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
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: 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).
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.
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
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 Â£239 it's reasonably priced for the spec offered. You can pick up the WG-2 in a choice of either red or black.
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