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Pentax Optio W60

Announced May 23, 2008 •
10 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 140 mm (5×)

Had it over a year now, overall satisfied. Not good in low light, but I bought it for outdoor action photos so not really a problem for me. Low light pictures are very grainy. Decided on this one over Olympus as for same price it had a few more features I liked. However not shockproof, and casing is just plastic. Part of it broke (my fault) which meant the battery/card hatch could move slightly, didn't reallise and when swimming one time a bit of water leaked in, took 1.5 months to come back ...

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Patrick Watson

Sorry thought it was W80 For the price at $180.00 from adorama it is a great camera. Very clear images at low ISO, video is OK but not great but when you factor you can use it in any weather condition it is a very good value. Has intervalometer built in for both still and video worth the price of camera alone. Size is great. Also Pentax gives you a great printed manual! Problems: Read the manual and work in lower ISOs and you will be fine.

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I bought this camera for my sister last year. In pink it is surprisingly pretty digicam. I was surprised to see that the image quality is not much worse than what I get with my higher specified Canon S80 comact camera. Very good for compact in this category - even relatively high ISO images looked good. Operating speed is good as well. Great camera for outdoor sports or documentation of your home aquarium. Problems: Battery liife could be longer, HD video only 15fps - but these were addressed ...

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The Mad Duck

This camera sucks in every way possible. I bought this camera to keep in my shell bag for a carry along hunting camera. I often encounter less than desireable lighting conditions. This camera often takes 15 seconds for the focus to lock on. There is also up a 10 second lag between pressing the shutter button the shutter to actually take a photo. It stays on a shelf because I HATE this camera. If there was a rating below 0,this camera would get that rating. Dont waste your money!!! I am sorry ...

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Pawel Mazur

I bought this camera for AU$299. My impression is that if it wasn't waterproof it would sell for about $100, maybe $150. I played with it for few hours after the purchase and the next morning it went back to the store for a refund. First impressions: slow and hard to operate. Buttons are small and not well placed, it is difficult to hold it with one hand only, so think about long time snorkeling in this context... And you get this feeling that there is always a little lag between what you do ...

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Image quality is pretty average. It really depends on lighting. Purchased it yesterday, it is going back today. All my pictures from last night are very blury, no matter what the program/flash/etc settings. In bright conditions no problems. In semi-bright the problem starts. In dark conditions I've never seen worse. Even from short distances you'd expect a relatively bright flash to work ok (granted, it's a point and shoot but still.... ) ... but no. I'm not talking midnight dark. ...

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I purchased the Pentax Optio W60 just over a week ago when the sales person assured me it would be a good replacement for my Canon Ixus400 which had finally "given up the ghost". I had intended purchasing a Fugifilm F100fd. I told the salesperson that I wanted something with the picture quality of the Canon. The Pentax is very easy to use, has some great features but the picture quality is very poor. Pictures are not sharp and are pixellalted. Also, it is very hard to use outside in bright ...

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I was looking for something small&light when the DSLR is too large to carry with you. Also I like wide angle and a tough "inside zoom", waterproof was just nice to have for me. The older Olympus 725 and 770 mju SW really disappointed me in image quality, AF and shutter lag and manual settings, I hoped the W60 may be a little bit better, even if i didn't expect miracles in noise... The W60 is just a liittle bit better, AF und shutter lag better than the older Olympuses but still poor and far ...

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I ruined a Canon SD800is on a river rafting trip, so I bought this Pentax waterproof camera. It's a huge disappointment and inferior to the Canon in every respect (except waterproofing). The camera is sluggish in operation. Shutter lag is bad. The auto focus frequently fails to focus properly, even in bright sunlight. The low light performance is bad - the pictures are very grainy. The flash is underpowered. The white balance works poorly (especially in the snow in shade). In movie mode, when ...

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The W60 is a nice, little, well built camera with weatherproof features (I've taken it in a pool and it survived). However it is missing some features and has some performance quirks that would make me look elsewhere if I didn't want it for outdoor sports in inclement conditions. In auto ISO the W60 tends to select the max ISO possible which results in noisy pics (although better than the Olympus 1030SW--see the camera Compare Sample Images tool at However it is ...

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