Ilse Jurriën : June 27th 2009 - 12:30 CET
Pentax Optio W80
Waterproof Pentax Optio W80 digital camera : Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division announce the launch of the Pentax Optio W80 digital compact camera. In addition to its outstanding waterproof, dustproof and cold proof capabilities - which allow for up to two hours of continuous underwater photography at a depth down to five meters - the new Pentax Optio W80 offers outstanding shockproof performance to withstand a fall from a height of one meter. Despite its compact dimensions, the Pentax Optio W80 features an optical 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm. Combining 12.1 megapixels with the Pentax-developed imaging engine and high-performance Pentax zoom lens, the Optio W80 delivers brilliant, high-quality pictures.|
Underwater photography with the Pentax Optio W80
By creating tighter external joints for a more airtight camera body, Pentax has improved the Optio W80’s underwater picture-taking performance from four meters for the previous models to five meters, and for up to two hours of continuous operation. Along with this outstanding, IPX 8 (or JIS Class 8) waterproof performance, the Pentax Optio W80 also provides remarkable dustproof performance equivalent to IPX 6 (or JIS Class 6) and exceptional coldproof performance for reliable operation at temperatures as low as -10°C. These features make it perfect for photographing outdoor activities, such as skiing, marine sports and fishing. It can be also used without worry in other situations where water or dirt can be a concern, such as in the garden or kitchen.
Shockproof Pentax Optio W80 camera
Special shock-absorbent material has been applied at crucial points throughout the Optio W80’s inner body, while all components have been redesigned to be more rigid and durable. This means that the Pentax W80 can withstand a fall from a height of one meter without damage to the body, further enhancing its reliability in harsh shooting conditions.
Pentax W80 features a 5x optical zoom lens
Despite its compact dimensions, the Pentax Optio W80 features an optical 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). Thanks to this wide zoom range, the Pentax Optio W80 can be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes, from spectacular landscape, majestic architecture and group shots to tight snapshots from a distance. Coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, which allows even tighter zooming in on the subject, the zoom range can be extended to approximately 31.3 times.
Record videos on the Pentax Optio W80
The Pentax Optio W80 captures beautiful, flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also comes equipped with advanced, user-friendly features designed to facilitate movie recording: Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode, which automatically compensates camera shake during movie shooting; and Underwater Movie mode, which automatically optimizes all camera settings for underwater movie shooting.
12.1 megapixel Pentax Optio W80 compact camera
Combining approximately 12.1 effective megapixels with the Pentax-developed imaging engine and high-performance Pentax zoom lens, the Optio W80 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to larger sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.
Pentax W80 equipped with anti shake protection
The Pentax Optio W80 offers triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake
• Pixel Track SR mode : When recording still images, the Optio W80’s new Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode effectively compensates for camera shake by processing affected images.
• High-Sensitivity SR mode : When it detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, the Optio W80 automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.
• Movie SR mode : During movie recording, the Pentax Optio W80 prevents blurry images by effectively minimizing annoying camera shake through the use of exclusive softwarea
Auto Picture mode on the Pentax Optio W80
The Pentax W80 features the Pentax-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by detecting the subject’s lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly mode not only makes the right mode choice for the photographer (from Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport, Standard and Candlelight modes), but also features an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro in close-up applications.
Pentax W80 offers advanced face recognition
The Pentax Optio W80 features the advanced Face Recognition AF & AE function, a great tool in casual shooting of people. This user-friendly function automatically detects up to 32 faces in the image field, then optimizes their focus and exposure settings in only about 0.03 seconds. The Pentax W80 is also equipped with the Smile Capture mode, which automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile, as well as the Blink Detection function, which warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.
Pentax Optio W80 waterproof digital camera
Despite its compact body, the Pentax Optio W80 features a large 2.5-inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. This monitor is treated with a special AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to cut the glare of external light and minimize annoying reflections, making it easy to view recorded images even in bright sunlight.