If you're heading to the beach this winter, you might want to pack the Pentax
Optio W20 or the Olympus Stylus 720SW in your beach bag to capture your
And the Winner of the Underwater Shootout Is...
The Pentax Optio W20, hands-down. The combination of lower street price, larger video capture, low ISO image quality, and most importantly, ease of use in the water make the Pentax Optio W20 the winner of PopPhoto.com's first underwater digicam shootout.
The Olympus 720SW has its charms, and brings some very interesting features to the table, such as truly useful underwater shooting modes, along with a greater depth rating and shock-proofing. But the shortcomings of this camera, particularly the small and slow video, slow processing and focusing speeds, combined with an extremely confusing menu and navigation scheme, all at a higher street price than the Pentax Optio W20, means that the upstart Olympus just doesn't bring enough to unseat Pentax as the King of the Seas.