Summary: I always wanted a camera that I could literally take and use anywhere. The Pentax W90 fits the bill very nicely. And indeed it does go everywhere with me. I reviewed it for ePHOTOzine and liked it so much that I bought one.
Pros: Waterproof, crushproof, cold resistant and very compact. Buy the pentax Neoprene case to go with it - it hardly adds any bulk and gives good protection and fast access. It's a very liberating experience to have a carry-anywhere camera that can be used in all conditions. My picture of the inside o...
Cons: Infinity is not the best area of performance for the lens. It's much better at morer modest distances, but given its take-anywhere uses, this is probably not an unreasonable compromise. The flat glass cover for the lens also needs to be kept scrupulously clean, so in the very long term it gets mo...
Excerpt: The IQ was average on this camera but sometimes a really nice image can be obtained if the right profile is used. The reason I bought this W90 was its shock proof and water proof characteristics. It was never submerged more than 8 times. I intended to use it in "hostile" environments.
Cons: waterproof sealing unreliable, especially when 1 year old
Summary: I purchased the Pentax W90 mainly for it's Macro picture taking abilities. I love taking macro pictures! With the Microscope mode I am able to get within 1 inch of a subject and take an incredible picture. I also love taking pictures underwater in the ocean.
Summary: I had this camera for about 2 years for using on my kayak. The picture quality is not as good as non-waterproof cameras, but if you take your time you can get some high quality shots. The macro mode produced some of the best results.
Pros: Lightweight, convenient for pictures while kayaking, canoeing or just hiking in the rain.The zoom works well and the macro mode works very well.
Cons: Difficulty controlling the focus spot, flash is useless on the water. Should only be used down to 2-3 feet and not for long periods of time.
Summary: We have not used the camera enough to write much. However the camera and kit was shipped quickly. When we opened the kit we found that the SD card would NOT format, we contacted the seller and was quickly given an RMA #, we returned the bad SD card and a new was was shipped immediately.
Excerpt: I selected the Pentax WR90 over other cameras in the class for the following reasons (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/). 1- Slim design to fit in shirt and side leg pockets. 2- Pentax reputation for solid construction.
Excerpt: Solid, well built and easy to use. I take my W90 when shooting in wet and extreme weather conditions. The digital microscope mode is a nice feature. It activates three LED lights around the lens to produce a macro lighting effect and delivers clean, crisp 1920 x 1080 images.
Excerpt: Had the camera for a couple of days. What i like: Very solid feeling camera. Very rugged. Interface is very good. Half pressing the shutter will get you out any menu or playback mode into a shooting ready mode. I love the built in intervalometer mode.