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Pentax Optio W60

alaTest has collected and analyzed 625 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the value for money and water proof are generally positive. The usability and portability also get good comments, but there are some less positive views about the viewfinder and exposure. The flash and responsiveness get mixed opinions.

image quality, portability, usability, water proof, value for money

shutter, features, sensor, exposure, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio W60 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 625 reviews)

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Optio W60


The Pentax Optio W60 is meant to be your foul-weather photographic friend, oblivious to water (whether a splash or a full-on immersion) and freezing cold. You wouldn't know it at a glance, though - the 10-megapixel W60 is as sleekly styled and...

Waterproof to 13 feet ; Withstands freezing to 14 degrees ; Handsome compact design

No manual exposure controls ; Mediocre performance on timing tests ; Strange Auto ISO behavior

Most of us miss out on great photo opportunities because we're afraid to ruin our cameras in harsh conditions. The beach is a wonderful place to grab shots of our family (or particularly attractive members of someone else's family, for that matter),...

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Pentax Optio W60


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...

The 5X optical zoom refraction lens never protrudes from the Optio W60 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,...

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Rugged, Waterproof Aqua-Shooter Performs on Land, Too


Canon PowerShot SD890 IS $350 This 10-megapixel sweetheart with 5X zoom looks smart and shoots even smarter. Menus need improvement. Panasonic Lumix

Built for abuse, it's nearly indestructible. Button layout easy to operate, even underwater. Image quality is very pleasing. Fine balance of feature set and price

Menu icons a bit cartoonish. LCD could be brighter


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Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Pentax Optio W60 digital camera combines a ten megapixel CCD image sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens in a compact, pocket-friendly body designed to take whatever the elements deliver. Capable of being used underwater at depths of up to 13 feet for...

As with the W30, the Pentax Optio W60 forgoes any form of optical viewfinder in favor of solely a 2.5" LCD display. This is the same size as that used on the previous camera (and pretty much the bottom end of LCD sizes seen on competing cameras), but...

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Pentax Optio W60 Waterproof Digital Camera Review


The Pentax Optio W60 waterproof digital camera is a good choice for kayakers or others in rough, cold water. It may be overpriced for some buyers, though. Learn more about the Pentax Optio W60 by reading this digital camera review.

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Pentax Optio W60 Review


The Pentax W60 may look and feel cheaper than many other rugged cameras, but it can go to a fairly impressive 4m underwater, albeit for only two hours.

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Pentax Optio W60


The Pentax Optio W60 is a ruggedized, waterproof model meant for the ski slopes, the pool and other spots where digital cameras ordinarily fear to tread. The W60 is small and attractive, available with a silver finish or a distinctive turquoise front...

The W60 is easy to hold with one or both hands. The shutter button sits on the top but, unlike most cameras, there's no zoom control nearby. Instead, the zoom controls are found on the camera back and are a bit fiddly to use, consisting of two small...

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Pentax Optio W60: Underwater Field Test


The Pentax Optio W60 (street: $299) is the newest waterproof compact digital camera in the W series. This one packs 10 megapixels, a 5x 28-140mm (equivalent) internal zoom lens, and 720p HD video. We'll get this one on the test bench soon enough, but...

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Pentax W60


The Pentax Optio W60 is a 10 Megapixel compact with a 5x optical zoom, 2.5in screen and a waterproof body which allows it to be fully submerged underwater without the need for an additional housing. Announced in May 2008, it's the successor to the...

Fully waterproof to depths of 4m ; Decent 5x optical range with 28mm wide ; Contrast, sharpness and saturation controls ; Interval timer shooting and smile detection

No optical or sensor-shift anti-shake ; Average video quality and HD at only 15fps ; Low contrast images in some tests ; Concerns over scratching lens cover

There was a time if you wanted a waterproof compact, Pentax was the only name to consider. Over recent generations though, Olympus has grabbed much of the attention with its SW range, but now with the Optio W60, Pentax is back with one of the most...

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Pentax Optio W60 Review at Digital Camera Info


The Pentax takes the worry out of these situations, and for many users that's going to be worth a few extra dollars compared to a less rugged camera with otherwise similar features. Image quality is adequate if not outstanding, but good enough for the...

Product Specifications

Take your Pentax Optio W60 to new extremes. With 10 megapixels and a 5x internal zoom, this waterproof Optio shoots deeper, wider and at colder temps. A new design allows the Optio W60 to operate up to 13 feet underwater for two hours and at extreme temperatures well below freezing. Perfect for photography in adventurous settings, the Optio W60 captures a wide variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots. The Optio W60 also feature high-quality movie mode, face recognition, smile capture, and blink detection.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li78

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

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:Anti shake / Digital wide / Fireworks / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Half-length portrait / Kids / Landscape / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Pet / Portrait mode / Report / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.5
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Coral pink/Ocean blue/Silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Underwater Use: Yes
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5.7
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 50 - 6400 / ISO auto (50-1600) / ISO auto (50-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None