This is not a camera review in any way shape or form. Especially one pertaining to a camera that by today’s standards is considerably outdated. Even in its day, this camera was not the highest quality compact camera available, there were quite a few cameras with considerably better image quality. What made this camera so special is the waterproof, dust proof design as well as its compact size.
The newest version of this camera is much more rugged in construction with newer enhanced features, but is bigger and bulkier than my version which I purchase in 2009. Therefore I have opted not to upgrade in favor of its compact design. I love that I can take this camera to places where I don’t want to risk taking a more expensive camera. Even though I have a newer cell phone I still prefer the images from this camera and without a special housing I can shoot photos underwater, in the rain, in the snow, on a fishing boat, or on a sand blown beach. I can even use it to take that occasional selfie.
The slight to moderate sacrifice in image quality certainly outweighs the risk of damaging your more expensive camera. There are some high end digital slr’s and lenses that are weather and dust proof but not fully waterproof. They cannot be submerged in water like this style of camera can. So for all you outdoor lovers this type of camera can make a great addition to your existing collection of photo gear. I know it has for me.
When the snow storm of March 5 2015 hit South Jersey, I was out in the midst capturing images with snow, sleet and rain dripping off my camera. Not once did it enter my mind that my camera would be damaged. So even after 6 years of owning this camera my Pentax W60 still keeps doing what it is supposed to and that is capturing images!