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Pentax Optio WP Summary

5 Megapixels5 MegapixelsLow-Quality Video: 320x240 resolution or less.Low-Quality Video: 320x240 resolution or less.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWaterproof - Submersible under water up to a certain depth.Waterproof - Submersible under water up to a certain depth.Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Pentax Optio WP Assessment

Being the only current waterproof ultra-compact camera on the market, the Optio WP does not have any competition. Other than its waterproof body, it seems like a fairly typical ultra-compact camera. This camera does produce images with above average noise and shows below average battery life. On the other hand, it focuses better and is more full-featured than most cameras in its class.

For an in-depth look at the Pentax Optio WP, see our full-review which concentrates on handling and usability.

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PROS CONS
Waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes
Above average noise levels
Slim durable body with solid feel Slight corner softness
Very low chromatic aberrations Some barrel distortion
Good focus speed and accuracy Short flash range
Good exposure and metering Below average battery life
Excellent macro focusing Poorly positioned tripod mount
Nice and clear interface Easy to dirty glass lens cover
Pan, infinity and manual focus modes LCD blanks during continuous shooting
GoodGood Good

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Pentax WP Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

5 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 50-400
3X Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-1s
Waterproof to 2m for 30minCustom white-balance
1 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSpot-Metering
320x240 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2" LCD 85K PixelsSecure Digital

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