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Pentax Drops New Shockproof W80
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posted on Jul 13, 2009 at 6:04AM

Pentax Drops New Shockproof W80

By Emily Raymond
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  • Underwater depth extended to 16 feet (up from 13 on the W60)
  • Shockproof from a drop of 3.3 feet
  • Includes HD movie mode (1280 x 720-pixels at 30 fps)
  • 12.1 megapixels 
  • 5x optical zoom len

(Credit: Pentax Imaging)

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Pentax made its most rugged camera even more so with the announcement of the Optio W80. The new camera adds a few more megapixels and can swim to deeper waters than its predecessor, the W60. The Pentax Optio W80 will begin selling in July for $299.


The Pentax Optio W80 comes with 12.1 megapixels, a few more than the 10-megapixel W60. Both models have a 5x optical zoom lens and a 2.5-inch LCD screen that has 230,000 pixels. They share the same compact dimensions and many of the same modes and features. But the new W80 goes deeper.


The older W60 could swim to depths of 13 feet, but the new Pentax W80 can dive to 16 feet (5 meters) for up to two hours. Both cameras can be frozen to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 C) and are certified dustproof. The W80 is also shockproof from a drop of 3.3 feet (1 meter). According to the manufacturer’s product web site, you can “Dunk it, freeze it, drop it, and it will keep coming back for more.”


The Pentax Optio W80 makes a few improvements under the hood. Both cameras have a 1280 x 720-pixel HD movie mode, but the old model only shot a choppy 15 frames per second. The W80 improves this to a full 30 fps. The startup time on the new model is also reduced by nearly a full second, making it easier to grab spontaneous shots.


The new model was announced on June 24 and will be available in cardinal red, azure blue, and gunmetal gray. For the record, the W60 was only available in blue and silver colors. According to Pentax, a few accessories will be available for the new W80: a protective body skin will sell for $17 and a floating wrist strap will go for $20.  


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