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Pentax-optio-w80.27618412
4.9 out of 10

Pentax Optio W80

Pentax Optio W80 The Pentax Optio W80 is a digital camera w Read more

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Overall 10
10

Love it!

dunlap16417, Ebay
2 February 2012
  • Summary: Great features, have one for me, got another for my daughter. Fantastic software to go with it. Two con's are short battery life in cold weather (under 40 degrees), and I can only get 15 seconds of video. But it's shockproof and takes underwater pictures, it's user-friendly and the more I mess around with it, the more features I'm discovering. Definitely a very cool camera!
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Overall 10
10

Worth the price and better than most in this catergory.

cchab, Ebay
5 July 2011
  • Summary: This camera is my everyday go to camera when I dont want to pull out the SLR, really great camera to have and not worry about. Very rugged and takes better than average photos, perfect for a hike or to take pics in the surf. The panorama photo feature is really cool. My only gripe is lack of full manual operation (like an SLR) but I have learned to work around that and use the many mode features for specific situations.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not so great pictures.

ffk_pennywise, Ebay
11 March 2011
  • Summary: I bought this camera as a purse camera for my wife. She wanted a rugged waterproof camera to use at the pool for the kids. I'm obviously spoiled from taking pics with my regular camera, a Nikon D90, but the Optio W80 really fails to impress. I havent used it outdoors yet, but indoor pics are very subpar. The built in flash ruins the pictures. The camera is very slow to take a pic in the first place. And the rear LCD screen is pretty low-res.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not so great pictures.

ffk_pennywise, Ebay
11 March 2011
  • Summary: I bought this camera as a purse camera for my wife. She wanted a rugged waterproof camera to use at the pool for the kids. I'm obviously spoiled from taking pics with my regular camera, a Nikon D90, but the Optio W80 really fails to impress. I havent used it outdoors yet, but indoor pics are very subpar. The built in flash ruins the pictures. The camera is very slow to take a pic in the first place. And the rear LCD screen is pretty low-res.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not so great pictures.

ffk_pennywise, Ebay
11 March 2011
  • Summary: I bought this camera as a purse camera for my wife. She wanted a rugged waterproof camera to use at the pool for the kids. I'm obviously spoiled from taking pics with my regular camera, a Nikon D90, but the Optio W80 really fails to impress. I havent used it outdoors yet, but indoor pics are very subpar. The built in flash ruins the pictures. The camera is very slow to take a pic in the first place. And the rear LCD screen is pretty low-res.
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Photography Review
22 October 2010
Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Photography Review
22 October 2010
  • Summary: Great camera, and easy to use. Used is sailing, surfing (overhead and pretty heavy in indo), snorkelling, mountain biking, rock climbing. Image quality not as good as in other standard point and shoots but plenty good enough, except without flash in low light. basically i wanted a really tough camera that i didn't have to worry about and it was exactly that. 5 stars for value as was a bit pricey when i brought it but now available at about half that (while stocks last).
  • Pros: waterproof, tough, wide angle lens (28mm equivalent), compact, easy to use., A nice touch is the programmable quick access button so you can easily access the menu functions you most use. eg E.V.A compensation., Simple video editing in camera - shorten a film down to the bit with the action rather than having to keep the 5 mins of filming waiting for your mate to come over a jump. if you don't want to blow the pictures up really big you can film an action sequence and...
  • Cons: grainy photos in really low light. (eg late evening landscapes), no lens cover - just clear plastic, i still haven't managed to scratch mine and didn't have a case for a long time so has never been a problem, just a worry.
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Overall 10
10

Super great camera

12sunshine, Ebay
3 September 2010
  • Summary: Love the quality of this camera! It is packed with cool features, too many to list, have not tried it under water yet, but the above water picture have come out stunning!! What can you say more than the name Pentax says for itself. They are known for their quality lenses and this one lives up to the family name.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0

User Review

Photography Review
2 July 2010
Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0

User Review

Ron Kruger, Photography Review
2 July 2010
  • Summary: I don't usually do this, but based on the negative reviews I've seen about the Optio W80, some balance is in order. I think the problem is the W80 is not a simple P&S. It contains a great many options for such a simple thing, and it is necessary to know something about photography to get the most out of it. Set it wrong for what you're wanting to do, and your results will be poor.
  • Pros: 12+ MP. Pocket size. Waterproof. Rugged. Good IQ after processing in ACDsee.
  • Cons: LCD is a little hard to see, especially under water, and impossible unless flat in front of you. Tilt it just a little, and you're just guessing at composition. Do not like the delay between shutter depression and shutter release.
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