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Pentax Optio W30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of Pentax Optio W30. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and performance. The image quality and portability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the size and viewfinder.

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio W30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Pentax Optio W30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the usability and price are overall positive. The image quality and performance are also appreciated, but many are negative about the lens and low light performance. There are some mixed comments about the focus.

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73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio W30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Pentax Optio W30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price. The usability also gets good feedback.

usability, price

55% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax Optio W30

 

Continue on to Features & Controls Pentax Optio W30 Specifications Type: Compact waterproof digital camera Sensor: Type - 1/2.5" interline transfer CCD; Effective pixels - 7.1MP; Total pixels - 7.41MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 7M (3072x2304), 5M...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

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...

Apr, 2009

Recommended!

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

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 ...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : digitalcameraroundup.com (digitalcameraroundup.com)

Fun 7.1 megapixel camera that is also waterproof

 

If you're spending a lot of time on, in and around water, the Optio W30 is a perfect fit. It doesn't mind getting wet, and it takes exceptionally good pictures underwater. And your underwater movies will blow everyone's mind.

Waterproof down to 10 feet!, Internal optical zoom, Excellent underwater image and movie quality, Innovative synchro sound mode, Digital shake reduction with ISO up to 3200, Versatile, useful "Green Mode" button

Low-res, narrow viewing angle LCD, Fairly large, Needs better handstrap and protective boot underwater, No autofocus illuminator light

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Laurence Chen (photographyreview.com)

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...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Peter Ha (crunchgear.com)

Pentax Optio W30 review

 

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Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Emily Raymond (washingtonpost.com)

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...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Karen M. Cheung (reviewed.com)

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...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Pentax Optio W30 Digital Camera Full Review

 

With apologies to Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean: "dead cameras take no pictures". Nothing can stop an aquatic photo opportunity quicker than an ill-timed intrusion of water or spray into your camera's innards. For years,...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Conrad H. Blickenstorfer (digicamera.com)

Digital Camera Magazine: Camera review: Pentax Optio w30

 

The Pentax Optio W30 is waterproof and dustproof. Which means you can take it places that are usually off-limits for digital cameras, like boats, the beach, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and even shallow diving. Yes, you can take the W30 down to ten...

Low-res, narrow viewing angle LCD, Fairly large, Needs better handstrap and protective boot underwater, No autofocus illuminator light

If you're spending a lot of time on, in and around water, the Optio W30 is a perfect fit. It doesn't mind getting wet, and it takes exceptionally good pictures underwater. And your underwater movies will blow everyone's mind. But that doesn't mean the...

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