Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) Reviews

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Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

  • 16Mp Resolution
  • 3.0″ LCD Screen
  • 5x Optical Zoom/36x Combined Zoom

The Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera is Pentaxs’ 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 designed to withstand up to 220 pounds of force, it’s coldproof down to 14 F, and that it’s dustproof. Phew! That’s a lot of safety built-into one little point-and-shoot. 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.

List Price: $ 349.95

Price: $ 349.95

Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (Black)

Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (Black)

  • 24.24 effective megapixel, APS-C AA filter-less CMOS sensor with ISO from 100-204800
  • Dustproof and weather-resistant with In-body “SR” shake reduction mechanism
  • Vary-angle LCD monitor with Night vision red light LCD display
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for use with Image Sync app
  • Pixel Shift Resolution with Motion Correction
    AA Filter Simulator: Moré reduction using “SR” unit and Pixel Shift Resolution with Motion Correction

Never let the extreme conditions stop you with the PENTAX K-70. This compact, lightweight, DSLR features the PRIME MII engine with a newly designed Accelerator Unit and a 24.24 megapixel AA-filter-less APS-C CMOS sensor for high definition images. Enjoy faster readout with 6 frames per second shooting of 14-bit RAW image data. Minimize camera shake with in-body SR (shake reduction) to assure sharp, blur-free images, even in demanding situations. Built for the toughest of shooters, this dustproof and weather-resistant camera is constructed with 100 different weather seals of protection, guarding it from the harsh environments of travel, landscape and nature photography. Built with the photographer in mind, the PENTAX K-70 offers a vary-angle LCD to facilitate creative compositions. Astronomy photographers will rejoice with the addition of a Night Vision Red Light LCD to enhance those low light situations. In addition to standard interval shooting, the PENTAX K-70 also features ultra high resolution 4K interval movie. It’s equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, for easy mobile transfer and social media sharing of your adventures. Take on all the extremes with the PENTAX K-70, while never compromising on image quality.

List Price: $ 846.93

Price: $ 846.79

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  1. 55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good picture quality, a real go-anywhere camera, December 17, 2012
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    This review is from: Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
    In Hawaii, go-anywhere includes underwater. This is my second Pentax Optio WP-series waterproof camera, I liked the original WP (only 5 mega pixel) so I did not hesitate to buy this WG-2 when I wanted to upgrade.

    I like it overall, but it is not everything I hoped it could be. I've had it for a few months, but I waited until I used it while snorkeling to finalize the review. Let's face it, you buy this camera for underwater use.

    It could be better in the following areas:
    (1) Shutter release button is kind of recessed (may be just flush) and kind of hard to press. I can understand the on-off switch being recessed, but why the shutter release button??? If you take a picture accidentally, what's the big deal? Just erase it! Make the shutter release button easier to press.
    (2) Other buttons are small-ish. Some buttons are for fingernail operation. Definitely not operable with gloved hand (diving glove).
    (3) No zooming capability in video mode while shooting. Why? I want to zoom in and out while shooting.
    (4) The battery-memory-card compartment door is tricky to close. It's the same (as original WP) two-hand operation to open and close, which is good because you don't want it to open accidentally. But closing requires fine alignment of the door to the body, and I worry this mechanism will wear prematurely. It has not leaked, yet, but I worry about this door mechanism developping a leak.
    (5) Auto exposure in video mode is not continuously adjusting, once the shutter release is pressed the exposure setting seems to be locked in that initial setting. It is OK for most video situation, but if you start the video footage underwater, and continue shooting while surfacing and above water, the exposure becomes all wrong.
    (6) The interval photo and video modes are nice, but the available intervals are almost useless. The minimum still photo interval is 10 sec. The minimum video interval is 1 minute!!! The only application that I can think of for such a LOOONG interval is maybe for shooting the entire lunar eclipse sequence. Why such a long interval? I need like 0.1 sec, 0.2 sec, 0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec.
    (7) It is a point-and-shoot camera, so manual controls are difficult or absent. You just need to be aware of that, if you are an advanced photographer.
    (8) The included strap and carabiner look cool, but useless for underwater use - you need a REAL wrist strap for underwater use.
    Above negative comments sound harsh, but I'm nitpicking. Overall, it is a nice go-anywhere camera.

    LIKES:
    (1) Picture quality is good both under and above water.
    (2) Excellent macro capability.
    (3) Nice textured body surface.
    (4) Includes a real printed operation manual, not just a PDF file of it.
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    Lan Acane2017-11-16 20:11
  2. 35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Underwater Digital Camera, May 16, 2012
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    Sageduo (Central MA) -
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    This rugged little camera takes great shots on land. I was skeptical about the underwater durability but it seems great so far. The pictures are typical of basic underwater shots without additional lighting. It was purchased for a vacation to the Caribbean to reduce luggage weight (instead of lugging my Canon T3i and lenses)and to avoid the expense of one-use underwater film cameras. I purchased the extra battery and a 32GB Class 10 SD card to accommodate videos and photos. The various settings are user friendly for anyone, even as a point & shoot. It boots super-fast and is pretty intuitive (though reading the manual is recommended). Many of the reviews I read or watched were pretty accurate and very helpful.
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    Sageduo2017-11-16 21:00
  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Macro Heaven, Freediving Fun, Hasn't Broke Yet!, July 11, 2015
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    Fred K. Aron (Fairfax, va United States) -
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    I absolutely love this tough little beast. I have a personal love of bugs and spiders (well actually all animals and plants) and I am kinda clumsy, so between the macro ability, being shock proof, and taking it in the ocean in the VI for a few weeks, this thing never quite. It does have draw backs, my wife's Cannon G10 and SONY Alpha A6000 kill this camera in low light or fast action, or clarity in zoomed in pics. But then a Porsche is better than a Jeep at some things. For a great camera that can handle an 8 year old using it (and dropping it) and her father not breaking it in the years of hiking, swimming, camping, and general use it gets my total respect!
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    Fred K. Aron2017-11-16 21:58