updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed August 5, 2009
Pentax WS80 P80 E80 Cams
Pentax tonight updated its Optio compacts with three new models that include an update to its semi-rugged W models. The WS80 can withstand water at depths of up to 5 feet but still keeps in step with most newer point-and-shoot cameras, including an option of shooting 720p, 30FPS video rarely seen in its category. Still images are captured at 10 megapixels and get a relatively long 5X optical zoom as well as ISO 6,400 sensitivity, face detection and anti-shake compensation to compose shots.
A pair of above-water cameras are appearing at the same time. Leading these two is the P80, a 12-megapixel unit with 4X zoom, 720p30 video and the software features of the WS80. The E80 serves as the economy model and scales back to 10 megapixels, 3X zoom and 720p only at half the frame rate of the higher two models.
All three Optios are due in September and will have the E80, P80 and WS80 priced at $130, $200 and $250 respectively.