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Old Jul 2, 2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Anyone Have A Pentax Optio W90?

Just curious if anyone has a Pentax W90 that would be happy to share their experiences with it. I really would like to get a small camera I can take fishing with me and not worry about having it get wet, etc. I had an Olympus 8000 and did not like it at all. Not sure about the Canon D10.
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 5:30 PM   #2
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If you want a rugged pocket camera with pioneering extreme close-up/macro capability and a multitude of other features, this is really the only show in town. It is a brilliant design and an amazing piece of technology. Only be warned: the manual (316 pp) is 3X the size of the camera!
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 5:38 PM   #3
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From all the reviews I've read on it the image quality just doesn't cut it. I was seriously looking at getting on but instead got a Panasonic TS2/FT2 which has much better IQ. There is now the new Sony which looks to be slightly better again.

I loved having a go anywhere camera while on honeymoon, at the pool, beach etc, no worries at all.

Taking it to the pool tomorrow with lots of friends who are excited to be shot underwater
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 1:46 PM   #4
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Have mine coming from B&H on Tuesday. Will give my impression after some usage...

Panasonic was the only competitor in this segment. But had slightly less zoom and was more expensive. Plus the Pentax has an edge for macro shooting.
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I would check out this review (there are many others that I went through as well as looking at youtube/vimeo video samples etc) http://www.digitalversus.com/pentax-..._8235_152.html I think it might disappoint somewhat. If you don't need the extra protection/depth etc then try to get hold of the FT1 as quality isn't really improved in the FT2.

Pentax has struggled with the past 2 versions and from all the reading I can find the W60 was the best of the bunch.
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 6:03 PM   #6
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There is an old saying that "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - after all, this is not a dslr with a larger sensor. It is like taking medication - every prescription carries a little bit of poison - you have to balance cost with benefit and decide if the side effects are worth taking it, so it depends on what you want the camera to do. No one who wants more than snapshots of the wife and kids on vacation at Disneyland should rely on a pocket p&s as their only camera. This is one to carry as a back-up for shots you couldn't get otherwise (you left your macro lens behind, got caught in a rainstorm, needed a quickie shot without unpacking the bag full of gear, etc). I have learned to make my own decisions based on my own experience, rather than relying on reviewers who seldom really work with a camera. IMO (and that of at least one or two reviewer) the IQ of this camera isn't any worse than many of its competitors - at least there is little that a bit of post-processing cannot cure!.
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Picture quality may not be perfect, especially for the more accomplished on this site, but hard to knock the versatility of this camera. With the digital microscope mode giving it solid extreme close up functionality along with the durability of this camera make it a winner, if not a perfect imaging machine.

Used mine to take a few pics of caught trout underwater yesterday and was very happy even if the subjects of the shots weren't completely cooperative...
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I just ordered the orange one, it should be here tomorrow. I decided on this one because it "seems" more durable. I mainly want it for hiking and rock climbing so the w90 seems like it will take a little more beating than the others. I have an sony DSLR for my important shots but need an all around camera for out and about. and Im going to hawaii in 2 months for my honeymoon so I can take this snorkeling too!
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I have a Pistachio Green Pentax W90. It's an Xmas gift so I won't know how good it is till Dec. 25th.

As far as picture quality goes...I went to Flickr and checked out pictures taken by the W90.

I figured that by looking at them and blowing some up a bit...I would be able to make a decision whether the picture quality from this small P+S would meet my expectations.

Some were surprisingly good, some weren't anything special, the underwater pictures really intrigued me.

It's no DSLR, and no P+S is, even a G12. But I have two DSLR's and if I really want to blow up a picture to poster size...I've got my big gun (although film), my Mamiya medium format.

As my old horse trading Great Uncle liked to say...different horses for different courses.

The attached link contains a great review video of the Pentax W 90 and I would suggest all considering this camera to check it out.

http://www.thecamerastore.com/articl...-camera-pentax

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Old Dec 7, 2010, 6:19 AM   #10
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I would agree with Mark-

The Pentax W60 seems to have better IQ than the later models.

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