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Pentax Optio WG-1

We have collected and analyzed 35 expert reviews and 365 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 72/100 and users rate it 73/100. The average review date is Apr 26, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 780558 reviews from other Digital Compact Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: Apr 18, 2014.

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Pentax Optio WG-10 Review


Along with the announcement of of their top-of-the-line WG-3 FPS model, Pentax has also introduced an affordable lifeproof camera; the Optio WG-10. While not as glamorous as the WG-3 GPS, the 14-megapixel WG-10 still offers some tough features that are...

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Pentax Optio WG-1 Review


The Pentax WG-1 is offer some nice improvements over its predecessors, with tougher "lifeproof" specifications, longer battery life, and additional LED macro lamps. At $349 or less, it offers a good bang for your buck in a competitive market niche....

Sturdy feel, rugged design ; Bright backlight in direct sunlight, viewing angle of 170 ; Face detection excellent, even on faces in photographs and profile shots up to 80 ; Easy to understand, and cartoon like menu icons for preprogrammed exposure...

Weak Flash ; Recessed power button, difficult turning on/off ; Weak macro LED lamps ; Confusion between menu and playback buttons ; Detachable stand is useful for macro shots, but unrealistic to actually have it when you need it, or it could easily be...

The Pentax WG-1 is offer some nice improvements over its predecessors, with tougher "lifeproof" specifications, longer battery life, and additional LED macro lamps. At $349 or less, it offers a good bang for your buck in a competitive market niche....

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Pentax WG-1 First Impressions Review


The Optio WG-1 is Pentax's 12th generation tough-cam. This means the WG-1 isn't just waterproof, but it's also shockproof, crushproof, coldproof, and dustproof. Need more? It also comes with a hardcore carabiner strap, uses five macro LEDs for extra...

At the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, we’ve taken a gander at a ton of cameras. Nothing else at this show really comes close to matching the unique design of the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS, however, and its this special design that makes the WG-1 a noteworthy...


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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS


Water, cold, dust, crush, and shockproof, the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS will also record where you are when you shoot your pictures. But for all its toughness we were disappointed in the images except for those who only print 8x10 or smaller most of the time.

Weatherproof; Rugged; Built-in GPS; 5x zoom in a small size; Fast shutter lag

Excessive noise processing at low ISO; Poor video quality; GPS punishes battery life; Electronic image stabilization only

There's something to be said for a camera like the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS that can deal with very harsh conditions without any hair-pulling and heartbreak. We've all had the instant of fear when the camera slips out of your hand and hits the ground,...

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Optio WG-1 GPS


($399) is a compact, rugged camera that is designed to be outside in the elements. It's waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, crushproof to 220 lbs, and freezeproof to 14F. The WG-1 looks like it means business, with a design that's the polar...

Accurate color and exposure; lens is sharp across the frame ; Rugged, uniquely styled body is water, dust, shock, crush, and freezeproof (though see my concern below) ; 2.7" LCD display has good outdoor, low light visibility ; Auto Picture mode...

Photos are noisy and have lots of detail smudging, even at ISO 80 ; Some highlight clipping and purple fringing at times (use the D-Range tool for the former) ; Redeye a problem, though removal tool in playback mode works well ; No optical image...

Despite it's fun features and unique design, I was let down by the Optio WG-1's mediocre photo and video quality, almost useless GPS, and lack of image stabilization. In a sea of rugged cameras, this one definitely doesn't float to the top in my...

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Objects of Desire: Pentax Optio WG-1GPS (Orange)


The latest in Pentax's popular line of “tough” pocket cameras, the14-megapixel WG-1 now comes in eye-catching orange.

Rock climbing types will enjoy the woven web fabric strap and carabiner that lets you attach the WG-1 GPS to your backpack or pants loop. On belay? Belay on.

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS


The Pentax WG-1 GPS is a compact camera with a 5x zoom lens (28-140mm) and a robust body, which is water proved to 33 ft, shock proof (5 ft drop down) and an integrated GPS system. The camera offers 14 MP resolution and some extraordinary features like...

waterproof up to 33 ft;shock proof (drop test 5 ft);GPS system;easy handling, a lot of scene modes;innovative “microscope” mode for extreme macro shots

disappointing results in resolution tests;LCD screen with low resolution

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review


The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS is ready to tag along on your summer vacation.

Durable ; Good image quality ; Good AF speed

LCD tricky to use outdoors ; Average at best high ISO performance

If you're in the market for a compact that can brave the elements while producing good images, the Pentax WG-1 series deserves serious consideration.

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Pentax WG-1


A waterproof tough-cam that doesn't shy away from its adventuresome style

Tough cam is tough; Great color accuracy

So-so sharpness; Loads of useless editing features

The Pentax Optio WG-1 surprised us in many ways. The camera exceeded our expectations in various imaging tests, particularly color and distortion, while its design and interface occasionally left us shaking our heads. The $349 price tag that Pentax...

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS


It's not the best waterproof camera we reviewed, but the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS will get the job done. We are a little worried about the loose battery door, so if you want to take extra steps to protect your camera, we recommend purchasing an airtight...

The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS has a unique and easy-to-grip design

The battery compartment latch seems loose and easily breakable

If you treat it carefully, this waterproof camera could last a long time.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module:No / Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1500


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI92
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI92


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No