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Pentax Optio W80 Above 10 Megapixel

3 star rating
                      3 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $299.95

    Camera TypeCompact
    Optical Zoom5x
    Resolution12.39 Megapixel
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Proofing FeaturesShockproof • Waterproof • Freezeproof • Dust proof
    Weight0.18 lb.
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens28 - 140 mm
    Digital Zoom6.25x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.68 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range0.36 - 11.76 in. (w)
    Focal Length5 - 25 mm
    Camera Resolution12.39 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1024 x 768 • 3072 x 2304 • 4000 x 3000 • 4000 x 2672 • 4000 x 2256
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 • 640 x 480 (VGA) • HD (1280 x 720)
    Video Speed30 fps
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG • HD (High Definition)
    Aperture Rangef3.5/f5.5 (w/t)
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Shade (Preset)
    Frames Per Second5.9 Frames
    Memory TypeBuilt-in • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Built-in Memory Size33.7 MB
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF • DCF 2.0
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 1600 • 3200 • 64 • 6400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD ScreenWith LCD Screen
    LCD Screen Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Battery Life170 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista • Apple Mac OS X 10
    Width3.9 in.
    Depth2.2 in.
    Height1 in.
    Family LinePentax Optio
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Battery Charger • Strap • AV Cable • Li-Ion Rechargable Battery
    Release DateJuly, 2009
    Product ID86530640

Product Description

Adventurous meets clumsy in the 12 megapixel, waterproof, coldproof and now shockproof Optio W80. Dunk it, freeze it, drop it, and it will keep coming back for more. Waterproof design withstands depths up to 16 feet (5 meters) to protect from rain and spills, as well as allowing full underwater photos and video. Rugged Shockproof design protects against drops of 3.3 feet, ensuring the camera is protected from hard use and the occasional “spills” on dry land. Coldproof design allows the camera to be used in sub-zero temperatures of -10° Celsius (14° Fahrenheit), ideal for cold weather activities such as skiing and snowmobiling. 12.1 Megapixels for detailed images that can be printed in large sizes. 5X internal optical zoom in a slim 1 inch body is equivalent to 28-140mm. Wide angle 28mm lens gives an expanded perspective to images, ideal for indoor, landscape, or group shots. 2.5 inch LCD monitor features anti-reflective coating, making it easy to view, even in bright sunlight.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan p a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2010

Strengths:    waterproof, tough, wide angle lens (28mm equivalent), compact, easy to use.

A nice touch is the programmable quick access button so you can easily access the menu functions you most use. eg E.V.A compensation.

Simple video editing in camera - shorten a film down to the bit with the action rather than having to keep the 5 mins of filming waiting for your mate to come over a jump. if you don't want to blow the pictures up really big you can film an action sequence and then select a single frame as a picture.

Weaknesses:    grainy photos in really low light. (eg late evening landscapes)
no lens cover - just clear plastic, i still haven't managed to scratch mine and didn't have a case for a long time so has never been a problem, just a worry.

Bottom Line:   
Great camera, and easy to use.

Used is sailing, surfing (overhead and pretty heavy in indo), snorkelling, mountain biking, rock climbing.

Image quality not as good as in other standard point and shoots but plenty good enough, except without flash in low light.

basically i wanted a really tough camera that i didn't have to worry about and it was exactly that.

5 stars for value as was a bit pricey when i brought it but now available at about half that (while stocks last).

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Bristol Cameras

Similar Products Used:   quick goes on olympus mju and the new sony
a selection of other point and shoots by canon and pentax.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ron Kruger a Professional

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2010

Strengths:    12+ MP. Pocket size. Waterproof. Rugged. Good IQ after processing in ACDsee.

Weaknesses:    LCD is a little hard to see, especially under water, and impossible unless flat in front of you. Tilt it just a little, and you're just guessing at composition. Do not like the delay between shutter depression and shutter release.

Bottom Line:   
I don't usually do this, but based on the negative reviews I've seen about the Optio W80, some balance is in order.
I think the problem is the W80 is not a simple P&S. It contains a great many options for such a simple thing, and it is necessary to know something about photography to get the most out of it. Set it wrong for what you're wanting to do, and your results will be poor. Also, images straight from the camera are lacking, but with the ACDsee software that comes with it, you can get very good IQ simply by hitting 'Auto Exposure." If you know something about PP, you can get what was to me--surprising results. I've already had a few underwater shots from this camera published and think I may even some day get a cover from it. It's a whole other world and light situation under water, and I admit I'm still learning. At 12+ MP, it has enough info for considerable enlargement.
I use it in a pinch above water, too, and have held a 52mm polorizing filter flat over the lens for good results.
It, of course, doesn't produce the images, or have the latitude, of my standard camera, but I wasn't expecting that. It is, after all, a P&S, but I strongly suspect those so unhappy with it simply don't know a lot about photography. If Pentax made a mistake with this camera, it is putting too much in it for the target market.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by woodburner a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2010

Strengths:    It looks nice!

Weaknesses:    Everything else.

Bottom Line:   

Despite being returned for repair the W80 is not capable of producing anything other than VERY POOR QUALITY images!

Having talked at length to other owners who have reported exactly the same problems with the W80 I can only say that there are serious problems with this model!

I and other owners have contacted trading standards with a view to getting our money refunded!

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   online store

Similar Products Used:   Wp 10 Brilliant!

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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