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Pentax Optio WS80 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture. File size: 3.6MB


When you get up close the image quality is pretty poor. It's just not sharp, and lacks fine detail.


The electronic distortion correction has gone too far and introduced slight pincushion distortion, most noticeable at the top of the frame.


The centre isn't terribly sharp, but at least it's in focus.


The corner is even more hazy, and also suffers from chromatic aberration.


With the D-Range features turned off the highlights are burned out.


With highlight and shadow correction both turned on there is now detail in the highlight areas, but it hasn't done much for the shadow detail.



October 29, 2009, 8:23 pm

I've read through this several times but am unable to find one of the most important specs of a waterproof camera - waterproof to what level of depth?


October 30, 2009, 2:22 am

This information is written on the first page of the review:

It is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to two hours


October 30, 2009, 1:12 pm

I have bought one of these, and whilst the outdoor photos are acceptable, the indoor photos are very poor. Any artificial light induces unacceptable levels of noise, and the flash does nothing to help.

I have returned mine!


October 30, 2009, 5:45 pm

D'oh! Sorry about that. Although I must say, 1.5m isn't particularly good compared to the likes of Canon D10 etc. One should almost call it "splash proof"...


November 18, 2009, 10:42 pm

I'm really pleased with my Ws80. Its 1.5m waterproofing is plenty enough for my holiday needs (kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling etc). Its great on the beach because you can't get sand in the zoom mechanism. When it does get sandy/dirty just give it a rinse. I'm no expert photographer but I found the picture quality fine for my needs. What's annoying though is the price is now down at about £140 a real bargain but annoying if you paid £35 more than this! Definately worth the money for recording your family holidays.

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