not so many choices out there -- and the only two get head to head are Olympus 1030 and the Pentax W60. Both are 10M pixels which I don't think it's really needed -- you can't fully use the 10M capability because of the lens quality. Some important difference:
- Olympus can go 30 ft deep, Pentax 10 ft.
- Olympus is crash proof, Pentax is not
- Olympus's lens is 28-105, Pentax is 28-140
- Both can take video of 640x480, up to the size of the flash card (Olympus may need a firmware upgrade), but Pentax can take 1280x720 in 15 fps.
- Olympus can't use zoom during video taking, Pentax can, but records the zoom sound as well.
- Pentax has slightly better picture quality, but little noisier.
- Pentax uses SD/SDHC card, Olympus uses xdpicture card, which is more expensive.

Finally I decided to go with the Pentax.

Things I like besides the under water capability:
- Feature rich. There are 24 different scene mode, a good fit to novice users, and there are also face detection, blink detection, smile detection and some on-camera editing capability. You can also do the slide-show on camera.
- Easy to follow interface. I learned to use more than 90% of the functions without even reading the manual.
- Macro that closes up to 1cm, not so many cameras are capable of that.
- Picture color is normally good.
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