ATL, ORF & CHA with my Optio WP

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December 9th 2005
Published: December 9th 2005
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“Have I shown you my new camera? Man, it’s great!”

I doubt there’s anybody I know who hasn’t heard me say that in the past three months as I gush about my new Pentax Optio WP digital camera: 5 megapixels (upgraded to 6mp just three weeks after I bought it), waterproof, almost too small and listed in Time Magazine’s “Greatest Inventions of 2005.”

It’s almost everything I could want in a point & shoot camera: small, lightweight, easy to use, waterproof, discreet. Most people mistake it for a cell phone, the first time they see it! My only complaint is that it doesn’t have a manual exposure mode…oh well. Still, it's got tracking focus, flash controls, an ISO range of 50-400 and the option of strictly optical zoom.

And it’s just so well designed! The detachable wrist lanyard that’s just the right length, the depressed circle on the front that stabilizes the camera in your hands, the rubber “skin” that adds a little extra protection, and of course the case…Oh gosh, what a camera case! Normally I avoid the “official” camera cases: I just don’ see why I should pay to advertise for somebody else. But, the official Pentax case for the Optio WP is marvelous: discreet black nylon with just enough rigidity, a thin belt loop on the back, a magnetic closure on the front flap, and two tiny pockets inside the case, just big enough for a spare battery & memory card!

So I’ve been entertaining myself in airports with my new camera. It’s such fun to shoot with, composing little stories with it. So I’m gonna let my pictures speak for themselves…

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