Pentax Optio WG-2 Review

4.0
March 7, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Type
Camera Type Water proof, shock proof, cold proof, crush proof digital compact
Sensor
Type 1/2.3" CMOS
Total Pixels

total 16.79 MP

Effective Pixels

Approx. 16.0 megapixels

Still

16M(4608x3456), 12M(1:1)(3456x3456),12M(16:9) (4608x 2592), 7M(3072x2304), 5M(16:9)(3072x1728), 5M(2592x1944), 4M(16:9)(2592x1464), 3M (2048x1536), 2M(16:9)(1920x1080), 1024(1024x768), 640(640 x 480) (Unit:pixels)

3 Quality levels (good, better, best)

Movie

Full HD 1920 (1920x1080) : approx. 30fps,

HD 1280 (1280x720), approx. 60/30fps,

VGA 640 (640x480), approx. 30fps

Sensitivity

Auto, Manual (ISO 125 - 6400)

Shake Reduction

Hi-Sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)

Movie shake reduction Mode (Movie SR)

Lens
Focal Length

5 - 25mm, approx. 28-140mm in 35mm

Digital Zoom

Optical zoom: 5x
Digital zoom: approx. 7.2x
Intelligent zoom: approx. 7.5x at 7M, approx. 36x at 640 (including optical zoom)

Construction PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type TTL contrast detection auto focus system
Functions Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range (automatic) Normal : 0.5m ? infinity (whole zoom area)
Macro : 0.1m ? 0.6m (whole zoom area)
1cm Macro : 0.01m ? 0.30m (middle zoom position)?
AF assist AF assist lamp
Special Macrolight (6 LED at front)?
Screen
Type

3.0’’ wide-TFT color LCD, Wide viewing angle 170°, approx. 460k dots, AR Coating (LCD Cover only), with protection acrylic cover

Resolution approx. 460k dots
Playback

Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/ Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close-up playback

Shutter
Speed

1/4000 - 1/4 sec. 4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode)

Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes

Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, Underwater, Underwater movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie***, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Candlelight, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report***, Green

 

***   Recorded pixels is fixed to 640(640x480), and frame rate is fixed to 120fps for shooting, 30 fps for playback in High Speed Movie mode

*** In Report mode, Digital zoom and Intelligent Zoom are not available

 

Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Auto Bracketing Available
Flash
Type Integrated auto flash contro?l
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
"Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge
Effective Range Wide:approx. 0.2 - 5.5 m (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.2 - 3.5 m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters
Modes

One shot, Self-timer (2 or 10 sec.), Continuous shooting (1 fps), Burst Shooting (approx. 10fps up to 30 frames), Remote Control (immediately or 3 sec, 2 receivers: front and back), Auto Bracketing

Face Recognition

Face detection AF&AE available for all modes up to 32 faces, Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assist +Smile Capture, Blink Detection, detects up to 1 pet’s face (auto or select from pre-reg. 3 faces)

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting

Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter

Movie
Recording

Sound
Yes

Movie
Movie shake reduction Mode (Movie SR)

Duration
Depends on memory card capacity

Resolution
Full HD 1920 (1920x1080) : approx. 30fps
HD 1280 (1280x720), approx. 60/30fps,
VGA 640 (640x480), approx. 30fps

Editing

Save as still image, Divide movies, Adding title picture

Playback
Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter

Options

Playback Modes :
One Shot, Index (6/12 thumbnails), enlargement (up to 10x, scroll available), Movie / Sound playback, Histogram, Folder display, Select&Delete, Calendar

Options :
Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/ Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close-up playback

Storage
Internal

approx 88.2 MB

External SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
File Format

Photo format
JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

Video format
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio
WAV(PCM), monaural

Special Features
Features

World time: 75 cities, 28 time zones

Others: Noise reduction if shutter speed exceeds 0.25 sec.
Motion Blur reduction
Digital Shake Reduction system
Eye-Fi cards compatible ??

DRE available: shadow adjustment

Language

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Delay Start-up time: approx. 1.6 sec
Shutter Release Delay Approx. 0.015 sec
Interface
Interface

Video output
PC / AV terminal (PAL/NTSC)

USB
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)

Other
HDMI terminal (Type D) (Micro) port

Power
Source Rechargeable D-LI92 Lithium-Ion ?battery
Optional AC adapter kit
Performance

Still*: Approx. 260 shots
Playback**: Approx. 240 min
Approx. 70min in movie mode, 270 min audio


* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.  Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions
**According to the results of PENTAX in-house testing ?

Dimensions
Height 61.5 mm
Width 122.5mm
Depth 29.5 mm
Weight 173 g (without battery and memory card)
194 g (loaded and ready)
Compatibility
PC Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and 7
Mac Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Accessories
Included Software

PC: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX

Mac: MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX

Kit Content USB cable, AC cable, Li-ion battery, Battery charger, Carabiner strap, Strap, Macro stand and Software
Optional Neoprene softcase, Weatherproof remote control O-RC1, Sport strap O-ST81, Floating strap, AC adapter kit K-AC117E, Battery charger kit K-BC92E, AV cable, HDMI cable

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