Pentax updates its popular waterproof camera with the new Optio W80

Back when Pentax announced its waterproof Optio W60 compact camera over a year ago, its main competition was the Olympus Stylus 850 SW and the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW. The new Pentax Optio W80 announced today faces not only a whopping six waterproof Olympus models, but also a slew of new waterproof point-and-shoots from top camera vendors announced this year.

[Updated: June 24, 2006 @ 6:12 pm] Back when Pentax announced its waterproof Optio W60 compact camera over a year ago, its main competition was the Olympus Stylus 850 SW and the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW. The new Pentax Optio W80 announced today faces not only six waterproof Olympus models (including the Stylus Tough-6000 and Stylus Tough-8000), but also a slew of new waterproof point-and-shoots announced this year, including the Canon PowerShot D10, the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1, and even the Garmin Oregon 500, a waterproof handheld GPS unit with a built-in digital camera.

Here's a quick table with the new camera's key specs (love the wide-angle 5x zoom lens) . I'll update the post with a comparison chart of competitors shortly. compared with two of its closest competitors:

Pentax Optio W80 Canon PowerShot D10 Olympus Stylus Tough-6000
Price $299.95 (ships in July) $329.99 $299.99
Sensor 12.1 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CCD 12.1 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CCD 10 megapixels, 1/23-inch CCD
Waterproof to 16 feet 33 feet 10 feet
Shockproof to 3.3 feet 4 feet 5 feet
Freezeproof to 14° Fahrenheit 14° Fahrenheit 14° Fahrenheit
Lens 28-140mm (equiv), f/3.5-5.5 35-105mm (equiv), f/2.8-4.9 28-102mm (equiv), f/3.5-5.1
LCD 2.5-inch/230,000 dots 2.5-inch/230,000 dots 2.7-inch/230,000 dots
Sensitivity ISO 64-6400 ISO 80-1600 ISO 50-1600
Storage Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card SD/SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card xD-Picture Card, microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Movie Mode 1280x720 (30 fps)/640x480 (30 fps)/320x240 (30 fps) 640x480 (30 fps)/320x240 (30 fps) 640x480 (30 fps)/320x240 (30 fps)
Dimensions 3.9x2.2x1.0 inches 4.08x2.63x1.92 inches 3.8x2.5x0.88 inches
Weight 4.8 oz 6.7 oz 5.3 oz

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