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Pentax Optio W60 Waterproof 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom (Ocean Blue)
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Take your PENTAX Optio W60 to new extremes. With 10 megapixels and a 5X internal zoom, this waterproof Optio shoots deeper, wider and at colder temps. A new design allows the Optio W60 to operate up to 13 feet underwater for two hours and at extreme temperatures well below freezing. Perfect for photography in adventurous settings, the Optio W60 captures a wide variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots. The Optio W60 also features High-Quality Movie mode, Face Recognition, Smile Capture, and Blink Detection. 2.5 inch IPS (In Plane Switching) LCD monitor with Anti-Reflective coating is viewable at wide angles, even in bright sunlight Coldproof for use in extreme, sub-zero temperatures HD movie capture to vividly capture moving memories in widescreen 720p Advanced Face Recognition technology sees up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds, with Smile Capture and Blink Detection PENTAX Shake Reduction system automatically sets ISO up to a high 6400 to prevent subject blur. Movie Shake Reduction also available Focus modes - 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan focus, Manual focus Capture Modes - Mode selection - Auto Picture (Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Flower), Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, and more Programmed AE electronic lens shutter Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) - 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.0; Weight - Without battery or removable memory - 4.4 oz

Features:
  • 10.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Waterproof to 13 feet; coldproof to sub-zero temperatures
  • 5x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • 720p HD movie capture (15fps)
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Durable camera - horrible pictures.
    I have owned several point and shoots over the last few years and have close to 20,000 pictures posted on Flickr from these cameras. All of these cameras were Canon's. While the picture quality of these cameras was decent to good the actual camera itself wouldn't hold up. I was buying a new one every year because something would break or stop working.

    I went in search of a more durable camera and ended up with the Pentax Optio W60 because of its claims of durability. It is indeed a durable camera. However, it takes the worst pictures I've ever seen. If you're one of those people that just snaps pictures of your family events with the flash on you probably won't notice. But if you care about picture quality at all don't buy this camera. It seriously took the worst pictures I've ever seen. I gave it a chance for 2 days and adjusted all the settings possible but nothing worked.

    If you're looking for a good camera......

    I did more research and narrowed it down to the Sony Cybershot DSCW170 and some other Canon's. I wanted to make a change for nothing more than to see if I could keep a camera longer than 1 year without it breaking. Not only is this Sony durable and easy to use - the picture quality is incredible. The focus and the realistic colors are so amazing I want to go back and retake all of my pictures....more info
  • camera purchase
    I ordered this camera on 12/5/2008, it is now 1/5/2009 and I STILL do not have the camera. I have no idea if this is a good product but i can tell you the delivery stinks and it will be returned if i "actually" do receive the camera....more info
  • Maiden Snorkeling Trip
    I used the camera Pentax Optio W60 Waterproof 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom (Ocean Blue)for the first time during three days of snorkeling off beaches near Cabo San Lucas March 15-17 and got a dozen really good shots at depths down to nearly 5 meters. It vastly surpassed its predecessor, a Nikon Coolpix 403 in a housing. It took a little experimentation to get the right settings for optimum focusing, but I caught on and eventually got some really great shots of the unique species in the Sea of Cortez....more info
  • Great adventure and all around camera...
    I bought this camera for a surf trip to Panama. It worked fantastic in and out of the water. Although it does not say it is shock proof, I droped it 2X and it still works fine. I have been using it as my everyday camera and seems to take great photo's. One of the best functions is the green button. You can set the type of photo you want to take and a default style. For example, you can set your default to portrait and then select outdoor, action or any other setting... Then by hitting one button go back to one or the other without having to scroll through the menu options.
    Overall great camera, great price!...more info
  • Grainy and Blurry
    I was so excited to get this camera, but was really disappointed with the picture quality. Low-light conditions made for extremely blurry and grainy photos. I tried to use the proper shooting mode, but that didn't help at all. Outdoor pics in bright sun were pretty good, although once the pics were on the computer I couldn't tell if they were taken with my old 3MP camera or the new Pentax 10MP. I was hoping to be blown away by the pictures but was not impressed at all.
    A few other cons-
    Navigating the menu was counterintuitive
    The buttons are tiny.
    Lens is always uncovered

    These last things could be overlooked, but the poor picture quality makes this camera a no-go....more info
  • Avoid the sand at all costs or RIP.
    After a bit of research I finally settled on the W60. Pictures were fairly washed out but it was better than missing out on memories at the beach. After the first use I notice small sand particles on the rubber seal (this protects the battery/SD Card area). Tried to remove as much as possible. Then a few minutes into my shallow underwater shots in Waikiki the camera went blank... the small particles of sand must have created enough space for the water to get past the rubber seal and into the camera. Well, 2 uses and the camera was dead.

    If you can get past the poor washed out colors, the mic catching the click click autofocus in movie mode and the "made in China" factor then maybe this if for you. But i will never buy Pentax again. Look into Canon's new Powershot D10. I will be picking one of those up soon....more info
  • This Camera is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
    Anyone who didn't appreciate this camera must have been taking night pictures in a mud puddle. Definitely worth the investment. The underwater pictures were beyond belief! The LCD screen is kinda hard to see while taking underwater shots, but once on the computer...WOW!!!
    If you ever buy and use disposable underwater cameras... ditch that and buy this now! :)
    ...oh, does not float...we added a bubble wrap tie to strap. ENJOY!!...more info
  • Disapoint.
    I had the previous 5 megapixels version of this camera and I used to take great pictures. This newer, more powerful version turned out to be a great disapont.. pictures of very bad quality.. only pro is that is still waterproof. ...more info
  • Single purpose camera
    Purchased this hoping it would be a good 'multi-purpose' camera for the beach, boating and casual snaps. The picture quality is much lower than other 'point and shoots' at this price range. I am still keeping the camera for water/beach use, but ended up getting a Canon SD790 as a general purpose camera....more info
  • Great little camera
    I evaluated this camera versus the Olympus Stylus model 1030SW. My Olympus failed after 3 days so I returned it to Sam's Club. The Pentax is one to two f-stops less grainy than the Olympus and produces acceptable photos at up to ASA 400; it also seems to have a somewhat greater flash range. Both make unacceptable noises autofocusing while taking videos, but with the Pentax you can set it to lock the focus when you first start and not change it (which eliminates the noise and works fine so long as your subjects don't move away too far or close during your video clip). The Olympus goes deeper underwater and is more rugged, but everything has its trade-offs....more info
  • Awesome camera...there's nothing it can't do!
    What a great product...it takes great pix above water and below. Everyone who complains about this camera get over it. This is not a $1000 SLR camera it is a point and shoot! As far as PAS cameras go it is amazing. Can't wait to take it skiing!!!...more info
  • Great surprise!
    I ordered this camera by accident, but decided to keep it and try it out. It takes great, clear shots (and surprisingly good action shots in low light). I love the fact that it is waterproof and dirtproof. I haven't tried it under water yet (don't know if I have the guts as the last supposed waterproof camera I bought leaked and was ruined the first day) but it's been in the dirt quite a bit and works great....more info
  • Excellent Camera!
    I have owned and used many different cameras. This one is very easy to use and takes great pictures and movies. I really like how it fits in a shirt pocket, boots up quickly, and the battery lasts for a reasonable time. I just love how it is waterproof and DUSTPROOF! After shopping around, Amazon had the best price and a great package deal. I would buy it again from Amazon!...more info
  • Functional, but Definitely not Perfect
    I purchased the W60 to take on a tropical beach vacation. Also considered the Olympus (rejected due to numerous reviews complaining of shutter lag) and the new Panasonic (too expensive).

    My first impression on opening the box was intensely negative. The overall look and feel is not as jewel-like as a Canon or (especially) a Panasonic. And the battery charger - totally unacceptable!!! It's a huge clunky thing with a foot-long plug-in extension cord, literally about six times as bulky as Canon's standard folding prong charger. Considering that people buy this thing to travel, and that it retais for around $300, Pentax's blatant skimping on the charger is totally inexcusable. It is reason alone to not buy this camera.

    Once I got over my disappointment, however, I found that the W60 actually functions pretty well. The menus are clear and easy to understand, though some basic features, like the self timer, require too much button pushing. (Also, while the W60's got a gazillion program modes, I found it pretty much impossible to make the darn thing stop down, as it consistently defaulted to a wide aperture and the fastest possible shutter speed, even in "landscape" mode.)

    With all that said, I was pleasantly surprised by the the image quality. The autofocus does a particularly decent job. Most all my photos turned out crisp and clear and more or less properly exposed. I was especially pleased with the underwater photos (taken down to about 15 feet). They were a little murky straight off the card, but applying auto color correct (I used irfanview, but suspect any basic program will work equally well) caused the colors to really pop. Video quality is also surprisingly good, especially in HD mode.

    So . . . my final verdict is that this camera does what it is supposed to do pretty darn well. It's a little clunky, and the battery charger is a travesty, but if you're looking for a decent point and shoot that can be used in wet environments (and you don't want to spend $400 on the Panasonic), the W60 fits the bill....more info
  • wonderful underwater and above water photos
    just got back from a trip to the Galapagos - used the camera underwater in video mode during snorkeling and above land in both video and still. Great shots. Easy to use and definately waterproof....more info
  • Nice camera
    I bought this camera as a gift for my brother. I don't know much about it but he seems to like it especially around water sports and he did a lot of research before picking it out....more info
  • Single use camera good for water not for general use
    Having owned a previous Pentax water camera I had high hopes for this very high priced and high feature new edition. My old Pentax was only a 2 MP camera but had a more rugged body and actually took good overall pictures. To bad after 4 years it finally died. After searching and comparing I decided to go again with Pentax. Those who have said that it is only average or below average for general pictures are correct; so, please take those opinions seriously. I don't know if the Olympus 1030w or 1050w are any better for picture quality, but this cameras standard use of sd card and internal lens use made me choose this camera. While not a professional, I have considerable experience with film and digital camera's and picture taking. I would recommend this camera if you had special outdoor needs, snorkeling, pool, or in the wet outdoors. It is nice not to have to worry about the camera. I tested this camera for 3 months and will be keeping it. However, I will be buying an all purpose camera (less than $200) for general use hoping to get better pictures. I wonder if the Olympus 1030w is a better camera still?

    I bought from Amazon; the service was very good and would recommend buying a camera this way. However, if you think you may not like this camera or are unsure, then buy local with a good return policy.

    pro: good water pictures which you would expect. Battery life is terrible but at least it is rechargeable. You will need to buy at least 1 replacement if not 2. Simple to use, but to use more advance features need to read the manual.

    con: low light situations even with flash very poor pictures; grainy and noisy. Major, not minor, light distortion at the 28 mm setting if any light comes in from the side. Yes, I can use the 35 mm setting, and do, but why should I have to for a camera that cost $300. Does not handle non standard light situations very well. I use software post picture to correct lots of the color distortions. Someone recently took pictures at a party that I took pictures at. They had an inexpensive Kodak and I took pictures with this; theirs are much better for color saturation.

    Suggest you buy one of the specials or kits that comes with a charger and at least 1 spare battery. Also, I bought a neoprene clear cover which is needed to protect the camera, it is all metal and not as rugged as the Olympus or the old ones. But, this is not a problem, I would recommend it with all camera's today. 2 or 4 gig non special SD card should be sufficient.

    Good luck and hope this and the other opinions help you decide...more info
  • Saw it in Wired, great camera
    Used it at Alumni swim meet, works well with camera and video underwater, I don't have the steadiest hands so the digital steady feature was nice, multiple modes, easy to use, I had kodaks in the past, this is definitely better...more info
  • More of a throw away camera than one for high quality shots
    I purchased this camera for an upcoming flyfishing trip to New Zealand where inclement weather reigns supreme. It is not unusual to get 7 days of bad weather in row, hard rain snow, down in Fiordland. Having taken several trips before I thought this camera might be the perfect solution. Previously I had carried my camera in plastic ziploc bag to protect from the inadvertant dip into one of Fiordland's ice cold streams. here was the camera for me. Waterproof and 10 megapixels. I read some of the reviews about poor quality pictures but then there were some rave reviews. I had no idea how bad the pictures could be. Every picture had a bow distortion which bent every straight line. Colours were not even close to reality even when adjusting with manual settings. Also in low light there was huge noise. No comparison with my old Canon 2 megapixel digital elph. Granted if you want a camera that you don't care about. It's light and waterproof and so it would would have served but I couldn't give up all that beauty I wanted to photograph. Also this camera isn't cheap. For less money I got a new Canon Elph SD790. What a difference in the colours. And then to deal with the weather I spent a little more money and got a waterproof case. I'm extremely satisfied although in the end I've spent more money with this solution....more info
  • Great camera for the active and adventurous!
    Highly recommend the Pentax Optio W60 digital camera for its ease of use, waterproof capabilities, great looks, easy to carry size, its economical price, and for its many features.

    Note: My video review is at expotv.com but I am not sure links are allowed at amazon. (show pictures & a little video from a rafting day trip in Arizona). Their search is not so great like here at Amazon, so you may need to search by clicking - top right, "Community" - Search member: beta . Select the member "beta" (no numbers, no letters). That will bring you to all my video reviews, including the Pentax Optio Camera. Click the Pentax picture to start it. The direct link: (http://www.expotv.com/videos/reviews/8/88/PentaxOptioW60Waterproof10MPDigitalCame/290367)

    I recommend this camera for the adventurous who enjoy the outdoors and water sports. The Pentax Optio W60 can record in 16:9 high definition with a frame rate of 15 fps and resolution of 1280x720. It has underwater picture and movie modes.

    With all the pluses, a couple things to note - the Pentax does not have an optical viewfinder and in bright sunny light on the water, even with its protective anti-reflective coating, it is sometimes difficult to see what you are filming through the LCD screen. Also, in movie mode, the zoom noise is recorded and can overshadow nature's sounds (see video review). Be sure to take extra batteries, as in movie mode, the battery lasts about an hour. My video review includes example first-time pictures and movies, but there are so many modes available for you to try after the initial shots. Selecting the correct mode is sure to improve your pictures. I highly recommend the Pentax Optio W60 waterproof digital camera.

    Pros: Waterproof, plus abundance of features., Great looks, compact and nice color., HD movie mode.

    Cons: Quieter zoom when taking movies., Optical viewfinder., Batteries that last longer.

    Bought this product at: amazon.com...more info
  • Love this new version of my previous OptioW
    I loved the original and this one is so much more amazing. The underwater colors are fabulous. The new larger screen perfect to view. I loved the original and this one just makes it that much more fun to own this camera!...more info
  • Pentax Water Prof Camera
    A nice camera only one flaw. Taking outdoor picture in bright sunlight is difficult can't see the person or thing when tryng to take a picture. Too much light on the screen to see clearly. A great indoors camera! ...more info