I'm still working with the new camera, a Pentax Optio W90. So far I will rate it as a good outdoor camera, not a great outdoor camera. This camera is at least three generations removed for the Pentax Optio W20 that I have used for the last five or six years. In some ways it is an improvement, in other ways it is not.
I'm trying to fine tune the settings to get the most out of the camera, minimize power consumption and generate the best possible image.
Here is what I have done....
- turned off the automatic review of images (waste of power)
- turned off the sound (again, waste of power)
- set the sleep time to three minutes (the minimum, I wish I could set it for one minute)
- turned off the auto focus. This camera searches a little too long before finding a point to focus on. Notice the out of focus image above, and then the sharp image below, taken a second or two later when the camera found the focus. I've set the camera to manual focus at about five feet. With a 28 mm lens and the focus at five feet just about everything is in focus.
- set the ISO to 400. The camera defaults to an auto selection ISO between 80 and 1600 (I think), and it chooses the lowest ISO most of the time, resulting in a slow exposure in average or low light. ISO 400 gives, as far as I can tell, the same quality image, so I'll leave it there to get a faster shutter speed with less chance of motion blur.
- set the white balance to daylight, the auto white balance is a little too cold for my taste
All of these images were shot on the sail last friday at the default settings. I made the changes while experimenting with the camera around the house yesterday. It will take me a while - at least a good sail or two - to decide on the final settings for the camera.