Pentax Optio W80 Review

September 21, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |


Camera Type Water and shock proof digital zoom compact
Effective Pixels approx. 12.1 megapixels
Total Pixels approx. 12.39 megapixels
Type 1/2.3" CCD
Sensitivity Auto, Fixed (ISO 64 - 6400)
Image Size
Still 12M(4000 x 3000)
3:2(4000 x 2672)
16:9(4000 x 2256)
7M(3072 x 2304)
5M(2592 x 1944)
3M(2048 x 1536)
1024(1024 x 768)
640(640 x 480) * Digital SR is fixed at 5M(2592x1944)
* Digital Wide is fixed at 5M(2592x1944)
* ISO 3200/6400 is fixed at 5M(2592x1944)
* High Speed Continuous Shooting is fixed at 5M(2592x1944)
* Half-length Portrait is fixed to 3M(2048x1536)
* Frame Composite is fixed at 3M(2048x1536)
* Digital Panorama is fixed at 2M(1600x1200) for one frame
* Report is fixed at (1280x960)
Movie 1280(1280x720) @ approx. 30 or 15fps
640(640x480) @ approx. 30 or 15fps
320(320x240) @ approx. 30 or 15fps
Shake Reduction
Type Pixel Track SR
Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR) Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Options Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture. Blink Detection.
File Format
Still JPEG(conforms to Exif 2.2), conforms to DCF2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image
Movie AVI (Motion JPEG), with sound
Sound WAV(PCM), mono
Quality Level *Good, **Better, ***Best
Storage Media
Internal approx 33.7MB
External SD/SDHC Memory Card Verified memory card: Sandisk, Panasonic, Toshiba
Focal Length 5 - 25mm
(equvalent to 28-140mm in 35mm format)
Construction PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Digital Zoom Digital: 6.25X Intelligent: 6.5X at 7MP, 31.3X at 640
Focusing System
Type TTL contrast detection auto focus system with AF assist lamp
Focusing system
Area 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range (Still) Standard: 0.5m -  infinity (whole zoom area) Macro:0.1m -  0.6m (at whole zoom area) 1cm Macro:0.01m - 0.3m (middle zoom position)
Mode Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Exposure system
Metering Area Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide, Surf & Snow, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Half-length Portrait, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report, Green
Exposure System
Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Speed 1/1500  - 1/4sec.
4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Editing Save as still image, Dividing Movies
Type Built-in
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes.  "Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge.  Soft Flash
Effective Range Wide:approx. 0.3 -  3.9 m (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.4 - 2.5m (ISO Auto)
Drive Mode
Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, High Speed Continuous Shooting,  Interval Shooting, Auto bracket
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting:approx. 1.27 frame/sec High speed continuous shooting: approx. 2.9 frame/sec (for up to 8 frame); approx. 5.9 frame/sec( for up to 8 frame at ISO 3200/6400 setting)
White Balance
Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
LCD 2.5"LCD,  approx. 230K dots,   Anti-Reflective Coating
View One Shot, Index (4  thumb nails, 9 thumb nails), Enlargement (up to 10X, scroll available), Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Bright and Dark portion, Folder display, Select&Delete, Calendar
Modes Slideshow, Digital Filter( Colour Filter(15 kinds), Toy Camera Filter, Retro Filter, Soft Filter,  Fisheye Filter, Brightness Filter), Frame Composite, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation,  Movie Edit, Red-eye Compensation, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF,  Image Recovery, Start-up Screen, Face close-up playback
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Colour filters(Red,Pink,Purple,Blue,Green,Yellow), Colour extract (B&W with Red, B&W with Green, B&W with Blue), Colour enhancer, Toy Camera, Retro, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness
Language English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian,Turkey, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
World Time
Time YES
PC USB2.0(Hi-Speed)
AV AV terminal (NTSC/PL)
Source Rechargeable D-LI78 lithium-ion battery Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Performance Still*: Approx. 170 shots
Playback**: Approx. 180 min.
Movie**: Approx. 65 min.
Audio**: Approx. 23 min * 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.
Height 56mm
Width 99.5mm
Depth 24.5mm
Weight 135g (without battery and memory card) 150g (loaded and ready)
PC Windows 2000
Windows XP
Wndows Vista Supported OS  must be pre-installed in PC and updated to the latest version. USB port must be standard equipped.
Mac Mac OS X 10.12 - 10.5 Supported OS  must be pre-installed in PC and updated to the latest version. USB port must be standard equipped.
Storage capacity
  *** ** *
12MP 214 419 643
3:2 229 468 687
16:9 254 508 737
7MP 321 598 795
5MP 385 737 1060
3MP 598 1185 1727
1024 2084 3556 4650
640 4318 6717 7557
Based on 1GB memory card
Movie / Sound
  30fps 15fps
1280x720 00:05:05 00:10:10
640x480 00:15:02 00:28:38
320x240 00:23:59 00:45:48
Sound 00:10:10 12:28:41
Based on 1GB memory card
Other Info * No Intelligent Zoom at 16:9 and 3:2
* No Intelligent Zoom at (High ISO) Digital SR Mode and Report Mode
* Up to ISO 64-6400 is automatically selected when AUTO sensitivity is set in the Digital SR mode.
* In the Report mode, sensitivity auto (ISO64-6400) and manual sensitivity choice are possible.
*Digital Wide is equivalent to about 21mm (35mm film equivalent) angles of view.
*Waterproof to 5m(16ft)(the period in 2 hours).
*The temperature range in which the camera can be used is -10 °C to 40 °C (14°F to 104°F).
*Shockproof to 1 meters(3.3 feet).
*The voice recording can be used by allocating the function to Green button.