Thu - December 15, 2005

Pentax Optio WP versus Pentax Optio WPi comparison

Pentax Optio WP Pentax Optio WPi
I am shooting with Pentax Optio WP camera and writing all my tips based on that model. I believe that they are all applicable to the new model WPi. I was trying to find difference between these two models going through tons of technical specifications on the Pentax web site for Pentax Optio WP and Pentax Optio WPi.

Of course, the number of pixels is the obvious difference. The effective resolution was upgraded from 5 megapixels in WP to 6 megapixels in WPi. Maximum recorded resolution was increased from 2560x1920 to 2816x2112 pixels.

It seems that a new sensor may provide somewhat higher sensitivity. The selectable ISO was changed from 50, 100, 200, and 400 to 80 ,160, 320, 400, and 800 (in a candle mode).

Some new options were added to scene modes (kids, fireworks), otherwise, all optics, focus and exposure control look the same in technical specifications. The flash effective range is a little bit different or, maybe, it is just described somewhat differently.

The 2" LCD monitor with 100% coverage stays the same but its resolution increases from 85,000 to 115,000 pixels.

I couldn't find any difference in performance: start-up time (0.6 s), shutter lag (0.05 s), time between shots (1 s), burst capability (3 fps) are listed the same in the specifications for both models. There is a rumor that WPi is recording pictures faster, therefore, is sooner ready for the next shot. Is it true or is it just a marketing trick?

Anybody has an occasion to compare the two camera side by side and can provide some comments?

So far, I am happy with my Optio WP despite of a few accidents with a frozen camera. I am not going to buy a new model unless I destroy my current one. However, I would choose the newer WPi if I would be buying now. On the other hand, you can probably find a much better deal on the older WP.

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