Summary: If you're spending a lot of time on, in and around water, the Optio W30 is a perfect fit. It doesn't mind getting wet, and it takes exceptionally good pictures underwater. And your underwater movies will blow everyone's mind.
Pros: Waterproof down to 10 feet!, Internal optical zoom, Excellent underwater image and movie quality, Innovative synchro sound mode, Digital shake reduction with ISO up to 3200, Versatile, useful "Green Mode" button
Cons: Low-res, narrow viewing angle LCD, Fairly large, Needs better handstrap and protective boot underwater, No autofocus illuminator light
Field Test: Jump Right In with the Pentax Optio W30!
1 July 2008
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio W30 is an update to Pentax's popular Optio W20 underwater-capable camera. This 7.1-megapixel compact (street: $265) features a 3X optical zoom (38-114mm 35mm equivalent), 24 picture modes, movie recording at 640x480 pixels and 30fps with sound, and greatly improved underwater abilities over its predecessor.
Excerpt: Pentax Optio W30 is a waterproof digital camera that can take photographs underwater at down to 10 metres. It captures high quality movies at 640 x 480 pixel resolution and at 30 frames per second. Additional features include 7.1 megapixels and 3 x zoom lens. Facial Recognition helps you get the focus right, and and Macro Photography mode gives you stunning close-ups!
Excerpt: With apologies to Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean: "dead cameras take no pictures". Nothing can stop an aquatic photo opportunity quicker than an ill-timed intrusion of water or spray into your camera’s innards. For years, photographers have used plastic bags, underwater housings and purpose-built underwater cameras to permit them to shoot in, around and under the water.
Summary: The Pentax Optio W30 is a fairly unremarkable camera that succeeds largely due
to being water and dust proof, and very easy to use.
This is truly a camera that you can take on your next beach
holiday, and not have to worry if it gets dropped in the
sand or sea. The W30 also makes a great companion for a snorkelling
trip, and is generally a hard-wearing camera - if it can
survive daily use by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute,
then it can survive most things!
Summary: Ob Schnorcheln in der Karibik oder Rafting in den Alpen: Mit einer wasserdichten Kamera wie der Pentax Optio W30 werden spektakuläre Aufnahmen möglich. AUDIO VIDEO FOTO BILD sagt, ob dabei auch die Bildqualität simmt.