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.
Excerpt: For the first half of 2012, PENTAX has announced its new "lifeproof" cameras, the Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS. These models replace last year's well-reviewed WG-1 . As one might guess, the WG-2 and WG-2 GPS are pretty much the same camera, save for one of them having an all new GPS module PENTAX says will "deliver a shorter time lag before GPS start-up and longer life during GPS activation." I'll leave it to you, dear reader, to guess which model here includes GPS (wink).
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS represents the 13th generation of waterproof digital cameras from Pentax. It's essentially an upgraded version of its predecessor, the Optio WG-1 , featuring a re-styled exterior, new colors, and significantly improved specifications. Like its predecessor, it's available both with and without a GPS module, which allows you to geotag your photos and log tracks.
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. Not so the Pentax Optio WG-2 – our review sample being the version that adds GPS for £50 more. Here an aggressively angular appearance hits you like a smack in the face.
Summary: These days’ people do not want to put their camera away when it rains and here a unit that goes one stage further with special modes for use under water. However it still takes decent images and movies in more normal conditions.
Conclusion: The WG-2 is a camera that really looks like it means business. It can dive deeper and fall further than almost anything else on the market, and costs less than either of its only real rivals. It has some very clever features, such as the LED microscope lighting and dedicated underwater photography modes, but at the end of the day it's let down by the same problems that have dogged other Pentax compacts; a tiny overcrowded sensor and poor quality image processing.
Excerpt: Are you an active type wanting a camera capable of surviving both sand and surf this summer, but moreover one that stands out from the crowd? The Pentax WG2, this iteration of which adds GPS, looks like it has been designed by an eight year old boy on a sugar rush. Its toughened qualities are indicated by a lens surround resembling a Casio G-Shock watch face, while all the arrows and diagonals on the bodywork recall a running shoe; it looks quite unlike any digital...
Excerpt: Pentax released the WG-2, their latest rugged outdoor camera, in February 2012. The camera comes in red, black, orange and white, either with or without GPS priced at £269 and £229 respectively. On test here is the non GPS version.
Pros: Full 1080p HD video recording, Waterproof to 12m, Shockproof to 1.5m, Freezeproof to -10°C, Good image quality, Excellent colour reproduction, Digital microscope and 1cm minimum focus distance, Available in a range of different colours, Comes with a Carabiner strap
Cons: Poor noise performance throughout ISO range, Tripod socket is poorly placed, New model doesn't offer much of an upgrade