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Pentax Optio WG-2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 286 reviews of Pentax Optio WG-2. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The image quality and performance are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and image stabilizer.

usability, performance, image quality, portability, durability

lens, shutter, reliability, stabilizer , viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio WG-2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio WG-2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the image quality and durability. The performance and portability also get good comments. The flash and shutter get negative views. Views are divided on the focus.

usability, portability, performance, durability, image quality

lens, screen, shutter, flash

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio WG-2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax Optio WG-2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-2 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. People really like the usability. The durability is also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the portability.

durability, usability

portability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

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.

Performance and Conclusions 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....

May, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax Optio WG-2

 

Product not yet reviewed by PCMag editors.

For more information on the camera's performance and more advanced features, be sure to read the WG-2 GPS review. Aside from the adding geographic data to your photos via the GPS, the cameras will produce the same quality images and shoot at the same...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Pentax Optio WG-2 review

 

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.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS Review

 

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is as tough of a camera as you will find. Sporting a slew of useful features and shooting modes, such as underwater modes and a 16-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, you will find everything you are looking for. The only drawback is...

Tough built, will survive anything within set parameters ; Easy to handle and operate in any situation ; Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof protect the camera ; Great image quality ; Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD is easy to...

Very weak battery life ; Some noise in all images, more than should be seen at all ISO settings ; Screen can be hard to see underwater if not looking straight on ; No Dedicated video recording button

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is as tough of a camera as you will find. Sporting a slew of useful features and shooting modes, such as underwater modes and a 16-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, you will find everything you are looking for. The only drawback is...

Jun, 2012

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Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Pentax Optio WG-2 Review

 

The Pentax Optio WG2 and WG2-GPS are waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant compact cameras which can be used at a depth of up to 12 metres, withstand a drop of 1.5 metres, cold to -10°C and a weight up to 100kg. The WG2 and WG2-GPS feature a 16...

Though costly if you take its maker’s suggested cost as the one you’ll have to pay – pitching it directly against the still-to-be-rated but less eccentric looking Olympus TG1 – street prices for the ‘adventure proof’ WG-2 GPS shave an enticing margin...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : imaging-resource.com (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax WG-2

 

Aggressive, attractive sculpted body design that's light, well-balanced and easy to grip, even underwater, 5x optical zoom lens provides 28-140mm equivalent coverage, Waterproof to 40 feet, Doors have double safety locks, Good underwater and...

Aggressive, attractive sculpted body design that's light, well-balanced and easy to grip, even underwater, 5x optical zoom lens provides 28-140mm equivalent coverage, Waterproof to 40 feet, Doors have double safety locks, Good underwater and...

With its aggressive Transformers-like design, the Pentax WG-2 rose above its competition in our Waterproof Shootout primarily thanks to its superior image quality in the situations we imagine people will use it: Underwater and in outdoor sun. The...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Liam McCabe (reviewed.com)

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...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by (t3.com)

Pentax Optio WG-2 review

 

The Pentax WG-2 GPS is waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof

Ruggedised outer casing ; Bonkers ultra-modernist design ; Destruction proof spec

Pricey ; Not easiest design to use ; Softness on maximum zoom

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (techadvisor.co.uk)

Pentax Optio WG2 review

 

Thankfully the clear lens cover appeared impervious to finger smudges, while water runs off the surface of the camera so that it doesn't require lots of drying down either. The wacky Batman utility belt design serves some purpose, as there are plenty...

With a costly suggested price of £300+, we found the WG2 on sale for a more reasonable £270 online. If you’re looking for a fun, waterproof snapper that delivers on its promise, you’ve found it.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Nick Broughall (macworld.com.au)

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

 

Looking like a slightly more colourful (and tougher) build of Batman's bodysuit, the WG-2 is the latest rugged model from Pentax.

Intelligent functions; impressive macro mode

Soft images; flimsy battery cover

A good option for the solo adventurer or those who like up close macro images, but soft photos may sway photographers to other cameras.

Dec, 2012

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