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Pentax Optio WG-2 Review

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Introduction & Video Review

Welcome to the in-depth review of the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS "adventureproof" (waterproof) compact digital camera!

Pentax Optio WG-2 Waterproof Camera

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. The two versions of the camera are otherwise identical except that that non-GPS version comes in different colors. According to Pentax, the camera is waterproof (to 40ft / 12m), coldproof (to 14°F, -10°C), crushproof, and shockproof, meaning it the perfect companion for the adventurous photographer.  You can take this camera with you where other electronics would likely break or get damaged, and on top of that, it shoots fantastic videos and has a wide range of shooting modes and innovative features.  It has a 5x zoom lens which corresponds to a 28-140mm lens on a film DSLR, and focuses on objects as close as 1 centimeter away!

The WG-2 was announced on February 7th, 2012 and arrived at US retailers in early March.  Our review is based on a production model.

Below you can see what cosmetic changes Pentax have made to the WG-2 (left) since its predecessor (right):

Pentax Optio WG-2 and WG-1 side-by-side

WG-2 BackThe look of the Optio WG-2 has been made more aggressive and the back of the camera houses an improved 3-inch wide LCD screen


The main portion of our WG-2 review is presented through the following Youtube video:

Table of Contents

As the video review constitutes the majority of this review, the text is limited to general commentary, specifications, and sample photos.  The rating is found on the last page.

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Review originally published on March 29th, 2012