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Press Release

August 6, 2009


A go-anywhere, waterproof digital compact camera
coupling a compact, lightweight body
with underwater-shooting capabilities


HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Products is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio WS80 digital compact camera. The combination of a compact, lightweight body and outstanding waterproof and dustproof capabilities makes the new Optio WS80 an ideal choice for casual, day-to-day applications, including a variety of outdoor activities.

Within its compact body, the Optio WS80 offers a number of advanced, user-friendly features. These include: the assurance of high-quality, high-resolution image reproduction thanks to 10.0 effective megapixels; an optical 5X zoom lens; a large 2.7 inch LCD monitor; HDTV-proportioned movie recording; and a state-of-the-art Face Recognition function. Its airtight body also allows underwater photography to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to two hours continuously. This eliminates worries in situations where water or dirt can be a concern, such as outdoor events, in the garden or kitchen, or on a rainy day.

PENTAX Optio WS80 Color Variation
♦ Black + Orange [ ⇒ Product Image] ♦ White + Purple [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Exceptional waterproof performance for worry-free underwater shooting

    Despite its compact, palm-sized body, the Optio WS80 assures reliable waterproof performance conforming to IPX 8 (or JIS Class 8) standards, allowing underwater photography at a depth of 1.5 meters for up to two hours continuously. It also features the PENTAX-exclusive, highly water-repellent SP (Super Protect) coating on the protective glass element installed at the front end of the zoom lens. As a result, the Optio WS80 can be simply rinsed clean with fresh water if it becomes covered with dirt or sand. Coupled with remarkable dustproof capabilities equivalent to JIS Class 6, the Optio WS80 can be used without worry in many different situations where water or dirt can be a major concern, including water and winter sports.
  2. High-speed Face Recognition, with a range of user-friendly features

    The Optio WS80’s advanced Face Recognition AF & AE function comes in handy for casual shooting of people. This user-friendly function not only captures 32 faces in sharp focus and perfect exposure in a mere 0.03 seconds, but can even accurately detect a subject standing diagonally to the camera, or one with a tilted head. The Optio WS80 also offers other user-friendly features, including: the Small Face filter, which makes the subject’s face appear smaller in proportion to the body than it actually is, to produce attractive, well-balanced portraits; the Smile Capture mode, which automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile; and the Blink Detection function, which warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.
  3. High-performance optical 5X zoom lens

    Despite its compact dimensions, the Optio WS80 features an optical 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 35mm to 175mm in the 35mm format. It also offers the Intelligent Zoom function, which extends the zoom range up to approximately 28.5 times for even tighter zooming in on the subject.
  4. Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake

    1. Pixel Track SR mode
      When recording still images, the Optio WS80’s new Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode effectively compensates for camera shake by processing affected images.
    2. High-Sensitivity SR mode*
      When it detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, the Optio WS80 automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.
    3. Movie SR mode**
      During movie recording, the Optio WS80 prevents blurry images by effectively minimizing annoying camera shake through the use of exclusive software.

    * When the High-Sensitivity SR mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).
    ** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

  5. High-quality HDTV-proportioned movie recording

    The Optio WS80 captures beautiful, flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels)*** at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also comes equipped with advanced, user-friendly features designed to facilitate movie recording: the Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode, which automatically compensates camera shake during movie shooting; and the Underwater Movie mode, which automatically optimizes all camera settings for underwater movie shooting.

    *** When the Optio WS80's AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition-TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

  6. High-quality images delivered by 10.0 effective megapixels

    Combining approximately 10.0 effective megapixels with the PENTAX-developed imaging engine and high-performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio WS80 allows the user to produce brilliant, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness, even when images are enlarged to larger sizes.
  7. Large 2.7 inch LCD monitor for effortless image viewing

    Despite its compact body, the Optio WS80 features a large 2.7 inch high-brightness color LCD monitor, which allows the photographer to view on-screen images and menus with great comfort and facilitates mode-setting and other camera operations — during both shooting and playback.
  8. Other features

    1. Interval shooting mode, convenient for fixed-point observation of starry skies, flowers and plants
    2. High-speed AF system, with Auto-Tracking function, to maintain constant focus on a moving subject
    3. Auto Picture mode, to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for the optimum result
    4. A variety of digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add distinctive visual effects to recorded images
    5. D-Range setting, to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in images
    6. Digital Wide function, to create a panoramic, extra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 25.4mm lens in 35mm format) from two images
    7. Digital Panorama mode, to create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
    8. Style Watch function, to display the time with pushbutton operation, even when the camera’s power is turned off
    9. Image recovery function, to recover accidentally erased images
    10. Frame composite function (with 90 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames
Lens   PENTAX zoom lens, 10 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 6.2 - 31mm
35mm equivalent focal length approx. 35 - 175mm
Aperture F3.8(W) - F4.7(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)
Motion Blur Reduction Still Pixel Track SR. Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF
Focus Range (From lens face) Standard:
0.4m - infinity (whole zoom area)
1.31 ft. - infinity (whole zoom area)
0.1 - 0.5m (from wide to the middle zoom position)
0.33 - 1.64 ft. (from wide to the middle zoom position)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Face recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture. Blink Detection.
Number of Effective pixels approx. 10.0 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
Number of Recorded pixels Still 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2.1M, 1024, 640
Movie 1280, 640, 320
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto, Fixed (ISO 64 - 6400)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Display 2.7"LCD, approx. 230K dots
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, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Natural Skin Tone, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Party, Green
Playback modes Small Face Filter, Slideshow, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter( Color Filter(15 kinds), Toy Camera Filter, Retro Filter, Soft 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
Flash Range Wide: approx. 0.4 - 3.4m (ISO Auto), approx. 1.31 - 11 ft. (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 0.4 - 2.8m (ISO Auto), approx. 1.31 - 9.2 ft. (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, High Speed Continuous Shooting, Interval Shooting
Storage Media Built-in Memory (approx. 33.6MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card
Power Source   Rechargeable D-LI88 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: approx. 200 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approx. 240 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), AV terminal
Video Output NTSC/PAL
Waterproof / Dustproof Equivalent to JIS Class 8 Waterproof and JIS Class 6 Dustproof capabilities.
Dimensions approx. 91.5(W) × 59.5(H) × 22(D)mm (including lens depth)
approx. 3.6(W) × 2.3(H) × 0.9(D) inches
Weight Body approx. 105g (without battery and SD memory card), approx. 3.7 oz.
With battery & SD card approx. 125g (loaded and ready), approx. 4.4 oz.

* 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.

[Storage capacity]

Still Built-in Memory * 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB
10MH (3648x2736) 8 120 240 487 957
10M (3648x2736) 17 239 479 975 1915
7M (3072x2304) 21 299 598 1205 2366
5M (2592x1944) 26 368 737 1499 2943
3M (2048×1536) 42 592 1185 2364 4641
2.1M (1920×1080) 61 863 1727 3415 6703
1024 (1024×768) 126 1777 3556 6830 13407
640 (640×480) 239 3358 6717 12294 24133

Movie (H:M:S)   Built-in Memory * 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB
1280 (1280x720) 30fps 0:00:10 0:02:32 0:05:05 0:10:20 0:20:18
15fps 0:00:21 0:05:05 0:10:10 0:20:29 0:40:13
640 (640X480) 30fps 0:00:32 0:07:31 0:15:02 0:30:08 0:59:09
15fps 0:01:03 0:14:48 0:29:38 1:00:16 1:58:18
320 (320X240) 30fps 0:00:51 0:11:59 0:23:59 0:48:47 1:35:46
15fps 0:01:37 0:22:53 0:45:48 1:33:08 3:02:49

Voice recording Built-in Memory * 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB
(hh:mm:ss) 0:26:38 6:14:15 12:28:41 25:22:33 49:48:41

*Approx. 33.6MB
The maximum file size is 2GB for movie.
The maximum length is 24 hours for Voice recording.

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  • 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.
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