Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Vermillion Red


  • 3-inch LCD display
  • 16Mp Resolution
  • 5x Optical Zoom/36x Combined Zoom

Pentax 15486 16.0 Megapixel Optio Wg-2 Digital Camera (Vermillion Red)

$ 299.99

Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Vermillion Red

3 Responses to Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Vermillion Red

  1. Lan Acane says:
    53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good picture quality, a real go-anywhere camera, December 17, 2012

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    In Hawaii, go-anywhere includes underwater. This is my second Pentax Optio WP-series waterproof camera, I liked the original WP (only 5 mega pixel) so I did not hesitate to buy this WG-2 when I wanted to upgrade.

    I like it overall, but it is not everything I hoped it could be. I’ve had it for a few months, but I waited until I used it while snorkeling to finalize the review. Let’s face it, you buy this camera for underwater use.

    It could be better in the following areas:
    (1) Shutter release button is kind of recessed (may be just flush) and kind of hard to press. I can understand the on-off switch being recessed, but why the shutter release button??? If you take a picture accidentally, what’s the big deal? Just erase it! Make the shutter release button easier to press.
    (2) Other buttons are small-ish. Some buttons are for fingernail operation. Definitely not operable with gloved hand (diving glove).
    (3) No zooming capability in video mode while shooting. Why? I want to zoom in and out while shooting.
    (4) The battery-memory-card compartment door is tricky to close. It’s the same (as original WP) two-hand operation to open and close, which is good because you don’t want it to open accidentally. But closing requires fine alignment of the door to the body, and I worry this mechanism will wear prematurely. It has not leaked, yet, but I worry about this door mechanism developping a leak.
    (5) Auto exposure in video mode is not continuously adjusting, once the shutter release is pressed the exposure setting seems to be locked in that initial setting. It is OK for most video situation, but if you start the video footage underwater, and continue shooting while surfacing and above water, the exposure becomes all wrong.
    (6) The interval photo and video modes are nice, but the available intervals are almost useless. The minimum still photo interval is 10 sec. The minimum video interval is 1 minute!!! The only application that I can think of for such a LOOONG interval is maybe for shooting the entire lunar eclipse sequence. Why such a long interval? I need like 0.1 sec, 0.2 sec, 0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec.
    (7) It is a point-and-shoot camera, so manual controls are difficult or absent. You just need to be aware of that, if you are an advanced photographer.
    (8) The included strap and carabiner look cool, but useless for underwater use – you need a REAL wrist strap for underwater use.
    Above negative comments sound harsh, but I’m nitpicking. Overall, it is a nice go-anywhere camera.

    (1) Picture quality is good both under and above water.
    (2) Excellent macro capability.
    (3) Nice textured body surface.
    (4) Includes a real printed operation manual, not just a PDF file of it.


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  2. Bob Tobias says:
    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great value that is about to become greater, March 17, 2013
    Bob Tobias (Arlington, VA USA) –
    (#1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Pentax Optio WG-2 Kit

    This is a very good underwater camera and a good value at its current price. However, Pentax has released the next version (WG-3) and, while I haven’t seen it I do expect it will drive the price of any remaining WG-2’s down, making it an even better value.

    I don’t want to waste your time talking about features or image quality, lots of other reviewers have done that. However, I would like to spend a few minutes highlighting a few things that have gone largely overlooked, clear up some possible misunderstandings, and identify some accessories I’ve found handy.

    UPDATE: I had to check back in to say that the more I use this camera the more I’m impressed with its quality and ease of use. I own decent cameras that are smaller and more conventional looking and larger, even higher quality, and much more expensive. However, with this camera strikes a great balance between quality and convenience. Plus, it won’t stop working if it gets dropped in a puddle. Now, back to the original review, already in progress…

    Several of my favorite Unsung Features:

    – Smile recognition. This feature, automatically triggering the shutter when the subject smiles, is available in lots of cameras but it’s one of my favorite features in this one. Here’s why…Most cameras let you turn this feature on and off by stepping through several levels of menus. Pentax has chosen to put a dedicated switch on the back of the camera. That makes it lots easier to enable and disable which means I use it more. What I’ve found is that it enables me to handhold the camera and still get tack sharp portraits as it avoids any shake from pressing the shutter. (I know that would be true with any camera that includes the feature and I’m less inclined to use it with them because it is so much harder to get at.

    – Unbelievable close up capability and the secret “Macro Stand”. This camera can focus real close, down to 1 cm. The ring of lights provide additional and even illumination that is needed when your camera is close to the subject. There is an included “close-up stand” which is a ring that snaps onto the front of the camera which acts as a spacer, keeping your camera at exactly the right minimum distance from anything you set it on. That brings us to the next unsung feature…

    – The Macro Stand provides additional lens protection and acts as a lens hood. I keep the thing attached all the time. It helps to keep things from bumping up against the front of my lens and also helps keep side light from distorting my pictures.

    – General ergonomics. This camera is *designed* for use in “rugged” situations. Unlike many other waterproof point and shoot cameras, this camera had different textures and indentations that allow you to hang on to it even if you’re wearing gloves our your hands are covered with water, sweat, mud, or… whatever. Also, there are a few more common functions brought out as real buttons rather than accessed through various levels of menus.

    – The display. I have several (maybe more than several) point and shoot cameras, both waterproof and not. (Sadly my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 fell into both categories, but I digress.) This camera has, by far, the clearest display of mode and menu selections.

    – Nice self portrait indicator. Lots of us like to turn the camera around to take our own pictures. More often than not the results have the tops, bottoms, and/or sides of our faces cut off. Those same front LEDs that light close up pictures also indicate when the faces being photographed are actually in frame.

    – It DOES NOT LEAK. Not when you get it wet… not even when you get it moist. (There I go, complaining about that TS10 again…)

    – The instruction manual is real, comprehensive, and well written.

    – OK, I gotta at least say that this thing takes consistently good images and that is great for *any* point and shoot.

    Clearing up some misunderstandings:

    – Long delays between images. Some reviewers have expressed concern about the time between shots where the camera displays, “Data being processed”, and you have to wait before taking another picture. They are correct, that it can take a long time… or not… it’s up to you and the memory you choose to use. For example, when I use SanDisk 2GB ULTRA II] the inter-shot delay is about three seconds. However, when I switch to my [[ASIN:B007R9NJ6E Patriot Memory EP Series 32GB SDHC Class 10 the delay drops to about a second.

    – Battery life. Again, it’s good or bad and largely up to you and how…

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  3. Sageduo says:
    35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Underwater Digital Camera, May 16, 2012
    Sageduo (Central MA) –

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    This review is from: Pentax Optio WG-2 Digital Camera, Vermillion Red (Electronics)
    This rugged little camera takes great shots on land. I was skeptical about the underwater durability but it seems great so far. The pictures are typical of basic underwater shots without additional lighting. It was purchased for a vacation to the Caribbean to reduce luggage weight (instead of lugging my Canon T3i and lenses)and to avoid the expense of one-use underwater film cameras. I purchased the extra battery and a 32GB Class 10 SD card to accommodate videos and photos. The various settings are user friendly for anyone, even as a point & shoot. It boots super-fast and is pretty intuitive (though reading the manual is recommended). Many of the reviews I read or watched were pretty accurate and very helpful.


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