Olympus Stylus 720SW vs. Pentax Optio W20

fish underwater

To be able to shoot underwater, the usual option was to use a watertight housing that was more expensive than your point-and-shoot camera. These days, you have two more options: the Pentax Optio W20 and Olympus Stylus 720SW.

These are P&S compacts that don’t need those bulky housings; you can take the camera directly into the water with you, and you can snap some underwater pictures of fish and corals as you dive with it.

The 7-megapixel Optio W20 is rated “JIS Class 8” which means you can take it to a depth of 5ft for as long as 30 minutes. The Stylus 720SW, meanwhile, goes twice deeper at 10ft but you also have to watch your time.

PopPhoto.com has a comparison review of both underwater cameras, with sample shots taken not only beneath the water but also snapshots above the water. See link below.

[Via: PopPhoto.com]

Chris Malinao

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One thought on “Olympus Stylus 720SW vs. Pentax Optio W20

  1. John Vekich

    Any updates for the Pentax W30. From what I read, it is the same as W20 except for better waterproof performance?

    Also, based on testing, which would be a better extreme sports camera? By extreme sports I mean, skiing, fishing while standing in water, whitewater river running, and high dust environments like desert backroads.

    Any input welcome.


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