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Introduction

The Pentax Optio WG2 and WG2-GPS are waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant compact cameras which can be used at a depth of up to 12 metres, withstand a drop of 1.5 metres, cold to -10°C and a weight up to 100kg. The WG2 and WG2-GPS feature a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, Full HD movie recording, a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage, a 3 inch high-resolution LCD monitor with 460K dots, and six built-in LED macro lights. The Optio WG2-GPS additionally comes equipped with an upgraded GPS module and is the model that we tested for this review. The Pentax WG2 and WG2-GPS officially cost £229.99 / $299.95 and £279.99 / $349.95 respectively.

Ease of Use

The design of most toughened cameras, the premise being that stills and video can be shot underwater, in the cold, or even after you’ve dropped or stood on them, is distinctly drab; they are functional tools rather than fashionable accoutrements. Not so the Pentax Optio WG-2 – our review sample being the version that adds GPS for £50 more. Here an aggressively angular appearance hits you like a smack in the face.

To re-use an old cliché the WG-2’s styling is very ‘Marmite’; you’ll either love the ultra modern look that resembles a robot’s smartphone and appears to have boys under ten years old in its sights, or hate it. If it’s the latter you won’t even be reading this, so we’ll assume you’ve gotten past the hurdle of a camera that appears to have been dreamt up off the back of a focus group populated by sugar-high youngsters.

Though the zoom here is a modest 5x optical, with a focal range equivalent to a wide (but not ultra wide) 28-140mm in 35mm film terms, in most other respects the Pentax Optio WG-2’s specification reads identical to that you’d find backing up a latest generation 20x travel zoom. So we get a 16 megapixel effective resolution provided courtesy of a 1/2.3-inch back-lit CMOS sensor (16.79 total MP), Full HD 1920×1080 pixels video (mono sound), widescreen ratio 3-inch LCD at 460k dots resolution with anti reflective coating and 170° viewing angle, plus, as we’ve noted, the go-faster chassis finds room for a GPS antenna. This not only tags image data with location info but automatically sets the built-in clock to match said location.

In combination the above features signpost this one as a travel camera, and one for active travelers at that. If diagonal lines, arrow-head edges and bright sporty colours alone didn’t already suggest this camera was a different beast, the industrial faceplate screws plus lockable covers for the HDMI port and joint card and battery compartments indicate that the WG-2 is tougher than most.

Ready for ‘active’ use and squaring up against the likes of the Olympus TG series, Canon PowerShot D20, Fujifilm Finepix XP50, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT$ and FT20, plus Nikon Coolpix AW100 this Pentax is claimed waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freeze proof. Shirking destruction, the WG-2’s manufacturer boasts its camera can withstand being dunked underwater to depths of 12 metres for up to two hours, temperature as low as minus 10°C, being dropped from 1.5 metres in height, plus a weight equivalent to 100kg being placed on top of it.

Pentax Optio WG-2 Pentax Optio WG-2
Front Rear

As you’d imagine, the lens here is of the internally stacked variety, ensuring that at no point in its operation does it protrude from the body and potentially get into harm’s way. That said, this did mean that we very occasionally we experienced the end of our middle finger making it into shot when gripping the camera, as it doesn’t project outwards. Commendably the protective layer in front of the lens appeared impervious to finger smudges and smears however, while water appeared to run off the surface of the camera itself so that it didn’t need plenty of drying down after a dip.

What’s harder to swallow perhaps than even the Pentax’s out there styling is the price. Whilst the WG-2 without GPS is a top-end but more readily justifiable £299, this version is a whopping £349, going by manufacturer’s suggested pricing – so almost the same price as one could alternatively buy an entry-level compact system camera such as the Olympus E-PM1 for. Though street pricing will inevitably be cheaper – and we found the WG-2 GPS version advertised for £270 online at the time of writing – you’ve got to really want the full package on offer in the case of the WG-2, as you are paying a premium for it. However, on top of this the camera recently picked up ‘Best Rugged Camera’ at the TIPA Awards, voted for by European tech journalists, so with the caveat that all opinion is subjective, this may prove an added cachet for you.

We had the orange and black liveried version of the Optio WG-2 GPS iteration in for review, which is no less striking than the alternatives. With all the little stylistic details, such as the sloping and serrated edges, industrial style faceplate screws and ring of bulbs around the lens to be deployed ringlight fashion in the ‘digital macro’ mode (get as close as 1cm, albeit with a resolution drop to two megapixels), the camera certainly looks busy front on. Add in an AF assist/indicator lamp bottom right of the lens, slots for the microphone and a small rectangular flash bulb and all the essentials are here however, with said flash sufficiently far from the edge of the faceplate to avoid fingertips straying in front. Indeed, although slim enough in depth the camera is longer than many competitors, and more rectangular in shape, something that is to an extent hidden by the eccentric design. Dimensions are officially 61.5×122.5×29.5mm – so roughly the proportions of a smartphone, albeit one as imagined by Samsonite – while the camera weighs 194g, so it won’t feel like a dead weight in your jacket pocket or beach shorts.

On the top of the camera is a hump for the GPS antenna, which again, amidst the unusual and busy styling is well hidden, while over at the other side are both recessed on/off button and lozenge shaped shutter release button. The latter has a subtly roughened surface to make it easier to operate with wet fingers. Press the power button and the Pentax WG-2 GPS blinks into life in just over a second, which is swift for any camera. There’s no wait here for a lens to extend from the body to its maximum wide-angle settings because it’s already at that setting. Give the shutter release button a gentle squeeze and via the rear plate LCD you can see the image momentarily adjust before a green AF point appears on screen to signal you’re ready to take the shot. Squeeze the shutter release button fully and there’s no discernable shutter delay, the screen briefly blacking out before freezing to display the captured shot for a couple of seconds before reverting to the live feed.

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Front Top

Three quarters of the backplate is eaten up by that widescreen ratio LCD, which means that still images captured in the default 4:3 image aspect ratio are displayed with black bands left and right of screen – like watching an old analogue broadcast era sitcom on a HD TV. While the LCD picture is visible in bright sunlight it could do with a bit more contrast, thereby helping us to determine finer detail, like whether an image is properly pin sharp or a little soft. The button layout to the right of the screen offers a familiar array of options, but here the actual buttons are square-ish or rectangular rather than round – with the exception of the ‘OK’ button at the centre of the control pad. It may be just a stylistic thing on the part of Pentax, but these wider buttons with their subtle ridges ensure there’s less chance of a finger slipping in use. However, should you be wearing gloves of anything but the fingerless variety the buttons are still a little too small for comfortable and precise usage.

From the top of the backplate then we have a sloping rocker switch for zooming in or out, though rather than utilising a toggle type action, its length necessitates that your thumb has to hop from one end to the other, or from wideangle to telephoto setting, to arrive at the focal length required. Hold the right hand edge down and the camera powers through the entirety of its range in three seconds. However do the same when recording video and we only get access to a digital zoom, the image visibly degrading as you get closer to your subject, which is a shame.

Beneath the zoom lever is a self-explanatory playback button and below this again is a four-way control pad. Depress the upper edge of this pad to adjust the self-timer settings, press its right edge to select macro/close up option, the bottom edge to call up the selectable shooting modes in the absence of an actual shooting mode dial or the pad’s left hand edge to access the camera’s flash settings.

Press the ‘mode’ portion of the pad and the user is presented with an array of shooting options illustrated by colourfully cartoon-ish icons, with Auto Picture mode, which compares any scene with 16 on-board pre-sets and hopefully chooses the most appropriate, the default setting. There are 27 other combined shooting and scene modes to choose from. It’s here you can find the digital microscope mode and also the video shooting mode, as we don’t actually get a dedicated video record button here. Instead video needs therefore to be selected from among the shooting modes, whereby the image fills the width of the screen, recording commencing (and ending) with a press of the shutter release button.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

A final trio of backplate buttons is equally self-explanatory: we get a menu button – with options overlaid on screen – face detection/smile detection mode button plus a dedicated delete button for dispatching duff shots, which is always useful.

The left hand edge of the camera, if viewing it from the LCD side, incorporates a stiff-feel, catch protected, slide open and raise door protecting two ports – for HDMI and AV/USB output. While on an un-toughened camera the fact that it is a little bit of a struggle to access the Pentax’s ports and cavities would be a pain in the backside, here we’re actually left feeling reassured that the camera won’t accidentally flap open at the worst possible moment. Over at the right flank of the camera is a chunky industrial looking lug for attaching the equally chunky carabiner strap for mountaineering types, which is provided in the box in lieu of a dainty wrist strap.

The base of the Pentax WG-2 GPS features a screw thread for attaching the camera to a tripod on the cusp of one edge, rather than the usual centre positioning, while towards the opposite edge and taking up roughly half of the entire base is a sliding door protecting the joint rechargeable 260-shot lithium ion battery (a fair if hardly ground breaking performance) and SD card compartment (incidentally compatibility with Eye-Fi cards is also included). This again has the requisite protective catch and stiffened feel to its opening/closing ‘action’- indeed you almost have to force it open and shut.

Generally speaking the build quality of the Pentax WG-2 GPS feels high and it certainly gives off the impression of being able to live up to its nigh destruction proof billing – more so than many of its cheaper but also more obviously plastic-y rivals. However while the camera was still functioning after being taken for a dip we did find beads of moisture had formed beneath the bottom battery and card cover at its outer edge, while the same was true of the HDMI/AV port at the side. So while keeping out most water, it’s obviously not completely impervious.

But what of the image quality provided here – is the camera limited or compromised in any way by its self imposed restrictions? Read on to find out more…

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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

A top resolution of 16 megapixels from the now standard issue 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor suggests a performance on a par with just about any pocket snapshot camera these days. However there’s also the inherent ‘danger’ with a toughened compact that image quality comes second to actually being able to take pictures at all in conditions that would have non-reinforced cameras crying digital tears. Plus the best picture quality generally isn’t to be had from a small folded zoom lens that at no point actually protrudes from its reinforced casing. This also leaves it open to the ‘threat’ – and this is one we experienced – of fingertips occasionally straying into the edges of frame because the lens doesn’t automatically extend clear of said digits.

Though generally pictures from this Pentax are well saturated and vivid straight out of the camera and for the most part had focused on the subject as intended, meaning that little if any adjustment of the JPEGs was needed, inevitably we encountered bugbears common to any snapshot camera. These included pixel fringing between areas of high contrast, and sloping verticals at maximum wide-angle setting. Although the unusual sloping edges, lumps and bumps ensure this isn’t a camera that feels like it will slip from your grasp, and that holding it with both hands should provide wobble free results, we did occasionally encounter image softness at maximum telephoto setting as only digital image stabilization is provided here. Only occasional softness mind, as sharp candids are achievable and so the above to an extent does feel like nit picking.

For low light photography the Pentax WG-2 offers a top light sensitivity setting of ISO6400, plus in-camera trickery such as its Handheld Night Snap mode that combines four images captured with one squeeze of the shutter release to end up with a blur reducing result. While results, in terms of keeping noise at bay, are tolerable with the aid of a tripod up to and including ISO3200, which isn’t bad at all, at top whack ISO6400 setting we’re getting more of a watercolour like appearance. For best quality though, as usual it’s a case of stick to ISO800 or below. In most regards though the WG-2 delivers a performance that left us pleasantly surprised.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Pentax Optio WG-2. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
 

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web – Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don’t like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Pentax Optio WG-2 handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Pentax Optio WG-2 allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Pentax Optio WG-2 are Flash-on, Flash-off and Red-eye reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off – Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On – Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off – Telephoto (140mm)

Flash On – Telephoto (140mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, both the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused a tiny amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Pentax Optio WG-2’s maximum shutter speed is 4 seconds in the Night Scene mode, which is not very good news if you’re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds at ISO 1600.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Pentax Optio WG-2 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Best JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 19 second movie is 35.3Mb in size.

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Product Images

Pentax Optio WG-2

Front of the Camera

 
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Isometric View

 
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Isometric View

 
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Rear of the Camera

 
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Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed

 
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Top of the Camera

 
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Bottom of the Camera

 
Pentax Optio WG-2

Side of the Camera

 
Pentax Optio WG-2

Side of the Camera

 

Pentax Optio WG-2

Front of the Camera

 
Pentax Optio WG-2
Memory Card Slot
 
Pentax Optio WG-2
Battery Compartment

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Specifications

Type
Camera Type Water proof, shock proof, cold proof, crush proof digital compact
Sensor
Type 1/2.3″ CMOS
Total Pixels

total 16.79 MP

Effective Pixels

Approx. 16.0 megapixels

Still

16M(4608×3456), 12M(1:1)(3456×3456),12M(16:9) (4608x 2592), 7M(3072×2304), 5M(16:9)(3072×1728), 5M(2592×1944), 4M(16:9)(2592×1464), 3M (2048×1536), 2M(16:9)(1920×1080), 1024(1024×768), 640(640 x 480) (Unit:pixels)

3 Quality levels (good, better, best)

Movie

Full HD 1920 (1920×1080) : approx. 30fps,

HD 1280 (1280×720), approx. 60/30fps,

VGA 640 (640×480), approx. 30fps

Sensitivity

Auto, Manual (ISO 125 – 6400)

Shake Reduction

Hi-Sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)

Movie shake reduction Mode (Movie SR)

Lens
Focal Length

5 – 25mm, approx. 28-140mm in 35mm

Digital Zoom

Optical zoom: 5x
Digital zoom: approx. 7.2x
Intelligent zoom: approx. 7.5x at 7M, approx. 36x at 640 (including optical zoom)

Construction PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type TTL contrast detection auto focus system
Functions Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range (automatic) Normal : 0.5m ? infinity (whole zoom area)
Macro : 0.1m ? 0.6m (whole zoom area)
1cm Macro : 0.01m ? 0.30m (middle zoom position)?
AF assist AF assist lamp
Special Macrolight (6 LED at front)?
Screen
Type

3.0’’ wide-TFT color LCD, Wide viewing angle 170°, approx. 460k dots, AR Coating (LCD Cover only), with protection acrylic cover

Resolution approx. 460k dots
Playback

Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/ Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close-up playback

Shutter
Speed

1/4000 – 1/4 sec. 4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode)

Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes

Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, Underwater, Underwater movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie***, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Candlelight, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report***, Green

 

***   Recorded pixels is fixed to 640(640×480), and frame rate is fixed to 120fps for shooting, 30 fps for playback in High Speed Movie mode

*** In Report mode, Digital zoom and Intelligent Zoom are not available

 

Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Auto Bracketing Available
Flash
Type Integrated auto flash contro?l
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
“Red-eye” reduction function employs a pre-discharge
Effective Range Wide:approx. 0.2 – 5.5 m (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.2 – 3.5 m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters
Modes

One shot, Self-timer (2 or 10 sec.), Continuous shooting (1 fps), Burst Shooting (approx. 10fps up to 30 frames), Remote Control (immediately or 3 sec, 2 receivers: front and back), Auto Bracketing

Face Recognition

Face detection AF&AE available for all modes up to 32 faces, Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assist +Smile Capture, Blink Detection, detects up to 1 pet’s face (auto or select from pre-reg. 3 faces)

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting

Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter

Movie
Recording

Sound
Yes

Movie
Movie shake reduction Mode (Movie SR)

Duration
Depends on memory card capacity

Resolution
Full HD 1920 (1920×1080) : approx. 30fps
HD 1280 (1280×720), approx. 60/30fps,
VGA 640 (640×480), approx. 30fps

Editing

Save as still image, Divide movies, Adding title picture

Playback
Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter

Options

Playback Modes :
One Shot, Index (6/12 thumbnails), enlargement (up to 10x, scroll available), Movie / Sound playback, Histogram, Folder display, Select&Delete, Calendar

Options :
Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/ Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close-up playback

Storage
Internal

approx 88.2 MB

External SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
File Format

Photo format
JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

Video format
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio
WAV(PCM), monaural

Special Features
Features

World time: 75 cities, 28 time zones

Others: Noise reduction if shutter speed exceeds 0.25 sec.
Motion Blur reduction
Digital Shake Reduction system
Eye-Fi cards compatible ??

DRE available: shadow adjustment

Language

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Delay Start-up time: approx. 1.6 sec
Shutter Release Delay Approx. 0.015 sec
Interface
Interface

Video output
PC / AV terminal (PAL/NTSC)

USB
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)

Other
HDMI terminal (Type D) (Micro) port

Power
Source Rechargeable D-LI92 Lithium-Ion ?battery
Optional AC adapter kit
Performance

Still*: Approx. 260 shots
Playback**: Approx. 240 min
Approx. 70min in movie mode, 270 min audio

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.  Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions
**According to the results of PENTAX in-house testing ?

Dimensions
Height 61.5 mm
Width 122.5mm
Depth 29.5 mm
Weight 173 g (without battery and memory card)
194 g (loaded and ready)
Compatibility
PC Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and 7
Mac Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Accessories
Included Software

PC: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX

Mac: MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX

Kit Content USB cable, AC cable, Li-ion battery, Battery charger, Carabiner strap, Strap, Macro stand and Software
Optional Neoprene softcase, Weatherproof remote control O-RC1, Sport strap O-ST81, Floating strap, AC adapter kit K-AC117E, Battery charger kit K-BC92E, AV cable, HDMI cable

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Conclusion

Though costly if you take its maker’s suggested cost as the one you’ll have to pay – pitching it directly against the still-to-be-rated but less eccentric looking Olympus TG1 – street prices for the ‘adventure proof’ WG-2 GPS shave an enticing margin off this. It has to be said though if you’re not too bothered about the toughened qualities, a travel zoom camera for a very similar price (Sony Cyber-shot HX20 or Panasonic’s TZ3 to take two leading exponents) may prove a more creatively versatile option thanks to the broader focal range on offer compared to the modest 5x found here. Since the likes of Olympus’ entry level E-PM1 digital Pen camera are also hovering around the £349 mark, which offers interchangeable lenses to boot, there’s a tough decision to be made.

All this being said and without wishing to be the killjoy of anyone’s fun, results from the Optio WG-2 will certainly be good enough – and perhaps even a pleasant surprise – for anyone looking to capture an aide memoire of a scene that they wouldn’t have attempted with any camera other than the toughened WG-2 (or one of it competitors) – as long as they are happy with snapshot quality images of course. And, over time and a few weeks of use, you begin to see past the stylistic horrors/design genius of the WG-2’s faceplate. Though rather more than most cameras it’s what’s on the outside that counts as much as what’s on the inside when it comes to the WG-2, one aspect – try as hard as it might – doesn’t totally overshadow the other. Shop around for a good price first and you just might be tempted by this Pentax.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Pentax Optio WG-2.

Canon PowerShot D20

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The Canon PowerShot D20 is an all-action compact camera that’s water, dust, freeze and shock proof. The new Canon D20 is a distinctively designed 12 megapixel camera with a 5x zoom, 1080p HD video, built-in GPS and a 3-inch screen. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot D20 review now…

Fujifilm FinePix XP60

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The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is a tough water, freeze, shock and dust proof 16 megapixel compact camera. The XP60 also offers 1080i HD movies, a 5x zoom lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Read our expert Fujifilm FinePix XP60 review to find out if this is the right camera for all your family.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

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The Coolpix AW100 is Nikon’s first all-action compact camera, designed to handle life’s hard knocks, and thanks to its GPS features, able to plot your journey’s too. The 16 megapixel Nikon AW100 also has a 5x zoom lens, 3 inch screen and can record full 1080p video. Can this new pretender take the weatherproof crown? Read our Nikon Coolpix AW100 review to find out…

Olympus mju Tough 8000

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As its name suggests, the Olympus mju Tough 8000 is one of the most resilient cameras around. The Tough 8000 is water-, crush-, freeze- and shock proof, making it perfect for use by all the family. Also known as the Stylus Tough 8000 in North America, this is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 3.6x image stabilised zoom lens and 2.7 inch LCD screen. Retailing for £340 / $399, we find out if the Olympus mju Tough 8000 is the perfect do-it-all, take-it-everywhere camera for the whole family in our latest in-depth review.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 is a freeze, shock, water and dust proof camera. The Panasonic FT4 also features a built-in GPS function, compass, altimeter and barometer. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 review to find out if this is the toughest camera around…

Ricoh PX

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The Ricoh PX is an unassuming compact camera that is a lot tougher than it looks, being waterproof to 3m and shockproof to 1.5m. Ricoh’s first entry into the all-action market also offers a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom lens and 720 p video. Can the Ricoh PX take on the likes of the Olympus Tough range? Find out in our detailed Ricoh PX review.

Samsung WP10

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The WP10 / AQ100 is Samsung’s first foray into the world of waterproof cameras. Sporting a 12 megapixel sensor and 5x zoom lens, the WP10 can be used at a depth of 3 meters / 10 feet. Available for less than £179.99 / $199.99, read our Samsung WP10 review find out if this budget shooter is all the camera you need.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a small and stylish camera that’s freeze, shock, water and dust proof. The Sony TX20 has a 16.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor-R sensor, 10fps burst mode, 3 inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, a 4x zoom lens and full 1080i HD movies. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 review to find out if it’s worth the £280 / $330 asking price.

Pentax Optio WG-2 Review Image

Pentax Optio WG-2 Review Image

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Review Roundup

Reviews of the Pentax Optio WG-2 from around the web.

reviews.cnet.co.uk »

There’s a little more noise than might be expected in some shots, but on the whole, the Pentax Optio WG-2 puts in a good performance. Its looks are unconventional and the shutter release is a little dull, but otherwise it’s a comfortable, lightweight and versatile choice for the budget-conscious buyer looking for a rugged waterproof snapper.
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ephotozine.com »

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.
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digitalcamerainfo.com »

Pentax is known for their DSLRs, but they’ve been in the tough-cam category longer than any other manufacturer we can think of. The Optio WG-2 is their latest “adventure-proof” camera. It can survive in 40 feet of water, falls from 5 feet, pressure up to 220 pounds, temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and the ever-present menace of dust and sand.
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pocket-lint.com »

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a waterproof compact camera that stands out from the crowd. It comes in two variants: here we’re reviewing the model without the GPS.
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imaging-resource.com »

With the Optio WG-2, Pentax introduced its thirteenth generation of rugged digital cameras, one with GPS and one without. Its sculpted appearance of body armor gives the Pentax WG-2 a look that’s more rugged than ever. Specs improve over the last generation, now including a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and support for Full HD movie recording. The Pentax WG-2 GPS also includes a GPS radio, naturally, this one optimized for faster GPS acquisition and longer battery life.
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