February 25, 2010
HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Products is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio W90 digital compact camera. In addition to its upgraded waterproof, dustproof and shockproof capabilities, this heavy-duty model provides the new Digital Microscope mode, which allows for a closer look at small but intriguing subjects in outdoor shooting.
Enhanced waterproof and shockproof performanceBy further enhancing the airtightness of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the Optio W90’s underwater picture-taking performance to six meters (compared to five meters for its predecessor) and for up to two hours of continuous operation. Along with its outstanding IPX8 (or JIS Class 8) waterproof performance, the Optio W90 also offers exceptional shockproof capacity* to withstand a fall from a height of 1.2 meters* (one meter for its predecessor) without damage to the body, thanks to its new body design and refined internal mechanisms. In addition to these characteristics, the Optio W90 comes with remarkable dustproof performance equivalent to IP6X (or JIS Class 6) and exceptional coldproof performance for reliable operation at temperatures as low as –10°C, making it a perfect choice for active photographers who venture to shoot pictures in demanding outdoor conditions.
* Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards (from a height of 1.2 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to the Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.
Digital Microscope mode for nature observation from 1cm awayCombining a macro shooting capability from one centimeter away with the Digital Zoom function, the Optio W90’s new Digital Microscope mode delivers a magnified view of miniscule subjects difficult to observe closely with the naked eye, and makes it possible to capture fine-detailed images of such subjects.** Thanks to three LED Macro Light installed on the face of the lens barrel, the subject is clearly and brightly displayed on the LCD monitor even when the camera is held at a distance at which it casts a shadow on the subject. This mode not only comes in handy when observing the wonders of nature and photographing such subjects as leaf veins and tiny insects, but also opens the door to new discoveries and unexpected surprises in the ordinary subjects found in daily life.
** When using the Digital Microscope mode, the image size is fixed at 2.1 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).
Upgraded face detection to detect even the faces of dogs and catsThe Optio W90 features a new-generation Face Detection AF & AE function, which instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces in the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and optimum exposure in just 0.03 seconds. In addition to popular features such as the innovative Small Face filter, this upgraded version is programmed to detect not only human faces, but also the faces of dogs and cats. When the user selects pre-registered dog or cat faces (up to 3 choices), the camera automatically detects them and optimizes focus and exposure. The user can even program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject’s face turns straight toward the camera. These features make it simple and effortless to capture the delightful faces of active pets.
High-quality, HD-proportioned movie recordingThe Optio W90 captures beautiful, flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels)*** at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This mode also offers a variety of editing functions: Still images can be extracted from movie clips; title images can be added to the beginning and/or end of a movie clip; and more. The Optio W90 also provides an HDMI micro terminal for audio/video signal output.
Extra-wide 2.7-inch LCD monitor for effortless outdoor viewingOn the back of its small body, the Optio W90 features a large 2.7-inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots and horizontally extended 16:9 proportions. This monitor is treated with a special AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to cut the glare of external light and minimize annoying reflections, making it easy to view recorded images and on-screen menus even in bright sunlight.
High image qualityCombining approximately 12.1 effective megapixels with the PENTAX-developed imaging engine and the high-performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio W90 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to larger sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.
Optical 5X zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverageDespite its compact dimensions, the Optio W90 features an optical 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). Thanks to this wide zoom range, the Optio W90 can be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes, from spectacular landscape and group shots to tightly framed snapshots taken from a distance.
Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake
*** When the High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to five megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels).
**** When the Movie SR is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.
Subscreen Input function for constant display of a favorite image on the screenThanks to its large, horizontally extended LCD monitor, the Optio W90 offers the innovative Subscreen Input function. This allows the user to display a thumbnail of a recorded image in the upper left corner of the LCD panel, so it can be used as a reference. This comes in handy when the photographer wants to shoot subjects from the same angle and at the same image size every time (such as photographing prepared food in the same way to compile a recipe file), or when the user wants to constantly keep a favorite image on the screen.
***** Wireless remote operation is not available when shooting under water.
|Lens||PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)|
|Focal Length||5 - 25mm|
|35mm equivalent focal length||approx. 28 - 140mm|
|Aperture||F3.5(W) - F5.5(T)|
|Digital Zoom||approx. 6.25X|
|Intelligent Zoom||approx. 6.5X at 7M, approx. 31.3X at 640 (including optical zoom)|
|Still||Pixel Track SR
Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
|Movie||Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)|
|Focus||Type||9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF|
(From lens face)
0.5m - infinity (whole zoom area)
1.64 ft. - infinity (whole zoom area)
0.1 - 0.6m (at whole zoom area)
0.33 - 1.97 ft. (at whole zoom area)
0.01 - 0.3m (middle zoom position)
0.03 - 0.98 ft. (middle zoom position)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
|Face Detection||Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture. Blink Detection.|
|Pet Detection||Detect and recognize up to 3 pets' faces pre-registered in the memory|
|Number of Effective pixels||approx. 12.1 megapixels|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3" CCD|
|Still||12M, 9M(16:9), 7M, 5.3M(16:9), 5M, 3.8M(16:9), 3M, 2.1M(16:9), 1024, 640|
|Movie||1280, 640, 320|
|Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)||Auto, Fixed (ISO 80 - 6400)|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting|
|Display||2.7" Wide LCD, approx. 230K dots, AR Coating (Cover Glass only)|
|Exposure Control||Metering System||Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering|
|Exposure Compensation||±2EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Scene modes||Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Microscope, Digital Wide, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Comosite, Report, Green|
|Playback modes||Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter(B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness Filter), Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Edit, Red-eye Compensation, Subscreen Input, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Image Recovery, Startup Screen, Face close up playback.|
|Shutter Speed||1/1500 - 1/4sec. 4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)|
|Built-in flash||Modes||Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge. Soft Flash|
approx. 0.3 - 3.9m (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.98 - 13 ft. (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.3 - 2.5m (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.98 - 8.2 ft.(ISO Auto)
|Drive Modes||One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Interval Shooting, Auto Bracket|
|Storage Media||Built-in Memory (approx. 26.7MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card|
|Power Source||Rechargeable D-LI88 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available|
|Battery life||Still*: Approx. 205 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: Approx. 250 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
|Interfaces||USB2.0(Hi-Speed): PC/AV terminal, HDMI terminal (Type D)|
|Water proof / Dustproof||Equivalent to JIS Class 8 Waterproof and JIS Class 6 Dustproof capabilities.|
|Dimensions||approx.107.5(W) × 59.0(H) × 25.0(D)mm (including lens depth)
approx. 4.2(W) ×2.3(H) × 1.0(D) inches
|Weight||With battery & SD card||approx. 161g (loaded and ready)
approx. 5.7 oz.
|Body||approx. 144g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 5.1 oz.
* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.
[ Storage capacity ]
|Still||12M (4000x3000)||9M (16:9) (4000x2256)||7M (3072x2304)||5.3M (16:9) (3072x1728)|
|5M (2592x1944)||3.8M (16:9) (2592x1464)||3M (2048x1536)||2.1M (16:9) (1920x1080)|
|1280 (1280x960)||1024 (1024x768)||640 (640x480)|
|Movie (H:M:S)||1280 (1280x720)||640 (640X480)||320 (320X240)|
The maximum file size is 2GB for movie.
The maximum length is 18 hours for Voice Recording