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Pentax Optio WP

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of Pentax Optio WP. 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. People really like the size and image quality. The performance and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed views about the focus and zoom. The flash and low light performance get critical views.

usability, portability, performance, image quality, size

reliability, lens, viewfinder, low-light, flash

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

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Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax Optio WP


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Pentax Optio WP from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Comments about the screen and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and size are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the lens. There are some mixed opinions about the durability.

design, size, usability, image quality, screen


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax Optio WP


alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Pentax Optio WP from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Opinions about the durability and size are overall positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback, whereas views about the water proof and image quality are mixed. There are some critical reviews about the zoom and battery.

usability, performance, portability, size, durability

reliability, lens, viewfinder, battery, zoom

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Pentax OptioWP


This fun addition to the Optio line lets you shoot underwater digital photos and video clips without a clunky, expensive underwater housing.

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.

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Sep, 2005

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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

Sep, 2005


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Pentax Optio WP review


Beginning of 2005, Pentax introduced a camera that is capable of shooting pictures under water, besides of course the normal way of shooting. This is a unique feature of the Pentax Optio WP. No more wasting your time with underwater bags or what's so...

The Pentax Optio WP is a true 'point & shoot' digital camera. You can't adjust too much yourself, but most users certainly won't object to that. It is a straightforward digital camera, easy to use and operate. And that is what the user wants. The...

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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....

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Photo-John (

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...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : By Burt Helm (

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

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Neocamera (

Pentax Optio WP


Being the only current waterproof ultra-compact camera on the market, the Optio WP does not have any competition. Other than its waterproof body, it seems like a fairly typical ultra-compact camera. This camera does produce images with above average...

Slim durable body with solid feel, Very low chromatic aberrations, Good focus speed and accuracy, Good exposure and metering, Excellent macro focusing, Nice and clear interface, Pan, infinity and manual focus modes

Slight corner softness, Some barrel distortion, Short flash range, Below average battery life, Poorly positioned tripod mount, Easy to dirty glass lens cover, LCD blanks during continuous shooting

The Pentax Optio WP is mostly an average camera with the unique ability to go under water. For an ultra-compact camera, the WP is also quite sturdy. Its performance speed is average overall, with fast focusing and slow shot-to-shot speeds. Its image...

Jan, 2005

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Pentax Optio WP waterproof camera


Pentax Optio WP is a waterproof digital camera that can dive with you to 5 feet/1.5 meters for 30 minutes. It's a compact camera with advanced features and picture quality to satisfy even a demanding photographer's ambitions in ordinary circumstances...

Value for money: Pentax Optio WP is good value for money. For a price of a fully featured compact camera you also get a camera that's waterproof and dust-proof. Currently, the choices for waterproof compact digital cameras are limited, and if you don't...


Expert review by : Jay Werfalli (

Pentax Optio WP - Waterproof Digital Camera


Surely it's not? It doesn't look like it is? That's the response Jay Werfalli got when he dropped this five megapixel camera into his friend's fish tank.

Quite simply the Optio WP is one of only a handful of fully waterproof digital cameras currently on the market. It spares you the added expense of a separate waterproof housing and in terms of image quality it gives many “normal” compacts a run for...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Charlie Brewer (

Pentax Optio WP


The new WP's pretty and compact design makes it a camera designed to live in a handbag, engineered to operated underwater and contains enough digital wizardry to challenge the most creative of minds, but does it take good pictures? Our man Charlie...

Looks, waterproof, advanced functions, ‘geen mode’

Low light focus, lack of lens cover, battery shape

Gripes, well a few. For such a well-designed camera it really could do with an AF-assist system in low light conditions. Shoot in close quarters and the macro will go down to 1cm. In these conditions with a group of friends the camera simply refused to...

Mar, 2005

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