Pentax has announced a second generation fully-immersable digital camera. The new Optio43WR features 4.0 effective megapixels, a powerful 2.8X zoom lens, and a JIS Class 7 waterproof rating that keeps the Optio43WR watertight even when the camera is rinsed, splashed or submersed in water.
The Optio43WR may be immersed up to three feet for less than 30 minutes but should not be operated underwater.
The Optio43WR is compact and fast. Measuring 3.2 x 3.0 x 1.2 inches, it weighs 7.3 ounces. A new quick start setting allows users to switch on the power in less than a second prior to shooting, and a new snap shooting mode ensures sharper results from consecutive action shots. The Optio43WR features a new high-speed CCD and innovative image processing circuitry to record movies at the high resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, and the movie quality has been enhanced with 30fps (frames per second) performance*. Movies now may be recorded to the full capacity of your chosen memory media.