|Pentax Optio WPi - Control centre
The control centre of the camera is positioned on the back. The most striking is the 2 inch sized monitor and the lacking of the optical viewfinder. We can say that a viewfinder on a digital camera doesn't get used much, and of course underwater not at all. We ask ourselves if it is possible to equip the next generation that will have the same housing with an even larger monitor of 2.5 inches or more. The monitor delivers fine image playback and compared to the Pentax WP the resolution is improved and now features 115,000 pixels. The rendering of the monitor has a small viewing angle which is rather standard for digital compact cameras. The camera features a number of easy quick buttons, such as the play button for reviewing an image straight away. The green button next to the zoom button has more than one function. It serves as recycle bin for failures but also as quick button to add certain settings like white balance, ISO and auto focus. Of course the Pentax Optio WPi is equipped with a multi-controller that is nicely integrated in the housing. The buttons are placed in a well organized way and the functions are clearly shown by means of various icons.
Pentax WPi - Waterproof digital camera
The front of the camera is characterized by the internal optical zoom in the centre. Besides the emblem on the front there is no sign of the camera being waterproof. Old (digital) waterproof cameras used to be rather bulky, but the Pentax Optio WPi's design does not reveal the waterproof status of the camera. The lens is covered by a glass element that also protects the lens. Usually every object placed in front of the lens doesn't add to the quality but it seems that Pentax paid a lot of attention to this part of the camera because the lens offers great results. On the right side from the lens the internal flash is placed. Right above the lens a LED is placed serving as an indicator for the self-timer.
|Pentax WPi - Universal tripod connection
The bottom of the Pentax WPi digital camera is equipped with a (plastic) universal tripod connection. Plastic usually is less solid than metal, but on the other hand I don't expect many users placing this compact camera on a tripod. Furthermore we find an elongated cover beautifully integrated in the housing of the camera. The Lithium-ion battery and the Secure Digital memory card are hiding here among other things. When opening the cover you'll see a piece of rubber on the inside of the cover to prevent water from getting into the compartment. It's necessary to keep this clean and smooth. We also find the external connections for A/C power and USB behind this cover.
Pentax Optio WPi - Housing
The top side of the camera doesn't have many buttons; a microphone, a loud speaker, an on/off button and a nicely shaped release button are the only items found here. Mind you, the flat design doesn't leave much room for anything else really. The thin format of the camera pleases a lot in practice. It remains an outstanding achievement to equip such a flat camera with a 3x optical zoom. Since the optical zoom does not extend, it's convenient that a LED inside the on/off switch indicates whether or not the zoom is activated. The housing has an excellent finishing touch to it and thanks to its high quality water- and dustproof qualification it doesn't suffer from dust or moist getting inside the camera.