Pentax's Optio W90 certainly looks the part and, as ever with devices of its indestructible ilk, it would be no surprise if image quality often comes second to beefy dimensions and additional padding.
But this is not just a camera of outer muscle; it's one with inner strengths too.
Images are crisp, clean and clear with well-saturated, vivid colours even if left on the camera's default factory settings.
It's only worth paying a Â£100+ premium for the W90's rough and tumble resistant padding if you're the sort of person who indulges in said rough or indeed tumble. However, even for the less adventurous the W90 is one of the more coolly styled examples of the toughened digicam, and a sight more presentable than Canon's reliable yet ugly PowerShot D10.
The image quality is also rather good, as we found when reviewing its non-protected little brother of sorts, the H90.
good image quality
Pentax has released 11 generations of "tough" waterproof cameras in its Optio family of cameras, with the latest being the Optio W90. My Pentax Optio W90 review shows a point and shoot camera with some very handy extra features. It shoots extremely sharp and bright photos, and its response times are quick. The Optio W90's underwater capabilities are impressive, and it's a camera that Pentax designed as a tough, well-built model.
fine color reproduction
The Pentax Optio W90 is not a groundbreaking camera when it comes to features. It is, however, an incredibly resilient, waterproof shooter wrapped in a rather sexy chassis. If you're the adventurous sort with a predilection for breaking handheld cameras, the W90 may be a worthy choice.
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