Pentax Optio WG-1 with GPS Kit - 14 Megapixel, Waterproof, Dust/Cold/Shock-Proof Digital Camera, Green

Pentax

About Pentax WG-1

PROVE YOU WERE THERE.
Get ready for adventure in any environment with the new PENTAX Optio WG-1 GPS the next generation outdoor camera that's tougher, smarter and more weatherproof than ever.
• 14 megapixels
• Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, coldproof, dustproof
• GPS functionality

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (12),Compact (8),Great resolution (8),Large clear LCD (7),Zoom range/performance (6),Good battery life (5),Fast shutter speed (5),Good in low light (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (11),Sports/action (9),Family photos (7),Macro photography (6),Low light (5),Wildlife (5),Video (4),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7)

Pentax WG-1 Features

  • PENTAX's 12th rugged generation waterproof digital camera is adventure proof, and suitable for almost any environment.
  • Waterproof to 33 feet is perfect for use when submerged.
  • Shockproof, ruggedized design protects from drops up to 5 feet.
  • Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 100 KGF (kilogram-force).
  • Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F).
  • Dustproof design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments.
  • 14 megapixel sensor offers plenty of image detail.
  • Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) provides flexiblecapture of subjects near or far.
  • Large 2.7 inch LCD features a wide angle 16:9 aspect ratio with anti-reflective coating.
  • Enhanced Digital Microscope mode uses 5 macro LEDs for perfect focus and smooth,even lighting
  • An HDMI port plays back beautiful, high def images and video on HDTVs.
  • Capture video in widescreen 720p HD at 30 frames per second.
  • Pixel Track and Digital Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images.
  • GPS functionality allows for positional data recording with images for geo-tagging applications.

Pentax WG-1 Specifications

Resolution
Effective: 14 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 14.48 Megapixel
Sensor
1/2.3" CCD w/primary color filter
File Formats
Still: JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0, Print Image Matching III
Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG) Sound: WAV (PCM), monaural
Recorded resolutions
Still: 14M (4288x3216), 10M (1:1, 3216x3216), 10M (16:9, 4224x2376), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (16:9, 3072x1728), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (16:9, 2592x1464), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (16:9, 1920x1080), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480) Movie: HD (1280x720p30/15), VGA (640x480p30/15), QVGA (320x240p30/15)
Quality levels
best, better, good
Lens
elements, 9 groups (5 aspheric elements)
Focal length (equiv.): 5-25mm (28-140mm)
Aperture: F3.5-5.5
Zoom
Optical: 5 x
Digital: 6.7x
Combined zoom: 33.5X
Intelligent zoom: Approx 7.0X at 7M to 33.5X at VGA
LCD / Viewfinder
LCD screen: 2.7" widescreen TFT color LCD w anti-reflective coating on cover
LCD resolution: 230,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
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, InfinityLandscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
Manual focus: Yes
Macro focus: Yes, Macro and Super Macro available
Focus lock: Yes, by pressing the
Focus Range
Normal: 1.64' to infinity
Macro: 0.33 to 1.97'
Super Macro: 0.03 (1cm) to 0.98' (at mid-zoom, set automatically)
Image Stabilization
Still: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR (ISO 3200-6400 5M or 4M)
Movie: Movie SR
Metering System
Type: TTL
Multi-segment: Yes
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: 80-1600 auto range adjustable, Digital SR 80-6400 (ISO 3200-6400 5M or 4M)
Manual: 80-6400 (iso 3200-6400 5M or 4M)
Shutter
Type: Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed: 1/1500 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode)
White Balance
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Manual mode(s): Yes
Capture Modes
Mode selection: Auto Picture (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), Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope (2M), Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide (5M), Digital SR (ISO 3200-6400 5M or 4M),
Capture Modes (continued)
Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Frame Composite (3M or 2M), Report (1280x960), Green, Voice Recording (via reprogrammable Green button)
Green simplified mode available: Yes
Face Detection
Yes (up to 32 faces), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pet Recognition (1 face detect, 3 faces pre-registered)
Digital Filters (Capture)
Image Tone (Bright, Natural, Monochrome)
Dynamic Range Adjustment
Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
Drive Modes
Mode selection: One Shot, Self Timer, Continuous, Burst (5M or 4M), Remote Control, Interval, Auto Bracket Continuous FPS: Approx 0.68 FPS,
Remote Control
Yes (infrared, optional)
Timing
Startup: Approx 1.3 sec
Release lag: Approx 0.037 sec
Built-in Flash Modes
Flash modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye
Effective Flash Range
13' (wide, auto ISO), 8.2' (tele, auto ISO)
Built-in Memory
97MB
Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Video Recording
Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Resolution
HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Interfaces
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI (Micro, Type-D)
Printer interfaces: n/a
Screen
2.7" LCD Rear Screen (230000 pixels)
Playback Modes
Mode selection: One Shot, Index (6 or 12 thumbnails), Magnification, Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar Mode pallet: Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital 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
Magnification: Up to 10X,
Digital Filters (Playback):
B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Color Extract, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness, Miniature
Software Requirements
Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or later
Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating: 32-104 deg F (0-40 deg C)
Battery
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI92
Recordable images: Approx 260
Playback time: Approx 280 min
Movie recording time: Approx 120 min
Audio recording time: Approx 350 min
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.5 x 2.3 x 1.1"
Weight
Without battery or removable memory: 5.0 oz
Loaded and ready: 5.3 oz
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese

Pentax WG-1 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 13 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best camera I've ever owned!

This camera does everything it claims to do and more! Best clear picture I have ever had!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Started happy ended disappointed

We LOVED the features and ease of use but after carefully using the camera in the pool the first time, our camera was full of water. The warranty is covering this issue and they have been very good about working with us though. We are hoping we simply had some defective seals and was justa fluke because otherwise we were really happy with this camera!

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
3.0

Started happy ended disappointed

By

from NC  -  Casual Photographer

We LOVED the features and ease of use but after carefully using the camera in the pool the first time, our camera was full of water. The warranty is covering this issue and they have been very good about working with us though. We are hoping we simply had some defective seals and was justa fluke because otherwise we were really happy with this camera!

 
3.0

Kind of Disappointed

By

from Orlando, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought this camera as soon as it was available and maybe that was a mistake if there is a possibility that the first ones off the line may have had flaws. Focus is iffy resulting in some less than desireable shots. It does work underwater and I've had no problems with leaks. Biggest thing I notice is that when I compare shots with my Daughter in Law who uses a Canon Sure Shot with an underwater case, her photos are far superior to mine. Have to wonder if the WG-2 might be a little better but not willing to risk the investment. I have three cameras and only use this one when I'm around salt water. On a positive note, I did use this camera in the Dead Sea which is about as caustic an environment as can be found and had no problems with leakage or corrosion.

 
5.0

perfect gift

By

from katy, tx  -  Casual Photographer

i got this camera as a christmas gift for my boyfriend, he loved it and i am also hooked to it, we both like using it when we go climbing and running. it was definitely worth it.

 
4.0

Awesome in Cozumel

By

from Denver, Co  -  Photo Enthusiast

I thought the camera worked easily as well as described. It was great underwater as long as you weren't trying to focus through many feet of water to get a close up. I did find that it was not the greatest in low light situations as it wanted to take a long time to take the shot. It was fantastic on my trip to Cozumel and provided many fantastic pictures I would never have gotten with my DSLR for fear of getting it wet.

 
3.0

the battery does not last long

By

from El Bosque, Santiago, CHILE  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

product is excellent for taking pictures underwater

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

recommend this camera is very complete

By

from Bogota Colombia  -  Photo Enthusiast

the best alternative, good resolution and resistance

 
4.0

Great camera!

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love this camera and carry it everywhere. The only questionable picture taken was in low light and smokey. Overall wonderful!

 
5.0

Excellent

By

from Carlsbad CA  -  Pro Photographer

Great second camera to back up my DSLR and/or Medium Format.

 
3.0

not bad

By

from Iceland  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like this camera, but only as a waterproof device, I can't imagine using it as first camera, the image quality is average and zoom... zoom is a joke, the quality is so bad that it is hard to believe that it is not a digital zoom.

 
5.0

Bought as a gift~WOW, What a Gift!!

By

from Pacific Northwest USA

Cannot say anything negative about this camera. It was given as a gift twice. My son uses it while cruising timber in the RAINY and WET Northwest forests...he LOVES IT..

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Tara B  Does this camera take decent quality pictures? Is it really waterproof up to a certain depth? Lastly, what do you love about this camera and what do you hate? Thank You!
GERALD A  I purchased this camera for my wife in anticipation of our trip to the Galapagos Islands last October. She still uses it today; the camera is sturdy and definitely waterproof (it wasn't tested to the official limits but was used underwater for snorkeling). Her favorite feature was the ability to quickly transition from still shots to movies while snorkeling. For me the quality is good but won't compare to a full DSLR. The rugged build resists scratches and protects for random drops. My least favorite feature are the rather small and tricky compartment covers for the battery/SD card on the one side and the USB connection on the other. They are secure because of the waterproof seal so that's the trade off.
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