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Pentax Optio WG-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 669 reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the performance and durability. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are mixed reviews on the contrast and focus, and some have doubts about the energy efficiency and viewfinder.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, performance

shutter, stabilizer , viewfinder, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio WG-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio WG-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the price and performance are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

usability, image quality, portability, performance, price

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio WG-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 221 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the performance and durability. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are negative about the image stabilizer and low light performance. Views are divided on the lens.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, performance

reliability, focus, shutter, low-light, stabilizer

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax Optio WG-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The usability also gets good views, but there are some critical comments about the portability and zoom.

usability, price

zoom, portability

50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : David Pierce (pcmag.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1

 

The cute but tough Pentax Optio WG-1 is built to withstand the elements, its image and video quality, though, aren't up to par with some competitors.

Small build for a ruggedized camera. Good low-light performance.

Our first test camera experienced some water damage. Slow recycle times. Dated, complicated interface.

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Jul, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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....

May, 2011

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Expert review by : Matt Grayson (photographyblog.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review

 

It's a hard world that we live in with problems at every turn, so we need a camera that can withstand the hardships that get thrown at us in day to day life. Pentax have released the Optio WG-1 GPS, a robust compact camera which sports 14 megapixels, a...

There are quite a few tough cameras out there with water, dust and ice proofing. The way they look differs immensely. If the other tough cameras are the Starship Enterprise with it's flush seams and silky smooth hull, then the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS is...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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,...

Expert review by : Maximum CPU (maximumcpu.net)

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Digital Camera

 

Product: Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Supplier: Pentax MSRP: $349 Find Lowest Price @ PriceGrabber Author: Bill Date: January 28, 2012 The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS is offered as a convenient point-and-shoot camera with the added features of an onboard GPS...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

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...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Dan Havlik (pdngearguide.com)

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.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : George Schaub (shutterbug.com)

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

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review

 

I said at the outset that the WG-1 was notable for its ability to survive conditions that would kill or disable most other compacts, and after living with it for three weeks nothing has changed. Survivability is the WG-1's strong suit. But the camera...

Good survivability, Good image quality, Good AF acquisition time, Program Auto mode offers manual control

Monitor harder than average to see in bright light, ISO noise performance average at best

May, 2011

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

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...

May, 2011

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