Pentax unwraps new megazoom and rugged camera

Pentax offered a parting gift for the PMA crowd with the announcement of two new point-and-shoot cameras today

Pentax offered a parting shot for the PMA crowd with the announcement of two new point-and-shoot cameras today: the 26x-optical-zoom Pentax X90 fixed-lens megazoom and the weatherproofed Optio W90.

Pentax X90: This One Goes to 26x

The Pentax X90 replaces last year's small-and-light X70, offering a slightly larger 26x optical zoom range (26mm wide angle to 676mm telephoto) and a pop-up flash. It offers three levels of image stabilization: sensor-shift, Pentax's digital Pixel Track Shake stabilization, and automatic adjustments to ISO equivalency settings.

The 12-megapixel Pentax X90 will offer full manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority controls in addition to automated settings, and its video mode captures 720p high-definition video at 30 frames per second. The camera also has an HDMI-out port for viewing clips on an HDTV directly from the camera.

In addition to a 2.7-inch LCD screen, the X90 offers an eye-level electronic viewfinder (EVF); the camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards.

Pentax Optio W90: LED-Enhanced Microscope Mode

The latest addition to Pentax's rugged line of cameras, the 12-megapixel Optio W90 is rated at waterproof down to 20 feet underwater, shockproof to 4-foot drops, freezeproof, and dustproof. The new ruggedized model also comes with a carabiner strap for attaching the camera to hiking gear.

The W90 offers three bright LED lamps surrounding its lens, which are handy for illuminating macro subjects and underwater scenes. The camera's new "Digital Microscope Mode" is built for shooting subjects as close as 1cm (or about 0.4 inches) from the lens.

Key specs include a 5x optical zoom lens (28mm to 140mm), 720p high-definition video recording at 30 frames per second, an HDMI-out port, digital image stabilization, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The Optio W90 is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags PMA 2010photographydigital cameras

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Moynihan

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?