Pentax Optio LS465 Review

September 1st, 2012 56 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

PENTAX  is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio LS465. The new Optio LS465 not only offers a host of advanced, user-friendly features but it also comes in an eye-catching compact casing that is perfect for any occasion.

The Optio LS465 is much smaller and lighter than conventional compact cameras without compromising on image quality.  The LS465 weights just 104g with dimensions of 10.2 x 4.6 x 1.8cm making its unique compact body the perfect pocket sized camera. The user can easily change the camera’s appearance to match their style, mood or occasion by simply attaching one of the 10 stylish acrylic inserts included with the camera. It features 16 effective megapixels, a 5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage, and full HD movie recording.

By combining size and style with a host of imaging tools, the Optio LS465 makes high-quality digital photography fun and effortless.

The Optio LS465 is available in: Sapphire black, Ruby pink and Amethyst purple.

Pentax Optio WG-2 Review

March 10th, 2012 107 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

The camera feels much lighter in the hand than it looks, and at 0.39 pounds it’s certainly not going to weigh you down on the trail. The body features a locking waterproof door covering its Mini HDMI and Mini USB ports, allowing the camera to be submerged up to 12 meters.

The other new addition is the GPS module, which records your location data, as well as your route information in KML format, allowing you to retrace your footsteps when you get home using services like Google Earth and Google Maps. Overall, we’d say the WG-2 has all the makings of a great companion for your next mountainboarding or cross country zorbing trip.

Pentax Optio W90 review

May 29th, 2010 119 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Any digital camera that is dropped onto a concrete floor will break and you’ll never use it ever again. The W90 is shockproof up to 4 feet, which means it can survive a drop of up to 4 feet. I know that might not seem like a far distance, but if you were to drop your camera it would probably be within that range.

The camera is also waterproof down to 20 feet. I really like this feature because I do a lot of snorkeling and I don’t even need the full 20 feet. But you have to consider what you could do with it. Lastly, the camera is capable of handling sub-freezing temperatures, which means you can use in some of the coldest climates.

For me, this means that this camera can be used in just about any place on this planet. It is something that works for just about any person that is looking for an adventure.

There aren’t too many negatives with this camera that I have noticed, but I did find that the LCD screen scratches very easily. I know this is something to expect over time, I suggested getting a screen protector for this camera.

Pentax Optio W90 Sepcs

12.1 Megapixel CCD

F3.5-5.5, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 140 mm

Rugged body is waterproof to 20 feet, shockproof from 4 feet, freezeproof to 14F, and dustproof

2.7″ widescreen LCD display with 230,000 pixels

Point-and-shoot operation, with auto scene selection mode

“Advanced Pixel Track Shake Reduction” (read: digital image stabilization)

Built-in LED ring light for close-up shots; digital microscope mode lets you be 1 cm away from your subject

Face/smile/blink and now pet detection

Records movies at 1280 x 720 (30 fps) with sound using M-JPEG codec

26.7MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC slot

Uses D-LI88 lithium-ion battery, 205 shots per charge

Optional waterproof remote control (which works with all remote-compatible Pentax cameras)

Available in all-black and black/green; includes a carabiner strap

Pentax Optio W90

Pentax Optio I-10 Review

March 6th, 2010 52 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Pentax Optio I-10

The Pentax Optio I-10 is the latest compact camera to come out from Pentax and stands out from the crowd not because of a higher than average megapixel count, or smile technology, but because it offers a retro design similar to Pentax’s Auto 110 film camera. But can the camera that takes its heritage from yesteryear perform today? We were able to take it for a quick spin for a First Look review.

As not to mislead, this First Look impression is based on a pre-production sample sent to us by Pentax. While the handling, form factor and general performance of the camera are finalised, the image processing elements are still being worked on we are told. On the two models (a white version and black version) sent to us, the video capture feature wasn’t working for example, and we noticed blips in the performance of the rear display.

Those caveats aside, that doesn’t stop us telling you about the design and the feel of the camera. It’s light in weight to hold (approx 140 grams with battery), while that retro feel certainly stands it apart from most of the compact cameras on the market today gunning for a compact, slim, feel.

The front of the I-10 boasts a large lens that offers a 5x F/3.5-5.9 optical zoom and further digital zoom qualities beyond that. In reality that gives you the equivalent of a 28-140mm in 35mm speak. The digital zoom (which we always recommend against using) offers a 6.25x zoom giving you a possible total 31.3x if you are willing to forgo image quality.

Above the lens is the flash (rather than to the side) and whether it’s down to the handgrip or the mottled pattern layered over the camera, Pentax has successfully carried off the look they were after. Old meets new has been finely balanced.

Around the back you get a 2.7-inch LCD screen sporting a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio that gives you plenty of scope for seeing what you are doing. There is no electronic or optical viewfinder; the raised flash housing might make you expect one, but whether you need it or not comes down to personal preference.

Unfortunately if you opt to shoot at the highest resolution (12 megapixels) you won’t be able to benefit from the screen’s 16:9 aspect, with “widescreen” shooting coming in at 9 megapixels. Shooting in 12 megapixels means a black box down the left hand side is automatically filled with data like battery life, what scene mode you are in, whether face detection or smile mode is on, and how many shots you’ve got left, leaving your camera shot free of clutter. In other shooting modes this information is overlaid, but we like the fact that Pentax didn’t choose to put black bars either side of the image, as is often the case, so it looks nice and tidy.

To the right of the screen is the usual array of quick link buttons, nothing unusual there, and the on/off switch, shutter and zoom controls are found on the right hand shoulder. The left hand shoulder sports a finger grip and the zoom ring sits around the shutter button. Usually you’ll find the zoom ring on a compact camera has a knurled grip on the front, here it doesn’t – it faces you rather than away from you, which takes some getting used to.

As with previous Pentax models, the “Green” auto shooting mode will automatically choose the best option for you and let you get on with snapping the pictures. Those that want some control can opt for the specific scene from 24 on offer and here they range from fireworks, to parties to pets. Opting for the pets mode for example allows you to register your pets into the camera so it can then detect their faces in future photographs and make sure they are in focus.

You also get CCD-shift Shake Reduction, which can be used on both stills and video. The video is capable of shooting HD 720p

As for connections, there isn’t HDMI or a dedicated TV out, although a USB cable in the box will allow you to output to a TV via NTSC or PAL. The battery and SD card slot can be found on the bottom. It’s a slide and lock mechanism that won’t give you any problems and should hold up to the test of time.

The menu’s are basic in their approach, easy to understand, however from a graphical point of view not as smooth and styled as some of the camera interfaces out there. Everything is easy to find and we had no problems with them.

Overall the camera was quick to respond with plenty of options to suit most compact camera users. We will hold further judgement on photo quality when we get a full working model, although have included some shots to give you an idea.

First Impressions

The Pentax I-10 looks to offer you the usual Pentax compact camera capabilities in a rather eye-catching retro design. People we showed it too thought that it looked “cute” and rather “fun”, however we also got questions as to whether it was a DSLR (due the styling) and if it was more powerful than a regular compact.

That perception, mainly inspired by companies like Olympus and Panasonic with the Micro Four Thirds cameras (such as the Pen E-P1 and Lumix GF1), might mislead some at first glance. This is, and Pentax makes no claims otherwise, a standard compact digital camera in a funky retro body.

Pentax Optio W80 Review

July 7th, 2009 39 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Rugged and fully equipped
The W80 has all the makings of a rugged camera ready for some rough conditions, but its 12.1 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) are right in line with high-end point-and-shoots, rugged or otherwise.

It will also record HD 720p video at 30fps with sound, a feature that much of the competition doesn’t offer. However, it should also be noted that with a 1GB SD card, the W80 will only record around five minutes of video at its highest resolution and frame rate.

That industrial look
The Optio W80 certainly looks tough with a rectangular, industrial design. Where Canon’s waterproof D10 is all curves, the Optio W80 is styled with clean lines and metallic accents. It looks more like the rugged cameras we’ve seen from Olympus. The control layout on the back panel is familiar with a four-way controller and a few other buttons. You’ll also find a 2.5 inch LCD with anti-glare coating.

Rounding up the spec list are a few more tech features, including Pixel Track Shake Reduction. The W80 is equipped with Fast Face Detection, a system that Pentax boasts will detect up to 32 faces in less than a second. The Optio W80 will also offer a close focusing Super Macro Mode for objects as close as 1 cm.

Other important features in the Optio W80 include a:

Coldproof design that allows the camera to be used in sub-freezing temperatures of 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius), ideal for cold weather activities such as skiing and snowmobiling.

2.5 inch LCD monitor that features anti-reflective coating, making it easy to view, even in bright sunlight.

Widescreen, HD movie capture that records resolutions up to 1280×720 pixels at full-speed 30 frames per second.

Fast Face Detection technology that sees up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds, with Smile Capture and Blink Detection, for perfect portrait shots.

Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR) that ensures sharp images in any lighting condition, without adding high ISO noise. Digital SR and Movie SR are also available.

Close focusing, Super Macro mode that brings out the details in even the smallest subjects as close as 1 cm (less than one inch).

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