Friday, August 29, 2008

Pentax Optio W60 - Initial Impressions

Pentax Optio W60 was announced in May. It is a compact waterproof and dustproof camera. I bought one, intending to mount it on my motorcycle to take pictures while riding. I received it last night from Amazon, but haven't had a chance to play with it or even turn it on yet.

The camera is light and does not feel very rugged, but I'll reserve that judgement until I've used it for a while. The black plastic on top and on the front is rough to keep your fingers from slipping, and makes it easy to hold the camera.

One disappointment so far is the location of the tripod mount. Instead of being in the center of the camera, it's all the way on the right side. This will cause more vibration when mounted on a motorcycle. Some kind of an adapter plate may need to be made to reduce vibrations.

The battery compartment door has a black rubber seal on it to keep the water out. The small connector inside that looks like USB is actually not standard USB. Pentax includes 2 cables that plug in there, one of which is USB on the other end, and the other one is video.

The charger uses a cable instead of plugging right into the wall socket. This means one more thing to carry on trips.

While the battery was charging, I also unpacked the 16 GB SanDisk SDHC card that I got.