For those already hooked on the Pentax range of cameras for underwater shooting, here comes another offering from the company’s shelf. Pentax has now introduced a new WPi digital camera called the Pentax Optio Wpi, which promises effortless under water shooting without making use of any protective covering for the equipment.
Pentax is claiming that the OptioWPi camera ensures an enhanced optical performance and operational convenience thanks to its large 2.0-inch LCD monitor and 6 effective Megapixels. With three aspherical lenses, the camera is promising to deliver sharper picture quality.
The WPi has been categorized under JIS class 8 waterproof performance specifications; this will result in 30 minutes of uninterrupted underwater shooting at a depth of 1.5 meters. The Pentax Optio WPi is also conforming to Class 5 dustproof parameters which make it an ideal shooting device while skiing, participating in marine sports, or virtually any other outdoor activity.
The design of Optio Wpi is it’s USP. With a body having a thickness of only 2.2 cm, this slim camera can even be carried in the pocket and can be taken anywhere you like. The camera is littered with a backlighting mechanism that, if not in use while shooting, can be put off to pave the way for the battery to last longer.
It also boasts of an upgraded recovery function so accidentally erased pictures or audio data can be retrieved. Shooting in three color modes offers full-color, black and white and sepia, thus giving the user the chance to play with the color schemes of his shoot before processing.
The Pentax Optio WPi will ship in October 2005 for $350 US.