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Pentax Optio W30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 529 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the image quality and water proof are generally positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the contrast and features, and views about the manual image adjustments and viewfinder are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio W30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Optio W30


The Pentax Optio W30 is part of a growing line of weather- and dust-resistant cameras geared for active point-and-shooters. It is the fifth in Pentax's W-series, a line of waterproof cameras. The 7.1-megapixel camera comes in a swimmer's body, which...

Waterproof, dustproof ; Attractive Design ; Handles noise reasonably well at ISO 800 and under ; Sturdy locking battery and port compartments ; Built-in image recovery ; Plenty of options for almost every setting ; Good price for a waterproof camera

Poor LCD resolution ; Inaccurate, undersaturated colors ; Limited dynamic range over ISO 400 ; Lots of barrel distortion at wider focal lengths ; Low light auto focus (no assist lamp) ; Color fringing ; Slow burst ; Complicated menu system ; Clumsy...

The Pentax W30, simply put, is a fun camera to use. It will likely find a wide audience, eliciting praise from Michael Phelps types to kids wanting to play Mikey from the Goonies. With waterproof, dustproof (and kid-proof) abilities, the Optio W30...

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Pentax Optio W30


The Optio W30 is equipped with Ultra-fast 9-Point Autofocus and features Tracking AF. Portrait mode combines Face priority AF with Face priority auto-exposure for perfect results. This technology is particularly effective at preventing "dropout"...

With Pentax's Mode Palette, the selection of shooting and playback modes is made much easier. By arranging 25 shooting modes and 15 playback modes, the Mode Palette speeds up mode selection with its easy to use display. After choosing a mode a guide...

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Pentax Optio W30 First Impressions Review


 Rugged construction, Improved waterproof capabilities, Ability to set up to four different controls for the on-camera green button, Ability to reset menu order, Competitive price in the compact waterproof category        

Poor lens, Low LCD resolution and angle of view, Lens position easily gets covered by left hand's fingers

The Pentax Optio W30 offers some great features for a slim, pocket camera, like multiple scene modes, customizable menus, programmable control button, good macro focus range, and of course, the waterproof qualities. However, unless you're only...


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Pentax Optio W30


The Pentax Optio W30 takes great pictures in conditions that are optimal. The underwater capabilities are limited, but the camera is an excellent choice for those photographers who are often in wet or soggy conditions. The camera is sturdy and takes...

Excellent foul weather camera2.5 inch LCD display screen0.05 second shutter lag

No manual controlsDifficult to focus in dim light

The Pentax Optio W30 is a waterproof digital camera. This waterproof...


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Pentax Optio W30


The Pentax Optio W30 is a new waterproof camera that can be used at a depth of up to three metres for 2 hours. The W30 is also weather-sealed and immune to dust and sand, making it a great camera for ...

The Pentax Optio W30 is a fairly unremarkable camera that succeeds largely due to being water and dust proof, and very easy to use. This is truly a camera that you can take on your next beach ...

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Field Test: Jump Right In with the Pentax Optio W30!


The Pentax Optio W30 is an update to Pentax's popular Optio W20 underwater-capable camera

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Pentax Optio W30 Review


The Pentax Optio W30 offers a well-balanced set of compact camera features, the most appealing being the weatherproof body. No more calling it quits the moment a few drops of rain hit your head. No more worrying about splashing water on the camera when...

Weatherproof, sealed body and lens, Waterproof for underwater use to 9 ft., Bright LCD screen, Internal zoom lens does not protrude from body, Excellent battery life, Realistic color rendition

Auto focus speed is slow, LCD display resolution is low, Noise above ISO 400

Overall the Pentax Optio W30 is a good value for people seeking a competent and convenient camera that can be used in all conditions - including in and around water and humid environments. The combination of internal lens, weather sealing and...

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Pentax Optio W30 review



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Pentax Optio W30


The Pentax Optio W30 is a completely waterproof digital camera. The number of digital cameras that can be submerged in water without an external shell can be counted on one hand, and the W30 is listed among that lucky crowd. It has 7.1 megapixels, a 3x...

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Pentax Optio W30


Read a digital camera review of the Pentax Optio W30 waterproof digital camera.

There are a few downsides though. This menu-heavy camera offers so many options that it may overwhelm a new user, although it does provide plenty of customizable options to grow into. Coupled with hard-to-navigate software, W30 users may need to invest...

Product Specifications

Take your underwater images to a new depth. With an enhanced waterproof design, the compact Optio W30 performance capacity has more than doubled and now allows photographers to capture images underwater up to 10 feet for 2 hours. The generous 2.5-inch LCD monitor offers an LCD Bright Mode that can adjust the brightness of the screen as necessary for improved viewing in the sunlight. Ever the perfect camera for capturing adventure in the outdoors, the Optio W30 also features both Digital and Movie SR modes to reduce blur in both image and video capture. The Optio W30 also features the Face Recognition function and Macro Photography mode to allow image capture at under half an inch for stunning close-ups of photography subjects such as flowers, insects, jewelry and much more.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li63

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Kids / Landscape / Museum / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Report / Self-portrait / Soft / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Red filter / Sepia/Black & White / Color Filter / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None