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Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 12m Waterproof, 1.5m Shockproof, 5 x Wide Angle Zoom & Full HD Movie) 3 inch 16:9 LCD Screen

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • 12m Waterproof
  • 1.5m Shockproof
  • Full HD Movie Mode
  • 3 inch LCD Screen
  • 16 Mega Pixel
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8,000 x 17,500 x 13,800 cm ; 172 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 15472
  • ASIN: B007510Z9I
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Feb 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,621 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The PENTAX Optio WG-2

Manufacturers Description

The PENTAX Optio WG-2 digital compact camera, in addition to its outdoor-friendly waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant construction, the heavy-duty model offers much-improved image quality in high-sensitivity shooting and Full HD movie recording capability. Equipped with the latest back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and a state-of-the-art imaging engine, the Optio WG-2 performs superbly in high-sensitivity shooting, such as when shooting at night or at poorly illuminated indoor sports arenas delivering much clearer, sharper images with minimized noise than previous models. With 16 effective megapixels, the WG-2 also offers high-resolution Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels). Coupled with a new wide, high-resolution LCD monitor assuring effortless viewing of captured images even under the bright sun, and outstanding underwater shooting capability of up to a depth of 12 meters, the Optio WG-2 performs dependably and brilliantly even under demanding outdoor conditions.

Underwater performance to 12 metres
Underwater performance to 12 metres
Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting to 12 m

By further enhancing the water tightness of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the Optio WG-2's underwater performance to 12 meters, for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance). This camera is also designed to be highly shock-resistant (from a height of 1.5 meters), dustproof, cold-resistant (down to -10°C), and crushproof (with a weight up to 100 kg). All these features make the Optio WG-2 the ideal imaging partner in harsh, demanding shooting conditions.

New back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for high-quality images

The Optio WG-2 comes equipped with the latest back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which offers much lower noise even when camera is set to higher sensitivities. With the combination of a top sensitivity of ISO 6400, 16 effective megapixels, and its new imaging engine, those models deliver super-high-resolution images. The Optio WG2 also features the new Handheld Night Snap mode, which captures four images of the same scene, then produces a single blur-free, composite image from them all automatically.

Full HD movie recording
Full HD movie recording
Full HD movie recording

The Optio WG-2 offers the Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also features a high-speed camera function for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and an interval movie function to simplify advanced movie-recording techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body allowing output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices.

High-Resolution 3-inch LCD monitor
High-Resolution 3-inch LCD monitor
Extra-large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor

New Optio WG-2 features a new extra-large, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor with wide 16:9 proportions and 460,000 dots. The AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even under harsh sunshine, while its wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.

Six LED Macro Lights
Six LED Macro Lights
Digital Microscope mode with six LED Macro Lights

By positioning six LED Macro Lights around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting — the Optio WG-2 provides brighter and uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected. Thanks to the Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye on the camera’s LCD monitor and effortlessly capture it in eye-catching images. Its instant illumination enhance function, which automatically raises the illumination level of the LED Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release, has also been upgraded to minimize camera shake and subject shake. In addition, the Macro Lights provide a Self-Portrait Assist mode to check if the subject’s face is safely captured within the picture frame using the blink of an LED lamp; and a new LED lighting mode to use the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.

5X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage

The new Optio WG2 features a high-performance 5X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths equivalent to 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto in the 35mm format. Thanks to this versatile zoom lens, the camera captures beautiful, lively pictures in a wide range of subjects and scenes from spectacular landscapes to family/group shots in a confined space.

Product Description

Pentax Optio WG-2 Camera Black 16MP 5xZoom 3.0LCD FHD 28mm Wide Wtpr 12m

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Customer Reviews

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WG2 Review 2 Oct 2012
Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
Just tried this camera out for the first time during 2 weeks in Mauritius. It was bought mainly for underwater shots and after comparing this to other similar cameras of the same price bracket opted for the Pentax.

The camera is well made and is very sturdy - a little on the heavy side and quite bulky - but still fits into a pocket easily. One of the main things that pleased me is that the camera is very easy to use - it comes with an instruction manual that is like war and peace - but after using the camera for a couple of hours it was evident that the manual is only needed for reference.

Switching between modes and settings is very easy once you are accustomed with the button layout - even underwater this is easy to do. The camera was used at depths of approximately 4m with no problems - it goes to 12m max

Battery life is very good and will last a full day of use

Results are very good, I am not a professional photographer and dont particularly analyse shots but the majority of the results are clear and capture good detail. Underwater shots need good light and the screen is hard to use in certain circumstances but I knew this when I bought the camera - I didnt try HD video so cannot comment on results

Overall very pleased with the purchase so far and would recommend it to anyone looking for a camera which gives the capability to use in water and is also rugged enough to be dropped or exposed to harsh conditions
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE 8 May 2013
By pic
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Do not buy this camera! I bought it for a 6 month long trip in Southeast Asia and it broke on my first day snorkeling. Moisture damaged occurred immediately even there was no sign that it wasn't shut tight properly. As it is comes with a 12 month warranty I sent it off to the Pentax repair centre which cost me 7 in postage. I have now received a letter from them that it will cost me 240.00 to replace the camera...more than I paid originally! The damage was apparently not caused by any durability failure and is therefore not covered by the warranty. There is no way I put the camera underwater without the battery opening being closed therefore do not see how it could possibly have been my fault. VERY ANNOYED.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rubbish battery life 23 April 2013
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Fantastic camera in every respect and its claims of being adventure proof are true, as long as your adventure doesn't stray too far from a power source. Two hours approx if your shooting a lot. I bought a second battery and that obviously doubles the adventure time but don't expect to get too far with it.

I had a Pentax options w20 prior to this and loved it. When that finally died I grabbed one of these but soon realized its battery performance was no where near as good. I'm keeping it though, just a but peeved at the battery situation.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Camera failed after one day on holiday. 3 Aug 2012
Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
Purchased this camera after last waterproof camera gave up after several years use (Fuji). We wanted a good camera for Snorkelling Holiday and the Pentax looked like it had an impressive specification, after second use in the water (no diving just surface use) noticed condensation in the camera and on the screen then it failed. Totally disappointed, asked for a full refund from Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this camera through Amazon or Piscio 19 Jun 2013
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
This camera is not waterproof despite what is said on the tin .
The service from Amazon as the prime handler of the sale of this camera has been appalling.
The service from Piscio as the seller of this camera via Amazon has also been appalling.
The camera leaked in water while on holiday so rather than return without any photographs a replacement was purchased.
The camera had to be returned to Pentax because Amazon and Piscio dint want to handle the problem despite selling the item to me. Pentax were asked for the money back ,because a replacement had been purchased, but instead sent a new camera - not what was wanted at all.
It has been a nightmare , so beware .
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot On 17 May 2012
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Right piece of equipment. Just been to Crete with it. In the pool, in the sea, on the beach, on the rocks... give it to the kids to play with... indestructable but doesn't compromise on quality like lots of other indestructable/underwater cameras. Doesn't take too long to get your head round the various preset shooting modes either. Plus it has a digital manual focus mode, incase the intelligent camera focus has some doubts. Highly reccomended.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this camera 3 Sep 2012
By Tudor
Colour Name:Red
I purchased this camera to replace an aging Olympus Tough. On first use in the sea the camera let water in within 10 minutes of surface use. Returned under warrantee, they clean and pressure tested it and said there was nothing wrong.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing so far 30 Dec 2012
Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
I bought this camera for the sole purpose of using it on holiday while diving, I'm a photographer and own a DSLR so wasn't expecting much from this little Pentax however I was pleasantly surprised!

The camera takes great still and video with a very high standard of picture, it is also packed full of features such as macro, microscope and panorama to name but a few.

I have not yet tested it underwater however a friend of mine bought one at the same time and he has and I'm told it's amazing so much so it's rendered his Go pro HD redundant!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and very tough
I like to keep it simple so as far as this camera is concerned if you are an active outdoors sort of person who's not afraid of getting wet and knocked about but want to capture... Read more
Published 1 month ago by damian laverty
5.0 out of 5 stars Indestructible
Indestructible and takes excellent shots. Mine has been to the bottom of the great barrier reef, top of mountains in NZ and the desert and it still works fine taking excellent... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Eckersley
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good camera
Purchased [as an early Christmas present... thanks luv!]...
to replace my Optio LS1100 which I dropped... fatally!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Drofmit
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
bought for water sports holiday. if kept in constant temperatures it was fine,
had moisture within the camera to start with but we found that after a few days this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof watercamera
Got this for taking sailing so I didn't need to worry about it getting wet. Takes great underwater photos in the swimming pool and the close ups have been pretty good too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy camera!
Great camera for tackling all sorts of elements outdoors! We used it on our holiday round the pool, in the pool and out and about and had no fears about it getting cracked or... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Trudie Jowett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
Just returned from Dominican Republic and used the camera on 3 dives going down to 12+mts. I took photos and lots of videos and they all came out very well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Readalot.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the plastic it is made of.
The camera leaked the second time it was used in the sea, despite having followed the instruction manual precisely. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M Salm
2.0 out of 5 stars not releable
VERY DISOPPOINTED Bought the camera end of March 2013 used it a few times point and shoot, perfect October 2013
took on Hloday to Mexico first time I used it for snorkleing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bear1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Robust, simple to use, lightweight and good looking product. Ideal for use in the mountains and takes great pictures for me
Published 8 months ago by Lyndsey Wilson
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