Summary: After owning a W10 and W20 I expected the quality to continue increasing. I was disappointed with the W30. I like my W20 the best. The focus on the W30 sucks, even after you hold the button 1/2 way it will decided to re-focus often which delays the shot tremendously.
Summary: I bought this camera a while ago. This week I gave it to my 16 yr old daughter because she fell in love with it. It's a great idea but for me, I was a little disappointed for two reasons: 1) I have familial hereditary tremors...a cute little phrase doctors use when they have no idea what it is. It's not Parkinson's Disease but I do shake, which makes it harder to get sharp photos with small Point-and-Shoots like this one. At least half of my shots came out blurred.
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.
Great as my first waterproof, but there are better.
Charles Strand, Amazon
11 August 2008
Summary: This was the first waterproof camera I ever used, and I loved it! The flexibility of being able to take my camera into the water was great. The pentax is easy to use, takes decent pictures and I have never had any problems when using it for snorkeling, even for longer time periods than recommended. Since then, though, I purchased a waterproof Olympus and like the quality of the pictures better and the larger screen size is nice.
Summary: Too many gadgets as I just wanted quality pictures. Really wanted SLR but none were available. I wouldn't want to use it under water even if it claims to have this feature. I go kayaking and thought if I ever fell overboard that it might be prudent.But why did it get all fog up after a rain (humidity?)? Movie clips and recording are not features that I care for. And adjusting picture quality without downloading is nearly impossible to really see the results.
Summary: This camera is very similiar to the last Pentax that I owned, which stopped working after a trip to the beach. I figured I would try out the waterproof/sandproof variety. The camera worked fine initially, but then refused to link with my computer to download pictures. I'm not sure why. I was most disappointed that there is no lens protector. So I ended up returning the camera within the ten day period allowed by Amazon.
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.
Summary: The W30's Owner's Manual shows that the K-AC63U AC Adapter is an optional, extra-cost item and is not included with the camera. 3 stars rating because I don't have the camera (yet), and Amazon doesn't allow a (none) rating, so rather than give it a 1 or 5 star rating, 3 stars for neither good nor bad. Just pointing out that the camera does not include the AC adapter.
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.