Pentax Optio W20 Brief Review


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  • 7 megapixel sensor
  • 3x optical zoom
  • JIS Class 8 Waterproof, Class 5 Dustproof
  • JPEG file format
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2006-08-22
  • Final Grade: 71 3.55 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio W20
7 megapixel sensor; 3x optical zoom; JIS Class 8 Waterproof, Class 5 Dustproof; JPEG file format; 2.5-inch LCD; Lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 2/26/2016

The W20 is old as digital cameras go. Check out a newer model, like the W90. Here's what we had to say about the W20 when it was released in August 2006:

The Pentax Optio W20 is a resilient compact digital camera, able to withstand tough conditions and still provide high-quality digital photos. The W20 is graded "Class 8 Waterproof" and "Class 5 Dustproof." To understand what those terms mean a little better, you can click here. Essentially, it means the this camera is one tough cookie. The 9-point auto focus ensures quick and accurate photos, with Face Priority AF enabling the W20 to zero in on people's faces exceptionally well.

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