The Pentax Optio WG-2, the successor to the waterproof and shockproof WG-1, has just hit the shelves over in the US, much earlier than originally expected.
The WG-2 boasts a backlit 16-megapixel sensor as well as improved processing and faster video framerates (up to 60fps in 720p and 30fps in full HD), making it one of the most versatile outdoor compacts out there!
It was really like coming home for me.
Or like the first time I laid eyes on my wife.
It was so comfortable, so right, that I just knew we’d be together for the rest of my life.
That was the feeling I got when I pressed my eye against my Pentax, clicked the shutter, tilted the camera forward slightly, then looked at the image on the LCD screen.
I know that might sound dramatic, but it really is the best way to describe it.
Now, this wasn’t something that happened to me at a tender age either - I was 38 years old.
To understand how I got to this page, though, I need to tell you where I’ve been.
Our (production) Pentax K-01 and DA 40mm XS lens arrived yesterday, and we have already started testing the camera and getting a feel for how it performs! As interesting as the unboxing itself was, it won't be the focus of this initial hands-on commentary.
Our first impression is that it's a very solid and well-built camera which handles extremely well, especially with small lenses. In real life, the design is much more attractive than it seemed based its press release photos. The image quality is exceptional, even when shooting with fully automated settings. The new Prime M processor delivers a smooth shooting experience as well as an unlimited image buffer, allowing for uninterrupted image capture in continuous mode. The K-01's core menu system is very similar to that of the K-r, thought it incorporates many new innovative features, including new custom image presets, focus peaking, AF enlargement, automatic shadow/highlight correction, easier firmware updates via the menu, as well as several options specific to its mirrorless design.
The Pentax K-01 is now in stock in B&H- a few weeks early, at that! The black body-only and yellow body+40mm kit is available for $749 and $899 respectively and will ship today (if you place your orders within the next hour, beore the B&H same-day cutoff). In addition, Adorama carries the white body.
Furthermore, our demo (production) K-01 and 40mm DA XS lens have arrived today and we plan on posting an overview or video before the end of the day!
We've added a page to our Lens Review Database which lists only lenses that are currently available, regardless of series. Over the coming days, we will work on making this page more visible. For how, however, we invite you to view it directly:
Please note that currently, all lenses are sorted alphabetically. This means that 10mm and 100mm will come before 20mm and 200mm, and so on.
We're happy to present to you yet another member-submitted photographic article, which this time will show you how to create time lapse videos from images taken with your DSLR or other still camera!
This overview article presents some practical advice and eye-opening facts, and also suggests some gear and software to use.