A second generation fully-immersable digital camera -- the new Optio 43WR. Featuring 4.0 effective megapixels, a powerful 2.8X zoom lens, and a JIS Class 7 waterproof rating that keeps the Optio 43WR watertight even when the camera is rinsed, splashed or submersed in water. So, go ahead and dunk the Optio 43WR! The latest Pentax Optio digital camera is the perfect companion for outdoor photography in rain, snow or a day at the beach. The Optio 43WR may be immersed up to three feet for less than 30 minutes but should not be operated underwater.
Despite the rugged design, the Optio 43WR captures delicate detail with 4.0 effective megapixels, while the 2.8X zoom lens (equivalent to a 37-104mm lens in 35mm format) captures both expansive scenery shots and tightly composed portraits without protruding from camera body. When combined with the 4X digital zoom, the optical zoom offers a total 11.2X zoom power with smooth lever operation.
The Optio 43WR features two new functions to ensure faster response especially for action shots. A Quick Start setting allows users to switch on the power within 0.9 seconds prior to shooting with the press of the shutter release button. In addition, a special Snap mode ensures sharp results from action shots with a release lag of just 0.05 seconds from one shot to the next. Additionally, the Optio 43WR makes it easy to change modes by requiring only a single touch to switch from shooting to playback or back to shooting mode.
The Optio 43WR measures 3.2" (w) x 3" (h) x 1.2" (d) and has an array of 12 shooting modes are available on the virtual mode dial on the LCD display for easy access:
- Program mode allows you to take control over a combination of functions at once.
- Landscape mode captures the grandeur of spacious settings and emphasizes the shades of land and sky.
- Night scene mode enhances scenes with nighttime illumination.
- Night scene portrait mode captures detail in low natural light, with a flash that highlights the foreground.
- Portrait mode captures natural looking skin tones for more flattering results when shooting people.
- Surf mode counteracts the negative effects of water reflection on images and provide appropriate exposure throughout the frame.
- Snow mode presents metering challenges and this mode helps avoid the effects of excess reflection.
- Flower mode captures the natural detail, color, and beauty of flowers.
- Fireworks mode helps capture the vivid color and excitement of fireworks.
- Snap mode allows you to capture your subject in an instant with the assurance of automatic pan focusing.
- Movie mode allows users to select recording pixels from a choice of 640 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120 and control the frame rate between 30fps and 15fps. The color selection offers full color, B&W, and Sepia shooting, and all files are stored in MOV format for easy playback on PC.
- Panorama Assist mode captures expansive scenes and allows horizontal or vertical images to be combined, these can then be aligned and combined on a PC using the simple-to-use software provided.