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The quality is not worth the price,
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This review is from: Pentax Optio W90 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Camera)
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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Initial post: Jul 20, 2010 6:29:37 PM PDT
Thanks for the in-depth information. You are right. End users seemed more pleased with the Panasonic TS2.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2010 11:13:25 AM PDT
i purchased the pentax W90 before i read this review, you are completely right about the video quality. everything seems really grainy before taking a picture, but the pictures do come out nice. the video on the other hand films grainy, uploads grainy and for some reason every computer i upload the video on it plays back in slow motion. How does the Panasonic TS2 hold up in salt water?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 6:38:27 PM PDT
I haven't taken it snorkeling yet, but have used it at the beach in the water with very good results. Mostly I have used it in our pool taking underwater video and pictures of my daughter. The video and still pictures look really good! I'm still very happy with the Panasonic TS2 camera.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2010 5:07:23 PM PDT
Alexander G. Bibb says:
Could you tell me if the Pentax had any manual functions like shutter speed or fstop? I like taking long exposure shots but not many digital point-and-shoots offer it anymore.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 1:56:20 PM PDT
john baltzer says:
No, the Pentax W90 does not have manual shutter speeds or over-rides.
I wish mine did since a lot of what I shoot is moving water...
Posted on Sep 16, 2010 7:13:10 PM PDT
Mitch D says:
I agree about the Olympus... I compared the Olympus to the Panasonic at B and H, shooting macros of my keys. The Olympus Stylus Tough menu is confusing (I don't like having to scroll through LED images on a menu) and it just did weird things with the flash and exposure while trying to shoot. When I tried shooting a macro of my keys with the TS2... you just press the macro setting (no scrolling through menus) and it got a beautiful shot the first time. I found I liked the controls and feel of the Pentax somewhere in between the Olympus and the Panasonic.
The only thing I didn't like about the Panasonic is the zoom control design.
Posted on Dec 10, 2010 8:03:02 AM PST
This might be a stupid question, but does the TS2 record audio along with the video?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2010 9:29:51 AM PST
Yes, it does. Also, as an FYI, I am still very happy with the Panasonic TS2.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2010 9:34:05 AM PST
Thanks... I'm glad to see the price down to $259 (as of this comment).
Do you need an extra battery? What size and class of SD card do you use?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2010 9:40:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2010 9:41:10 AM PST
I haven't needed to purchase an extra battery, it seems to hold a charge very well even with taking video (with sound), but it probably would be a "nice to have" for when you know you may need it (vacations, etc.). The charge time is pretty quick. I use an 8 GB SanDisk Extreme III card and unload to my Macbook frequently, so I haven't had the need for anything bigger. Like the extra battery, it depends on how much you will be using the camera, to determine if you really need a larger card.
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