Pentax Optio W90 – Long Term Review

I purchased the Pentax Optio W90 because I wanted something rugged, waterproof, cold proof and shock resistant for the hiking, camping, skiing and water related trips I take.

Here are my current findings:

 

Picture Quality

The picture quality is not the greatest, but the camera has many settings that I found very useful. The panoramic mode is great. It lets me take 3 photos side to side and keep the previous photo’s edge ghosted so I can easily line up the shots. Once all 3 photos are taken it automatically combines them. Here is a tip – make sure that everything is stationary as you’re shooting the 3 photos, because it might get confused when merging them together. You will end up with “ghosts” in your photos. Another nifty feature is the micro scope photo setting. It lets me take photos super close and uses led’s for light instead of the flash.

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Rules of driving in America

1. The right lane is the fast lane. Everyone in their mother wants to go in the left lane thinking they’re going fast at 5 miles per hour above the speed limit. They don’t realize that there is a whole ton of people that dare to go faster behind them. So sometimes, especially during rush hour, the fastest way to get from point A to point B on a freeway is to stay in the right lane.

2. The bigger car has always right of way when merging. This is especially true if the driver is a woman… blonde… putting on make-up… texting or talking on the phone… The only exception to this rule are cars which are so old/beat up they have nothing to lose.

3. The absolutely worst drivers are old Asian females with blonde hair, driving a Cadillac which they can’t see over the steering wheel.

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The Smart ForTwo is really a Stupid ForOne

People that drive the Smart ForTwo (which really should be called ForOne medium sized American) here in Arizona are in reality really stupid or just plain suicidal. The car has minimal crumple zone and a hard shell. Where does the energy transfer to when it gets hit by a large SUV like a Yukon Denali or, uhm, lifted F-350 dually pickup truck? Yup, the driver’s body.  Well, in case of the lifted truck the Stupid ForOne would be cracked like a nut and the driver in pieces all over the freeway.

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