Pentax W80 summary
Pentax W80 is Pentax's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on June of 2009. The camera comes with a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The W80 is rated #194 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1106 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your custom factors.
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Pentax W80 history
The Pentax W80 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete range underneath.
Pentax W80 Gallery
You can see the W80 from different angles in the gallery below.
Pentax W80 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Pentax W80 based on things which are typically regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Pentax W80 Sensor info
The sensor size on the Pentax W80 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 64 to 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath illustrates the W80's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The W80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Pentax W80 dimensions
Pentax W80 weighs in at 0.34 lbs (156 gr or 5.50 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Pentax W80 is less heavy when compared with its rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Here is a picture of the Pentax W80 besides a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the W80.
Pentax W80 Lens info
The W80 features a built in lens providing a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be perfect however it will probably be invaluable in a few circumstances.
At the widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 and that is really slow and not good for low light situations and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO leading to noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 140mm comes at f5.5 which is quite slow and you would need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Pentax W80 Connectivity
The W80 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy files and usually alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Certain applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Pentax W80 Video info
The highest possible video quality on the Pentax W80 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really shoot for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone port which means that you get no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for an alternative model should you want better audio for your videos.
Pentax W80 Weather Sealing
Pentax W80 comes with weather proofing making it a great option for use in tricky environments. This can be especially valuable in case you are uncertain about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.
Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax W80 comes with a 2.5" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the screen has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder specifications for Pentax W80 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be rather useful.
Pentax W80 Shutter info
Pentax W80 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.
Pentax W80 Flash and Hot shoe info
Pentax W80 features only built-in flash with missing external flash support.
Pentax W80 Autofocus info
Pentax W80 features just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
It comes with 9 focus points to choose from. Pentax W80 includes manual focus in case it is needed in low light situations or you need more precise control on focus.
Pentax W80 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life in this category of cameras.
Below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:
Pentax W80 for specific styles of photography
The following diagram gives a outline of the Pentax W80 for specific styles of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Pentax W80 Portrait photography information
The Pentax W80 has a points tally of 28 which is terrible, meaning that it is simply not acceptable for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the ability to use off-camera lighting.
Pentax W80 Street photography info
With a modest score of 55, the Pentax W80 is relatively suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Pentax W80 Sports photography information
A terrible sports photography points tally of 25 means the Pentax W80 is simply not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Pentax W80 Travel photography features
Portability is pretty critical when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Pentax W80 gets a very good 64 as a travel camera which is a very decent option for your vacations.
Pentax W80 Landscape photography details
For anybody who is planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Pentax W80 and it's terrible grade of 37 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable in the current market.
Pentax W80 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Pentax W80 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible score of 25.
Pentax W80 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the W80, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart below offers you an overview of the W80 versus it's top ranking rivals suggested previously.
Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.