Pentax Optio W30 Waterproof Shooter Dives Deeper Than Ever

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Pentax has been dabbling in waterproof point-and-shoot digital cameras for a while, and now its Optio W30 is even more waterproof than its W20 predecessor. This one can be submerged to 9 feet for two hours (besting the 5 feet and 30 minutes for the W20) and still keep on clicking away.


In the specs department, its megapixelidge stays at 7.1, as does its 2.5-inch viewfinder and 3x optical zoom lens. But it adds SDHC memory card compatibility, and now even its 640x480 movies have a basic shake reduction function.

But it's that waterproof function that's the hook here, and the ability to go 9 feet deep makes a huge difference, letting you take it into most swimming pools without worrying about ruining it if it slips out of your hands. No pricing was announced yet, but it'll be less than $300.

Pentax Optio W30 [LetsGoDigital]



i consider myself a prosumer photographer. bought one off ebay. paid with paypal. took it underwater in thigh deep water—about 6-8 inches or so—and the camera filled up with water and stopped working after a couple of clicks.

like pdmiller, very disappointed. contacted seller who told me contact pentax. have disputed payment with paypal and intend to pursue this in a small claims court if necessary. but really, what a disappointment!

pdmiller contact me directly and may be we can pursue pentax to do something about it together. i am at sarosh_khan at ksg08 dot harvard dot edu.

to all those who might be interested in buying something like this, go with the olympus 770 and get it from circuit city. if u get their extended performance plan plus ($109 for 2 years) then it will cover water damage too as the camera is designed for underwater use even though the plan says that water damage is not covered. i confirmed this from their sales department by phone. u can call them at 800-843-2489. i will most likely be getting this now and will say goodbye to my $300 spent on the pentax!

again, what a disappointment!