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Pentax Optio WG2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 229 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the screen and responsiveness. The battery and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the contrast and image stabilizer. There are some mixed views about the performance.

usability, portability, battery, responsiveness, screen

shutter, features, viewfinder, stabilizer , contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio WG2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 229 reviews)

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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS


The GPS-equipped Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS features a striking design that avoids the standard rugged camera look and feel. It can keep image noise under control at higher ISOs, but is hampered by a lens that isn't as sharp as others in its class.

Unique design. Macro LED lighting. Integrated GPS. Low noise at high ISOs. Waterproof to 40 feet

Soft lens. Slow to start and shoot. No optical stabilization. Pricey

The WG-2 isn't going to win any races, but it isn't an overly slow performer either. It starts and shoots in about 2.5 seconds, makes you wait 0.9 second between photos, and records a very respectable 0.2-second shutter lag. The Olympus Tough TG-820...

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Pentax Optio WG-2 (with GPS, White)


One look at the Pentax Optio WG-2 and you know this isn't your average point-and-shoot. It's the camera maker's 13th-generation rugged compact, waterproof down to 40 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also...

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a lightweight, but extremely rugged compact camera with some extra features and functions you won't find in competing models.

The WG-2's shooting performance isn't particularly fast and it only has digital image stabilization.

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a very good rugged camera with few trade-offs for its durability.

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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPSFirst Impressions Review


Pentax is bringing back its adventuresome spirit with the company's 13th-genaration tough-cam, the Optio WG-2. The camera has the same lens, similar body design, and most of the same features as last year's WG-1, but the new model includes a revamped...

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is an impressive adventure-cam that simply doesn’t shy away from its rugged persona. Its design may not be pretty, and Pentax definitely has some work to do on its button layout and menu interface, but the camera succeeds where it...


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Pentax WG-2 GPS


The toughest of the tough-cams is soft on image quality.

Very rugged, waterproof to 40 feet.; Easy to handle

Mediocre image quality.; Occasionally frustrating controls

Competition is a great thing. While sales of plain point-and-shoots dwindle, the camera industry is betting that tough-cams like the Pentax WG-2 will keep the compact-camera market afloat. Most manufacturers now make at least one adventure-ready...

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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS


It's not the best waterproof camera we reviewed, but the Pentax Optio WG-2 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-2 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.

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"Rugged camera . Great for vacations. Good around kids."


Daughter in law loved it so much she came back from cancan and went and bought one. Great for memories not high quality pix.

Great around water and dirt. Easy to use. Less worry about the every where.

Wish video was zoomable. Strap could b 2 inches longer.

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"Excellent! Love it!"


I avoided black as it would absorb more heat from the sun. A day on a sailboat, it might make a difference; maybe I think too much about it as I'm an solar engineer. Most of all, I love the camera.

Good in all departments. It's first outing was our honeymoon, up mountains and into the sea - very happy with the performance.

It was a bit slow between pushing the button and taking the shot, so it took getting used to it and that was that.

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio WG2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, image quality, performance, value for money, portability

low-light, color, responsiveness

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio WG-2 16 MP Digital Camera (Vermillion red)Premiere Kit Includes 8GB Memory Card, Reader, Battery, Case, Tripod, Floating Wrist Strap, ScrPentax Optio WG-2 Azure Blue Series 16 MP Waterproof And Shockproof Digital Camera with 5 X Optical Zoom "Ready For Adventure" Pack

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Worth it


Good camera for the money. Would have gave 5 stars buts whats perfect?

Easy to use ; Good battery life ; Gps ; Non-scratch Display

Not yet

Consumer review by:

Worth it


Good camera for the money. Would have gave 5 stars buts whats perfect?

Easy to use ; Good battery life ; Gps ; Non-scratch Display

Not yet

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 / Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready / Yes

General Features

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


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


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