Pentax Optio WP

Announced Jan 5, 2005 •
5 megapixels | 2 screen | 38 – 114 mm (3×)
pentaxman1
 
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I love this camera for what I use it for, a pocket size travel camera. I have taken my Pentax WP to Costa Rica in 06 and Belize this year. It takes great action pictures. The ATM cave pictures from Belize were out of this world. The camera came from ebay at a very low price. It is a great bang around camera that takes great pictures. You will take pictures that no one else can get. This camera is very easy to use. I love it. Problems: Carry an extra battery and get the skin. I have used the ...

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kombizz
 
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I have been using this camera for over 2 years. Problems: So far I have no found any problems with it, yet.

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DennisFisher
 
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Works well underwater. You can use the flash.. just don't set underwater mode. You do get bubbles appearing if you use flash underwater so its probably best used for effect. Problems: Bright line appeared on the LCD so it had to be fixed.

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servo
 
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Used it in pool and sea...great pics (of turtles...). But comparing to SONY CYber-shot DSC-P5 (3,2MPx)...the images of Sony are generay better (of course not under water:-) ) WP has too much noise. It is a pity because it has great functions like taking night pics but it has much noise. Adjusting of saturation could be more sensitive. The geometry of close vertical objects on the sides of the picture is bad...it is not striaght but to much curved. Macro is No.1*...perfect. Problems: I loved ...

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PyrateCaptain
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Bought this little guy to shoot primarily in wet environments but mostly above water as I keep a sailboat in the Caribbean. Normally I shoot with a Nikon D70 for surface work and with a Sea&Sea MX10 35mm film camera for diving work. While the Sea&Sea shoots well above water with it's fixed lens, it's bulky and heavy so I added the Pentax Optio WP to the line-up and don't have to worry about destroying the D70. The Optio WP is a very user-friendly, light-weight and of course compact; battery ...

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Misha Hoichman
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I tested this camera for sea kayaking, since I can't use my D70 at anything other than flat water. I loved the idea of WP being waterproof and fit a PFD pocket. I loved the features and the responsiveness. Yes, it's dumb, primitive, but that's exactly what I need on the sea: simple point and shoot. I can confirm it is really waterproof. I took it to a relatively big surf. It's much rougher than the usual "swimming pool" tests. Everything was pretty descent until I watched the images on a big ...

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Ewen Roy
 
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Excellent macro results from this camera. As soon as I read the specs, I ordered this camera. Initial results were disapointing. After increasing in-camera saturation to max and becoming familiar with it, I'm totally satisfied. Macro is excellent with focus down almost to lens contact. Flash control in macro is excellent and have taken dozens of well-exposed fungi shots with great depth of field results. As a pocketable accessory to a dslr in the field or as a handy social camera, I rate this ...

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hanugro
 
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Bought this one for its waterproof capability for taking kids pict around/in the pool. Have used it in the pool but not much submerge action(more of splash and dip) but it works as advertised. Pict is a bit noisy esp indoor with low light, need a lot of light to get good picture. Bit underexposure as well because of IMHO not enough flash power. Pict looks OK in camera but a bit dissapointment in computer. Use as backup for KM A2 as my main camera. I know it is like comparing apples to ...

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Shato
 
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Bought esp. for underwater. Tried in the swimming pool (6m~18ft deep), at freediving training. Works nice, even at 3-4 m deep (~12ft), if deeper - shutter button sticks in because of the pressure and it starts to take photos in unstoppable series, until you float up to 10ft deep. Anyway, 200% reserve is good (it's certified down to 1.5m deep). Small and nice gadget, equal in quality to competition on surface, and unequalled for ease of use under the surface. Problems: The flash is too close ...

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lendurhenry
 
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I didn’t expect lot from this camera. I was convinced if something can do lot it can’t do anything well. But I decided to try and I was surprised. Not only it is good in pool but on try land too. I have fired thousands of pictures already and I am still satisfied and surprised. It is small and ergonomic. It fits into mobile pocket. It is really waterproof. You can take it anywhere. SPA is no problem. It fires great pictures. Noise is marginal and not disturbing. It has very close macro. Ant ...

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