Product Type: Pentax digital cameras
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Good cheap waterproof camera
Pentax Optio W10
Member Name: abergeek
Pentax Optio W10
Advantages: Lots of nice features
Disadvantages: Not as durable as i'd hoped
I bought this camera to take sailing and was quite happy with it until the LCD broke when I had it in my pocket and must have sat on it while sailing. I had hoped that a waterproof camera would be more durable. The camera continues to work (and is still waterproof) but it now requires some guess work to setup a shot as there's no optical viewfinder just an LCD.
The camera seems to have a preset mode for almost everything and i've never needed most but did get some really good results from the sunset mode. The menus are reasonably intuitive and it has some nice features like TV out, a 3x optical zoom, timelapse mode, 14mb of built in memory (for when you forget your SD card) and displaying a clock if you just hold the Ok button (with camera off).
Outdoor daytime photos actually seem a little lacking in colour and slightly blurred but still reasonable. Underwater photos seem to be really crisp and sharp. Used it in the swimming pool several times and found the flash even worked well underwater. There are lots of different resolutions and quality levels available which can be useful if you are going to use the timelapse mode to take thousands of pictures and want to get the most out of your memory card.
Battery life is good and i've never had to recharge it midway through a holiday but i've always taken over cameras for most my above water photography.
I'd recommend this for anyone wanting a good low cost waterproof camera but be careful not to drop it or expose the LCD to any shocks.
Summary: A feature rich waterproof camera but not as durable as you might hope.
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