New Pentax Optio WG-2 Rugged Digital Camera

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With their distinctive bowtie-like body styling, the newly-announced Pentax Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS bear an uncanny resemblance to their rugged Optio ancestors. Although the new cameras—13th-generation models according to the Pentax press release—strongly resemble their forebears, they contain enough internal and external improvements to warrant the title "new."

In terms of ruggedness, the new Pentax Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS (its GPS-enabled twin) are both waterproof to depths of 40' (12.2m), shockproof from falls of up to 5' (1.52m), crushproof to 220-lb forces of pressure (think Uncle Fred’s back pocket), and freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C).

In the picture-taking department, the new Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS feature a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch, fixed-position, 460,000-dot LCD and a 5x, 28-140mm equivalent, SP-coated zoom lens that resides safely behind a waterproof glass portal. It’s also worth noting that five out of the eleven lens elements have aspheric surfaces, which in theory translates into improved edge-to-edge image sharpness levels.

In addition to hi-def JPEG stills, the Pentax Optio WG-2/WG-2 GPS can also capture 1080p video @ 30 frames per second (H.264 compression). Macro fans will appreciate the six LED lamps that surround the camera’s lens, which make it easy to capture shadow-free close-ups in both still and video mode at distances as close as 0.03" (1cm) from the front of the lens.

Other features found on the Pentax Optio WG-2 / WG-2 GPS include an HDMI Micro D-type port for playing stills and video on your HDTV; Pixel Track and Shake Reduction technologies for sharp, blur-free stills and video; Face Detection technologies including Smile Capture and Blink Detection; and remote image capture using all existing Pentax IR remote triggers.

Both new Optio WG-2s contain approximately 88.2MB of internal memory and are compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. As for color choices, the standard Pentax Optio WG-2 is available in a choice of Black and Vermillion Red, and the Optio WG-2 GPS is available in a choice of Shiny Orange and Gloss White.

Sensor Type: Backlit CMOS with primary color filter
Size: 1/2.3"
Effective pixels: 16MP
Total pixels: 16.79MP
Recorded Resolutions Recorded resolutions
Still: 16MP (4608x3456), 12MP (1:1, 3456x3456), 12MP (16:9, 4608x2592), 7MP
(3072x2304), 5MP (16:9, 3072x1728), 5MP (2592x1944), 4MP (16:9, 2592x1464),
3MP (2048x1536), 2MP (169, 1920x1080), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480)
Movie: HD (1920x1080p30, 1280x720p60/30), VGA (640x480p30)
Movie: fixed
Lens Type/construction: Pentax zoom lens, 11 elements, 9 groups (5 aspheric
elements), protective cover with SP coating
Optical zoom: 5X
Focal length (equiv.): 5-25mm (28-140mm)
Digital zoom: 7.2X
Combined zoom: 36X
Intelligent zoom: Approx 7.5X at 7MP to 36X at VGA
Aperture: f/3.5-5.5
LCD/Viewfinder LCD screen: 3" widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating on cover
LCD resolution: HVGA 460,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes (approx 170° horizontal/vertical)
Viewfinder: n/a
Focus System Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus, AF assist lamp, Macro Illuminating LEDs
Focus modes: 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity
Landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
Manual focus: Yes
Macro focus: Yes, Macro and Super Macro available
Focus lock: Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way
Focus range
Normal: 1.64' (50cm) to infinity
Macro: 0.33 to 1.97' (10.1 to 60cm)
Super Macro: 0.03 to 0.98' (1cm to 29.9cm) at mid-zoom, set automatically
Flash Type: Built-in series control auto flash
Flash modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye
Effective range: 18' (5.5m) (wide, auto ISO), 11' (3.4m) (tele, auto ISO)
Storage Media Internal memory: 88.2 MB
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interfaces Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out. HDMI (Micro, Type-D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL, HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080i, 720P, 480p)
Printer interfaces: n/a
Power Supply Recordable images: Approx 260
Playback time: Approx 240 min
Movie recording time: Approx 70 min
Audio recording time: Approx 270 min
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)
Physical Specs Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic with aluminum accents
Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10-40°C) (cold proof)
Ruggedized features: Waterproof (40' / 12.2m), Shockproof (5' / 1.5m), Crushproof (220lbf / 99.8kgf), Dustproof (JIS 6)
Timing Startup: Approx 1.6 sec
Release lag: Approx 0.015 sec
Language Support English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai,
Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese
System Requirements For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows XP(SP3), Vista, 7, USB port
Mac: Mac OS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, USB port
Image Stabilization Still: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR
Movie: Movie SR
Metering Type: TTL
  Multi-segment: Yes
  Center weighted: Yes
  Spot: Yes
  Exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity Auto: 125-6400 auto range adjustable
Manual: 125-6400
White Balance Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Manual mode(s): Yes
Shutter Type: Programmed AE mechanical and electronic shutter mechanism
Shutter speed 1/4000 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode)
Capture Modes Mode selection: Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap (ISO
125-1600), Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope (2M),
Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie
(VGA, 120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback), Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet,
Sport, Candlelight, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Wide
(5M), Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Frame Composite (3M or 2M), Report
(1280 x 960, ISO 125-1600), Green (ISO 125-1600). Voice Recording (via
reprogram Green button)
Auto Picture modes: Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait,
Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo,
Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight
Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Monochrome
Green Simplified mode available: Yes (ISO 125-1600)
Face detection available: Yes (up to 32 faces), Smile Capture, Blink Detection,
Self Portrait Assist, Self Portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Pet Recognition (1
face detect, 3 faces pre-registered)
PASMB: P
Date stamp: Yes, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode)
Digital filters (capture): n/a
Dynamic Range Adjustment: Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
File/Folder customization: Folder name (date, PENTX, custom), file name (IMGP,
custom)
Digital level: n/a
Drive Modes Mode selection: One Shot, Self Timer (10s, 2s), Continuous, Burst, Remote
Control (3s, 0s), Auto Bracket
Continuous FPS: Approx 1.0 FPS, Burst 10 FPS for up to 30 frames (5M or 4M)
Multi-exposure: n/a
Interval: Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120 FPS capture,
30 FPS playback)
HDR: Available as a playback filter
Playback Modes Mode selection: One Shot. Index (6 or 12 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 10X,
scrollable), Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder Display,
Select & Delete, Calendar
Mode pallet: Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter,
Collage, Digital Filter, HDR Filter, Original Frame (5M or 4M), Frame
Composite (3M or 2M), Movie Edit, Redeye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image &
Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Faze Zooming
Digital filters (playback): B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Color Extract,
Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness, Miniature
Movie edit: Save as Still Image, Movie Divide, Title Picture
File Formats Still: JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 20, PIM III
  Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC H.264)
  Sound: WAY (PCM), monaural
Dimensions 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2" (12.2 x 6.1 x 3cm)
Weight Without battery or removable memory: 6.1oz / 172.9g (non-GPS), 6.2oz / 175.8g (GPS)
Loaded and ready: 6.8oz / 192.8g (non-GPS), 7oz / 198.4g (GPS)

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 The sensor size is still small for its camera body..  1/2.3"