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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Pentax Optio WP camera - SD memory card
No memory card is delivered with the Pentax WP digital camera. This is no problem because most of the delivered memory cards have a storage capacity of only 16MB. Very few pictures will fit on it. The Pentax Optio WP does feature an internal memory of 10.5 MB, enough to fit about 3 images of the highest quality. Handy as extra memory, it might just save your day. The Pentax Optio WP is a 5 Megapixel camera that requires a large memory capacity when shooting. In the highest quality some 72 pictures will fit on a 256MB card. To me that is the minimum capacity that ought to be used with this camera.
Considering 256MB of storage capacity
2560×1920 pixels - best - 72 images
2560×1920 pixels - better - 140 images
2560×1920 pixels - good - 240 images
2304×1728 pixels - best - 96 images
2304×1728 pixels - better - 184 images
2304×1728 pixels - good - 264 images
2048×1536 pixels - best - 120 images
2048×1536 pixels - better - 220 images
2048×1536 pixels - good - 320 images
1600×1200 pixels - best - 200 images
1600×1200 pixels - better - 344 images
1600×1200 pixels - good - 468 images
1024×768 pixels - best - 428 images
1024×768 pixels - better - 772 images
1024×768 pixels - good - 968 images
640×480 pixels - best - 908 images
640×480 pixels - better - 1408 images
640×480 pixels - good - 1720 images