Summary: I was a bit disappointed in this product, because it really did not perform as well as I had hoped. The camera is small and compact, which is great, but the screen is so small, it is very difficult to see what you are shooting at under water. The picture quality is good but not excellent, and all in all I wish I would have purchased a different camera ... particularly for the price.
Excerpt: Overall I really enjoy this camera. I love the timelapse, the incamera panorama. P mode is great for taking quick shots- except under incandesant light and the very similar floresants- where no white balance preset is right and there's no way to adjust it. I like the customizableness that allows me to change vital parameters easily (with one hand as I ride down the road on my bicycle).
Summary: I bought my first Pentax Waterproof digital camera about 6 years ago, and being that I was recently going to take a long Vacation out of country I figured I had better upgrade it. After studying all the reviews online of the different water-proof cameras offered, and finding that every water-proof camera has quite a few bad reviews, and even after trying a few out at a dealer, I ended up on settling with the Pentax model once again.
second one and experiencing same issue, flash not functioning properly!
Kimberly Powell, Amazon
2 November 2010
Summary: The flash only works 45% of the time, making night time pictures very poor! It is the second camera and both had the same flash issue. It is built great and is wonderful on every aspect save the flash and lcd screed blakcing out which is an issue experienced with both. Too bad cause it is a great camera otherwise.
Summary: Great camera initially, unfortunately "waterproof" was a stretch. Camera took great pix and videos underwater on the first attempt (snorkeling), however, on the second underwater adventure, it malfunctioned shortly after coming out of the water. Don't know how this could have been avoided. Returned camera to Amazon and they replaced it. Would be interested to hear others' experiences and suggestions??
Summary: I bought one before our honeymoon and took it with us. The daylight photos were pretty sharp but it helps to brace the camera to reduce the shake and blurring. It is not completely compatible with the Eye-Fi card, which was annoying, but we could work around it. However, I ended up having to return this 'waterproof' camera because I took it snorkeling with us and it *immediately* failed as soon as it got wet in the ocean.
Summary: I have two previous Pentax Optio W models. I bought this one as an upgrade, but was not happy with the quality of the images. It seems to me that the lese while having more range is not as good as previous models. The video quality is poor and uses an codec that is not as good as others available today. Shooting HD and scaling it down by 50% looked pretty good for web. However shooting standard def gives poor results.
Summary: I took back a Sony TX1 when I found this deal which was a mistake. The concept to this camera is awesome and as far as the durability I will have to wait to see. I did use it underwater which is really cool! The picture quality is good as long as you have enough light but the time between pictures is pretty long. The video was the major disappointment for me. Even in full daylight the video is very choppy, not fluent at all.
Pros: Easy to Use
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Poor Image Quality, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life
Summary: i've purchased several pentax optios and when I saw this one online I was VERY excited to upgrade again... all of the features are very nice, but the photo quality is horrible compared to my W30... i hope Pentax comes out with a better model soon.
Summary: Purchased this for a trip to France and Italy. Have had point and shoot cameras before. To date; everthing worked except the night photos. It's not that they didn't take, it's that when you took the picture, half the time they came out blurry. I changed the mode for night setting and they tell you to use a tripod. When do you have time to set up a tripod on a boat!!!. Very disappointed with that aspect of the camera. Other than that the camera worked great.