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Pentax Optio W90 Digital Camera - Black (12MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
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- 12.1 Megapixel CCD sensor
- Waterproof to 6 m, shockproof to 1.2 m, coldproof to 10°C
- Wide angle 5x optical zoom (equ. to 28 140mm in 35mm)
- Video recording in HDTV compatible (1280x720 pixels, 30 fps)
- 3 LED for macro and underwater photography
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The waterproof corssover! PENTAX Optio W90 is waterproof to 6 meters for up to two hours and withstands a fall from 1.2 meters. Optio W90 also is dustproof and coldproof to -10°C, making it the perfect choice for active photographers who shoot pictures in demanding conditions. Special underwater photography and underwater movie modes automatically optimizes all camera settings to provide brilliant records with natural colors Pentax Optio W90 Key Features : Resolution (million pixels) 12 Sensor 1 / 2.3 CCD Optical Zoom (x-) 5 Digital Zoom (x-) approx. 6.25 Focal Length 28 - 140 Stabilizer Pixel Track SR; hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR; Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR) Sensitivity up to 6400 ISO LCD Size (cm/inch) 6.89 - 2.7, 16:9 LCD Video Recording Mode Yes, HD Video Max Resolution (Pixel) 1280 x 720.03 Modes Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half-length Portrait, Movie, Underwater photo, Underwater movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Microscope, Digital Wide, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame composite, Report, Green Storage SD, compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards Waterproof 6m Shockproof 1.2m Coldproof -10C° Dimensions (W x H x D mm) 107.5 x 59 x 25 Weight (g) 161g (loaded and ready) Battery Rechargeable D-LI88 lithium-ion battery Languages English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
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.
Digital Microscope mode for nature observation from 1cm away
Combining a macro shooting capability from one centimetre away with the Digital Zoom function, the Optio W90’s new Digital Microscope mode delivers a magnified view of miniscule subjects difficult to observe closely with the naked eye, and makes it possible to capture fine-detailed images of such subjects. Thanks to three LED Macro Light installed on the face of the lens barrel, the subject is clearly and brightly displayed on the LCD monitor even when the camera is held at a distance at which it casts a shadow on the subject. This mode not only comes in handy when observing the wonders of nature and photographing such subjects as leaf veins and tiny insects, but also opens the door to new discoveries and unexpected surprises in the ordinary subjects found in daily life.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The overall look is sleek and eye catching, with a brushed metal plate on the front. It comes packed with great features like pamoramic, wide photo, the standard portrait and landscape modes, lots of little different digital effects and the best macro I have ever seen in a compact! The digital microscope mode is simply stunning... The 3 LED lights on the front really work wonders when shooting up close and it rarely fails to focus on the subject. The wide screen allows shooting in 16:9 ratio (fixed with a max of 9mp) but it is a pleasure to use with great screen clarity.
The zoom is a max of x5 optical which I think is quite decent for a compact as some other brands just cant (or wont) break the x3 optical. The movie mode works well with HD recording and allows zoom while recording.
I have not used it under water yet, but if its as good under water as it is out of water, this is an all round compact that will be very hard to beat for looks, speed, functionality and ease of use.
Couldnt be happier!
So, after my W60 went swimming, I went for the newly released W90. It is larger than the W60 but has a lot of new features, including LED's to illuminate close subjects. The 16:9 ratio means that, when taking pictures with a "normal" ratio, there is a black strip on the preview screen - not an issue but it took some getting used to. However, the noise problem seems to have gotten worse - a lot worse, in my view. If you are planning to buy this camera, please make sure you test it first to see if this is OK for you.
Picture quality is good, and 5x optical zoom within a sealed unit is very good.
Havent used it underwater as such, but its been wet when hillwalking and had no issues.
Bought it for a trip to Thailand in monsoon season, so its ruggedness should be handy!
My only minor criticism is that the print on the front that says 'waterproof' in yellow has started to come off, but its going to get punished so im not too fussed.
Overall, a great camera by a quality manufacturer that should last the distance.
Battery - I've have a spare (about £8) as heavy use would leave the battery flat after a few hours.
Picture quality - high pixel count, but of course not as much detail as an SLR with a top-drawer lens. But an excellent picture for the price.
Update March 2013 - still going strong. It's been dropped from a tree, been up mountains and regularly goes in swimming pools / down water slides with me. My silicone skin has worn out - I don't need it, it's tough enough without.
This is a great little camera, crisp clear pics in all settings. I had one of the landscape shots printed out at 20"*16" and I cannot see any artefact or image distortions. The user interface is intuitive and simple to use as is the bundled editing software with some really good features like background blur to make subject images stand out.
Only two minor niggles;
1) The video camera operation EATS battery life so get a spare battery if you intend to use this for any amount of time. Seeing as spares are only a few £ I would suggest one anyway.
2) The panorama and wide options do not stitch images together completely seamlessly, you have to rely on your ability to overlap a ghost image projected on the small LCD screen with the 'Live' image on the same screen and all within 15 seconds before the screen dims to save power and you cannot see a thing on it. But then for a sub £[...] camera it does a decent enough job.
The underwater functions worked exceedingly well in both the hotel pool and sea without any water ingress into the camera body.
All in all I would rate this as probably the best point and shoot I have ever owned.
I have seen a few reviews commenting on the video freezing as it records and I was initially concerned by these. However this is down to the quality of the SDHC card used to write the image to. In order to write HD video without the need for buffering the camera needs a class 10 card, so if you are thinking of purchasing this camera make sure you get the right card to go with it.
I had no problems with video buffering whilst recording for well over 12 mins continuously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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