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Pentax Optio WP Series Digital Cameras

alaTest has collected and analyzed 406 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and performance are generally positive. The water proof and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the sensor and exposure. Reviews are divided on the build quality.

usability, portability, water proof, performance, image quality

lens, flash, viewfinder, exposure, sensor

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

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Pentax Optio WPi


The amphibious OptioWPi digital camera features 6.0 megapixels of resolution and a 3X optical zoom lens and captures high quality images both on land and up to three feet underwater without an additional waterproof housing. The OptioWPi is the perfect dig

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Pentax Optio WP


The amphibious OptioWP digital camera features 5.0 megapixels of resolution and a 3X optical zoom lens and captures high quality images both on land and up to three feet underwater without an additional waterproof housing. The OptioWP is the perfect digit

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Pentax OptioWP


No housing required for underwater shooting. Quality of underwater footage is quite good for an inexpensive camera.

Limited in manual settings. Slightly washed out colors. Slight distortion in lens.

Despite a number of limitations, the Optio WP makes shooting underwater stills and video incredibly easy and fun.


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Pentax Optio WP


Waterproof; take-anywhere size and design; broad range of user-friendly features; built-in help system; solid image quality.

Waterproof to only five feet and for only 30 minutes; doesn't float; mediocre autofocus and speed; well built but not rugged for heavy outdoor use.

This waterproof camera will deliver hours of summer and vacation fun, with some decent pictures too.

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Pentax OptioWP First Impressions Review


Pentax's new amphibious OptioWP hit the digital camera scene at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few days ago. Within its compact, cell phone-esque design, the camera's main draw is its underwater feature; the Pentax OptioWP...

Overall, the Pentax OptioWP is ideal company for an all-weather vacation. The compact, durable shell is solid enough to sustain skiing accidents and heavy snowfall. It is waterproofed and pressurized to submerge in up to 5 feet of water, capable of...

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Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio WP Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The new Pentax Optio WP has a compact, stylish body that's waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. The camera features a high-resolution, 5.0-megapixel CCD and 3x Pentax lens, for capturing a lot of fine detail with sharp definition....

Vibrant, appealing color, Generally good skin tones, Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting reasonably well, Good lens, good lens sharpness with minimal aberration, Attractive camera styling, Waterproof body suitable for splashing around...

Below average exposure accuracy, tended to consistent underexposure, Below average startup, focusing and shot to shot speed, Noisy images at ISO 200 or higher, ISO 400 is unacceptable even at 4x6 inch print size, Contrast is a little high, tends to...

Built into the Pentax Optio WP is a 3x, 6.3-18.9mm Pentax lens, the equivalent of a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera. Maximum aperture ranges from f/3.3 to f/4, depending on the zoom setting, and the aperture is automatically adjusted by the camera....

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Pentax Optio WPi


The Pentax brand has been around since 1957 and has always had a good reputation. Starting out in film, Pentax are now one of the leaders in both consumer and professional digital photography. Today we'll be reviewing their

All right, so it's not the best solution, but it's the only one to hand. However I was still unable to take shots of the back of the camera, so I asked Pentax and they kindly allowed me to use some reference pictures from their website

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Pentax Optio WPi Digital Camera Review


The Pentax Optio WPi is a great choice if you're looking for a waterproof camera (and don't need to go to great depths).

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Pentax OptioWP Digital Camera Pro Review


The Pentax OptioWP is the only waterproof compact digital camera that I'm aware of. It's really in a class by itself and I've wanted to try it for a long time. It's not just weatherproof - you can actually dunk the OptioWP. Because I mountain bike in...

Waterproof to 1.5m/5 feet deep!, Reasonably compact, Non-telescoping, protected lens, Pentax scene modes

Noticeable noise at all ISO settings, Color shift at higher ISO settings, Slow access to exposure controls, No optical viewfinder, Focus problems in low light

The Optio WP's image quality and performance are nothing special. But that's not what this camera is about. If you're spend a lot of time outdoors in the rain, snow, or dusty conditions, there's nothing like it. The camera is easy to carry, the...

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Pentax' Underwater Shot


The new Optio WP digital camera does well enough on dry land to make it a good choice for any casual tourist -- not just avid snorkelers

Product Specifications

Snorkel, ski, or attend a stunning wedding, and you'll never stop snapping with the OptioWP. This digital delivers both on land and in the sea with a faster .6 second start up, a quick .05 second shutter release, movie mode and a generous 2.0 inch monitor. A beautiful, petite JIS Class 8 waterproof-rated exterior promises you'll capture images proudly just under the water's surface or in the most formal settings. Finally, your wait is over for petite, durable, go everywhere digital.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-L18/Pentax D-Li8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Candle / Flower / Food / Landscape / Museum / Night scene / Panorama assist / Pet / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Underwater/Landscape / Portrait mode / Museum / Surf & snow / Self-portrait / Pet / Food / Panorama assist / Flower / Night scene / Underwater / Sports mode / Candle


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

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/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:5Megapixel/6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/MJPEG / QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400/800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto/ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Neutral / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow/Black & White / Blue / Green / Neutral / Pink / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow/Soft / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Yellow / Blue / Green / Pink / Red
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None