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3.0 out of 5 stars Pentax WG1. The rugged camera that needs protection!., 16 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Pentax Optio WG-1 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 10m Water Proof, 1.5m Shock Proof, 5 x Wide Angle Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Electronics)
I bought the WG1 hoping that it would be a worthy successor to an older Pentax model that had served well but eventually died due to repeated exposure to conditions that it was never designed to withstand .
The WG1 is certainly a sturdy camera that feels and looks as if it will live up to the claims of robustness under adversity . Its easy to operate and takes good pictures when simply set to auto mode but also has plenty of options for dealing with more specialist subjects and conditions .
It is not perfect though and I question if it is worth the full recommended retail price . Some of its functions seem a little slow to activate and some ,such as the neat illuminated close-up facility drain the battery if over-used .
The one big omission in its specification in my opinion is the lack of a built-in or detachable lens cap. This means that in the adverse conditions that it is supposedly designed for the WG1 really needs to be carried in a case to prevent dirt gathering on the lens between shots which can lead to fumbling in bags and missed photo oppertunities . This goes some way to negating the Pentax WG1's use as a ready for anything action camera .
Overall its not a bad device and thanks to Amazon I was able to take advantage of some heavy discounting which softened the blow of the camera's percieved short-comings .
A lens cap would have certainly earned another star and a half !.
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2011 22:02:26 BDT
Mrs. Fr Reid says:
are you a photographer? Im not a photographer but always had a pentax and they keep breaking on me, probably because i love under water use! But want one that will last a few years not just one year! hope you can comment

thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 19:04:23 GMT
Kevin Dawson says:
I work and also spend most of my liesure time in the countrysideand carry a camera most of the time . It is used to take pictures of interesting wild-life and other rural scenes but is also important for recording work situations . My last camera was a Pentax optio. It was easy to use and took excellent pictures but sadly after three winters of exposure to damp,dirt and sub zero conditions finally malfunctioned . I decided to stick with the Pentax name and buy the WG as it promised the same simplicity of use coupled with a sturdier build and water-proof qualities . In the few months I have owned it it has been subject to daily use and I have experimented underwater a couple of times . The device seems to be pretty strong and waterproof but the trade-off is picture quality . Nothing like as good as the old Optio. And the WG still cries out for a lens-cap !

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2012 18:09:33 BDT
EricD says:
glue a disc of plastic into the macro stand ?
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