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Pentax Optio WPi | Digital Camera Review | Control
Pentax designed the Optio WPi with an aim at the crowd; in fact they are aiming at the average consumer. Keeping this in mind we cannot expect an advanced and extremely enhanced digital camera but a camera with emphasis on simplicity and convenience. And preferably without the need for a user's manual so the user can get started straight away. In practice the Pentax Optio WPi certainly meets these demands. Consumers that never before got acquainted with digital photography will quickly make their first shot after having activated the camera.
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Pentax WPi camera - Ease of operation
The buttons have to be pressed somewhat stronger than normally on an average digital camera. Obviously this is due to the waterproof finishing which gives the buttons some more resistance. Personally I find that it adds to the ease of operation; the buttons certainly don't feel fragile. The zoom button's response is fine and the release button has a nice pressing point. This latter one is carried out in a large size so your forefinger doesn't have to search for the button; you simply can't miss it! The shutter time lag is great and the camera's response is quick.

Pentax Optio WPi - Multi controller
When the Pentax WPi is activated it will be set to P-mode. This standard mode is universal and suitable for most situations. The multi controller on the back of the camera lets you select different shooting modes. This is a fast, easy and convenient way of operating the camera. If you want to select other settings, they can also be found through the quick buttons preventing you from having to dive into the menu all the time. In practice it works well and it's quite pleasant because you don't have to activate the menu every time you want to select a different setting. Another very convenient feature is the green button on the back of the camera. You can apply a number of settings to this button after which these settings are directly accessible. For example resolution, quality, white balance etc. In practice you will meet some issues that you want to select more often than other settings which means you can link them to the quick button, very handy! The Pentax Optio WPi is an entry level camera but one that does give you the possibility to adjust it to your own desires.
Pentax WPi - Fastness of the digital camera
The Pentax WPi is not an ultra fast action camera. It is possible to shoot some sequential pictures but there is no sign of real speed. And of course this can't be expected from a camera like the Optio WPi that is aiming at this particular target group. Writing the photos onto the memory card also takes some time, even in combination with an ultra fast Secure Digital memory card. This in itself is not a huge disadvantage, but you will have to remember that patience is a virtue when waiting before being able to review your captured pictures. A message will appear on the monitor telling you that the camera is busy storing the images. If you impatiently deactivated the camera before it completely finished writing the images onto the memory card you don't have to worry because the camera will still first store the images before deactivating. No image will get lost!

Pentax Optio WPi - LCD monitor
The monitor on the back of the camera features a size of 2 inch. Not even a year ago one would be very pleased with this format. However, nowadays many manufacturers already offer 2.5 inch as a minimum format. Still; the 2 inch monitor serves well on the Pentax Optio WPi. The information is rendered well organized in an extensive amount and pressing 'display' lets you change the amount of information given. The optical viewfinder is lacking but to be honest I prefer a large sized monitor than an optical viewfinder. And on a digital compact camera like the Pentax WPi the monitor is being used the most anyway.
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