Thursday, January 29, 2009

I have the K20D, the K200D and the K2000, and yet I purchased the Optio W60. Why?

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

I am very fortunate to own the top three Pentax DSLSs currently on the market. The K20D, the K200D and the K2000, all excellent DSLRs, but all three are missing some attributes that the Pentax Optio W60 has.

1. Portability:

It's easy to see why the Optio W60 is more portable. I wish I had a dime for each time I missed a photographic opportunity just because I didn't have a camera with me. I love my Pentax DSLRs, and I keep one in the car, but I'm not always in my car. The Optio W60 has found it's new home... in my shirt pocket. Never again will I miss an opportunity.

2. Waterproofing, not just dust and humidity resistance

Did you know that the Optio W60 can be submerged in water down to 13 feet feet for up to two hours at a time? It is protected from rain and spills, and can capture underwater photo and video. The W60 is coldproof to sub-zero temperatures as well.

3. HD movie capture

The W60 can capture movies in wide-screen 720p (1280 x 720) at 15 FPS.

4. Super macro mode

Close focusing, Super Macro mode brings out the details in even the smallest subjects as close as 1 cm. That's great as it is so difficult to take macro shots with the DSLRs. The depth of field is shallow and there is so very little room for the focus to work with.

Compact digital cameras have an incidental advantage in macro photography due to their inherently further working distance. Since depth of field appears to decrease with the actual focal length of the lens, these compact cameras can achieve the magnification with greater depth of field.

5. Price

The W60 is cheaper than any of it's big brothers, the Pentax DSLRs. The water and dust proof lens has a 35mm equivalent of 28 - 140mm. That covers about 90% of all situations.


Of course I cannot achieve the bokeh of a DSLR with a fast lens, but it stays with me all the time, in my shirt pocket. I have been forbidden, by my wife, to keep the W60 in my pyjamas' pocket! It will certainly not compete with the image quality of the DSLRs but at 10MP, with the small sensor, it can produce acceptable results.

The Optio W60 fills a void in my daily photographic endeavors. I will always have a camera to shoot whatever happens, whenever it happens and wherever I am. My Pentax DSLRs are used when I specifically go on a photo shoot and since one is always in my car, I can get it for serious photography.

I will post some pictures taken with the W60 in the next few days. You know, CNN is always looking for good videos or pictures of important events and news. Who knows what will happen in front of my eyes! I might become a star or instant reporter.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

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