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,...
Ruggedized without being ugly. Waterproof up to 18 feet and resistant to extremes in cold. 720p HDvideo support, plus face detection plus Microscope mode gives you plenty of robust shooting options. Comes with a carabiner.
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
Vulnerable front glass, Noisy at high ISO, Image quality at infinity
Short battery life; no optical or mechanical image stabilization.
Mediocre HD video quality, No optical zoom during videos, Buttons difficult to handle with gloves, Power button too flush with camera, No optical image stabilization, No manual exposure mode, ISO rises noticeably in Auto Flash shots, Auto white balance...
Noisy images and video in lowlight situations. No real whizbang features aside from ruggedness.
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
By Digital Camera Buyer on April 21, 2011
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...80
By IT Reviews on January 26, 2011
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 November 01, 2010
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...77
By ePHOTOzine on November 01, 2010
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...80
By cnet on October 21, 2010
The well-designed Pentax Optio W90 offers up very good photos and performance at a reasonable price for a rugged pocket...80
By DPexpert on August 12, 2010
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 June 29, 2010
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 June 14, 2010
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 June 04, 2010
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...80
By Engadget on May 16, 2010
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...-