Pentax Optio Digital Camera - The Waterproof W60
This Pentax Optio W60 Waterproof Digital Camera is a point and shoot digital camera that I would most definitely carry in my pocket on any occasion. Why? Because the new Pentax Optio W60 can be submerged in 13 feet of water for up to 2 hours without worry. Because it’s 10 megapixel sensor has face detection with up to ISO 6400. Because the internal lens has a 28mm wide 5x zoom. Because the Pentax Optio W60 function admirably in temperatures well below freezing. And those features are just for starters!
- Large and detailed images via it’s 10 megapixel lens
- 5x optical zoom equivalent to 28/140mm
- The W60 sports a wide angle 28mm zoom lens
- The Pentax Optio W60 is waterproof up to 4 meters (13 feet)
- A Pentax 2.5 inch IPS LCD monitor with anti reflective coating
- Resistant to cold temperatures including sub-zero degrees
- High definition movie capture rated at 720p
- Face Recognition technology locates up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds
- PENTAX’s shake reduction system sets ISO at 6400 to prevent blur
- Super macro mode can focus in as close as 1 centimeter
The Pentax Optio W60 costs a little more than the Pentax Optio M50 but the new features are well worth the extra money in this editors opinion.
The Official Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera Press Release
GOLDEN, CO (May 22, 2008)… PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio W60 compact digital camera. 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. The PENTAX Optio W60 will be available in July 2008 for US $329.95 in a choice of two colors: Ocean Blue and Silver.
PENTAX Imaging Company has produced digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces, and mobile printers and scanners for over 80 years with headquarters in Golden, Colorado.
note: PENTAX and Optio are trademarks of the HOYA CORPORATION. PENTAX Corporation merged with HOYA CORPORATION on March 31 of 2008.