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August 05, 2009

New Pentax Optio WS80 digital camera splashes onto the scene

Taking advantage of the popularity of their new Optio W80 and the current W60, Pentax has now revealed a new bee-colored camera (color choices semi-inspired by the W80 bee?)

The new camera is the Pentax Optio WS80, which offers underwater operation (up to 2 hours, up to five feet), with dustproof capabilities (JIS Class 6). However, unlike the TS1/FT1 and Oly-TOUGH, and their own W80, it does not offer drop-proofness or freeze-proofness.

On the camera side, it has a modest 10mp sensor with a 5X folded-optics (of course) lens that starts at 35mm wide. Other features include shake reduction, face detection (but can it detect fish species?), 2.7-inch LCD, and 30fps 720p HD video. The last part, combined with the underwater feature may make this a popular camera among the gadgetologists and techies.

Another plus (on paper) is that this camera doesn't look as "toy-ish" as the Canon D10 and the Fuji Z33wp.

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