Pentax Optio W90 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 28 reviews.
Pentax Optio W90: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 5x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Electronical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description
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Toni, Kauhava Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
+ Rubber lining gives excellent grip
+ Macro LEDs are nice for <5cm macros
+ Versatile shooting modes
+ Decent power-up time
+ Power saving mode which first dims the LCD and later blanks it

Bad points:
- Poor high ISO performance. 800 is terribly noisy, 400 is practical maximum.
- No lens cover of any kind. However, the outer glass seems to be quite scratch resistant.
- In some cases "the shutter lag" is very long.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Oct 2010

Robert , Derby Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The Pentax W90 really does look and feel the part, the picture quality is excellent although over distance you do like with most cameras lose some quality, but how often are you so far away from your subject. The casing has that "ready for anything" feel to it and gives you confidence in using it without fear of being too rough with it. I have tried other cameras from other companies with similar options to them, high pixels, waterproof ability although not as deep and HD movie capability, this is by far the best camera of its type on the market. I would gladly recommend this camera to anyone. I ultimately picked the W90 Black but it does come with the option to choose either Orange or Green too. I chose the Camera, Case and 8gb Card package and am totally satisfied and happy that I did. The strap for the camera is also an added bonus, its not a flimsy piece of string resembling a shoe lace but a sturdy band of robust material which easily clips to your waist and hangs there totally confident in its ability to stay put and not come lose.
I dont write reviews as you can probably tell but this deserves one and I am quite happy to sing its praises.
Bad points:
Like i mentioned above, over distance with the zoom out picture quality does suffer some.. this is however the same with ANY similar camera and to be honest, we dont usually shoot pictures that far away, they are usually fairly close to us which then gives us very very high quality pictures to treasure.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Oct 2010

Murray, london Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good build quality and easy to use straight from box once it is charged up. Excellent price.
Bad points:
Difficult to get setting right when taking in splash zone in water...ie not under water but not out of water.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Oct 2010

Sally, Bath Experienced amateur

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
A light, compact and sytlish camera that took good quality images (until it stopped working).
Bad points:
After using for only about half an hour in the water, the camera display stopped working and then shortly afterwards the camera itself stopped working. I was not impressed after spending what I considered a lot of money on a 'Waterproof' camera as a present because my husband wanted something for use whilst sailing and snorkelling
Overall rating 2.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 2.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Dec 2010

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Strong and durable
Bad points:
VERY slow from pushing the button till the picture being taken.

Terrible in low lighting.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 3.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 1.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2010

katrina, dublin Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Images are brilliant, love the camera.
Bad points:
Leaked while underwater, although dried out in hotpress, still dissappointed as I didn think it would happen. Would still recommend tho!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2011

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use & get good results. Build quality and feel is fantastic for price. Tough enough to work and cheap enough to risk.
Bad points:
Every one can use it so it doesnt stay mine!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Nov 2010

This Pentax Optio W90 is reviewed on Pocket Lint

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 5
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 6
Type of image stabiliser Electronical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Orange
Colour Green
Colour Black
Media format SD Card
Media format SDXC Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 144
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4
Waterproof Yes
Viewfinder Yes
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
In-built memory (Megabytes) 27
Release date 2010-03-16
Height in mm 5.9
Width in mm 107.5
Depth in mm 2.5
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 140
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: DS - Pentax Optio W90

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Manufacturer's Description

The waterproof crossover. Major Features

Enhanced waterproof and shockproof performance

PENTAX Optio W90 is waterproof to 6 meters for up to two hours and withstands a fall from 1.2 meters*. Optio W90 also is dustproof and coldproof to -10C, making it the perfect choice for active photographers who shoot pictures in demanding conditions. Special underwater photography and underwater movie modes automatically optimizes all camera settings to provide brilliant records with natural colors.

5x wide-angle optical lens

The Optio W90 features a 5x wide-angle optical zoom covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto (in 35mm format). From spectacular landscape to tightly framed snapshots taken from a distance, just catch every detail.

Extra-wide 2.7’’ LCD screen

Optio W90’s 16:9 2.7’’ monitor is treated with a special AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to cut the glare of external light and minimize annoying reflections.

High image quality

Combining approximately 12.1 effective megapixels with the PENTAX-developed imaging engine and the high-performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio W90 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details.

HD 720p movie recording

The Optio W90 captures flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions 720p***. The Optio W90 also provides an HDMI-micro output, allowing you to enjoy your own movies on a HD TV monitor.

Digital Microscope mode

Combining a macro shooting capability from 1cm away with the Digital Zoom function and with its 3 LED Macro Light, the Optio W90s Digital Microscope mode delivers magnified sharp pictures of miniscule subjects.**

Face Detection function

This function instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces even the faces of dogs and cats then catches them in sharp focus and optimum exposure. The Optio W90 even can automatically release the shutter when the subjects face turns straight toward the camera.

Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake

1) Pixel Track SR
When recording still images, the Optio W90s Pixel Track SR (Shake Reduction) effectively compensates for camera shake by processing affected images.

2) High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode***
In low-lighting conditions, the Optio W90 automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, enabling the use a higher shutter speed, which minimizes the effects of camera or subject shake.

3) Movie SR****
During movie recording, the Optio W90 prevents blurry images by effectively minimizing camera shake through the use of exclusive software.

Subscreen Input function for constant display of a favorite image on the screen

The Optio W90 offers the innovative Subscreen Input function, which allows you to display an image in the upper left corner of the LCD screen. This function comes in handy when you want to use a recorded image as a reference to shoot subjects from the same angle and at the same image size, or when you want to constantly keep a favorite image on the screen.

Other features
1) Carabiner strap included for hooking the camera to a backpack or other outdoor gear
2) Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 (available as an optional accessory) for wireless remote shooting*****
3) New Collage function to compose a single picture from multiple images
4) New Ink Rubbing filter to create a monochromatic, high-contrast image from a recorded image
5) Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for the optimum result
6) 12 digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to recorded images
7) Digital Wide function to compose an extra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 21mm lens in 35mm format) from two images
8) MediaImpression 2.0 for PENTAX image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, such as Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)
9) Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards


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