Pentax Optio W20 camera

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Pentax Optio W20 digital camera

 

Pros

Waterproof and Dustproof (can be used up to depths of 1.5 metres)

Produces high resolution images thanks to the 7 megapixel sensor

3x Optical zoom

Large 2.5" screen

Accepts both SD the new SDHC memory cards. SDHC cards capacity can exceed the 2GB limit of SD cards

Good build quality

Reasonable styling and ergonomics

 

 

Cons

Still images can only be stored in jpeg format, so no provision for lossless formats such as TIFF or RAW.

Has only 22MB of built-in memory, so budget for a memory card

Takes a proprietary Li-ion battery, so cant accept standard AA batteries

 

Best Internet Price found: £177 inc. VAT

 

Star Rating: 7.5  Stars  An evolutionary improvement over Pentaxs earlier waterproof offerings. A good choice if you need or want the novelty of an underwater camera.