Pentax Optio W90

  • Pentax Optio W90
74
Based on 20 scores, 31 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    1
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    2
  • Bad:
    4

Pros:

  • Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof, Build quality, Colour reproduction, Image quality at close and medium distances, Fair price
  • Outstanding design; excellent feature set and shooting options for its class.
  • Rugged, waterproof design, Good ergonomics and aesthetics, Excellent 1cm macro mode, Plenty of scene modes and functionality, Special wide-angle scene mode, In-camera panorama stitching, Macro illumination, Customizable function button, Fast autofocus,...

Cons:

  • Vulnerable front glass, Noisy at high ISO, Image quality at infinity
  • Short battery life; no optical or mechanical image stabilization.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

A viable option for those who will make good use of its strongest features. The solid build comes at the cost of some quality but allows almost limitless flexibility Overall Our provides the latest photography news, reviews, previews, features and...

By IT Reviews on -

If you're willing to pay that bit extra (although we've seen online prices as low as £194) for waterproofing and shockproofing as well as improved macro and face recognition technology, then the Optio W90 is an ideal outdoor activity...

By Cameras UK on 77

If you buy a waterproof, robust digital camera your emphasis is likely to be more on fun than looking for a picture that offers truly high end picture quality. Even so I was disappointed with the picture quality offered by the Pentax Optio W90. There...

By ePHOTOzine on 80

The Optio W90 is an impressive and competent performer that excels in close up and medium distance shooting. Adding the waterproof, dustproof and shockproof features makes it ideal for snorkelling, beach, holidays, parties and all the general...

By cnet on 80

The well-designed Pentax Optio W90 offers up very good photos and performance at a reasonable price for a rugged pocket...

By DPexpert on -

This is a point and shoot camera of above average competence. We like the look of it, sort of cold war techno chic. We would rank this on a par with the Canon Powershot D10 and many customers will no doubt prefer the Pentax’s austere, no nonsense...

By The Imaging Resource on -

The Optio W90 is a versatile camera in every sense of the word, pairing a rugged, take-anywhere exterior with a wealth of functionality. A wide-angle lens helps capture more of that mountain vista, while underwater still and video modes boost your...

By Steves Digicams on -

For 2010, Pentax has updated their "lifeproof" line of rugged compacts with the all new Optio W90. Dubbed their "11th generation waterproof digital camera", this unit builds off of the popularity seen from past models, like the Optio W80. Many of the...

By RegHardware on 80

In terms of whether you should get this or the Olympus 8010 the choice is fairly clear: the 8010 has a higher Mp count, is more expensive, bigger, and heavier, so the Pentax Optio W90 is a good choice for anyone who wants a reasonably good camera...

By Engadget on -

As we've seen in the past, rugged point-and-shoots aren't necessarily the greatest pure shooters; generally speaking, compromises are made when it comes to image quality in order to manufacture a camera that can withstand an atypical amount of...

By PhotographyBLOG on 80

Pentax's Optio W90 certainly looks the part and, as ever with devices of its indestructible ilk, it would be no surprise if image quality often comes second to beefy dimensions and additional padding. But this is not just a camera of outer muscle;...

By Pocket-lint on 80

One of the more successful attempts at a toughened digicam; though it's pricier than the average point and shoot this looks the part and takes decent images tooKey specs12 megapixels, HDMI, Li-ion battery, SD,...

By infoSync World on -

Find out what broke on the rugged, waterproof Pentax Optio W90 in the full review...

By DigitalVersus on 60

The strap Compact cameras are traditionally supplied with a loop-style strap around 10 centimetres long that you can slip around your wrist. Pentax has decided to break the mould and equip the W90 with a 10-centimetre cord complete with carabiner...

By Wired on 70

Point-and-shoot cameras often have it tough. A night out on the town can mean anything from a tumble down a flight of concrete steps to close encounters with vomit for the average handheld digi-snapper. But if you're looking for a capable handheld...

By Photography Bay on -

While the Pentax Optio W90 has just been announced, I had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with a preproduction model of the new camera at CES 2010 last month. For my first impressions on the 12MP deathproof camera, keep reading.Pentax Optio...

By About.com on 90

Pros: Extremely sturdy, wellbuilt camera, Image quality is pretty good overall, Several incamera editing features are easy to use, LCD is very bright, works well in direct sunlight, Fast startup times, fast autofocus in good light

Cons: Some images are a little soft, but it's not noticeable unless you're making very large prints, Original MSRP is a little high, Too heavy and wide to operate onehanded, No optical image stabilization, only digital IS

International Review By PC-Welt.de on -

Die Pentax Optio W90 eignet sich vor allem für Sportler, Urlauber und Anwender, die in der Natur unterwegs sind. Denn ein Regenguss, ein Bad im Meer oder Sandgestöber machen der Digitalkamera nichts aus. Und sollte die W90 mal herunterfallen -...

International Review By Betabuzz on 65

Die Pentax Optio W90 ist eine echte Überraschung unter den Outdoor-Kameras. Der Hersteller hat viel Wert auf Design und Hochwertigkeit gelegt. Gleichzeitig sind Bildqualität und Ausstattung bis auf den schwachen Akku...

International Review By CNET France on 80

Avec sa coque resistant aux chocs, à l'eau et au froid, le Pentax W90 sera le meilleur allié des aventuriers en herbe....