42nd Street Photo Reviews the Pentax Optio WG-1

Pentax pushed out the Optio WG-1 in February 2011 which was 14.0 megapixel multi protection GPS compact camera.  This camera features all weather shooting and is waterproof up to 10 meters, 100 kg crushproof, 1.5 m shockproof and -10 degrees Celsius coldproof.  There is a LED light on the front lens and it comes equipped with a GPS module that helps track the locations of your photos.

When it comes to the actual images, the WG-1 won’t disappoint. The camera employs the 14.0 effective megepixels CCD image sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and 2.7-inch 230,000 dots high-brightness LCD screen. It also records 30 fps 16:9 HDTV video clips. The camera also has a Digital Microscope mode for capturing macro images.

The WG-1 only weighs 5.9 ounces fully loaded with a battery pack and memory card. Dimensions of the camera are 4.5 × 2.3 × 1.1 inches. The camera come in black or purple.

More specifications

  • 14-megapixels of resolution for big prints
  • 5X optical zoom (28-140mm equal)
  • 2.7 inches LCD display screen with 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio and anti-reflective coating
  • Improved Digital Microscope mode
  • Detachable Macro stand
  • 5 LED macro lights installed round the zoom lens bezel
  • Water-proof to depths as high as 33 ft
  • Shockproof from drops as high as 5 feet from the ground
  • Crushproof ti withstand up to 220 pounds of force
  • Coldproof/Freezeproof down to 14ºF/-10ºC
  • Dustproof
  • Infrared remote control abilities
  • Chargeable Li-Ion battery power
  • High-definition multimedia interface interface for playing back High definition videos and still images on you HDTV
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot; Eye-fi compliant

This is a pretty decent camera for the price and makes a great companion of any summer vacation. Check it out if you get the chance.


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