Pentax debuts ultra-durable Optio W90; will sell at $330

Summary:Pentax has just announced the Optio W90, a rugged camera ready for all-weather conditions that will be ready just in time for those spring and summer adventures.

Pentax has just announced the Optio W90, a compact rugged digital camera ready for all-weather conditions that will be ready just in time for those spring and summer adventures.

Based on its looks, one would imagine that the Optio W90 should be able to withstand much more than a few drops and some cold weather. While I myself am not immediately attracted to it (especially that slime green color option), this is a camera that will relish some action.

The 12.1-megapixel pocket camera is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof. Here's a closer look at the stats and what the Optio W90 packs inside:

  • 2.7-inch widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
  • Wide-angle 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent)
  • Records widescreen 720p HD video at 30fps
  • Startup time: approx. 1.3 sec; Shutter lag: approx. 0.03 sec
  • ISO range: ISO 80 - 6400
  • SD, SDHC
  • 26.7MB internal memory
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI (type D) Video out: NTSC, PAL (HDMI out supports Auto, 1080i, 720p, 480p)
  • Waterproof (up to 20 feet), Shockproof (up to 4 feet), Freezeproof (as low as -10 degrees Celsius/14 degrees Fahrenheit), Dustproof
  • Notable Presets: Dynamic Range Adjustment, Voice Recording, Face Detection, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pet Detection, Candlelight, Underwater Movie, Digital Panorama, Food
  • Measurements: 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.0” (W x H x D); Weight:  5.1 oz (without battery or removable memory), 5.7 oz (fully loaded)

Pentax will start shipping the Optio W90 in April, with an MSRP set at $329.95. A waterproof infared remote control accessory will also be available at that time for $29.95.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Hardware


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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