February 8, 2008, Newsletter Issue #76: Pentax Offers Waterproof Digital Camera

Tip of the Week

The W10 is an ultra-compact Pentax digital camera that's both waterproof and dustproof. This makes it a natural choice for anyone who likes to take their camera along to the beach, skiing or anywhere else where weather may be a factor.

The W10's waterproof feature allows submersion to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) for up to 30 minutes. This isn't the camera to take along scuba diving, but it's great for tubing, fishing, wading at the beach and anywhere else that getting seriously wet is a danger.

Pentax has included a couple of very nice features in the W10. In Portrait, Self-Portrait and Natural Skin Tone modes, Face Recognition AF/AE automatically turns on. This feature allows the camera to “recognize” faces, and it will focus on – and expose for – the face. Switching to Kid, Pet or Sport modes engages Auto-focus Tracking. This feature allows the camera's focus to track a moving subject within the frame.

Other features of the W10 include a 6 MP CCD, an internal 3x optical zoom, more than 20 scene modes (including Underwater Movie mode), 9-point auto-focus and macro focus to about 1/3-inch. Shutter lag is virtually nonexistent – a mere 0.05 seconds.

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