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Press Release

June 4, 2008

PENTAX Optio W60 - A compact digital camera
with enhanced waterproofing capable of operating underwater continuously
for two hours at depths of four meters

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HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Products is pleased to announce the launch of the new PENTAX Optio W60 compact digital camera. 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.

Color Variation
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Major Features
  1. Optical 5x zoom lens for effortless enjoyment of zoom photography

    We adopt a new optical 5x zoom lens in the Optio W60’s compact body that covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format) and features a refraction lens system so the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming. This flexibility allows the camera to encompass a large variety of scenes, including expansive landscapes, architecture, and group photos in confined spaces as well as close-up telephoto shots of subjects. And when combined with the digital zoom function (about 1x to 5.7x), shooting is possible at zoom magnifications of up to a remarkable approx. 28.5x.
  2. Enhanced waterproofing performance

    The Optio W60 can be used underwater as deep as four meters continuously for two hours - a more than 30 percent improvement over the performance of the previous model (which could be used only to depths of three meters). This achievement is the result of improved construction of the shutter button and other controls and reinforced airtightness at external joints. Not only is the Optio W60 waterproofed to the JIS Class 8 Waterproofing standard, it has been dustproofed to JIS Class 5 against sand and dust and can operate in temperatures as cold as -10°C. Photographers can use this camera during such outdoor activities as skiing, marine sports, or fishing as well as while gardening or cooking without having to worry about water or dirt.
  3. High-quality movies with shake reduction that can be captured at HDTV resolution

    The Optio W60 can capture movies at resolutions as high as 1280 x 720 pixels, which is comparable to HDTV resolution. It also has several features to make recording easier and more enjoyable, such as the Movie SR (Shake Reduction) function, which automatically corrects camera shake, and the Underwater Movie mode, which optimizes settings for recording underwater.
  4. Auto Picture mode automatically selects from seven scene modes

    We further advanced the scene-recognition technology based on our original Auto Picture mode, in which the camera determines the subject’s shooting conditions and automatically selects the optimal scene mode. Photographers can now let the camera handle the details for many more types of scenes. In this mode, the Optio W60 can choose among seven capture modes, adding the Flower, Sport, and Night Scene Portrait modes to the previous Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Standard modes.
  5. Face Recognition function detects faces in only about 0.03 seconds

    The Optio W60’s Face Recognition AF & AE function delivers beautiful portrait shots with a single setting. We have upgraded this convenient function, which automatically sets the focus and exposure, so that it can detect up to 32 faces at one time in only about 0.03 seconds. The camera also comes with a Smile Capture mode, which waits until the subject is smiling to shoot, and Blinking detection, which warns the photographer if the subject blinked at the moment the shot was taken.
  6. Approximately 10 effective megapixels produces exceptionally fine-detailed photos

    Boosting the image sensor’s resolution to approximately 10 effective megapixels delivers even more sharply detailed photos. With this level of resolution, prints as large as A3 still retain exceptional image detail and clarity.
  7. High Sensitivity Digital SR mode reduces camera shake and subject blurring

    The Optio W60 features a Digital SR (shake reduction) mode, which can compensate for camera shake and subject blurring during still-image photography. This mode automatically adjusts the sensitivity, up to a maximum of ISO 6400, in keeping with the subject’s brightness to permit a fast enough shutter speed to capture a sharp, clear image. In addition, an electric shake reduction function corrects blurring in images during image playback.
  8. Bright, easy-to-view, wide-angle LCD monitor

    The 2.5-inch high-resolution (approximately 230,000 dots) LCD monitor is finished with an AR (Anti-Reflection) coating that cuts glare from reflections of external light while being bright enough to be viewed easily even in bright sunlight. The monitor’s wide viewing angle - about 170° both horizontally and vertically - means photographers can conveniently check their shot from nearly any angle.
  9. Other features

    1. Macro mode can be used as close as one centimeter away from a subject for stunning close-up shots
    2. Digital wide function merges two shots into one image for ultra-wide-angle expressions equivalent to a focal length of approx. 21mm in 35mm format
    3. Our proprietary SP (Super Protect) coating adds superior water repellency to the lens’s front protective glass to prevent water droplets from forming
    4. Optional Optio W60 Skin O-CC812 (sold separately) guards the camera from scratches and dirt
    5. Panorama mode stitches a series of up to three shots into one wide photo
    6. Intelligent zoom function extends the zoom range without compromising the optical zoom’s image quality
    7. Supports SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
    8. Approximately 36.4 MB of built-in memory
    9. Frame composite function allows photographers to shoot and create images with decorative frames; 80 styles to choose from
    10. Date and Time imprint function for easy image categorizing
    11. Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewer/image management software, that supports Windows Vista™
    12. Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching
Number of Effective pixels approx. 10.0 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
Number of Recorded pixels Still 10M, 7.5M(16:9), 7M, 5M, 3M, 1024, 640
Movie 1280x720, 640x480, 320x240
Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, Fixed (ISO 50 - 6400)
Motion Blur Reduction Still High sensitivity shake reduction mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Face recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture and Blinking Detection are available.
Storage Media Built-in Memory (approx. 36.4MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Lens   PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 5 - 25 mm (35mm equivalent focal length is approx. 28 - 140mm)
Aperture F3.5(W) - F5.5(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 5X
Digital Zoom approx. 5.7X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 5.9X at 7M, approx. 28.5X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Display 2.5"LCD, Wide viewing angle, approx. 230K dots, AR Coating
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lense face)
Standard: 0.5m (1.64ft) - infinity (whole zoom area)
Macro: 0.1m (0.33ft) - 0.6m (1.97ft) (at whole zoom area)
1cm Macro: 0.01m (0.03ft) - 0.3m (0.98ft) (middle zoom position)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene 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, Firework, Voice Recording, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report, Green
Playback modes Digital SR, Slideshow, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter(Color Filter (11 kinds), Soft Filter, Fisheye Filter, Brightness Filter), Movie Edit, Frame Composite, Red-eye Compensation, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Image Recovery, Start-up Screen, Face close-up playback
Shutter Speed 1/1500 - 1/4sec. 4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge. Soft Flash available
Flash Range Wide: approx. 0.3 (0.98ft) - 3.9m (13ft) (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 0.4 (1.31ft) - 2.5m (8.2ft) (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, High Speed Continuous Shooting, Interval Shooting, Auto bracket
Power Source   Rechargeable D-LI78 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: Approx. 205 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: Approx. 200 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces USB2.0(Hi-Speed), AV terminal
PictBridge Supported
Dimensions approx. 98(W) × 55.5(H) × 24.5(D)mm (including lens depth)
Weight Body approx. 125 g (without battery and SD memory card)
With battery & SD card approx. 145 g (loaded and ready)

* 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.

10M 7.5M 7M 5M
Built-in Memory* 9 17 24 12 22 29 12 22 29 14 27 38
512MB 117 228 321 156 287 377 157 287 377 188 355 503
1GB 235 458 643 313 575 755 314 575 755 377 711 1007
2GB 476 931 1307 633 1159 1536 640 1159 1536 768 1429 2049
4GB 935 1828 2567 1244 2276 3016 1256 2276 3016 1508 2806 4022
  3M 1024 640  
Built-in Memory* 22 44 63 75 122 155 155 233 259      
512MB 293 570 816 974 1590 2014 2014 3022 3358      
1GB 586 1140 1634 1950 3182 4030 4030 6045 6717      
2GB 1182 2276 3235 3842 6147 7684 7684 12294 12294      
4GB 2320 4469 6351 7541 12066 15083 15083 24133 24133      

1280x720 640x480 320x240
15fps 30fps 15fps 30fps 15fps
Built-in Memory* 0:00:34 0:00:34 0:01:08 0:00:55 0:01:46
512MB 0:07:31 0:07:31 0:14:48 0:11:59 0:22:53
1GB 0:15:02 0:15:02 0:29:38 0:23:59 0:45:48
2GB 0:30:08 0:30:08 1:00:16 0:48:47 1:33:08
4GB 0:59:09 0:59:09 1:58:18 1:35:46 3:02:49

    Voice Recording
Built-in Memory* 0:28:53
512MB 6:14:15
1GB 12:28:41
2GB 25:22:33
4GB 51:23:48

*Approx. 36.4MB
The maximum file size is 2GB for movie.
The maximum length is 24 hours for Voice Recording

PENTAX Corporation merged with HOYA CORPORATION on March 31, 2008.

  • PENTAX and Optio are trademarks of HOYA CORPORATION.
  • All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
  • This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that are not PRINT Image Matching III compliant.
    Copyright 2001 Seiko Epson Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Print Image Matching is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. The PRINT Image Matching logo is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
  • Design and Specifications is subject to change without notice.
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