Pentax 16101

Optio WS80 10.0 Megapixels Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7" LCD in White and Purple (Waterproof)

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Pentax 16101
Optio WS80 10.0 Megapixels Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7" LCD in White and Purple (Waterproof)
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  • Color: Purple
  • Battery Type: D-LI88
  • Megapixels: 10.0
  • Optical Zoom: 5x
  • Digital Zoom: 5.7x
  • LCD Screen Size: 2.7"
  • Camera Type: Point & Shoot

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Waterproof and compact, the Pentax Optio WS80 Digital Camera is resistant to rain, snow, and sand. The camera even captures stunning photos and video up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) underwater. From a day at the water park to your next beach vacation, the WS80 is an excellent choice for quality and durability.


Waterproof and compact, the Pentax Optio WS80 Digital Camera is resistant to rain, snow, and sand. The camera even captures stunning photos and video up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) underwater. From a day at the water park to your next beach vacation, the WS80 is an excellent choice for quality and durability.

A specially designed 5x optical zoom lens never protrudes from the camera body, yet provides an impressive focal length of 6.2-31.0mm (approximately a 35-175mm equivalent in 35mm format). From beachscapes to telephoto action photography, the WS80 never compromises your creative vision.

The camera records still images at a resolution of up to 10.0 megapixels for brilliant color and stunning, life-like detail. Automated Scene Modes, Face Recognition Autofocus, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, and the revolutionary High Sensitivity Digital SR Mode (with ISO up to 6400) ensure perfect photos under even the most challenging lighting conditions. The Optio WS80 even captures broadcast quality 720p HD video at a smooth 30 frames per second. Dunk it in the pool, take it swimming at the beach - the Pentax Optio WS80 is always ready for adventure


Fashionable, Waterproof Design
At just 0.9" thin, the stylish WS80 is easy to carry with you at all times. New waterproof construction assures that the camera can go just about anywhere, too. Built to withstand water depths up to 5 feet (1.5 meters), the camera is protected against rain, snow, sand, spills, and allows for full underwater photos and video.
High Resolution Imaging
The 10.0 megapixel CCD sensor boasts ample resolution for detailed images, large prints, and cropping flexibility.
Advanced Pentax Optics
The 5x Pentax optical zoom lens offers a 35mm focal equivalent of 35-175mm - perfect for everything from landscapes to portrait shots.
2.7" LCD
Large 2.7" LCD provides accurate composition and playback of still images and video.
Auto Picture Mode
Auto Picture Mode automatically analyzes shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and optimizes exposure based on subject data. This Pentax original function simplifies shooting and eliminates the need for time consuming manual settings.
HD Video Recording
The Optio WS80 captures broadcast quality HD movies at a smooth 30 frames per second.
Fast Face Detection
Fast Face Detection technology recognizes up to 32 faces in as little as 3 one-hundredths of a second for easy portraits and group photos.
Smile Capture and Blink Detection
Smile Capture automatically takes the pictures when your subject smiles and Blink Detection alerts you if your subject's eyes are closed during the exposure.
Shake Reduction (SR) + High Sensitivity
Shake Reduction (SR) technology automatically compensates for unwanted camera movement and hand shake. Coupled with sensitivity up to ISO 6400, all of your photos are captured with optimum sharpness - even under low lighting conditions.


Resolution Effective: 10.34MP, Recorded: 10.00MP
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
File Formats JPEG, AVI, WAV
Color Spaces sRGB
Image Stabilization Yes
Crop Factor N/A
Lens 6.2-31.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
Zoom Optical: 5x, Digital: 5.7x
Lens Mount N/A
Focus Type Autofocus
Focus Range Normal: 1.31' (40cm) - infinity
Macro: 0.33' (10.06cm) - 1.64' (60.05cm)
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
Shooting Controls
Sensitivity ISO 64-1600 (expandable to 3200 and 6400)1
Shutter Speeds 1/1500 - 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene Mode)
Exposure Modes Auto, Scene
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
Burst Capability About 1.11fps 2
Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes
Built-in Memory Yes: 33.6MB of Internal Memory
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC
A/V Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video Resolution 1280 x 720 @ 15 or 30fps, 640 x 480 @ 15 or 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 15 or 30fps
Audio Recording Audio with Video
Voice Memo Recording
Display 2.7" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0, Dedicated A/V Out
System & Software Requirements Windows 2000 (SP4), XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature:14-104 F/-10-40 C
Weatherproofing JIS Class 8: waterproof to 5' (1.5m)
Durability Not Rated
Battery Type D-LI88 Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
Power Adapter Optional AC Adapter
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9" (91.44 x 58.42 x 22.86mm)
Weight 3.7 oz (104.9g) body only

Box Contents

  • Pentax Optio WS80 Digital Camera
  • I-USB7 USB Cable
  • I-AVC7 A/V Cable
  • Battery Charge Cradle D-BC88(A)
  • AC Plug Cord
  • Wrist Strap O-ST51
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Pentax U.S.A. Warranty

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When purchasing a digital camera, you must decide on the type of camera that is suitable for how you are using it, the life of the battery, how much memory is required, which type of lenses are needed, and etc. This guide will assist you in buying a digital camera and the necessary accessories.

Types of Cameras:

There are many different types of cameras.  Depending on how often and for what purpose you are using the camera, there is a camera out there for all users.

Starter Cameras:
For users who are looking to start digital photography, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is the type of camera for you. A decent point-and-shoot camera should be suitable for 4”x6” photo prints.

Amateur Cameras:
For users that are knowledgeable about digital photography or want a high-quality camera to learn with, this category is best for you. These cameras offer ease of use with very high specification features, but not a large range of controls that you can get from professional cameras. Typically, you can make up to 11”x17” photo prints with these cameras.

Professional Cameras:
These cameras are intended for professionals to use. The lower-end professional cameras have a similar resolution to some high-end amateur cameras. The main difference is that, they have more elaborate setting control, better lenses, and better flash options. Most of the time, you can use lenses from your older SLR (Single Lens Reflex) film cameras. The resolution on these cameras could exceed 21 megapixels (21 million pixels). This type of camera is intended to produce very high quality prints for newspapers, magazines, and books, or for users who like to have control over how their pictures will look.

Power Conservation Tips:

Turn off the LCD:
When you are not using it, turn the LCD off. If you are low on power and want to make some more pictures, turn the LCD off and use the viewfinder instead. Doing so will increase the battery life of the camera, as LCD screens will eat up a lot of power.

Stop the Zoom:
Some cameras automatically release the lens when you turn the camera on. Unfortunately, it drains power significantly. To prevent this from happening you can change the settings to the sleep mode.

Turn off the Flash:
If you think the lighting is adequate for pictures, turn off the flash. Flashes will consume a large amount of energy, which is wasted if not in use.

Plug it in:
Some cameras have power adapter which allows you to plug in your camera to a wall socket.  This will allow you to save your battery power when you are using the camera near a power socket.

Accessories to boost your Digital Experience:

Batteries are an important resource to digital cameras because if there is no power left, you can miss a special moment. If your camera uses disposable alkaline batteries, you should get a set of rechargeable batteries, thus saving you a lot of money in the long run, compared to purchasing new disposable batteries each time. For cameras that use Lithium Ion, it is suggested to purchase a backup battery for instances when you will be away from home for a period longer than 2 hours.

Memory Cards:
Memory card are equivalent to film in digital cameras. Each type of camera will use a different type of card, so make sure to check which card is compatible with your camera. Secure Digital (SD) is currently the most popular because it has become relatively cheap. Capacities of up to 16GB are currently available. Remember, you can never have too much memory, so invest in a larger capacity memory card when you purchase your digital camera. Here is a chart to help you make a decision on the memory card size right for yourself.

If you have problems taking sharp, clear images, it could be because your hands were shaking. In order to solve the problem, you can get a tripod or monopod. It is important to keep the cameras steady if you want perfect pictures. A tripod is also important when you want to tweak the settings and take long exposure shots.

Card Readers:
Card readers are essential for any serious digital photographer. Instead of transferring photos directly from the camera, you can use a card reader to transfer them from your memory card straight to your computer. Doing so will conserve the camera’s batteries when transferring pictures.

Cases and Bags:
While digital cameras may be pricey, they can still break if dropped, so be sure to you protect your investment with either a case or bag. Cases make it safer and easier to carry. Cases can also protect your camera from sand, dust, dirt, and water. They are available in all types of sizes and styles. You can even purchase an Underwater Housing Case, allowing you to use your digital camera in water. These cases are more expensive and are only designed for some models. The cases usually come with cameras straps to put the camera around your neck or wrist. This provides an extra layer of protection for your camera, by preventing it from falling to the ground.

Lenses and Flash:
The quality of your photos depends on the quality of your lens. Flashes can help improve the brightness of your pictures. On most cameras, the lenses are built onto the camera, so you don’t have any upgradeability of the lens. But, if you own an SLR camera, you can replace the lens with a higher quality one, with better zoom or a different focal length. Flashes assist you when you are taking photos in low light settings. Most digital cameras have an internal flash that works fine for normal use, but you might want more light for the best possible results.

Important Camera Features:

A photograph is measured in the number of pixels in the picture. A pixel is a tiny dot of color. In digital photography, quality of the photo is  megapixels. One-megapixel is the same as one million pixels. Nowadays, most cameras have more than 6 Megapixels, which is more than sufficient for a beginner’s camera.

Zoom is an important factor because it helps you get closer to the subject. There are two types of zoom available in digital cameras, digital and optical zoom. Digital zoom is a way of magnifying the picture by processing techniques. Unfortunately, digital zoom lowers the quality of the image a little. Optical zoom is where the magnification is done by using the camera’s lens. It would be ideal to use the Optical zoom over digital zoom because of the quality difference.

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