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If you are a hiker, i think you will love this recently unveiled ruggedized digital camera – the Pentax Optio W90, that can stand up to extreme use and is really aimed at the user who likes to spend time outdoors.  Pentax is on its 11th generation with the Optio W90.   This new Pentax Optio W90 is a 12.1 Megapixel Waterproof Digital Camera, built from reinforced polycarbonate plastic that can withstand a drop up to 4 feet.   Its also a freezeproof camera and can operate even in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pentax Optio W90 Waterproof Digital Camera with Digital Microscope

5x Optical Zoom Lens

For the lens, the Optio W90 has a 5x optical zoom lens that spans the range from 28mm – 140mm wide angle telephoto.  This lens is also designed for Digital Microscope mode, good for capturing very small subjects that are difficult to see with naked eye less than an inch from the digital camera.  Near the lens are the 3 LEDS that can help to brighten your scenes.

On the back is 2.7-inch LCD display with 230K dots of resolution and treated with anti-reflection coating. This helps to minimize the annoying light reflections when the digicam is used outdoors.

Pentax Optio W90 Camera's 2.4" LCD with anti-reflection coating

2.7-inch LCD display @ 230K Dots Resolution w/ Anti-Reflection Coating

When it comes to recording, the digicam captures clips with 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second.  It also has mini-HDMI terminal for audio and video signal output for playback on your high-definition TV or monitor.

Pentax Optio W90 is also equipped with Advance Face Detection AF & AE function that can detect up to 32 faces in the image field.  Other features include are the Waterproof Infrared remote control that you can use when shooting from a distance, 12 digital filters, Digital WIde function, MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax image viewing, New Collage function, and Auto Picture mode.

Pentax Optio W90 Waterproof Digicam will be available in April 2010, priced at $329.95. The waterproof  Infrared remote control will also be available, priced at $29.95.

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