Pentax Optio W80

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Pentax Optio W80 is a 12 megapixel waterproof camera features Waterproof, Dustproof, Coldproof and Shockproof design, 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm), HD Movie Capture, Face Detection, Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR), Super Macro Mode, and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. The camera measures 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.0” and weighs approx. 5.3 oz loaded and ready.

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax Optio W80 Reviews reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“Good value small digital camera – image quality is average but high-definition video is a bonus”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“Performance is very good, while image quality suffers a bit due to the amount of noise present in our photos. This is something to consider, especially if you plan on making large prints.”
Rating: N/A

ITReviews reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“If you need a tough little compact digital for that scuba holiday or a bit of snowboarding, then this upgrade from Pentax is certainly rugged enough, but for the price the overall quality of the images – except those taken underwater – is unexpectedly disappointing.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“Pentax W80’s achilles heel is average image quality, with noise in particular proving a real problem with the relatively slow speed of ISO 100 suffering from easily visible noise. The camera did handle chromatic aberrations well, and the 1cm macro mode is a real highlight..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“the W80 can capture beautiful images, but our Lab tests, using Imatest, revealed a few issues. During our initial tests, the W80 was able to produce decent results, capturing an average of 1816 lines per picture height in the center of the lens, which means images are fairly sharp.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“Putting aside the lens issue, the Pentax Optio W80’s picture quality is still pretty average, and its over-reliance on its menu system makes it a drag to use. Enhancements to the design mean the W80 can now tough it out with the best of its rivals, like the 8000, D10 and FT1, but the build and finish still don’t quite feel in the same league.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

RegHardware reviews the Pentax Optio W80 and writes;
“if you’re looking for a camera to use in the great outdoors and, in particular, underwater then the Optio W80 is a good choice when it comes to standing up against the elements. You can use this camera on a beach, up a mountain or below water, safe on the knowledge that the Optio W80 will come to no harm, provided you don’t do anything silly. A pity though, that the resulting images may not look so robust.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Pentax Optio W80 User Reviews

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Pentax Optio W80 Sample Photos

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Pentax Optio W80 User Manual (PDF)

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Compact Digital Waterproof Camera

Colors Available:
Gunmetal Gratery, Azure Blue, Cardinal Red

Type: 1/2.3” inline transfer CCD w/ primary color filter; Effective pixels: 12.1 MP; Total pixels: 12.39 MP Recorded resolutions Still: 12M (4:3 4000×3000, 3:2 4000×2672, 16:9 4000×2256), 7M (3072×2304), 5M (2592×1944), 3M (2048×1536), 1024 (1024×768), VGA (640×480) Movie: 720p15/30 (1280×720), VGA15/30 (640×480), QVGA15/30 (320×240) Quality levels: *** (best), ** (better), * (good)

Type/construction: PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements, 9 groups (5 aspherical elements); Optical zoom: 5X; Focal length (equiv.): 5-25mm (28-140mm); Digital zoom: 6.25X; Combined zoom: 31.3X; Intelligent zoom: Non-interpolated, approx 6.5X at 7M to 31.3X at VGA; Aperture: F3.5-5.5

LCD screen: 2.5” TFT color LCD w/ anti-reflective coating and brightness adjustment; LCD resolution: 230,000 dots; Wide angle viewable: Yes, approx 170° horizontal/vertical; Viewfinder: n/a

Focus System:
Type: TTL 9 point contrast detection autofocus with AF assist lamp; Focus modes: 9 point multi AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus; Manual focus: Yes; Macro focus: Yes, macro and super macro available; Focus lock: Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way; Focus range Normal: 1.64’ to infinity (over entire zoom range) Macro: 0.33-1.97’ (over entire zoom range) Super Macro: 0.03-0.98’ (1cm, at mid-zoom, set automatically)

Type: Built-in series-control auto flash Flash modes: Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye, soft Effective range: 13′ (wide, auto ISO), 8.2′ (tele, auto ISO)

Storage Media:
Internal memory: 33.7 MB Removable memory: SD, SDHC

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out Video out: NTSC, PAL Printer interfaces: N/A

Power Supply:
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI78; Recordable images: Approx 170; Playback time: Approx 180 min Movie recording time: Approx 65 min Audio recording time: Approx 230 min AC adapter available: YES (optional)

Physical Specifications:
Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.0” Weight Without battery or removable memory: 4.8 oz Loaded and ready: 5.3 oz Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic with aluminum plating; Operating temperature: 14-104°F; Weather Resistant: Yes, JIS Class 8 waterproof submersible to 16’, JIS Class 6 dustproof Shock Resistant: Yes, shockproof to 3.3’

Startup: Approx 1.0 sec; Release lag: Approx 0.03 sec

Language Support:
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese

Image Stabilization:
Still: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR (5M) Movie: Movie SR

ISO Sensitivity:
Auto: 64-1600, auto range adjustable, 64-6400 in Digital SR mode (5M); Manual: 64-6400, iso 3200-6400 fixed at 5M
White Balance*: Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent; Manual mode(s): Yes

Type: Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter; Shutter speed: 1/1500 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode)

Capture Modes:
Mode selection: Auto Picture (Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Flower, Candlelight), Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide, Surf & Snow, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Half Length Portrait, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report, Green; Green simplified mode available: Yes; Face detection available: Yes, AF and AE up to 32 faces in 0.03 sec, Smile Capture, Blink Detection; P/A/S/M/B: P; Date stamp: Yes, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode); Digital filters (capture): Image tone (Bright, Natural, Monochrome); Dynamic Range Adjustment: Yes, highlight and shadow correction

Drive Modes:
Mode selection: One Shot, Self Timer (10s, 2s), Continuous, High Speed Continuous, Interval, Auto Bracket; Continuous FPS: Approx 1.27 FPS, High Speed Continuous 2.9 FPS for up to 8 frames (5M), 5.9 FPS for 8 frames at ISO 3200/6400 (5M); Self-timer: Yes (10s, 2s) Remote control: n/a

Playback Modes:
Mode selection: One Shot, Index (4 or 9 thumbnails), Magnification, Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Bright/Dark Indication, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar; Mode pallet: Slideshow, Digital Filter, Frame Composite, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Movie Edit, Redeye Edit, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Image Recovery, Startup Screen, Face Zooming; Magnification: Up to 10X, scrollable; Digital filters (playback): B&W, Sepia, Color Filters (6), Color Extract (3), Color Enhancer (4), Toy Camera, Retro, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness; Movie edit: Save as still image, movie divide

File Formats:
Still: JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, PIM III Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG) with sound Sound: WAV (PCM), monaural

Computer System Requirements:

*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary. Windows: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, USB port Mac: MacOS-X 10.1.2 to 10.5, USB port

One Response to “Pentax Optio W80”

  1. Extreme says:

    This camera is junk. Horrible indoor pictures and the first time I took it into the water, it filled up with water. Customer service is impossible to get a hold of and when you actually do, they are rude. Stay away from the camera and this company in general!!!

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