Summary: I am an Arson Investigator for my City fire department. I have used the Pentax W30 for almost 3 years and I love it. As you can imagine the conditions I work in are hot, wet and smokey. The Penatx W30 has always provided me with the great photos I need under these adverse conditions. When the camera gets dirty during my investigations, I just rinse it off, wipe the lense and continue taking photos.
Summary: I bought the W30 as an upgrade for the Pentax WPi which I have had for about three years. That camera gave good service and met its waterproof claims. It was used extensively for kayaking, skiing and snorkelling and eventually failed after being taken too deep. The W30 is now about 15 months old and has been used for skiing trips and travel in Oman but had not been used in water. I have been very happy with image quality and ease of use.
Summary: I wanted a camera that I could take on sea kayaking trips without having to worry about it getting wet. I've taken this camera on two trips so far, and it certainly seems to be waterproof. Sometimes I'll even hold it underwater to photograph sea critters in shallow water. The underwater pictures aren't great, but the camera doesn't seem to mind the immersion. The pictures--for the most part--are brilliant and sharp.
Bad Pentax camera no customer will not withstand water
Miggi "miggi", Amazon
23 February 2008
Summary: Pentax: bad cameras + bad customer service = declining shareholder value I bought a Pentax Optio W30 online. This is a waterproof camera submersible upto 10 feet for upto 2 hours. As part of testing it, I took it in thigh deep water on Waikiki beach on Oahu and took some pictures. The camera began to take water and ceased to function. Pentax would not honor the warranty even though the damage was covered under the policy.
Summary: My neighbor recently purchased the Pentax Optio W30 digital camera. This theoretically waterproof camera was purchased to use while whitewater rafting. At no time was it ever submerged in water, only splashed in big waves. (The Pentax warranty says it is waterproof to 10' depth.) In fact, it leaked by the 4th or 5th day of our river trip.
Summary: We have had this camera for a year now. It does great outdoor pictures and the underwater feature is great!!! However, using it at night is not optimal. The shutter speed is very slow and many of the pictures turn out blurry.
Conclusion: This camera is great for a younger photographer starting out. It is very easy to use and change settings. The pictures a good quality and come out great. It is on the small side but still durable for a clumsy person.