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Pentax Optio W30

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Fun 7.1 megapixel camera that is also waterproof

digitalcameraroundup.com
30 November 2011
  • 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
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Field Test: Jump Right In with the Pentax Optio W30!

Pop Photo
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.
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
7.5
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
8.5
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 9
8.5

Pentax Optio W30

What Digital Camera
11 May 2008
  • Excerpt: Pentax's W range welcomes a replacement to the W20 model, with its main feature being its waterproof and dustproof capabilities
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Expert Review

Channel5
22 April 2008
  • 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!
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Pentax Optio W30

Steve's Digicams
23 April 2007
  • Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls Pentax Optio W30 Specifications Type: Compact waterproof digital camera Sensor: Type - 1/2.5" interline transfer CCD; Effective pixels - 7.1MP; Total pixels - 7.41MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 7M (3072x2304), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (2304x1728), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (1600x1200), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480); Movie: VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240); Quality levels - *** (best), ** (better), * (good) Lens: Type/construction - Pentax zoom...
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Pentax Optio W30 Digital Camera Full Review

Digital Camera Review
5 April 2007
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax Optio W30

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
Overall 8
8.0

Pentax Optio W30 digital camera review

Pocket Lint
12 June 2007
  • Pros: Waterproof to 3 metres, excellent metering and colour balance, good build and feature set, image quality, low noise at low ISO, SP (anti-drip) lens coating
  • Cons: Slow tracking AF, anti-reflective screen (still) difficult to use in direct sunlight, no optical viewfinder, slow response, sharpness issues
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 7
7.0

Pentax Optio W30

PhotographyBLOG
11 June 2007
  • 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!
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Overall 4
3.6

Pentax Optio W30

COMPUTER BILD
3 May 2008
  • 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.
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