Review posted for Pentax Optio 43WR|
(Monday, July 26, 2004 - 15:01 EDT)
It's sadly often the case that the vacation moments you most want to preserve in photos are the very moments when you leave your camera home, fearing the digicam-deadly effects of water, mud, or dust.
The Pentax Optio 43WR breaks free of conventional digicam limitations though, with a rugged, resilient case and water resistance to a depth of 1 meter. That's more than enough to withstand vigorous splashing and even shallow dunking of the sort that tends to happen whenever people, water, and/or boats intersect, and even a torrential downpour while hiking is no big deal. (Read my "shooters report" at the end of the review, I can personally attest to its water resistance!)
While its images aren't quite up to the quality levels of the best full-sized 4-megapixel models on the market, they're not bad, with decent color, plenty of detail, and a surprising collection of features that can handle a range of shooting conditions. If you need a camera that can "take a licking and keep on clicking", the Optio 43WR belongs in your travel bag. A "Dave's Pick," thanks to its unique combination of features and water resistance. Check it out!