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Pentax Introduces Optio WG-1 and WG-1 GPS Rugged Cameras
by Allison Johnson -  2/7/2011

The waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof Pentax Optio WG-1 will be offered with and without an in-camera GPS receiver. Pentax's location-tagging compact is the latest camera to join the auto geo-tagging trend.

Pentax Optio WG1

As you'd expect, the only differentiating feature between the WG-1 and the WG-1 GPS is the presence of the internal GPS chip (well, that and the price tag). Both models use a 14 megapixel sensor and offer a 5x optical lens starting at a wide 28mm angle. They'll record 720p HD video with an option to extract still images from recorded movie clips.

The WG-1 and WG-1 GPS will be waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof up to a fall of 5 feet, crushproof to withstand a weight up to 220 pounds and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

On the back is a 2.7-inch, 230k-dot LCD with a wide 16:9 aspect ratio. There are now five macro LED lights surrounding the lens, increased from the Optio W90's three lights. The WG-1 has the same industrial styling as its predecessors, this time with a slightly curvier form and a bigger splash of color on the camera's front panel.

Pentax Optio WG1

We had a look at a pre-production model at CES - the camera is light and compact with a sturdy, rubberized grip around the perimeter. The control layout and menus are all familiar. There's a protected HDMI port for high def video playback.

The WG-1 won't offer optical or mechanical image stabilization. Instead, Pixel Track SR is available to process images in an attempt to make blurred images more clear. High-Sensitivity SR mode will raise the ISO to increase shutter speed in low light situations.

Pricing and availability
The Pentax Optio WG-1 will be offered in black or purple models, and the WG-1 GPS will be available in black, yellow, or green. They will both ship in April 2011, with the WG-1 GPS priced at $399.95 and the WG-1 at $349.95.