Conclusion: There's something to be said for a camera like the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS that can deal with very harsh conditions without any hair-pulling and heartbreak. We've all had the instant of fear when the camera slips out of your hand and hits the ground, offering prayers to the camera gods hoping it survived. With the WG-1 GPS your prayers will be answered.
Pros: Designed to take a beating--waterproof to 33 feet, drop-proof from 5 feet, coldproof to 14°F, crushproof to 220 pounds, dustproof, 14-megapixel CCD sensor, Very good 2.7-inch LCD screen rated 230K dots, Compact size with 5x optical zoom lens, 28-140mm eq. lens is wide with solid telephoto reach, Built-in GPS, Face detection (up to 32 faces), Macro as close as 1cm, Five built-in LEDs for macro and underwater macro lighting, Manual focusing available, Fast shutter lag, ...
Cons: Substandard picture quality, Video includes obvious vertical banding, worse in low light, Soft corners at wide and tele, Reddish auto white balance in tungsten light, No sensor-shift stabilization or OIS, Wrist strap not adjustable, GPS drains battery rapidly, Slow cycle time, Slow full resolution burst mode, No aperture or shutter speed adjustments, No optical zooming in video mode, Large video files (Motion JPEG), No "red dot" movie button, Menu system a bit awkward
Excerpt: The Pentax WG-1 GPS is a compact camera with a 5x zoom lens (28-140mm) and a robust body, which is water proved to 33 ft, shock proof (5 ft drop down) and an integrated GPS system. The camera offers 14 MP resolution and some extraordinary features like “Digital Microscope” mode.
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS ($399) is a compact, rugged camera that is designed to be outside in the elements. It's waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, crushproof to 220 lbs, and freezeproof to 14F. The WG-1 looks like it means business, with a design that's the polar opposite of your typical compact camera. The WG-1 is also equipped with a built-in GPS, so you'll know exactly where you took the photo of your friend falling off his snowboard.
Excerpt: Building off the success of their past "Lifeproof" W-series models, like the Optio W90 , Pentax has created their most rugger camera yet with the introduction of the Optio WG-1 and WG-1 GPS. These models offer identical specifications, with the latter camera offering GPS functionality and different color options.
Summary: I said at the outset that the WG-1 was notable for its ability to survive conditions that would kill or disable most other compacts, and after living with it for three weeks nothing has changed. Survivability is the WG-1's strong suit. But the camera also can produce nice images - not the best I've seen from a compact, but far from the worst - and that combined with the toughness to withstand the elements makes it a good choice for outdoor types or anyone wanting a bit...
Pros: Good survivability, Good image quality, Good AF acquisition time, Program Auto mode offers manual control
Cons: Monitor harder than average to see in bright light, ISO noise performance average at best
Excerpt: Product: Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Supplier: Pentax MSRP: $349 Find Lowest Price @ PriceGrabber Author: Bill Date: January 28, 2012 The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS is offered as a convenient point-and-shoot camera with the added features of an onboard GPS receiver for seamless geotagging, and a ruggedized design. With a 14 Megapixel sensor, 720p video recording, built-in macro light, and 5x zoom, the camera does not lack special features.
Summary: A waterproof camera that can by the aid of GPS tell you where you were when you took the image or movie. I did not get a chance to test if the two features worked together; in fact the only waterproof tests were in my bath.