I recently took what I viewed as a gamble when I bought my latest digital camera. I was hanging around on the Amazon website digging through what digital cameras to see what might catch my eye. I ended up going through the best selling list and found camera known as the Pentax Optio W90. I'm not a person that is cheap when it comes to my electronics and I'm always willing to spend a little more on a camera just to make sure that it is good. Brand names like Sony, Nikon, Kodak, etc are the big names that everyone has heard of, but Pentax is largely unfamiliar.
I ended up getting the Pentax W90 anyway and it turned out to be a great choice. I soon learned that Pentax is a business that isn't really known of in North America because it has mainly stuck to the Asian markets. The business has existed in Japan for nearly a century and it is known for creating premium digital products, so you can consider anything from them on par with the other big names.
The biggest thing that attracted me to this particular digital camera is that it isn't designed for a regular person. This is something that is much more rugged and made for a more active lifestyle. It has a very powerful HD video camera and takes 12.1 MP pictures, but there were three main features that really attracted me to the camera; shockproof, waterproof and coldproof.
Any digital camera that is dropped onto a concrete floor will break and you'll never use it ever again. The W90 is shockproof up to 4 feet, which means it can survive a drop of up to 4 feet. I know that might not seem like a far distance, but if you were to drop your camera it would probably be within that range.
The camera is also waterproof down to 20 feet. I really like this feature because I do a lot of snorkeling and I don't even need the full 20 feet. But you have to consider what you could do with it. Lastly, the camera is capable of handling sub-freezing temperatures, which means you can use in some of the coldest climates.
For me, this means that this camera can be used in just about any place on this planet. It is something that works for just about any person that is looking for an adventure, which is the precise reason why I picked it up.
There aren't too many negatives with this camera that I have personally noticed, but there are a few that annoyed me. The first is that the LCD screen scratches very easily. I know this is something to expect over time, but I don't like how easy it is to scratch. I'm not sure if some other makers put a protective coating over it, but you have to be very careful with the screen.
Another thing that I didn't like is that the batteries it comes with don't last that long. This is really a negligible problem since you can just get better batteries to use in the future if you want. Some people have been having issues with the "waterproof" aspects of the camera. I never had any problems with mine, but this maybe something you want to consider.
This is a conclusion to my Pentax W90 review. In the end I think the positives completely outweigh the negative ones. And when you really get right down to it all you have to do is take extra care of the camera and you shouldn't run into any trouble.