Pentax Improves an already great camera

Pentax Improves an already great camera

Our testers fell in love with the waterproof, shock-proof Pentax Optio WG-1 last year, and the upgrades to the new Optio WG-2 proved wonderful improvements that made that great camera better. (see the WG-1 review here)

  The new Pentax WG-2 GPS camera offers outdoor enthusiasts the same handy means of documenting their adventures in pictures in wet conditions and even underwater. The WG-1 and WG-2 models look very similar and share the same GPS chipsets, but most of the rest of the innards have been upgraded. Pentax upgraded the WG-2 with a CMOS sensor, which provide cleaner, higher quality images than the previous CMOS sensor. That new sensor also captures true HD video (1080p at 30 fps instead of 720p) and huge 16.2 megapixel still images. The 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens works wonderfully for all outdoor situations outside long-zooms on skittish wildlife. The underwater image clarity is much better than we found on 2-year-old Canon D10 waterproof camera and even a bit better than the WG-1. Part of the reason for that is the WG-2 ability to shoot at 6400 ISO speeds (versus the WG-1 maximum 1600 ISO) so low-light image quality is greatly improved.
Example of an image shot with the WG-2
The improvements in both video and still image quality in all shooting conditions make the WG-2 a wonderful upgrade to what was already a great outdoor shooters tool: the WG-1. I wouldn't necessarily recommend ditching the WG-1 if you already have one, unless you really need the higher quality video, or you primarily shoot at dusk and dawn when you would need that low-light capability. But if you are looking to upgrade from any other point and shoot, I would recommend the WG-2 above any other Point and Shoot I've used recently. The WG-2 GPS sells for $349. www.pentaximaging.com  
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