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...
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.
Summary: By way of background I do semi-pro photography (with Olympus dslr equipment)and because I travel and also do a lot of canoeing am always fiddling with small cameras going back through generations of Olympus point and shoots and now a little Canon A550, a superb Panasonic Lumix ZS1 and the latest,...
Excerpt: Bought it as a replacement to Pentax M20 that got damaged while skating. It has the same sensor as the w90 which as of now is about £100 more expensive. Got the camera for £130 which is good deal for a water proof camera. I did go through the camera review here and it didn't seem good.
Summary: The W80 has a lot of nice features and one of the most attractive designs of the waterproof cameras, but I was hugely disappointed by the image quality. Testing it aside the Fuji FinePix ZW33 (a substantially cheaper waterproof point and shoot) and the Olympus Tough 6000, it was the worst.
Summary: My first camera was a Pentax ME Super SLR and I have had a soft spot for Pentax products since. I bought this camera as a replacement for a similiar Panasonic product which failed a submersion test before going on holiday.
Pros: Waterproofness. Good colour rendition of underwater subjects.
Cons: Had to clear face recognition every time. Battery life.
Summary: I have been using this Pentax series of camera since the very beginning with the Optio43WR and sometimes i think that is still the best one to use. Pentax is trying to cram too many options into one instead of focusing on a quick start and quick focus to shutter ratio.
Summary: I preordered this directly from Pentax, and I've had it for less than a week. I know someone with a W30 who is very happy with his, so I figured this would be much better. So far, I'm very disappointed. I'm comparing it to my Canon SD850 by shooting macro, interior and exterior scenes.