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Pentax Optio W20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews of Pentax Optio W20. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and price are overall positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the shutter and reliability. The lens and low light performance get mixed comments.

usability, portability, performance, price, screen

reliability, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio W20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Pentax Optio W20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the size and screen. The performance and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative views about the color. The low light performance and reliability get mixed reviews.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Pentax Optio W20


Continue on to Features & Controls Pentax Optio W20 Specifications Camera Type: Compact-type digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto flash, JIS Class 8 waterproof 5 ft, 30 minutes Effective Pixels: 7.0 megapixels...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Luuk Jurrien (

Pentax Optio W20


Pentax is pleased to announce the launch of the new Pentax Optio W20, a compact digital camera featuring excellent waterproof performance with a slim, flat body design. The Pentax Optio W20 digital camera is the latest model in the Pentax Optio W...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Pentax W20 Waterproof Camera


Pentax continues its line of waterproof cameras, adding an extra megapixel along the way.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Gagan Gupta (

Pentax Optio W20


The new Pentax underwater camera proves itself worthy whether in or out of water.

Dec, 2006

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Pentax Optio W20


The Pentax Optio W20 Digital Camera is the latest waterproof ultra compact 7 megapixel digital camera from Pentax, not just waterproof, it's also safe from dust and snow.

Excellent value for money waterproof digital camera ; Snow and dust proof ; Good image quality - excellent colour ; Good 2.5" screen ; Good video mode - VGA, 30fps, Sound, Optical zoom, Digital Anti-shake ; Built in image recovery for images that were...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Pentax Optio W20


The Pentax Optio W20 is an upgrade of the previously released W10 waterproof digital camera. The W20 can be used in water to a depth of 5 feet (for up to 30 minutes at a time) without underwater housing. It is a 7 megapixel camera with a 3x Optical...

The W20 can be used in water to a depth of 5 feet (for up to 30 minutes at a time) without underwater housing. It is a 7 megapixel camera with a 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5inch LCD display (no viewfinder)

Aug, 2006

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Pentax Optio W20


Perfect for the more active photographer, the W20 is a well-specified digital compact with the added benefit of waterproofing. It packs an effective resolution of 7.1 million pixels, has a 3x optical zoom, and an ISO range of 64-400 (800 in candle mode).

Expert review by : Dave Pickstone (

Review: Pentax Optio W20


A waterproof camera thats easy to use and doesn't have the big bulky case, is it worth getting wet with the W20?

Waterproof and dustproof casing, customisable menu, detail in images

Vignetting, location of camera lens, lack of good grip, inaccurate Autofocus

The W20 has a big selling point in its ability to be waterproof without being bulky, allowing it to be a perfect travel camera for all occasions, in water or out. It has a sensor that can perform when needed and enough options to satisfy every level of...

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Great Camera


For a point and shoot camera it is great. Water and dust proof is great for beach and snorkeling pictures. Not suitable for indoor and low light pictures since the flash is weak and ISO 400 and over are VERY noisy. For the price versus features it is a...

This is my fourth camera, bougth it only because the waterproof and compact features. Under water pictures are great and movies are really high quality. 4GB SD cards works and you have one hour to record videos at best quality using one. Very fast...

Low light pictures aren't that great (like almost all compact cameras). Night scene mode shows a lot of noise, ISO settings over 200 are very noisy and shoulg be used only if it is really necessary but you can expect a lot of noise. USB is VERY slow,...

Nov, 2006

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Doesn't last long


Takes nice pics and the video feature is easy to use. Enjoyed the screen size.

When it breaks down and needs service - good luck and lots of prayers.

Aug, 2007

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