Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review

August 4, 2011 | Matt Grayson |

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Specifications

Camera Type Water and shock proof digital zoom compact
Type 1/2.3" CCD
Total Pixels approx. 14.48 megapixels
Effective Pixels approx. 14 megapixels

14M (4228x3216)
10M (1:1) (3216x3216)
10M (16:9) (4224x2376)
7M (3072x2304)
5M (16:9) (3072x1728)
5M (2592x1944)
4M (16:9) (2592x1464)
3M (2048x1536)
2M (16:9) (1920x1080)
1024 (1024x768)
640 (640x480)

3 quality levels of JPEG (good, better, best)

Movie HDTV 720p (1280x720) @ approx. 30 or 15fps
VGA (640x480) @ approx. 30 or 15fps
QVGA (320x240) @ approx. 30 or 15fps
Colour Depth 12 bits x 3 colours
Sensitivity Auto, Fixed (ISO 80 - 6400)
Shake Reduction Pixel Track Shake Reduction
Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focal Length PENTAX 5-25mm f/3.5(W) - f/5.5(T), equ. to 28?140mm in 35mm
Digital Zoom Optical zoom: 5x
Digital zoom: approx. 6.7x
Intelligent zoom: approx. 7x at 7M, approx. 33.5x 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: available
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 (5 LED at front)?
Type 2.7’’ (6.86mm) colour 16:9 LCD, extra wide angle viewing with Anti-Reflective Coating
Resolution approx. 230k dots
Playback One Shot, Index (4  thumb nails, 9 thumb nails), Enlargement (up to 10X, scroll available), Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder display, Select&Delete, Calendar?
Speed 1/1500  - 1/4sec.
4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide, Digital Shake Reduction, Surf&Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report, Green? ?
Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Auto Bracketing Available
Type Integrated auto flash contro?l
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
"Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge
Soft Flash
Effective Range Wide:approx. 0.2 - 3.9 m (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.2 - 2.5 m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters
Modes One shot, Self-timer (2 or 10 sec), Continuous shooting (0.68 fps), Burst shooting, IR Remote Control, Interval shooting, Auto Bracket
Face Recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces
Smile Capture
Self-portrait Assist
Blink Detection?
Pet Detection up to 3 faces?
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Colour, Extract colour, Colour emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-Eye, Brightness, Miniature
Recording Sound : Yes
Movie "Shake reduction" ? stabilized video
Duration : Depends on memory card capacity
Resolution : HDTV (1280x720) at 30 or 15fps ; VGA (640x480) at 30 or 15fps ; QVGA (320x240) at 30 or 15fps
Editing Save as still image, Dividing Movies
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Colour, Extract Colour, Colour Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Brightness, Minature Filters
Options Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Edit, Red-eye Compensation,  Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close up playback, Eye-Fi compatible

Geo-tagging function: particularly useful when going on vacation and when travelling. This function allows you to show on your photo galleries where your pictures were taken
Internal approx 97 MB
External SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
File Format JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III
AVI (Motion JPEG)
WAV(PCM), mono?
Special Features
Features World time: 75 cities, 28 time zones

Built-in GPS tracker, allowing geo-tagging
Others: Noise reduction if shutter speed exceeds 0.25 sec.
Motion Blur reduction
Digital Shake Reduction system
Eye-Fi cards compatible ??
Language English, French, Germany, 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. 1.3 sec
Shutter Release Delay Approx. 0.037 sec
Interface Micro HDMI output, USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed), PC/AV terminal (NTSC/PAL, mono) and AC power input
Source Rechargeable D-LI92 Lithium-Ion ?battery
Optional AC adapter kit
Performance Still*: Approx. 260 shots
Playback**: Approx. 280 min

* 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 ?
Height 58.5 mm
Width 115.5mm
Depth 28.5 mm
Weight 147 g (without battery and memory card)
167 g (loaded and ready)
PC Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and 7
Mac Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software For Windows: Arcsoft Media Impression v3.0 for PENTAX
For Mac: Arcsoft Media Impression v2.1 for PENTAX
Kit Content AV cable, USB cable, AC cable, Li-ion battery, Battery charger, Carabiner strap, Strap, Macro stand and Software
Optional Neoprene pouches, Weatherproof remote control O-RC1, Sport strap O-ST81, Floating strap, AC adapter kit K-AC117E, Battery charger kit K-BC92E