Pentax debuts weatherproof Optio W60
by David Rasnake -  5/22/2008

The latest waterproof camera in Pentax's compact Optio series, the Pentax Optio W60, was announced this afternoon.

Pentax Optio W60

The new 10 megapixel W60 packs a 5x wide-angle zoom into an ultracompact body measuring only an inch thick. Impressive macro focusing capabilities (with minimum focusing distances down to one centimeter), a 28mm-equivalent wide focal length, and a non-extending design add to the lens's functionality as well as, presumably, its durability.

Pentax Optio W60

Designed and tested for use across a range of conditions, the W60 takes the weather resistance of Pentax's Optio W line to new heights (and depths). The fully sealed camera is waterproof down to 13 feet, serving to both protect the camera from rain and snow and allow for completely submerged shooting. Additionally, freezeproofing keeps the camera functioning down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

A 2.5-inch LCD is specially coated to resist glare and provide visibility for shot composition in just about any situation users can throw at it according to Pentax. Video capture is at an impressive 1280x720 (720p HD), and while the W60 lacks optical/mechanical image stabilization, sensitivity runs up to ISO 6400.

Coming in either blue or silver, the W60 should arrive at retail outlets in July with a suggested price of $329.95.

Pentax Optio W60 Specifications:

Sensor10.0 megapixel, 1/2.3" CCD
Zoom5x (28-140mm) zoom, f/3.5-5.5
LCD/Viewfinder2.5", 230K-dot TFT LCD
SensitivityISO 50-6400
Shutter Speed4-1/1500 seconds
Shooting ModesAuto Picture, Program, Movie, Underwater Movie, Voice Recording, Digital SR, Frame Composite, Green Mode
Scene PresetsLandscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide Angle, Surf and Snow, Kids, Pet, Half-Length Portrait, Sport, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Underwater, Night Scene
White Balance SettingsAuto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
Metering ModesMulti, Center, Spot
Focus ModesMulti AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Manual, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Focus
Drive ModesOne Shot, Continuous, High Speed Continuous, Interval, Auto Bracket, Self Timer, Frame Composition
Flash ModesAuto, Forced On, Red-Eye, Forced Off, Soft
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsSD, SDHC
Internal Memory
File FormatsJPEG, AVI, Mono WAV
Max. Image Size3648x2736
Max. Video Size
1280x720, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion, 205 shots
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output
Additional FeaturesWaterproof, Freezeproof, Face Detection, Digital Shake Reduction, Pentax Auto Picture Mode