Pentax Optio W60 review

Is the Pentax Option W60 waterproof camera a damp squib?

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Our Verdict

This camera is good value for the features, but fiddly controls could make it less than ideal for you


  • Good waterproof depth
  • Freezeproof
  • Good value


  • Not shockproof
  • Difficult controls

The Pentax W60 may look and feel cheaper than many other rugged cameras, but it can go to a fairly impressive 4m underwater, albeit for only two hours. It's not shockproof, though, and while it will work at -10 degrees, the battery indicator goes down to empty. Our W60 did carry on working, mind, so that's not to say the battery was about to give up.

Controls are this camera's weak point. Buttons are sloppy and tightly packed, so the only way to press them reliably is with your thumbnail – not ideal with gloves on. Plus to adjust settings, you have to plod through the main menu system.

Having said that, the W60 is good for the money. You get a 5x zoom range, and pictures are crisp, though it does tend to underexpose.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyOptio
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationDigital
ColourOcean Blue
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5.7x
Brand NamePentax
DurabilityCold Proof, Dust Proof, Water Proof
FeaturesFace Recognition, Smile Detection, Blink Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)125 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height55.5 mm
Width98 mm
Depth24.5 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelW60
Product NameOptio W60 Compact Camera
Product LineOptio
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberB0019V2CW8
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Featuring one of the lightest designs in a waterproof camera, the Optio W60 is equipped with a newly developed 28mm wide-angle optical 5x zoom lens, a 10 effective megapixels, and enhanced waterproofing performance more than 30 percent better than previous models allowing the camera to operate underwater at depths of four meters.

Package Contents
  • Optio W60 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Plug Cord
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Strap
  • Operating Manual
  • PC Connection Manual
  • Quick Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year