Pentax has freshened up its waterproof digital compact line-up with the release of the Optio W60, which it says is able to operate in depths of 4m for up to two hours.

Pentax has freshened up its waterproof digital compact line-up with the release of the Optio W60, which it says is able to operate in depths of 4m for up to two hours.

Billed as a lightweight model, the 10-million-pixel newcomer comes with a lens delivering the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 28-140mm lens.

Features include Face Recognition AF and AE, SmileCapture, Blink Detection and a claimed Macro focusing capability down to 1cm.

Using the Digital Shake Reduction option, the camera automatically adjusts to capture images at a ‘maximum’ equivalent ISO sensitivity of ‘6400’, claims the company.

Also included is a 2.5in (230,000 dot) LCD screen. The W60 also features a ?digital wide? function designed to merge two images to produce the effect of a ?21mm? viewing angle, says Pentax. The camera also incorporates a panorama stitching mode.

Videos can be recorded at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels.

The W60 is due out in August priced £229.

Optio W60