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PENTAX Optio W80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 713 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and value for money. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the storage and features. There are some mixed reviews about the sensor.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the PENTAX Optio W80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio W80 Digital Camera Review


The Optio W80 is a well priced, tough camera that can take a beating but still keep working. However, the images it takes are merely average.

The W80 is a decent camera, with a good set of features. But it's not a great camera: we found that the images were somewhat distorted, and had only moderate sharpness. The colors of the captured images were decent, but the images had a significant...

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Pentax Optio W80 Review


Great features and excellent performance, but there was noise in ALL of our sample images. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Water, Dust, Shock and Freeze Proof; 720p HD movies; Ability to Travel and Shoot where most cameras can't

Weak Flash; No HD output for HD videos; Noise in images at ALL ISO settings; Very Short Battery Life

Great features and excellent performance, but there was noise in ALL of our sample images. Read more in our

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Pentax Optio W80


The 12-megapixel Pentax Optio W80 ($299.95 direct) looks great on paper, with the potential to be the best water-, freeze-, and shock-proof point-and-shoot camera you can find. It packs a wide 28mm lens with a generous 5x zoom, captures high-definition...

Compact. 5x optical zoom. 28mm wide-angle lens. 720p30 HD-video capture. Fast startup and minimal shutter lag. Waterproof to 16 feet. Freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Shock-proof to 3.3 feet

Noisy images at ISO 200 and up. Visibly noisy video capture. Sluggish recycle time. Lens window protects against water and dings, but not fingerprints

The $300 Pentax Optio W80 can shoot great pictures in bright conditions, but images captured at ISO 200 and above are noisier than average.


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Pentax Optio WS80


Overall, the Optio WS80 is an excellent camera. At this price, and with its features, even if you don't need a camera for underwater use, it makes an excellent choice in a general purpose point-and-shoot camera. You won't have to worry about the...

10 megapixel resolution2.7 inch LCD display5X (35-175mm) zoom lensWaterproof and dustproof

HD movie mode, but lacks HDMI port

The Pentax Optio WS80 is a new 10 megapixel waterproof point-and-shoot...

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Pentax Optio W80


If you need a point-and-shoot digital camera that's durable above all else, then the Optio W80 definitely deserves a look. The durability specs are better than most of the competition. But if image quality is more important to you than ruggedness,...

12.1MP resolution5x (28-140mm) zoom lensWaterproof, dustproof, shockproof, coldproofOptical image stabilizationFace detect autofocus

The Pentax Optio W80 is a compact 12.1MP, 5X zoom digital point-and...

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Pentax Optio W80


Well priced and very tough, but the images it takes are merely average

Good image stabilization; Low image noise

Detail suffers at high ISOs; Not a fast shooter

The W80 is a decent camera, with a good set of features. But it’s not a great camera: we found that the images were somewhat distorted, and had only moderate sharpness. The colors of the captured images were decent, but the images had a significant...

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Pentax announces tough new compact - the Optio W80


Whether you're the rugged outdoor type or just accident prone, Pentax is aiming to make your life a little easier with the release of the Optio W80 compact digital camera. The Optio W80 is dustproof, waterproof to 16 feet, has an operational...

It's not just a tough cookie though, starting from cold in only a second, you get 12.1 effective megapixels (4000by3000), a 5x optical zoom (plus a 6.25x digital zoom for a total of 31.3x), the 35mm equivalent of a 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto...

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Pentax W80 Camera Review: Waterproof and Now Slightly Ruggedized


The Pentax W80 is their latest in a long line of waterproof cams that take decent shots, but have always been my favorite because of their compact size. This one is a bit bigger, but gains ruggedization and depth.

But I noticed the lens was a little too slow to capture sharp motion underwater where light is rarer than on the surface. (The first sample shot I took in dim light triggered the flash where other models didn't need one.) Colors and exposure was fine,...

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Pentax Optio W80


The 12.1 megapixel Pentax Optio W80 is being promoted by Pentax as their ‘most shock and waterproof digital camera ever'.

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Pentax Optio W80


For the price at $180.00 from adorama it is a great camera. Very clear images at low ISO, video is OK but not great but when you factor you can use it in any weather condition it is a very good value. Has intervalometer built in for both still...

Read manual. Keep ISO low

Product Specifications

Within its compact body, the Optio WS80 offers a number of advanced, user-friendly features. These include: the assurance of high-quality, high-resolution image reproduction thanks to 10.0 effective megapixels; an optical 5X zoom lens; a large 2.7 inch LCD monitor; HDTV-proportioned movie recording; and a state-of-the-art Face Recognition function. Its airtight body also allows underwater photography to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to two hours continuously. This eliminates worries in situations where water or dirt can be a concern, such as outdoor events, in the garden or kitchen, or on a rainy day.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li78/Pentax D-LI88

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Candle / 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/Landscape / Portrait mode / Party/indoor / Surf & snow / Pet / Natural green / Food / Fireworks / Flower / Night scene / Underwater / Sports mode / Candle / Night scene with portrait / Frame composition / Kids / Natural skin tone / Half-length portrait / Digital wide


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.5/F/3.8-4.7
Max Focal Length:25mm/31mm
Min Focal Length:5mm/6.2mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Azure blue/Black / Orange/Cardinal red/Gun metal gray
Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel/12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5.7/6.25
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 64-6400 / ISO auto (64-1600) / ISO auto (64-6400)/ISO auto / ISO 64-6400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Fisheye / Retro / Sepia / Soft / Toy camera/Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None