Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Digital Camera (White)

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Digital Camera (White)

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Digital Camera (White)

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Product Highlights

  • 16Mp Resolution
  • 3.0" Widescreen LCD
  • 28-140mm Pentax Zoom Lens
  • GPS Functionality
  • 5x Optical Zoom / 36x Combined Zoom
  • 1080p HD Video Capture
  • Water/Shock/Crush/Cold/Dust-Proof
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Storage
  • Built-In Flash
  • Manual Focus Option
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Pentax WG-2 overview

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Pentax's Optio WG-2 GPS Digital Camera (White) is the version of the company's 13th Optio line, which features built-in GPS capabilities. From just looking at the WG-2, you can see that this camera means business. It's built to stand up to abuse - whether that's from a fall, the cold, dust, water, or being crushed. And, it's smart - capable of telling you exactly where you shot what, which is useful for multiple applications. All these qualities are sure to be appreciated by the adventurous, parents of toddlers, or by anyone who values protecting their investments.

"Rugged" is the keyword used by Pentax to describe the WG-2 - and from all the features listed above, it's easy to see why. In terms of the nitty-gritty, the camera is waterproof down to 40', it can survive a drop of up to 5', it's coldproof down to 14°F, it has a JIS 6 dustproof rating, and it can withstand being crushed by up to 220 pounds of force. The WG-2 also comes with a snazzy strap and a carabiner, not to mention its reinforced plastic and aluminum "sporty" design - all elements which are practical and clearly communicate that this is one camera that's prepared for almost anything.

The Optio WG-2 is more than a tough piece of equipment, though; it's also a great point-and-shoot camera, capable of taking awesome pictures! The camera houses a backlit 16Mp CMOS sensor that not only captures high-res, detailed stills, but also enables capture of full HD 1080p video. Helping the sensor out in the imaging department would be the wide-angle 5x internal optical zoom lens with a 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) focal range. Other highlights of the lens include the 6 embedded LEDs for even lighting of macro subjects and a hardened cover with SP coating to protect the inner lens elements,

An additional tool necessary for taking great pictures is none-other than the 3.0" widescreen LCD, which sports an anti-reflecting coating for ease of use outdoors. Other beneficial functions include an ISO range of 125-6400, image stabilization for blur-free photos, multiple metering modes, and a built-in flash. Of course, the many capture modes make for uncomplicated picture-taking without the guesswork.

What's more, this WG-2 also tracks the location where your pictures are shot. The built-in GPS helps you to keep straight where you shot what, which can be a useful tool for sorting and storing files, not to mention for sharing online with friends and family through geo-tagging.

Other highlights of the WG-2 include the ability to shoot using manual focus. This can be a great tool for expanding your creativity - giving you the freedom to choose what is the most important part of the photo to bring attention to. The WG-2 also sports SD/SDHC/SDXC storage, and HDMI output for a simple, one-cable connection to your HDTV, a rechargeable battery, and support for numerous menu languages.

The 13th Generation
Pentax's 13th generation rugged, adventure-proof digital camera is perfect for any environment
Backlit 16Mp CMOS Sensor
Backlit 16Mp CMOS sensor with primary color filter offers superior quality, high-res imaging. Quality levels for recording stills include: Best, Better, and Good
Waterproof to a depth of 40' (12.19 m)
Shockproof design protects from drops of up to 5' (1.52 m)
Crushproof construction withstands weights of up to 220 LBF (pound-force)
Coldproof to sub-freezing temperatures of 14°F (minus 10 degrees Celsius)
Dustproof (JIS 6 rated) design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments
5x Optical Zoom Lens
PENTAX Wide-angle 5x internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent). Equipped with 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspheric elements). The camera also captures in Intelligent zoom at approximately 7.5x to 36x at VGA/Combined zoom
Widescreen 3.0" LCD
Large 3.0" (7.6 cm) widescreen TFT LCD features HVGA resolution (460,000 dots) and anti-reflective coating on its protective cover. The LCD has a 170° (horizontal/vertical viewing) angle and an HVGA 460,000 dot resolution
Wide angle viewable: Approx 170° horizontal/vertical
Records Full HD 1080p Video
Capture full HD 1920x1080p video at 30fps with high-quality H.264 compression. Other video capture resolutions include: 1280 x 720p at 60/30fps; 640 x 480 at 30fps VGA. Quality levels include: Fixed
Hardened Cover
Hardened cover with SP coating protects internal lens elements
Digital Microscope Mode
Digital microscope mode uses 6 LEDs for even macro lighting of subjects as close as 1cm
HDMI Micro Type-D Port
An HDMI port (Micro, Type-D) plays back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs
Clean, Blur-Free Images
Pixel Track, Digital, and Movie Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images and video
Fast Face Detection
Capture perfect portraits with fast face detection technology, including Smile Capture and Blink Detection
Autofocus Assist Lamp
An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus
Extended Dynamic Range
Extended dynamic range helps bring out extra highlight and shadow detail
Optional Remote Control
Take pictures remotely using an optional Pentax infrared remote control
Built-In GPS Functionality
GPS functionality
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
Focus Lock: Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way
Image Stabilization
Still: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR
Movie: Movie SR
Startup: 1.6 seconds
Release lag: 0.015 seconds
Power Supply Information
Power source: Rechargeable lithium-ion D-LI92 battery
Recordable images: Approximately 260
Playback time: Approximately 240 minutes
Movie recording time: Approximately 70 minutes
Audio recording time: Approximately 270 minutes
Optional AC adapter available: Yes
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese
Capture Modes
Mode Selection: Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap (ISO 125-1600), Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope (2Mp),Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120fps capture, 30fps playback), Digital SR, Surf and Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Candlelight, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Wide (5Mp), Digital Panorama (2Mp per frame), Frame Composite (3Mp or 2Mp), Report (1280 x 960, ISO 125-1600), Green (ISO 125-1600), Voice Recording (via reprogrammable 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)
Date Stamp: Yes, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode)
Digital Filter Capture: n/a
Dynamic Range Adjustment: Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
File/Folder customization: Folder name (date, Pentax, 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: Approximately 1.0fps, Burst 10fps for up to 30 frames (5Mp or 4Mp)
Multi-Exposure: n/a
Interval: Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120fps capture, 30fps 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 and Delete, Calendar

Mode Pallet: Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter, HDR Filter, Original Frame (5Mp or 4Mp), Frame Composite (3Mp or 2Mp), Movie Edit, Redeye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image and 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

Pentax WG-2 specs

Pixels Actual: 16.79 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: AVC/H.264
Audio: WAV
Max Resolution 16 MP4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Digital
Lens 11 Elements in 9 Groups
5 Aspherical
Effective Focal Length: 5 to 25mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28 to 140mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) to f/5.5 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 7.2x
Intelligent Zoom: 7.5x
Intelligent Zoom: 36x
Focus Range Normal: 1.64' to Infinity / 0.5 m to Infinity
Macro: 0.33' to 1.97' / 10.06 cm to 60.05 cm
Super-Macro: 0.03' to 0.98' / 0.91 cm to 29.87 cm
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125 to 6400
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1/4000 to 4 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot, TTL 256-Zones
Exposure Modes Modes: Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 5 MP for up to 30 Frames
Up to 10 fps at 4 MP for up to 30 Frames
Self-Timer 2 Sec

Remote: 3 seconds, 0 seconds

Interval Recording Yes
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Flash On
Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide:Up to18' / 5.49 m
Telephoto:Up to11' / 3.35 m
Built-In Memory 88.2 MB
Memory Card Type SD
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording With Video (Mono)
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (460,000 Pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7 
Waterproofing 40.0' / 12.0 m
Battery D-LI92 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2" / 12.2 x 6.1 x 3.0 cm
Weight 0.44 lb / .20 kg
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.5 x 3.3"

Pentax WG-2 reviews

Optio WG-2 GPS Digital Camera (White) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent adventure camera Excellent rugged camera with more features than most compact cameras. Editing options are easy to use and included many options. Very durable and portable, love the carabiner for secure attachment that is included. Super quick start up and no lag between shots. Great panoramic and macro features. This camera puts up with a beating and still begs for more. It offers what you'd expect from a rugged well built camera, and then adds a whole lot more. GPS is a nice feature, although as with all GPS, signal is limited in bad weather and built up cities.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I got this mostly for the time-lapse and waterproof features. I've made several time-lapse videos, and after a few trial-by-error attempts, was able to use it successfully. The time-lapse feature is very fun. I only wish it could record at intervals of less than one minute, but one minute is the minimum. I recorded several time-lapse videos of up to four or five hours WITHOUT any additional memory card! That's right, the internal memory on the camera can hold up to a five hour interval time-lapse movie. With 60 photos taken per hour, that's up to 300 photos. Not bad. Have yet to test the waterproof feature.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera to bang around I use this camera to take casual pictures during travel and family events. The fact that it can go into water and you can bang it around is very good.I found that the protective glass in front of the lens causes a lot of light interference if your taking a picture when the Sun is lower in the horizon.After a few hours on/off the water on a water park I got a few drops of water in the battery compartiment but the camera wasn't damaged in any way, I just wiped it off with a piece of cloth.My major complaint about this camera is that it does not offer RAW pictures, I have been working with RAW for a couple of years and getting a JPEG into my processing SW is frustrating.
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feature Packed and Ready for Adventure I added this camera to my birthday gift wish-list after reviewing the current line-up of waterproof cameras. My goal was to have a camera that I could take on trips, snorkeling, or out hiking/biking without worrying about getting it wet, dropping it in the dirt or otherwise abusing it. I've had it for 4 days now and used it for 4+ hours.Something to consider about environment-proof cameras is that there is almost always a sacrifice over a regular point-and-shoot. Since there is a mineral glass or other cover in front of the lens and it is usually contained within the main body you are giving up some wide-angle and are going to be more apt to pickup lens flare. With this said, I think it is a great compromise solution for someone liable to carry the camera when it might get wet or dropped.Things I like about this camera:-Modes/features for everything - Regular photos, face/blink detection, regular video with audio, Slow motion video (15s stretched to 1m), macro photography, panoramic shots, etc.. -Eye-Fi Support - Since I put in the memory card I haven't removed it.-GPS Support with time sync. I've only played with it it a little since most of my shooting so far has been indoors so I don't have a developed opinion yet.-I love how it looks and feels in the hand. I haven't had any usability issues after the first 15 minutes of use. The number of modes for shooting is crazy. -Macro Mode - The 6 lights coupled with the Macro stand is a great combination. Fun to play with.-Macro Stand - The Macro stand also has a 46mm thread on it. I picked up a UV/Polarizer filter set and cheapie fish-eye lens to play with. I'm keeping the Macro stand on pretty much all the time to protect the mineral glass as a just-in-case.-Macro Lights - 6 of them around the lens.-Lanyard strap - If the strap comes off of this camera you have much bigger things to worry about. -Look and Feel - Some people say it is ugly, I love it. One of my friends said it reminds him of a sports car. It feels durable with solid components.-LCD Display is large and bright, with four small pegs around the corners to keep it from being the first thing to hit a flat surface when dropped. I cut down a screen protector and threw it on there since it would get scratched up over time.Things that could be improved:-Battery Life - Especially with Eye-Fi and GPS enabled. Buy extra batteries.-I wish there was a way to attach the macro-stand permanently, which also has a 46mm thread. I keep it on all the time since I keep a lens cap on it while banging around in my pocket.-Jpeg + Mov Only - No RAW or other export formats, not a huge negative but for $ retail the prices are approaching that territory.-I don't know about the optical qualities of mineral glass vs. artificial sapphire or other harder materials but it would be nice if the main lens cover was harder. I am concerned about the long-term durability after my experiences with watches that use mineral glass. This might be unfounded.-Plastic tripod mount.-I still have questions about the image quality. For the function of the camera I would call it acceptable but I'm not gushing over images produced. Several of the advanced modes limit your image resolution significantly, such as some panoramic and macro modes. It is still great fun, with many features, but some might be disappointed by the limits imposed. As of the time of this writing the universe is in-between major models of solid underwater-capable cameras. Canon's D20 should be out in a few months, which might change the landscape and other manufacturers are due for a refresh. With this said, I'm quite happy with my purchase. I think it will have a long life as my knock-around/take everywhere camera.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Camera I am extremely happy with my new camera. It takes extremely clear pictures on land and under water in low light and lots of light. The only functions I am not a fan of is the wider function and panoramic function. The wider function you take two pictures and the camera merges the image on top of each other. The panoramic function - you do not move your camera in one swoop from left to right; you take 3 pictures and it merges it. It can leave room for error. I love the pet function - when my pet looks at me the camera automatically takes the picture with out a bright flash going off making the pet to turn or squint. I have never had a camera with this function. The durability camera is excellent. I used the while snorkeling in the ocean, dusty/muddy conditions, in the pool and on the beach on my recent vacation. I would highly recommend this camera.
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect, and fun Picked up this camera for two purposes. Didn't want to miss moments on the beach with my kids and in the water, and didn't want didn't want my pro gear on the beach. This camera did fantastic. I have to admit the first time I took it into the water boogie boarding with my daughter I was nervous, but it did great. Its clear on the design they went for rugged, and I like that they focused on the task. The picture quality is great. I didn't notice any issues with response time, and if so, just needed to place it on a different capture function. Anyhow, it handled the water, sand, and sun of the beach great. Battery life was great. And ultimately handled my wife's abuse of tossing it in the beach bag. No regrets in picking up this camera. One note but its not their problem. Sun screen, is bad all the way around. Too much of it on your hands means the display and possibly the lens will get nice and foggy. So wipe your hands after applying sun screen.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It does what it says I bought this camera so I can take it on motorcycle trips and when travelling light or to anywhere involving water ... The Optio WG-2 is very robust and seems to be able to take a lot of abuse. I used it on a water park, while I did not get the camera damage by water, there was some water leakage into the battery compartment (yes, it was well closed) but the camera was under water for many hours as I kept it in my pocket. The 5x optical zoom is great, the photo quality is as good as any other camera of this class. One think that did not work well was taking pictures against sunlight. The protective glass in front of the lens cause a lot of glare which really made it hard to get any usable image on this situation, it may have been exacerbated byt the fact that when using the camera on water for a long time you get oils deposited on the glass. Some extra features such as panorama pictures and face recognition are nice to have. The feature I miss the most on this camera is having the option to shoot in RAW, but I could not find any other similar camera that had this feature.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT CAMERA Having more fun than I do with my 7d! only negiative I can note is the battery door is dificult to close. Understandable, since the camera is water proof, but every time I close it I end up pinching my finger - OUCH!! The battery life could be better but you just learn to keep tabs on it.
Date published: 2012-03-31
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