Pentax W60

Pentax Optio W60 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 56 x 25mm
  • Announced July 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax W60 summary

Pentax W60 is Pentax's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on July of 2009. The camera includes a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The W60 places at #215 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1178 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your custom criteria.

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The following is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Pentax W60 history

The Pentax W60 is part of a family of products. You can view the full range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Pentax-WG-3 front thumbnailPentax WG-3
W60 vs WG-3
Pentax-WG-3-GPS front thumbnailPentax WG-3 GPS
W60 vs WG-3 GPS
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Pentax-WG-10 front thumbnailPentax WG-10
W60 vs WG-10
Pentax-Optio-WG-2 front thumbnailPentax WG-2
W60 vs WG-2
Pentax-Optio-WG-2-GPS front thumbnailPentax WG-2 GPS
W60 vs WG-2 GPS
Pentax-Optio-WG-1-GPS front thumbnailPentax WG-1 GPS
W60 vs WG-1 GPS
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Pentax-Optio-WG-1 front thumbnailPentax WG-1
W60 vs WG-1
Pentax-Optio-W90 front thumbnailPentax W90
W60 vs W90
Pentax-Optio-WS80 front thumbnailPentax WS80
W60 vs WS80
Pentax-Optio-W60 front thumbnailPentax W6028-140mm
Pentax-Optio-W80 front thumbnailPentax W80
W60 vs W80
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Pentax W60 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Pentax W60 based on features that are typically considered necessary in a digital camera.

flash built-in
focusing manually
great minimum ISO (50)
in built zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
rather wide (28mm)
weather proof
cannot use external flash
does not have image stabilization
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (10 megapixels)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing mic support
no aperture priority mode
no phase detect AF
no RAW format
no shutter priority
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen does not articulate
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Pentax W60 Sensor info

The sensor specification in the Pentax W60 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 50 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The image below illustrates the W60's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The W60 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax W60 dimensions

Pentax W60 has a weight of 0.36 lbs (165g or 5.82 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 98mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Pentax W60 is very much the same when compared with its rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Pentax W60 besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Pentax Optio W60 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the W60.

Pentax Optio W60 topview buttons dials

Pentax W60 Lens info

The W60 provides an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not perfect however it will definitely be very helpful in a few cases.

At the widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.5 which is kind of slow and not good in low light events and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to increase the ISO producing noisy photos. With the tele end, 140mm comes to f5.5 making it really sluggish and you will need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Pentax W60 Connectivity

The W60 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can send images and usually alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Pentax W60 Video info

The max video quality in the Pentax W60 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should aim for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack which means that you get no control over your sound. It is probably best to buy an alternative camera if you want good sound in your videos.

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Pentax W60 Weather Sealing

Pentax W60 has got weather proofing making it a excellent candidate to use in tough conditions. This is especially helpful if you are uncertain about the conditions you may face in outdoor photography.

Pentax W60 Screen and Viewfinder

The Pentax W60 includes a 2.5" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Pentax W60 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Pentax W60 Shutter info

Pentax W60 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Pentax W60 Flash and Hot shoe info

Pentax W60 boasts only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.

Pentax W60 Autofocus info

Pentax W60 boasts just Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

The AF system includes 9 focus points to pick from. Pentax W60 has got manual focusing if needed in low light conditions or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Pentax W60 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the maximum (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Pentax W60 for different styles of photography

The following diagram indicates a outline of the Pentax W60 for different styles of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.

Pentax W60 as a Portrait photography camera

The Pentax W60 receives a points tally of 26 which is horrible, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files plus the flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Street photography with Pentax W60

Getting a average score of 54, the Pentax W60 is somewhat acceptable for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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environment sealing
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Pentax W60 Sports photography details

A horrible sports photography rating of 23 indicates the Pentax W60 is not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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environment proof
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Pentax W60 as a Travel photography camera

Size is super important in getting a travel camera. Overall, the Pentax W60 gets a above average 64 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine fit to take with you on your vacations.

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environment proofing
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Pentax W60 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Pentax W60 at it's horrible rating of 36 as a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current market.

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has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
weather proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Pentax W60 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Pentax W60 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a horrible score of 25.

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relatively wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone jack

Pentax W60 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the W60, here is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph just below shows you a bird's eye view of the W60 vs it's highest rated competitors mentioned previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might look at as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Pentax Optio W60
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Soft, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720, 15fps, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 30/15 fps
Maximum video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
165g (0.36 pounds)
98 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Price at release