Mon - April 9, 2007

Pentax Optio W30 in Digital Camera Review: Excellent Foul-Weather Capability

Pentax optio w30 waterproof camera
see it at Amazon Pentax Optio W30
Digital Camera Review provides a full review of the new Pentax Optio W30 waterproof camera including some test pictures and concludes
The Pentax Optio W30 offers water enthusiasts a limited underwater digital camera capability and terrestrial users a camera they won’t need to worry about if the environment suddenly turns wet. While the camera does a good job of image capturing when conditions are optimal, its foul-weather capability makes the W30 a viable choice for anyone who needs a compact digital that can shoot in places and conditions that would pose a risk to more typical cameras of this class.


  • Limited underwater capability, excellent foul-weather capability
  • High ISO capability provides low-light flexibility
  • 2.5” LCD


  • No RAW capability
  • No manual controls (manual focus only)
  • Hard to autofocus in dim lighting conditions
You can compare this review with the review from that I was quoting in my previous post. I think that such general camera reviews do not really take into account specific needs of paddlers.

There are no big differences, especially in the image quality, between Optio W30 and the older models W20 and W10. I am intensively using Pentax Optio W10 for my paddling and racing photography. You can judge the capabilities of this camera by exploring pictures and video clips in paddling web pages.

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