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Pentax Optio WG2
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Pentax Optio WG2 Digital Camera

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16MP 5x CMOS Feb 2012
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
By further enhancing the water tightness of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the Optio WG2-GPS's underwater performance to 12 meters, for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to... More
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30 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this camera. PhotographyBlog.com gave this Pentax camera a "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Three experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, macworld.co.uk and tecnozoom.it have rated this camera on average 80 out of 100.

Robust

A number of people who bought this digital camera considered that it was strong and durable. Photographyblog.com said in their review “Amazingly tough” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Photographyblog.com also mentioned “Rugged construction”. Photographyblog.com also said “Extremely rugged compact camera with some extra features”.

Several Pentax Optio WG2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Photographyblog.com said in their review “Good underwater and terrestria”.

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Excellent Brand

On average Pentax waterproof cameras have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all digital cameras manufactured by Pentax.

Good Size

Two Pentax Optio WG2 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “WG2-GPS are waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant compact cameras which can be used at a depth of up to 12 metres, withstand a drop of 1.5 metres, cold to -10°C” in their Pentax Optio WG2 review.

One person who reviewed the Pentax Optio WG2 reckoned that it was lightweight. Three years ago Photographyblog.com wrote “The Pentax Optio WG 2 is a lightweight.” in their review of the Pentax Optio WG2. One customer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was a good body shape.

One Pentax Optio WG2 owner considered that the product was good structurally.

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Nice Design

A number of customers who bought the Pentax Optio WG2 thought it was a good design. Photographyblog.com mentioned “Aggressive, attractive sculpted body design that's light, well-balanced” . Photographyblog.com also said “Design is love it or hate it, software-enhanced digital image stabilisation only, mono sound for video, occasional pixel fringing between areas of high contrast”. Photographyblog.com also mentioned “Striking design”.

One customer considered that this digital camera had a good case. Photographyblog.com mentioned three years ago “Ruggedised outer casing”.

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Easy to Use

One Pentax Optio WG2 owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it was easy to use.

Good Product Quality

One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good quality. Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “A camera that will take snaps where others fear to tread, easy to use, non-slip surface design and big wide controls, picture quality better than expected given its wacky styling”.

Good Video Capture

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Photographyblog.com said in their review on PhotographyBlog.com “Video Full HD”.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Pentax Optio WG2 has a GPS, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Optio WG2 which do not have a GPS.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Optio WG2 supports video recording, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG2 which do not support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Optio WG2 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax Optio WG2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Optio WG2 also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Optio WG2 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Optio WG2.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Optio WG2 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Optio WG2. Waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 3x and 14x, and the average optical zoom is 4.8x.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Optio WG2 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio WG2.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Optio WG2 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Optio WG2. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this digital camera.

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Very Small Minimum RAM Requirement

The smallest minimum RAM requirement of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Optio WG2 is 510MB and the biggest is 1.1GB. The Optio WG2 has a quite small minimum RAM requirement (only 512 megabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG2.

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Features Three Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax Optio WG2 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this Pentax digital camera. The flash modes Flash off, Flash on and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this camera.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

The Optio WG2 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Movie and Scene are also found on this Pentax camera.

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4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution

The Optio WG2 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a 4608 x 2592 still image resolution, whereas most cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolutions of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 and 2592 x 1464 and 3072 x 2304. Waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio WG2 still image resolutions range from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax Optio WG2 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this Pentax digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Very Big Combined Zoom

The combined zoom of cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 10x to 36x, and the average combined zoom is 23x. When compared to other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG2 that we have assessed the combined zoom of, the Pentax Optio WG2's combined zoom of 36 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Short

The average height of waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG2 is 80mm, and the heights range from 17mm to 650mm. At only 61.5 millimeters, the Pentax Optio WG2 is quite short compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG2.

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TFT Display

The Optio WG2 has a better display than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Optio WG2 is LCD and the best is OLED.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Optio WG2 is more than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG2.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax Optio WG2 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Optio WG2 do have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG2, the Optio WG2 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax Optio WG2 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Optio WG2 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax Optio WG2 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Pentax digital camera. The auto focus Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Optio WG2 has a greater number of camera file systems than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Pentax camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF 1.1" and "Exif 2.1" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Very Small Extra / Smart Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Optio WG2 the extra / smart zooms range from 6x to 57x. At only 7.5 times zoom factor, the Optio WG2 has a fairly small extra / smart zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Optio WG2.

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Only Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Optio WG2 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The ISO speeds 125 and 6400 are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Only Nine Auto Focus Points

The Pentax Optio WG2 is a nine auto focus point camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Optio WG2 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Pentax camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras that are a comparable age to the Optio WG2.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200. The Pentax Optio WG2 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed (125) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio WG2.

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8 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Optio WG2

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pentax Optio WG2 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG2.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This Pentax digital camera has been on the market for over four years.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Optio WG2 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Pentax Optio WG2 has a relatively standard megapixel count compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

At 12 meters, the Optio WG2 has a relatively typical maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Optio WG2.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

The Optio WG2 has a fairly average weight (177 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
External Flash Connector
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
Network Ready
Other Features
Interface
Operating System
Video Out Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Digital SLR

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Expert Reviews

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PhotographyBlog.com

The Pentax Optio WG2 and WG2-GPS are waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant compact cameras which can be used at a depth of up to 12 metres, withstand a drop of 1.5 metres, cold to -10°C and a... Read more…

Aggressive, attractive sculpted body design that's light, well-balanced and easy to grip, even underwater
5x optical zoom lens provides 28 140mm equivalent coverage
Waterproof to 40 feet
Doors have double safety locks
Good underwater and terrestria
Ervative default sharpening can lead to slightly soft images even at base ISO, though you can increase sharpeningModes include some silly options, such as Frame Composite
No full-resolution burst mode
Only shoots at a rate of one shot per second
Inc
Design is love it or hate it, software-enhanced digital image stabilisation only, mono sound for video, occasional pixel fringing between areas of high contrast
26 September 2012

Don?t be put off by the crazy styling and colours that appear to be targeting the under tens; here is a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot holiday/travel camera claiming to be waterproof, freezeproof,... Read more…

21 July 2014

Aparat z matryc? 16,79 Mp, wy?wietlaczem 3 cala i zoomem optycznym 5x. Oprócz zdj?? umo?liwia te? rejestracj? wideo w maksymalnej rozdzielczo?ci 1920 x 1080 pikseli.OpisSpecyfikacja i wyniki...

Unique design
Macro LED lighting
Integrated GPS
Low noise at high ISOs
Waterproof to 40 feet
Soft lens
Slow to start and shoot
No optical stabilization
Pricey
Video
17 April 2012

La Pentax Optio WG-2 è una fotocamera compatta di ultima generazione rughe e dotata di un numero impressionante di accorgimenti tecnologici che la rendono sicuramente una delle fotocamee...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 1547201, 1554201, pentax optiowg2, pentax optiowg2g, pentax optiowg2gp, pentax optiowg2gps, pentax optiowg2gpso, pentax optiowg2gpsw, pentax optiowg2gpsor, pentax optiowg2gpswh, pentax optiowg2gpsora, pentax optiowg2gpswhi, pentax optiowg2gpswhit, pentax optiowg2gpsoran, pentax optiowg2gpsorang, pentax optiowg2gpswhite, pentax optiowg2gpsorange
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