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.
You can compare this review with the review from
DigitalCameraInfo.com 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.
- 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
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.