Review posted for the Pentax Optio WP|
(Monday, October 17, 2005 - 15:24 EDT)
Pentax's Optio WP's sturdy plastic body and waterproof seals give peace of mind when traveling, letting users take the camera along regardless of weather or your planned activities.
The WP's fully automatic exposure control performs reasonably well in a wide variety of conditions, although the camera does tend to underexpose significantly. For more difficult shooting conditions, an unusually wide range of preset "Scene" modes extend this digital camera's capabilities nicely, so long as you manage to find those hidden by an occasionally obtuse interface.
While more experienced photographers may prefer more subdued color, we suspect that most consumers will love the bright, vibrant photos the Pentax Optio WP produces.
As one of the only waterproof digital cameras on the market, pool and other underwater/over-water use is the only compelling reason to get the Pentax Optio WP. It is not for diving or even snorkeling unless you're content staying at only five feet deep, but that makes it excellent for silly underwater shots in the pool, and other clear bodies of water. The Optio WP's poor low light performance and weak flash wouldn't allow for much deeper anyway.
If you keep it to low ISO and watch your exposure, you can get some good watersport shots with the Optio WP. Compact, stylish, and well-suited to travel, the Pentax Optio WP is a good choice for novices, fans of computer-free printing, and more experienced users looking for a fun, take-anywhere digital camera.
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