The Good Waterproof; take-anywhere size and design; broad range of user-friendly features; built-in help system; solid image quality.
The Bad Waterproof to only five feet and for only 30 minutes; doesn't float; mediocre autofocus and speed; well built but not rugged for heavy outdoor use.
The Bottom Line This waterproof camera will deliver hours of summer and vacation fun, with some decent pictures too.
Pentax Optio WP
Waterproof to a depth of five feet, this compact, 5-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is ideal for snorkeling, poolside parties, boating, and other water-related activities. A few performance issues aside, the slim Pentax Optio WP delivers plenty of user-friendly features and image quality that will satisfy most snapshot photographers. About the size and shape of a cell phone, the ultraportable Pentax Optio WP slides easily into just about any pocket or purse. Its mostly plastic yet solidly constructed, two-tone silver body weighs in at only 4.9 ounces with battery and media card installed, making it ideal to wear on a lanyard for spontaneous picture-taking.
Canon, Pentax power forward to lure high-end camera buyers
Trying to coax consumers toward a world beyond smartphones, camera makers at the CP+ trade show reveal plans for dramatically better premium products.
Pentax seeks turnaround with tiny Q, giant 645 cameras
The teensy Q cameras flopped in the US, but they remain central to Pentax's effort to rebuild its business and brand. Also coming: a big price cut for the K-50 SLR -- and leaf-shutter lenses for the beefy 645Z.
The camera announcements of CP+ 2014
Japan's CP+ tradeshow has become the de facto hub around which manufacturers make their spring camera announcements. Here's a handy guide to our coverage.
Shooting forward: A look at a mature camera market
Digital photography is exploding, yet camera sales continue to slump. Here's a look at the current market and what should change.
Pentax to stop making compacts, focus on SLRs
In a move that stems from Ricoh's recent buy-out of the company, Pentax will stop producing compact cameras and instead focus on interchangeable lens models.
Pentax debuts adventure-ready, $850 dSLR
The K-30 has the promise of speed and great photos, plus it's dust-and-weather sealed and ready for sub-freezing temperatures.
Compact cameras for advanced shooters (roundup)
Are you ready to step up to a more sophisticated model or are you thinking about stepping down to something smaller than a dSLR? These are for you.
Samsung NX100 is latest lens-swapping snapper
Lens-swapping is the new black, and the Samsung NX100 joins the compact, mirrorless it crowd.
Sony NEX-3, NEX-5 and camcorder teaser: NEX marks the swap
Sony is blasting into the lens-swapping camera game with two new interchangeable lens snappers -- the NEX-3 and NEX-5 -- and a teaser for a lens-swapping camcorder system
Ricoh GXR gets P10 zoom plus GPS, projector, and underwater Wi-Fi
Ricoh is showing off a range of modules that turn the GXR modular camera into a printer, projector, and Scuba diving point-and-shoot
Ricoh CX3: Silently shoot your pets
Ricoh's updated its CX2 compact superzoom with, among other things, a 'pets mode' that kills the flash and noise so you don't disturb your furry friends' slumber
Samsung NX10: Hands-on with photography's ginger stepchild
At CES, we gave the NX10, Samsung's first mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera, a quick spin. Click through to find out why we feel let down