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Pentax announces the Optio W90 and X90

New waterproof and 'super zoom' digital cameras

Pentax W90

Pentax W90

Pentax has unveiled two new digital cameras: the waterproof Optio W90 and the X90 ‘superzoom’.

Pentax Optio W90

The 12.1Mp Pentax Optio W90 is claimed to be waterproof to a depth of six metres, and can be used underwater for up to two hours at a time.

Pentax also claims that the W90 can withstand drops from heights of up to 1.2 metres and temperatures as low as -10°C.

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‘Digital microscope’

The W90 also features a ‘digital microscope’ function that combines the macro settings and the digital zoom to take close up shots of small subjects.

Three LEDs mounted to the face of the lens barrel will ensure that the shadow of the camera doesn’t ruin the photo – which can sometimes be the case with close up shots.

The W90 has a 5x optical zoom (28mm – 140mm) and comes with a carabiner strap.

Pentax X90

Pentax X90

Pentax X90

The Pentax X90 has a powerful 26x zoom – with a range of 26mm to 676mm. The 12.1Mp camera features shake reduction technology to reduce blurring of photos caused by camera movement.

This effect is often more prevalent when zoomed in, so on a ‘superzoom’ camera it can be particularly helpful.

The X90 features an electronic viewfinder, most of the essential manual controls – such as aperture and shutter speed priority modes, and has a battery that Pentax claims will last 50% longer than it predecessor. Pentax also claims that the X90 can take 11 5Mp shots per second in burst mode.

HD movie mode

Both the X90 and the W90 are able to capture HD video at 1280×720 resolution and a rate of 30 frames per second. Both models also feature face, blink and smile detection settings.

Each model features a 2.7-inch LCD and will become available in March. The waterproof Optio W90 is expected to retail at around £270, while the X90 will sell at around £330.

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