Pentax Optio WP – Waterproof Digital Camera Review - Test Shots – Full Res Crops Review

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”’This image was taken under water in a fish tank. The quality is actually rather good and the colour balance and detail is retained despite the flourescent lighting and of course the liquid medium.”’

6.3mm (approx. 38mm equivalent), f3.3, 1/10sec, ISO 100.


”’This shot demonstrates that a foreign body on the protective window covering the lens can result in some very strange artefacts. It was spitting with rain that day so I can only guess that a water droplet was the culprit. Feel free to email with any of your suggestions as to the physics behind this phenomenon.”’

6.3mm (approx. 38mm equivalent), f3.3, 1/30, ISO 100.


”’This macro shot of a 1cm local ground beetle (of the family Carabidae I believe) demonstrates that the WP’s macro facility is impressive for a compact digital camera. The flash fired too, and was impressively throttled back to minimise overexposure.”’

6.3mm (approx. 38mm equivalent), f6.6, 1/40, ISO 50, flash on, macro mode selected.


”’Here the same image has been taken at increasing sensitivies. At ISO 50 to 200 the image is pretty much noise-free. However, at ISO 400 there is distinct image noise.”’

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