- 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 64 - 6400
- 1280 x 720 video
- 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
- 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
- Released August 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Pentax WS80 overview
Pentax WS80 is Pentax's Waterproof digital camera first introduced on August of 2009. It has got a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The WS80 is positioned #72 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all-around #1171 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom criteria.
The following is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Pentax WS80 history
The Pentax WS80 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can identify all past and current models alongside important features.
WS80 vs WG-325-100mm
WS80 vs WG-3 GPS25-100mm
WS80 vs WG-1028-140mm
WS80 vs WG-228-140mm
WS80 vs WG-2 GPS28-140mm
WS80 vs WG-1 GPS28-140mm
WS80 vs WG-128-140mm
WS80 vs W9028-140mm
WS80 vs W6028-140mm
WS80 vs W8028-140mm
Pentax WS80 Gallery
You can view the WS80 from various angles in the gallery below.
Pentax WS80 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Pentax WS80 based on criterias which are often seen as necessary in a digital camera.
Pentax WS80 Sensor specs
The Pentax WS80 houses the Prime processor. The size of the sensor on the Pentax WS80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 64 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less margin for error.
The picture underneath illustrates the WS80's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The WS80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Pentax WS80 dimensions
Pentax WS80 weighs in at 0.28 lbs (125 grams or 4.41 ounces) & has external size of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 195 grams and the Pentax WS80 is lighter compared to various rivals.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Down below is a shot of the Pentax WS80 next to a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the WS80.
Pentax WS80 Lens details
The WS80 has a fixed lens giving a focal range of 35-175mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be ideal nevertheless it can be useful in some circumstances.
At it's widest 35mm, it features an aperture of f3.8 making it fairly sluggish and not great for low light situations and you will struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to up your ISO setting leading to noisy photos. Towards the long end, 175mm comes at f4.7 making it really sluggish and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.
Pentax WS80 Connectivity
The WS80 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Certain apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Pentax WS80 Video details
The highest video resolution on the Pentax WS80 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You really should try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone socket which means you get zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to consider another model should you want good audio for your videos.
Pentax WS80 Weather Sealing
Pentax WS80 has weather sealing making it a good selection for use during tricky climates. This can be particularly beneficial whenever you are unsure about the elements you might encounter during outdoor photography.
Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax WS80 has got a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder details for Pentax WS80 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty helpful during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Pentax WS80 Shutter details
Pentax WS80 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.
Pentax WS80 Flash and Hot shoe details
Pentax WS80 features just built in flash with missing external flash ability.
Pentax WS80 Autofocusing details
Pentax WS80 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The Sensor has got 9 focus points to choose from. Pentax WS80 boasts manual focus in case it is needed during low light situations or you need more exact control on focus.
Pentax WS80 Battery life
The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has the highest (380) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Following is a collection of Waterproof cameras which have the best battery life:
WS80 vs TG-4380 yesnono
WS80 vs TS6370 noyesno
WS80 vs TS5370 noyesno
WS80 vs AW130370 nonono
WS80 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
Pentax WS80 for various styles of photography
The following diagram gives a overview of the Pentax WS80 for various styles of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Pentax WS80 Portrait photography highlights
The Pentax WS80 has a points tally of 27 which is dreadful, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos in addition to the ability to utilize external flash.
Pentax WS80 as a Street photography camera
Having a reasonable points total of 59, the Pentax WS80 is fairly acceptable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Pentax WS80 Sports photography info
A dreadful sports photography points tally of 24 suggests the Pentax WS80 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax WS80 Travel photography info
Weight is extremely important when picking a camera for travel. All things considered, the Pentax WS80 gets a above average 61 as a travel camera which is a good option to purchase for your journeys.
Pentax WS80 Landscape photography highlights
If you are looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Pentax WS80 at it's dreadful grade of 32 for a landscape camera is simply not good within the current market.
Pentax WS80 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera ought to have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Pentax WS80 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it receives a dreadful rating of 25.
Pentax WS80 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the WS80, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Waterproof.
The line graph underneath offers you a summary of the WS80 versus it's top ranking competitors suggested above.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.