|Pentax Optio WP - Entry level model
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 camera is well organized, even without a manual most users will get the hang of it. Very handy is the extra information that is offered with the icons. The 5 Megapixels and the 3x optical zoom of the Optio WP will satisfy the minimum requirements of most travellers. The amount of Megapixels is sufficient for at least an A4 print and the zoom range of 38-114mm (equivalent of a 35mm camera) lets you take beautiful panoramic pictures as well as close-ups. The fine macro function is a handy application.
Pentax WP digital camera - Improvements
The Pentax Optio WP delivers a reasonably good quality. The sharpening is just a little too strong, in my opinion, it may be decreased slightly. Also the Pentax Optio WP suffers quite a bit from noise, especially above ISO 100 noise is significantly present. Lower quality settings show artifacts. The colour rendition is excellent if the correct white balance is used. In wide angle distortion is clearly visible but that is normal for a camera in this class. Zooming in makes it neutral very quickly. Purple fringing only plays a role at the high contrasts, but hardly ever disturbs a normal print.
Pentax Optio WP - Fast response
The Pentax WP has a pleasantly fast response. The focus as well as the shutter release are very much in order with this camera. The action photographer will certainly appreciate the two modes for continuous shooting. It would be nice if the images were stored just that little bit quicker on the SD memory card. A clever possibility is increasing the zoom speed, some situations do require speed. If you want to work more precise, just select the slower mode. Great of Pentax to offer both options.
Pentax WP - Control
Absolutely fabulous is the fact that the Optio WP lets the user in control of how he/she wants to use the camera. An enhanced control over the exposure programme is not available but not much else is lacking for the user. Pentax deserves a feather in his cap for offering the user the possibility of storing desired settings into the memory which should be remembered for the next shooting session. Besides that we compliment Pentax for the extreme user-friendliness of the Optio WP.
Pentax Optio WP - Versatile digital camera
The Pentax Optio is a nice camera with some efficient features. The Pentax WP is a fast camera to work with and it's an 'easy to carry around' camera. The image quality could be improved a little and a somewhat larger battery wouldn't hurt either. But the greatest fun of the Pentax Optio WP is the fact that it is waterproof. And I mean, really waterproof, you can take it with you when swimming, even underwater. There is a lot to discover there! Most certainly the Pentax Optio WP is a very attractive camera for the holiday photographer, you just take it with you wherever you go. Still outside of the summer season the Optio WP will keep on pleasing you.
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