Pentax Optio W90

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The Pentax Optio W90 digital compact camera is the company’s 11th generation waterproof digital camera, and in addition to the expected waterproof, dustproof and shockproof capabilities, it adds Digital Microscope mode with LED subject lighting, for macro subjects as near as 1 cm from the camera.

The W90 offers improved underwater picture-taking performance from five meters in previous models to six meters, and can be used underwater continuously for up to two hours. It will withstand a fall from a height of 1.2 meters without damage to the body. And it will deliver reliable operation at temperatures as low as –10°C.

Now, Digital Microscope mode. To 1 cm. That means the camera and the person holding it throw a shadow on the subject. Thanks to three LEDs 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.

The 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, Smile Capture and Blink Detection, this upgraded version is programmed to detect not only human faces, but also the faces of dogs and cats. When the user selects preregistered dog or cat faces (up to 3 choices), the camera automatically detects them and optimizes focus and exposure. The user can program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject’s face turns straight toward the camera.

The W90 captures movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This mode 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 features a 2.7-inch high-brightness colour LCD monitor, 12.1 effective megapixels, 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths the equivalent of 28-140 mm, three anti-shake systems (Pixel Track SR, High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode, Movie SR), and a Subscreen Input function allowing the user to display a thumbnail of a recorded image in the upper left corner of the LCD panel, as reference.

Also on board: Collage function to compose a single picture from multiple images; Ink Rubbing filter to create a monochromatic, high-contrast image from a recorded image; Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for optimum result; 12 digital filters to add distinctive visual effects; Digital Wide mode to create a panoramic, ultra-wide-angle picture from two images.

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