Pentax Optio WG-2 Review


The Pentax Optio WG-2 features a brand-new 16-megapixel backlit sensor, full-HD and 60fps video recording, and other upgrades over its predecessor.  Of note are the following highlights:

  • Improved resolution (16MP vs 12MP)
  • Improved back LCD resolution (HVGA vs QVGA)
  • Additional macro LED (6 vs 5 lights)
  • Improved video (records in H.264 .mov format, 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps)
  • New in-camera features and faster processing

Pentax Optio WG-2 covered with water

The key specifications are summarized in the table below:

Sensor Type 16Mp Backlit CMOS, 1/2.3"
Maximum Resolution 4608x3456 pixels
Lens 5-25mm F3.5-5.5 (28-140mm equivalent)
LCD Screen 3.0-inch Half-VGA widescreen
AF Assist Yes, dedicated lamp
ISO Range 125-6400
Storage Media SDXD/SDHC/SD, 88.2 Mb of internal memory
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2"
Weight w/battery Non-GPS: 6.8oz (192g), GPS: 7.0oz (198g)
Ruggedized features Waterproof (40ft/12m) Crushproof (220 lbf) Shockproof (5-foot drop) Coldproof (14°F, -10°C) Dustproof (JIS 6)
Shutter 1/4000s - 4s
Video Recording Full HD 1080p: 30fps, 720p: 60fps, 30fps, VGA: 120fps, 30fps
Stabilization Digital SR, Pixel Track SR, Movie SR (non-mechanical)
Interfaces USB, Micro HDMI, IR Remote (front and back)
Price (MSRP, USD) $399 (GPS), $349 (non-GPS)


The regular WG-2 is available in red and black while the WG-2 GPS is available in orange and white.

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