There were a host of underwater displays on show at Photokina 2008, not least of which was the Photokina Underwater Imaging World. Over 250 square meters of the massive show were dedicated to giving visitors an underwater experience and showcasing how best to take good photos of underwater scenes. Experts in underwater photography gave talks about their experiences and imparted useful tips on how to get the best from a variety of underwater shooting situations and visitors were able to test the cameras in a pool under ‘real’ conditions. Professional scuba divers could be found wandering around the hall, ready to give useful tips and handy advice to people wanting to use their digital cameras in underwater sports.
Along with the Olympus Mju 1050SW that we have already mentioned in a previous blog post, Pentax announced the Optio W60 digital compact camera – a camera that they say “takes you to new extremes” – can’t wait! Offering10 megapixels and a 5 x optical zoom, the Pentax Optio W60 can operate at up to 13 feet underwater for two whole hours, even at sub-zero temperatures! In addition to below surface shots, this little compact is also great for wide landscape shots, confined spaces shots, architecture and close-up telephoto photography.
The Pentax Optio W60 comes in either Ocean Blue or Silver and is capable of the now usual, Face Recognition, Smile Capture and Blink Detection, as well as having a high-quality movie mode, for capturing those longer-than-split-second moments.
Pentax are keen to shout about this camera, which forms part of an extensive new line up from them – ensuring us that while the company may be making inroads into DSLR technology, their compact cameras are not being forgotten.