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Waterproof Pentax Optio W60
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05-26-2008
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WATERPROOF PENTAX OPTIO W60 SHOOTS DEEPER, WIDER AND AT COLDER TEMPS

[img2="left"]http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=854&stc=1&d=1211815354[/img2]GOLDEN, CO (May 22, 2008)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio W60 compact digital camera. Lightweight and fully waterproof, the Optio W60 features 10 megapixels and a 5X zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle capability. The enhanced design of the Optio W60 allows the camera to operate up to 13 feet underwater for two hours and at extreme temperatures well below freezing.

Perfect for photography in adventurous as well as everyday settings, the 5X optical zoom refraction lens never protrudes from the Optio W60, yet it covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format). This range allows the camera to capture a wide variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects. A Digital Wide function merges two shots into one image for ultra-wide-angle image capture (equivalent to a focal length of 21mm in 35mm format).

The Optio W60 also accompanies users to new aquatic depths. With improved design and construction of the shutter button and controls, as well as reinforced, airtight joints, the Optio W60 allows underwater photography up to 30 percent deeper than previous PENTAX waterproof models. In addition to the JIS Class 8 waterproofing standard, the camera is JIS Class 5 dustproof against dirt, sand and dust and operates in extreme temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius).

Other important features and modes of the PENTAX Optio W60 include a High-Quality Movie mode with HD resolution up to 1280 x 720 pixels (comparable to a 720p HDTV) as well as Auto Picture mode, fast Face Recognition, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, an Underwater Movie mode, High Sensitivity Digital SR mode that automatically adjusts the sensitivity up to ISO 6400, and an LCD monitor with a 170 degree wide-angle view and Anti-Reflection coating to reduce glare.

A perfect companion for indoor and outdoor enthusiasts, the PENTAX Optio W60 performs well during winter and summer activities as well as in and around water and sand. The PENTAX Optio W60 will be available in July 2008 for US $329.95 in a choice of two colors: Ocean Blue and Silver.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces, and mobile printers and scanners. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.
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PENTAX Optio W60 FACT SHEET
10 Megapixel Resolution
With 10 effective megapixels, the PENTAX Optio W60 delivers highly detailed photos.

5X Zoom Lens
The PENTAX Optio W60 features an internal 5X zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format) and a refraction lens that never protrudes from the camera while zooming. This system allows the camera to capture a variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects. When combined with the intelligent digital zoom function (up to 5.7X) zoom magnification may be increased to 28.5X.

Enhanced Waterproof And Extreme Weather Performance
The Optio W60 operates underwater up to 13 feet (four meters) for up to two hours, which is an increase of 30 percent over the performance of previous PENTAX models that were limited to 10 feet. This performance is the result of improved construction of the shutter button and other controls and reinforced, airtight external joints. Waterproofed to the JIS Class 8 standard, the camera is dustproof to JIS Class 5 against sand and dust and operates in temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius). This makes it a perfect choice for outdoor winter activities such as skiing as well as for water sports including boating, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.

Bright, Wide-angle LCD Monitor
The 2.5 inch high-resolution (approximately 230,000 dots) LCD monitor features an Anti-Reflection coating to reduce reflective glare and be easily viewed even in bright sunlight. The monitor’s wide viewing angle (about 170 degrees both horizontally and vertically) allows users to view images from nearly any angle.

High-Quality Movies With Shake Reduction And HD Resolution
The Optio W60 captures movies at resolutions as high as 1280 x 720 pixels, which is comparable to HDTV resolution at 720p. The camera also features Movie Shake Reduction to automatically correct camera shake and an Underwater Movie mode that optimizes color settings for recording underwater.

Auto Picture Mode
Featuring scene-recognition technology, the camera’s Auto Picture mode determines the subject’s shooting conditions and automatically selects the optimal scene mode. Optio W60 photographers also may select from seven capture modes including Flower, Sport, Night Scene Portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Standard modes.

Face Recognition Function
Face Recognition AF & AE function on the Optio W60 delivers beautiful portrait shots with a single setting. This convenient function automatically sets the focus and exposure detecting up to 32 faces at one time in 0.03 seconds. The camera also features Smile Capture mode that automatically captures images when subjects smile and Blink Detection, which warns the photographer if any subject’s eyes are closed during exposure.

[img2="left"]http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=853&stc=1&d=1211815354[/img2]High Sensitivity Digital Shake Reduction
The Optio W60 features Digital Shake Reduction, which compensates for camera shake and subject blurring during still-image photography. This mode automatically adjusts sensitivity up to a maximum of ISO 6400 based on ambient lighting, which permits a faster shutter speed to capture sharp, clear images. In addition, Digital Shake Reduction for playback corrects blurring in images post-capture.
Additional Features
  • Macro focusing can focus on subjects as close as a centimeter (less than one inch) for stunning close-up shots
  • PENTAX proprietary SP (Super Protect) coating adds superior water repellency and scratch resistance to the lens’s front protective glass to prevent water droplets from forming
  • Panorama mode stitches a series of up to three shots into one wide photo
  • Intelligent zoom function extends the zoom range without compromising the optical zoom’s image quality
  • Supports SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
  • Approximately 36.4 MB of built-in memory
  • Frame composite function allows photographers to shoot and create images with decorative frames; 80 styles to choose from
  • Date and Time imprint function for easy image categorizing
  • Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewer/image management software, that supports Windows VistaTM
  • Supports PictBridge, DPOF printing, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching
PENTAX and Optio are trademarks of HOYA CORPORATION.*
All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that are not PRINT Image Matching III compliant.
Copyright 2001 Seiko Epson Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

The Pentax W60 ships in the US market from July 2008, priced at US$329.95.
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By randyflycaster on 05-27-2008, 09:22 AM
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Looks great. I'm curious: is this Pentax suitable for taking pictures that will fulfill magazine guidlines? Does it take raw files?

Randy
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By FlyGal on 05-27-2008, 04:43 PM
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10 megapixels is more than enought for magazine quality....
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By FlyRichardFly on 06-17-2008, 12:06 AM
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I purchased a Optio W10 about 3 years ago...... on sale for $345 with a memory card.
Simply wonderful camera. I've taken thousands of pix and lots of underwater too.
If my camera ever breaks, I would get a W60!
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By Fly2Fish on 06-17-2008, 11:19 AM
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The new Pentax W60 coming on sale July 1 poses a tough decision for me. I'd like a for-fishing-only waterproof camera for a one-week fly-fishing trip I leave for on July 13 and had pretty much made up my mind to get an Olympus Stylus 850SW. While the size and weight of the new W60 Pentax are only slightly larger than the Olympus, the Pentax has a more useful optical zoom range (it also has marginally more megapixels, but perhaps not enough to matter - 10.1 v 7.9). The problem with the Pentax is that it probably won't have been on the market long enough by when I leave to have a price discounted from MSRP, which leaves it more than $100 higher than the Olympus 850 can be bought for.

Decisions, decisions . . .
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By mojo on 07-09-2008, 07:09 PM
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10 megapixels is more than enought for magazine quality....
The 10 megapixels isn't really the question for magazine quality, it's whether or not it'll shoot RAW which is what magazines want if I'm not mistaken.
I doubt that a p-n-s will shoot RAW.
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By FlyGal on 07-10-2008, 08:25 AM
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Not all magazines are print only, and if it's a great shot I'm sure they will work with it at full rezolution even if it has some compression.....It's still better quality than film, especally when you consider print mags are only publishing seperations....
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By fishonrubbalegs on 07-11-2008, 11:15 AM
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These cameras are great! I take mine fishing, whitewater rafting and anywhere else that water could be an issue. They are small enough to put in your vest so it is always on hand. It takes amazing pictures. My local fly shop actually had one in stock. They also sell them online at

You can't go wrong with this little baby.
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By fishonrubbalegs on 07-11-2008, 12:50 PM
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Sorry the link didn't work. Anyway, I got the camera at Teton Village Sports. The have a great website and the Optio is on it.
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By crashq on 07-16-2008, 02:32 PM
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Not all magazines are print only, and if it's a great shot I'm sure they will work with it at full rezolution even if it has some compression.....It's still better quality than film, especally when you consider print mags are only publishing seperations....
As already posted, any magazine that is printed ( including ones that are both print and online) require RAW images, which contain all of the information for every pixel in the photo. This allows the editors to adjust the color and contrast of the photo so that all of the photos in the magazine have the same (matching colors and brightness). If you check on the magazine's websites, you will find that they sepcifically state that they do not take JPG images.

Consumer digital is still not better than film (as you stated). Most experts will tell you that a minimum of 16-17 megapixels are required to equal typical over-the-counter 200 speed film. Many believe the value is much higher for professional film with smaller grain sizes. The cheaper the diigtal camera, the cheaper the lens, the smaller the sensor size, and the more noise you will get. This means that the same size photo from a point-and-shoot will have a lesser quality than one from a high end DLSLR.

Since few point-and-shoot-cameras save photos in RAW format, you will not be able to use them (including the W60) for professional magazine photography.

None of this really matters for typical non-professional photography because we view most photos on a 1.3 megapixel computer screen or print out 4 x 6 (or smaller) prints at a print resolution of 200 dots per inch (dpi) or maybe 300 dpi. This is just under 1 million dots for the 200dpi or about 2.1 million dots for the 300 dpi. Any decent digital camera currently made will work just fine for these resolution levels.
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