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The PENTAX Optio W90
The PENTAX Optio W90 digital compact camera has, in addition to its upgraded waterproof, dustproof and shockproof capabilities, the new Digital Microscope mode, which allows for a closer look at small but intriguing subjects in outdoor shooting.
Enhanced waterproof and shockproof performance
By further enhancing the air tightness of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the Optio W90’s underwater picture-taking performance to six metres (compared to five metres for its predecessor) and for up to two hours of continuous operation. Along with its outstanding IPX8 (or JIS Class 8) waterproof performance, the Optio W90 also offers exceptional shockproof capacity* to withstand a fall from a height of 1.2 meters (one metre for its predecessor) without damage to the body, thanks to its new body design and refined internal mechanisms. In addition to these characteristics, the Optio W90 comes with remarkable dustproof performance equivalent to IP6X (or JIS Class 6) and exceptional cold-proof performance for reliable operation at temperatures as low as –10°C, making it a perfect choice for active photographers who venture to shoot pictures in demanding outdoor conditions.
Upgraded face detection to detect even the faces of dogs and cats
The Optio W90 features a new-generation Face Detection AF & AE function, which instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces in the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and optimum exposure in just 0.03 seconds. In addition to popular features such as the innovative Small Face filter, this upgraded version is programmed to detect not only human faces, but also the faces of dogs and cats. When the user selects pre-registered dog or cat faces (up to 3 choices), the camera automatically detects them and optimises focus and exposure. The user can even program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject’s face turns straight toward the camera. These features make it simple and effortless to capture the delightful faces of active pets.
High-quality, HD-proportioned movie recording
The Optio W90 captures beautiful, flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This mode also offers a variety of editing functions: Still images can be extracted from movie clips; title images can be added to the beginning and/or end of a movie clip; and more. The Optio W90 also provides an HDMI micro terminal for audio/video signal output.
Extra-wide 2.7-inch LCD monitor for effortless outdoor viewing
On the back of its small body, the Optio W90 features a large 2.7-inch high-brightness colour LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots and horizontally extended 16:9 proportions. This monitor is treated with a special AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to cut the glare of external light and minimise annoying reflections, making it easy to view recorded images and on-screen menus even in bright sunlight.
High image quality
Combining approximately 12.1 effective megapixels with the PENTAX-developed imaging engine and the high-performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio W90 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to larger sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.
5 x Optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage
Despite its compact dimensions, the Optio W90 features an optical 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). Thanks to this wide zoom range, the Optio W90 can be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes, from spectacular landscape and group shots to tightly framed snapshots taken from a distance.
Bought for its weatherproof and waterproof build. It's been used underwater many times but not to great depth, 1m max. Image quality in poor light is wanting. Easy menu. Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by John W. Martin
with lots of functions and settings that are mostly useless. But waterproof. Not rugged as all scratched up on rear panel after minimal outdoor use, the battery doesn't last long... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by Alty
Love the the way the children can use it and we have no worries about it breaking, Good photos etc, However lost the charger and its a pain getting a new one. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2012 by Jack Hogan
This was an excellent choice as addition to my larger digital SLR ;-). I bought it in February, used it a lot over next few months, but mostly during my summer brake in Croatia for... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2011 by V. Radonic
Only just returned from holiday having used this camera. Easy to use. Confident in extreme weather. Screen protectors very expensive try Ebay. Must buy larger memory card.Published on 21 July 2011 by PaulaD
Im really happy with this camera. The image quality is really good. I didnt try it in the water yet, but I read in the manual you have to change the casing of the camera every year... Read morePublished on 17 May 2011 by skarmda
I got a replacement and it fail again. World, please stop wasting time and money buying this camera. Read morePublished on 22 April 2011 by Marcos Semola
I've had my first one of these replaced as it failed after 6 days on the Red Sea snorkeling 2hrs a day and on day 6 it died taking a picture of a palm tree on dry land! Read morePublished on 6 April 2011 by rantingsmith
Camera itself is exactly what we ordered but very annoying that it has only come with a European plug and not one suitable for the UK, and all the instructions are in French only.Published on 5 April 2011 by Nicola