Summary: The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a compact camera of the latest generation rugged and equipped with an impressive number of technological features that make it certainly one of the best cameras on the market off-limits.
Pros: Full HD Video, Waterproof 12m, Proof cold -10 ° C, Shockproof up to 1.5 m wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom, Anti-crush 100 kg
Conclusion: The GPS-equipped Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS features a striking design that avoids the standard rugged camera look and feel. It can keep image noise under control at higher ISOs, but is hampered by a lens that isn't as sharp as others in its class.
Pros: Unique design. Macro LED lighting. Integrated GPS. Low noise at high ISOs. Waterproof to 40 feet.
Cons: Soft lens. Slow to start and shoot. No optical stabilization. Pricey.
Summary: Both WG-2 models might not seem like vast improvements over the WG-1 series, but if you look under the hood, you'll see the new cameras have a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor (an upgrade over last year's CCD) with a 16 megapixel resolution.
Pros: Tough built, will survive anything within set parameters, Easy to handle and operate in any situation, "Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof protect the camera, Great image quality, Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD is easy to see all the time, Great Macro and Underwater AF,...
Cons: Very weak battery life, Some noise in all images, more than should be seen at all ISO settings, Screen can be hard to see underwater if not looking straight on, No Dedicated video recording button
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS; the toughest just got better
8 April 2012
Excerpt: Just in time for late season skiing and the beginning of the spring and summer, I recently got a hold of the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS waterproof, drop and shock resistant camera. I will preface this by saying that I have reviewed similar products from Panasonic, Casio, Ricoh and Olympus as well as a...
Summary: With each successive generation Pentax continues to improve their waterproof cameras, but we think that the WG-2 is an especially-big step forward, being the first Pentax point-and-shoot to support 60fps and full-HD video, as well as the first with a backlit sensor (the Pentax Q mirrorless camera is...
Excerpt: The design of most toughened cameras, the premise being that stills and video can be shot underwater, in the cold, or even after you’ve dropped or stood on them, is distinctly drab; they are functional tools rather than fashionable accoutrements.