Pentax WS80

Pentax Optio WS80 front
  • 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
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #73 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all-around #1196 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Pentax-WG-3 front thumbnailPentax WG-3
WS80 vs WG-3
Pentax-WG-3-GPS front thumbnailPentax WG-3 GPS
WS80 vs WG-3 GPS
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Pentax-WG-10 front thumbnailPentax WG-10
WS80 vs WG-10
Pentax-Optio-WG-2 front thumbnailPentax WG-2
WS80 vs WG-2
Pentax-Optio-WG-2-GPS front thumbnailPentax WG-2 GPS
WS80 vs WG-2 GPS
Pentax-Optio-WG-1-GPS front thumbnailPentax WG-1 GPS
WS80 vs WG-1 GPS
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Pentax-Optio-WG-1 front thumbnailPentax WG-1
WS80 vs WG-1
Pentax-Optio-W90 front thumbnailPentax W90
WS80 vs W90
Pentax-Optio-WS80 front thumbnailPentax WS8035-175mm
Pentax-Optio-W60 front thumbnailPentax W60
WS80 vs W60
Pentax-Optio-W80 front thumbnailPentax W80
WS80 vs W80
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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.

good min ISO (64)
has built in flash
in built zoom lens (35-175mm 5.0 x zoom)
lighter than competitors in class (125 grams)
manual focus
weather proof
cannot use external flash
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f4.7)
missing external microphone jack
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority mode
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
wide angle not great (35mm)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Down below is a shot of the Pentax WS80 next to a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.

Pentax Optio WS80 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the WS80.

Pentax Optio WS80 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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 26 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.

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focusing manually
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low resolution (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

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.

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environment sealing
lighter than competition in class (125g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Pentax WS80 Sports photography info

A dreadful sports photography points tally of 23 suggests the Pentax WS80 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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weather proofing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

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.

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lighter than competition (125g)
weather sealing
flash built-in
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)

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 31 for a landscape camera is simply not good within the current market.

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you can focus manually
weather proofing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

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.

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lighter than average (125g)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port

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.

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General Information
Pentax Optio WS80
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-175mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.40 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
125 gr (0.28 lb)
92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Cost at launch