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]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.