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Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera with GPS Functionality, 16 Megapixel, 5x Optical/7.2x Digital Zoom, 3" TFT LCD Display, Waterproof, Shiny Orange

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About Pentax WG-2

Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged, adventure proof digital camera with GPS functionality is perfect for any environment.

With 12 generations of underwater/ruggedized cameras behind it, Pentax hopes its extensive experience in the field distinguishes it from a growing number of competitors. The latest WG-2 is a 16MP CMOS sensor camera whose design looks like a cross between an SUV and a pair of running shoes. Features include a 5x optical zoom lens, a 3-inch, 460K dot display, better GPS, 6 LED lamps to illuminate close-ups to 1 cm from the surface of the lens, 88.2MB of onboard memory, and of course those rugged specs: Waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, freezeproof to 14 F, and dustproof.

Pentax WG-2 Features

  • Waterproof to a depth of 40 feet
  • Shockproof design protects from drops up to 5 feet
  • Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 LBF (pound-force)
  • Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F)
  • Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent)
  • Hardened cover with SP coating protects internal lens elements
  • An HDMI port (Micro, Type-D) plays back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs
  • Pixel Track, Digital and Movie Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images and video
  • An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus
  • Extended dynamic range helps bring out extra highlight and shadow detail

Pentax WG-2 Specifications

Image Type
Backlit CMOS w/primary color filter
Image Size
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Recorded resolutions
Still: 16M (4608x3456), 12M (1:1, 3456x3456), 12M (16:9, 4608x2592), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (16:9, 3072x1728), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (16:9, 2592x1464), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (16:9, 1920x1080), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480)
Movie: HD (1920x1080p30, 1280x720p60/30), VGA (640x480p30)
Lens Type
PENTAX zoom lens
Lens construction
11 elements, 9 groups (5 aspheric elements), protective cover w SP coating
Optical zoom
Focal length (equiv.)
5-25mm (28-140mm)
Digital zoom
Combined zoom
Intelligent zoom
Approx 7.5X at 7M to 36X at VGA
LCD screen
3" widescreen TFT color LCD w anti-reflective coating on cover
LCD resolution
HVGA 460,000 dots
Wide angle viewable
Yes (approx 170deg. horizontal/vertical)
Focus 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
Macro focus
Yes, Macro and Super Macro available
Focus lock
Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way
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)
Flash Type
Built-in series control auto flash
Flash modes
Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye
Effective range
18' (wide, auto ISO), 11' (tele, auto ISO)
Internal memory
Removable memory
USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI (Micro, Type-D)
Video out
NTSC, PAL, HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080i, 720p, 480p)
Image Stabilization
Still: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR
Movie: Movie SR
Metering Type
Center weighted
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 Mode selection 1
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)
Capture Mode selection 2
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 (1280x960, 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
Yes (ISO 125-1600)
Face detection
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)
Dynamic Range Adjustment
Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
File/Folder customization
Folder name (date, PENTX, custom), file name (IMGP, custom)
Drive 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)
Drive Interval
Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback)
Available as a playback filter
Playback Mode selection
One Shot, Index (6 or 12 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 10X, scrollable), Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar
Playback 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 2.0, PIM III
Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC h.264)
Sound: WAV (PCM), monaural
Power source
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI92
Recordable images
Approx 260
Playback time
Approx 240 min
Movie recording time
Approx 70 min
Audio recording time
Approx 270 min
Construction material(s)
Reinforced polycarbonate plastic w aluminum accents
Operating temperature
14-104deg.F (coldproof)
220 LBF
Startup Timing
Approx 1.6 sec
Release lag Timing
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
Computer System Requirements
Windows: Windows XP(SP3), Vista, 7, USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, USB port
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2"/12.19 x 6.09 x 3.04cm
Without battery or removable memory: 6.2 oz/175.76g
Loaded and ready:7oz /198.44g
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Reviewed by 8 customers


We are repeat customers for this product


Great pictures. Love the macro capability. Nice to be able to authenticate the location of photo's that are taken using the GPS system.




I buy these for all our field employees. They really put durability to the test. Great camera!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Don't buy this camera Optio WG-2


This "waterproof" camera leaked on the ski slopes and now does not even power on. Waiting for Monday morning to contact Adorama to see how they handle this. I have found many other photographers online that have experienced leaks with this camera. I am really disappointed, because the camera had some nice features, but "waterproof to 40 feet" does not describe "leaks in snow without being submerged in water."

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


rugged compact


I have taken the Pentax white water rafting without any problem (and my wife has done likewise with its predecessor.) We get splashed or submerged often. Battery life is fine. I find that one battery (I usually carry 3) lasts most of the day, which for me means 200-400 shots, with some short movies mixed in. The picture resolution is quite good. If you don't need huge sized photos, I like the candid indoor photos I took over the holidays without flash. People are more relaxed without a flash. They're fine as snapshots. The macro (with integrated lights) is fantastic: amazing in a camera this size. You can go right up against a flower, and take a spectacular shot of the beautiful patterns displayed in its center.


Just love it great pic in the pool


I enjoy being able take pic in pool love pet recognition feature do lot of canoeing and hiking don't worry I'll brake it


Pentax Optio WG-2 vs Optio WG-1


WG-2 Has a bigger screen and size than WG 1, but suffers from Very noisy Images at ISO ABOVE 200 making it useless for any low light photography. This issue is due to its new CMOS CHIP. WHICH. REPLACE THE CCD. On the WG 1

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


dont buy


after 2 weeks the battery door leaked and now it doesnt work it will take 6 weeks to repair it. pentax doesnt care and adorama wont take it back,understandable, try sony or nikon, I used to shoot 4x5 and know how to take care of cameras but this one would not even take minimal wear

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Optio is OPTIMUM


This camera is awesome. I love the features and the quality is excellent (for a small lens compact camera) I own a Canon D60 for framing, but this camera is great for everyday shooting. The video feature is great. I had a great time with a subject in a pool using the slow motion feature. It shoots in approximately 4x speed so the slow motion is smooth. it also shoots a lot longer than many "slow motion" camcorders with more resolution. I have the Sony which only shoots about 3 seconds of video, but it is amazingly smooth. The Optio shots for about 15 seconds which produces a 1 minute video of very smooth slow motion video. The stitching process of the panorama feature works great and you can take 5 pictures to make a real wide panorama image. It is solid and the controls work nicely. You can even designate some controls as one button access so quick changes of commonly used features are alway ready, Love the camera, haven't found any reason to "wish it did this, or wish it did that".


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Shopper  1. What is "GPS Functionality"? 2. Does this unit have included a GPS function, or not? 3. Is the "GPS" Functionality the same as on a full time GPS unit?
JANICE H  1. Latitude and longitude readings are recorded when you take a photo. They are available in the photo's "properties" section once you download them to a computer. 2. Yes. 3. I don't know but I doubt it.
Shopper  1. What is "GPS Functionality"? 2. Does this unit have included a GPS function, or not? 3. Is the "GPS" Functionality the same as on a full time GPS unit?
JANICE H  1. Latitude and longitude readings are recorded when you take a photo. They are available in the photo's "properties" section once you download them to a computer. 2. Yes. 3. I don't know but I doubt it.
Shopper  1. What is "GPS Functionality"? 2. Does this unit have included a GPS function, or not? 3. Is the "GPS" Functionality the same as on a full time GPS unit?
JANICE H  1. Latitude and longitude readings are recorded when you take a photo. They are available in the photo's "properties" section once you download them to a computer. 2. Yes. 3. I don't know but I doubt it.
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