Wherever I go, I always try to bring A camera, and I don’t mean the one in my phone. This can be challenging while riding a bike due to the fact that the equipment needs to be limited in size and is almost guaranteed to be exposed to the elements — and my appetite for destruction. So when I came across the Pentax Optio W90, I was excited.
Don’t let this camera’s small size fool you. It was designed with adventure in mind. In other words, it’s dustproof, waterproof down to 20′, shock resistant from a drop of up to 4′, and cold proof down to 14 degrees F. To add to those specs, the camera has a 12 MP sensor and a 5X optical zoom lens that covers focal lengths of 5mm-25mm. A 2.7″ LCD on the back of the camera allows for easy image composing and reviewing. There are eight shooting modes to choose from and 12 digital
filters to add visual effects. Operation of the camera is simple and quick; it takes just over a second to turn on. The camera will run continuously for about two hours so the included charger needs to come along on road trips. The price of this camera is under $300, but as with most electronics, if you shop around you can find it for closer to $200.
This is Pentax’s 11th generation waterproof camera, and it not only looks the part, it also delivers on all levels. To date, the camera you see here has logged more miles on a motorcycle than some riders I know with no problems to speak of. The fact that it has survived my infamous Hulk smashing rampages says a lot about it, too. It is far from a professional digital SLR, but I am pleasantly surprised with the capabilities and durability of this camera, especially since it is a relatively inexpensive point and shoot. AIM
PENTAX Imaging Company, 800/877-0155, www.PentaxImaging.com
Product Review By Joe Knezevic
Story as published in the June 2011 issue of American Iron Magazine.