posted on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:16PM
Head-2-Head Review: Pentax Optio W60 vs. Olympus Stylus 1050 SW
Waterproof Features/Underwater PerformanceBy Emily Raymond
Waterproof Features/Underwater Performance: Olympus 1050 SW
Both digital cameras have underwater scene modes to make shooting really easy. If you do need to use the controls though, you’ll be in trouble with the slippery and small Pentax W60. Good luck navigating the menus on those little controls. The Olympus also has tiny controls, but comes with a “tap control” feature that lets you bypass those when underwater or otherwise want to use it. This makes using the camera really easy.
When it comes right down to it, neither camera is made for heavy use in the water. They can take a dip every once in awhile, but if you spend hours and hours snorkeling every day, these aren’t the cameras to take. Both cameras are well-sealed, although the sliding door on the Olympus could be a problem; sand and salt from water easily creeps into it and makes a grinding sound for a few slides after all is dried out. These cameras are great for taking to the beach though. You won’t have to worry about dust getting into them nor will you have to worry about splashes or even a few waves.
Both are rated to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, but Olympus hypes it more in its advertising. The freezeproof feature is great for skiers and snowboarders who want to record their tricks and lines; almost all other digital cameras stop functioning when the thermometer hits the freezing point. These cameras have an edge on other cameras in that way, but they still aren’t immune to the cold.
After enduring an hour in the freezer (which is below the recommended temperature), both cameras claimed that their batteries were depleted and couldn’t function. The Olympus did manage to cowboy up and take one picture before shutting down though. After ten minutes of thawing, both cameras were up and running. The only problem was remembering to rub the condensation off the lenses – but that’s my problem, not the cameras’.