A Pocket Digital Camera That Holds Its Breath Under Water (read it|) RRS feed

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  • Pentax updates its line of waterproof, compact digital cameras with the aluminum-alloy Optio W30, a 7-megapixel model out next month.

    A high-brightness setting makes the 2.5-inch screen more easily viewed in sunlight, which extends the camera’s usefulness as a tool for capturing beach behavior and ski scenes.

    Waterproof to a depth of 10 feet for up to two hours, the 5.6-ounce camera is dust-sealed, which should afford protection against sand.

    A small amount of memory is included in the camera, but the SD slot is set for the new higher-capacity SDHC cards, which are sold in versions up to eight gigabytes.

    Under water, light can be scarce, so this camera can automatically switch to higher light sensitivities as needed, or be manually set as high as ISO 1600.

    Zoom range is 38 to 114 millimeters, but subjects less than an inch away can be shot, and then followed as they depart — perhaps swimming — in an auto-macro mode, which switches to regular autofocus as a subject moves away.

    Thursday, February 22, 2007 6:27 AM