What was I thinking?
It seems like I have never been happy with my Pentax Optio W90 camera. I bought it with high hopes, then was quickly disappointed. Focusing never seemed quick enough, images weren't sharp enough and it seemed to eat batteries for breakfast.
But as I looked at my files from this last cruise I found myself starting to thing "Hey, these are some nice photographs." That thought led me to look at photos from my last three trips, some of which you can see here. Not too bad. I'm starting, after a year and half, to like this camera.
I guess it is hard to say the W90 is a bad camera when a photograph shot with the camera, above, was used as the cover shot of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. There are some pretty high technical requirements for magazine cover reproduction and this W90 pictures seemed to work out just fine.
Take a look at the post titled "the boat" and you will see that the first eight images were shot with this camera. Those are, at least in my opinion, some pretty nice photographs.
Some of this is the learning curve. I finally figured out how to turn off all the junk - smile indicators, etc - and just use the camera as a waterproof point and shoot. And some of it is getting out and using the camera, giving it a chance to see what it can do.
Even my opinion of the battery consumption has changed. I took six batteries on this last eight day trip. By the evening of the second day I had drained one battery. During lunch in Atlantic the next day I recharged that battery and topped off the second battery. Those two batteries lasted the rest of the trip. I never touched the other six batteries.
The only area where I ran short was on my storage card. I left behind (unintentionally) my extra cards and by day seven I had filled up the two gig card. The last day of the trip I was going through the shoot, deleting images so I can shoot just a couple more photographs. But that was all my fault, not the camera's.
Check out the detail in the fish photograph above. The crispness and tonal qualities of that picture would be a plus for any camera.
One earlier opinion that I will stand by is that the video is terrible. I can live with that. I'm not all that interested in video.
For right now, this is a pretty good camera to have on board. I will keep it and use it until I find something that is a lot better. That may be a while.