The Best Camera for Backpacking: Three Compact Digital Camera Reviews
10 November 2010
Excerpt: The best camera for backpacking would be a compact digital camera rugged enough to withstand any conditions the wilderness generates and even the take photos underwater. The three best models are reviewed below because of their ability to take vibrantly...
Excerpt: Pentax has hit the outdoors with the rugged new Optio W90, an all-weather, rough and tough camera meant to be taken on any adventure, no matter where it leads. This unit boasts 12-megapixels combined with a versatile 5x zoom lens, which is housed completely inside the camera's body. Shots are framed on the 2.7-in TFT color LCD with an anti-reflective coating and 230,000 dots of resolution.
Excerpt: Point-and-shoot cameras often have it tough. A night out on the town can mean anything from a tumble down a flight of concrete steps to close encounters with vomit for the average handheld digi-snapper. But if you’re looking for a capable handheld cam that’s tougher than the Rocky series and prettier than the Victoria’s Secret catalog, you may want to consider the Optio W90.
Excerpt: While the Pentax Optio W90 has just been announced, I had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with a preproduction model of the new camera at CES 2010 last month. For my first impressions on the 12MP deathproof camera, keep reading.
Conclusion: If you buy a waterproof, robust digital camera your emphasis is likely to be more on fun than looking for a picture that offers truly high end picture quality. Even so I was disappointed with the picture quality offered by the Pentax Optio W90. There are some very good digital cameras in this category and my view is that there is better quality on offer elsewhere.
Pros: General features - macro lights - remote control
Summary: This is a point and shoot camera of above average competence. We like the look of it, sort of cold war techno chic. We would rank this on a par with the Canon Powershot D10 and many customers will no doubt prefer the Pentax’s austere, no nonsense body form. This is truly a go-anywhere camera that can be hosed down after a day at the beach or a trek up Kilimanjaro. There is something appealing about a camera that doesn’t need to be mollycoddled. A good buy.
Pros: We gave the W90 the tourist treatment around town and were impressed with the sharpness, exposure and colour as long as we didn’t go past ISO200. There is the usual tendency to over expose under grey skies. Auto white balance is good. The 1280X720 movie mode produces surprisingly good results. The “digital microscope” works well.
Cons: The exposure compensation control is buried in the menus when it should be controlled from a camera-body dedicated button.
Excerpt: Want to literally make a splash with your digital camera? Among designers of point and shoot compacts it appears at times that the current practical concerns govern how big a zoom can be crammed into how compact a chassis, and how many levels of indestructibility said compact can boast.