Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera

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A very good rugged camera
with few trade-offs for its durability

Pentax WG-2 - Feb 7, 2012

Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera The Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera is the company's 13th generation of the "rugged", life-proof camera line. You don't have to be an extreme adventure enthusiast to appreciate the features of the WG-2 though. These include the fact that the camera is waterproof down to 40', it can survive a drop of up to 5', it is crushproof to 220 lbf (pound-force), it's coldproof down to 14F, and that it's dustproof. Phew! That's a lot of safety built-into one little point-and-shoot.

More than being a tough camera that can stand up to intentional or unintentional abuses, the Optio WG-2 is also one great image-maker. You of course want to come away from your adventures with awesome photos. The Optio has a number of respectable specs in that department, to help you capture the decisive moment with clarity, and ease. The backlit 16MP CMOS sensor provides high-res stills and full HD 1080p video at 30 fps. A wide-angle 5x internal optical zoom lens with a 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) focal length lets you capture subjects near and far, and features like image stabilization help to do so as well. Additional tools for impressive image-capture include the generous 3.0" LCD display, the ring of 6 LED lights on the lens for even lighting of macro shots, a built-in flash, and a bevy of auto shooting modes. 

Specifications
Body type Compact  
Sensor
Max resolution 4288 x 3216  
Other resolutions 4288 x 3216, 4224 x 2376, 3216 x 3216, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 16.8 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Image
ISO Auto 125-6400, 125, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Best, Better, Good  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 140 mm  
Optical zoom 5  
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
 
Digital zoom Yes (6.7x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69")  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Number of focus points 9  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.5  
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 5.4 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft  
Continuous drive Yes (1 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
 
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
 
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)  
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal  
Storage included 88.2 MB Internal  
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Micro, Type-D)  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control Yes (Optional)  
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Crushproof, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof)  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion D-LI92 rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 260  
Weight (inc. batteries) 192 g (0.42 lb / 6.77 oz)  
Dimensions 122 x 61 x 30 mm (4.8 x 2.4 x 1.18")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes (Interval shot mode for stills and movie)  
GPS None


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