New Waterproof Optio W60 from Pentax: Deeper, Wider, Colder

Pentax Optio W60 Waterproof Digital Camera

The new waterproof Pentax Optio W60 compact digital camera shoots deeper, wider and at colder temperatures compared to its predecessors. The new camera can dive up to 13 feet underwater for two hours and can shoot even at extreme temperatures well below freezing, according to Pentax.

It said in addition to the JIS Class 8 waterproofing standard, the camera is JIS Class 5 dustproof against dirt, sand and dust and operates in extreme temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius).

The Optio W60 has a 10-megapixel image sensor and a 5x zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle capability.

Pentax said the 5X optical zoom refraction lens never protrudes from the body, yet it covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format). This range allows the camera to capture a wide variety of scenes including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects.

Other important features and modes of the PENTAX Optio W60 include a High-Quality Movie mode with HD resolution up to 1280 x 720 pixels (comparable to a 720p HDTV) as well as Auto Picture mode, fast Face Recognition, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, an Underwater Movie mode, High Sensitivity Digital SR mode that automatically adjusts the sensitivity up to ISO 6400, and an LCD monitor with a 170 degree wide-angle view and Anti-Reflection coating to reduce glare.

The Optio W60 will be on sale in July with a $330 price tag.

[Via: Pentax Imaging]

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