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Pentax Optio WG-2
7.1 out of 10

Pentax Optio WG-2

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Overall 8
8.4

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Digitalcamera HQ
28 November 2014
  • Summary: The WG-2 is one of the toughest cameras on the market, but has Pentax been able to turn image quality and functionality around from its predecessor?
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax Optio WG-2 Review

Review guidelines
14 July 2013
  • 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. In confirmation of this aspect of the coveted prize won by the camera during the last edition of the TIPA AWARDS 2012 during which she was awarded the title of Best Rugged Compact Camera.
  • 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
  • Cons: Aesthetics
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

PC Magazine
25 August 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.1

Pentax Optio WG-2

pentaxforums.com
29 March 2012
  • 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 the only other Pentax with a backlit sensor).
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Overall 6
6.0
Design 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Performance 8
8.0

Pentax Optio WG-2

GadgetSpeak
21 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax Optio WG2 review

PC Advisor
23 August 2012
  • Summary: The Pentax Optio WG2 is probably the best freeze, water, crush and drop-proof consumer camera available, read our review to find out more.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

MacWorld
28 July 2012
  • Conclusion: A good option for the solo adventurer or those who like up close macro images, but soft photos may sway photographers to other cameras.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera Review

ePHOTOzine
18 June 2012
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Photo answers
10 June 2012
  • Excerpt: The WG-2 is the latest hard-as-nails compact from Pentax and the thirteenth instalment in its WG series of adventure-proof cameras. It's been built on the same principles as its predecessor, the WG-1, and features a similar design and build, but with plenty of added features and improvements. And at £239 it's reasonably priced for the spec offered. You can pick up the WG-2 in a choice of either red or black.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax Optio WG-2

Pocket Lint
24 May 2012
  • Conclusion: If you're looking for top-notch photos, with the option of getting wet too, then you'll find that buying a cover for a better compact camera will garner you the best results. However, there is still a lot going for the Pentax Optio WG-2. With the exception of the somewhat slow capture, some of the results we've achieved have been impressive and the underwater results are really good, perfect for those looking for holiday snaps without the hassle.
  • Pros: Great results in good light, it's tough, central lens means less likely to be covered by a gloved finger
  • Cons: Slow to focus and capture, design might turn some off, tripod mount location, poor screen visibility in bright conditions
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