Pentax Optio W30 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Pentax Optio W30: 7.41 MP (Megapixels), 3x optical zoom, SD Card storage, No image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It didnt leak and good battery life
Bad points:
Hard to use when in chopper water trying to keep the subject in shot would benefit from a view finder
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Oct 2007

Keith , Perth

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb, tiny little camera with plenty of options
Bad points:
Night flash photography can be slow
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Dec 2007

Ryan, West Midlands

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Waterprooof, looks good. Lots of functions, solid build, great for holidays on the beach
Bad points:
Lack of black and white photo mode. People look at you like your crazy when taking it into the sea!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jul 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
This was bought as an underwater camera to take snorkelling and it does the job well. It automatically locks the battery/memory card holder and can be used underwater for 2 hours at a stretch, thus representing a great improvement on the Optio W10. Its easy to use as it doesn't need an underwater casing and takes decent pictures - certainly far better than a disposable underwater camera. I seem to be one of the lucky ones whose camera doesn't leak and I would recommend testing it extensively before heading off for that diving trip.
Bad points:
The time this camera takes to focus in low light conditions is awful - when taking pictures of people prepare yourself for fixed grimaces rather than natural smiles! The LCD display is sometimes tricky to see, especially in bright sunlight (although there is a temporary "brighten" feature that partially overcomes this problem). Lastly, some of the menu icons appear to have been designed for 5 year olds and there are several rather gimmicky features that are unlikely to appeal to most people (who needs a special "take a picture of your pet" mode, for example?).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jan 2008

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Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3072x2304
Optical zoom ratio 3
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format SDXC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 140
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 54x107x23.5
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.3-4
In-built memory (Megabytes) 22
Release date 2007-04-04
Release date 2007-08-31
Height in mm 5.4
Width in mm 107
Depth in mm 2.4
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 114
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 38

Also known as: Optio W30, Pentax W30

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