Pentax Optio W30 Review

Pentax Optio W30

The Optio W30 is a basic point and shoot camera that is also waterproof and dustproof. The front and back metal body makes Optio quite sturdy. It is easy to use and incorporates varied number of features. The lens extension is internal and the capture speed is good. The lens apart from optical zoom also uses the refractive lens function. Since, there is no lens cover that comes bundled with the purchase, it needs to be bought additionally along with the plastic cover for protecting the LCD screen. The LCD screen does have an anti reflective coating that is essentially useful for outdoor shooting. The Optio W30 is compatible with new SDHC memory cards, in addition to conventional SD memory cards but.

The battery life is average and requires some additional spares. The new auto-lock mechanism automatically locks the battery cover when closed. The digital zoom provides 4x of magnification and the digital filter function allows for quick editing of pictures. There is also an image Recovery function that lets the users retrieve the accidentally erased pictures. The Optio W30 is suited for both outdoor and indoor photography. The soft flash function prevents overexposure in close up photography. The Auto-tracking AF can continuously focus on a moving subject and does not allow image shake or blur during recording. There is also a red eye correction function. The Optio W30 has 25 built in shooting modes and 15 playback preset modes for picture display. It saves a lot of precious time in setting the individual controls that is certainly difficult for novices. The Pentax Optio is supplied with the Pentax image viewer/image management software that also supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III.

Overall, the pentax Optio is a great compact point and shoot camera for tough shooting conditions and leaves the photographers a little cause of worry.

Product Description

The 7.1 Megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom in the W30 assure high-resolution images. The enhanced waterproof construction of the W30 allows it to be submerged down to ten feet for up to two hours. That makes taking pictures is possible even during a rainy or snowy weather. The large 2.5-inch LCD monitor is easy to view even in direct sunlight with an Anti-reflective coating and a new Bright mode. Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure automatically detect a person’s face to assure properly exposed portraits. Digital Shake Reduction mode automatically selects a higher ISO setting to prevent blur due to subject or photographer movement. High-quality enhanced movie mode captures at 30 fps and includes digital shake reduction, interval movie mode, and a range of built-in editing functions. The Optio W30 can focus less than an inch away from a subject for stunning close-up photographs. Focal length – Equiv. 38-114mm Aluminum alloy Construction material White Balance – Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten and Fluorescent Shutter Type – Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter Shutter speed – 1/2000 to 4 sec Self-timer – 10 & 2 seconds ISO Auto – 64-400 (up to 3200 in Digital SR Mode and Report Mode) ISO Manual – 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600 File Formats – JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF, DPOF, Print Image Matching III Stills, MOV Movie (QuickTime Motion JPG), Movie SR, interval shooting, WAV (PCM), monaural sound System Requirements – Windows ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Mac OS 9.2, X (10.1 or later), USB port Dimensions – Width 4.2 x Height 2.1 x Depth 0.93 inch Weight – 4.9 ounces without battery

Product Details

Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds

Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.


Item model number: 19271

Average Customer Review: based on 24 reviews. Sales Rank: #48 in Camera & Photo

Date first available at October 2, 2001

Technical Details

7.1-megapixel CCD and 3x Pentax optical zoom lens

Enhanced waterproof construction allows the W30 to be submerged down to ten feet for up to two hours

2.5-inch low-reflection LCD monitor; all-new Bright mode

Ultra-fast 9-point auto focus; Portrait mode utilizes Face Priority AF for perfect results

High-quality extended movie captures QuickTime motion JPEG at 30fps; built-in editing functions