Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS First Look

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The Optio WG-1 is one half of the “….12th generation of adventure series digital cameras…” from Pentax and includes a second model with a GPS function, the WG-1 GPS. The latter camera is the subject of our review, but since they’re identical except for the GPS function, we’ll just simplify things and call it the WG-1. As you might expect from an “adventure series” camera, the WG-1 is a waterproof, coldproof, dustproof, shockproof compact digital.

Pentax Optio WG-1

It’s waterproof to depths of up to 33 feet (1 atmosphere); coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof to withstand falls of up to 5 feet. If water can’t get in, dust won’t either, and the camera is also designed with a crushproof construction to withstand “…weight force up to 220 pounds.”

Pentax Optio WG-1

The WG-1 offers a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and 5x zoom covering the 28 to140mm focal range in 35mm equivalents. There’s a 2.7-inch LCD monitor (no viewfinder), 720 HD video, face detection/blink detection/smile capture technology and 5 LED macro lights arranged around the lens barrel to help light extreme close-ups. The camera is primarily automatic, which means user-available inputs will be limited, but there is a Program Auto mode that offers access to multiple camera settings including white balance and ISO sensitivity.

Pentax Optio WG-1

The GPS function allows users to record position data when shooting still images, updates the built-in clock automatically to match local time of a particular shooting location and automatically creates and stores log data as a KML-format file onto an SD memory card. Pentax includes Windows-compatible software to help users access GPS-compatible applications and services such as Google Maps and Google Earth.

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