Pentax Optio W10 Brief Review


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  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • USO 64-800
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (10.5MB internal)
  • Release Date: 2006-02-24
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio W10
6 megapixels; 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; auto and manual focus; auto exposure; JPEG file format; USO 64-800; movie mode w/sound; lithium ion battery; 2.5 inch LCD; SD card storage (10.5MB internal)
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Pentax Optio W10 is a compact, all-weather camera capable of operating at an underwater depth of 1.5 meters. It's hard to believe that such a small camera can be so durable, but Pentax has designed it to be a great companion on skiing trips, fishing, boating, or any event that might kick up a little dirt. If the W10 gets dirty, you can just rinse it off. The 2.5 inch LCD is a generous amount of space for such a camera, and you'll be able to preview your 5 megapixel photos or videos with ease.

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