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Pentax unveils Optio WG-1 & WG-1 GPS rugged compacts

By dpreview staff on Feb 7, 2011 at 22:00 GMT

CP+ 2011: Pentax has unveiled the GPS-enabled Optio WG-1 GPS and the WG-1 rugged compacts. Tougher than the Optio W90 released last year, both are designed to be crushproof against pressures of up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds), dustproof, waterproof up to 10 meters (33 ft), coldproof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 1.5 meters (5 ft). Features-wise the 14MP cameras incorporate the same 28-140mm equiv. zoom lens, 2.7" LCD and 720p HD recording capability as the W90.

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PENTAX ANNOUNCES OPTIO WG-1 AND WG-1 GPS DIGITAL CAMERAS


Flex Your Sense Of Adventure With The Newest Generation Of
Waterproof, Shockproof, Coldproof, Dustproof Compacts

February 7, 2011(GOLDEN,CO) : PENTAX Imaging Company has announced its 12th generation of adventure series digital cameras – the PENTAX Optio WG-1 and PENTAX Optio WG-1 GPS.  Featuring outstanding waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, coldproof, and crushproof capability, these extra-rugged models take adventure photography to new heights (and depths).

The new and improved features on the PENTAX Optio WG-1 include:

  • 14 megapixel sensor.
  • Waterproof to 33 feet.
  • Shockproof, ruggedized design to withstand falls up to 5 feet.
  • New crushproof construction* to withstand weight force up to 220 pounds (100kg  kilogram-force).
  • Enhanced Digital Microscope mode that offers five macro LEDs for excellent macro lighting  plus a detachable macro stand for steadier capture.
  • Fast Face Detection technology, Smile Capture, and Blink Detection for portraits including a handy new Self-Portrait Assist mode perfect for facebooking and other social networking activities.
  • Available with and without GPS, the WG-1 GPS functionality** tracks and records positional data recording with images for geo-tagging applications making it easy for users to check the shooting locations of captured images and link the data with PC-based maps.

Other important WG-1 features include:

  • Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F).
  • Dustproof protection for dry, dusty environments.
  • Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent).
  • Large 2.7 inch LCD features a wide angle 16:9 aspect ratio with anti-reflective coating.
  • Video capture in widescreen 720p HD at 30 frames per second.
  • Pixel Track and Digital Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images.
  • An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus, even in challenging lighting.
  • An HDMI port to play back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs.
  • Infrared remote control compatibility with the waterproof Remote Control WP, as well as other PENTAX infrared remotes.
  • Designed with the look of mountaineering equipment, the new Optios includes a woven web fabric strap in complementary color accents complete with a carabiner to attach the camera to a backpack and other outdoor gear.
  • Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity for built-in Wi-Fi capability to transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer or an online sharing site (Eye-fi cards sold separately.) 

Priced at $349.95 USD, Optio WG-1 will be available in a choice of Black or Purple, while the Optio WG-1 GPS will be priced at $399.95 USD and available in Black or Yellow Green.  Both cameras will ship in April 2011. 

A waterproof infared remote control (sold separately) for use with the PENTAX Optio WG-1 and other infrared compatible Optio models  is available now for $29.95 USD. 

*Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards.
** GPS included only on the select WG-1 GPS model.

Pentax Optio WG-1 and Optio WG-1 GPS specifications

 
Optio WG-1 GPS
Optio WG-1
Sensor

• 1/2.3" sensor
• 14 million effective pixels
• 14.48 million effective pixels

Image sizes •14M (4288x3216)
• 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)
• VGA (640x480)
Movie mode • 1280 x 720
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
Image stabilization • Pixel Track SR
• Digital SR
• Movie SR
Lens • 5x zoom
• 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
• 5-25mm (approx. 28 - 140mm in 35mm format)
Digital zoom approx. 6.7x
Focus modes • Multi (9-point)
• Spot
• Auto Tracking
• Infinity Landscape
• Super Macro
• Macro
• Manual
• Pan-Focus
AF assist lamp Yes
Scene modes

• Auto Picture
• Landscape
• Portrait
• Night Scene
• Night Scene Portrait
• Standard
• Flower
• Sport
• Candlelight
• Blue Sky
• Sunset
• Text
• Group Photo
• Pet
• Portrait x Blue Sky
• Portrait x Sunset
• Portrait x Backlight
• Program
• Night Scene
• Movie
• Underwater
• Underwater Movie
• Digital Microscope (2M)
• Landscape
• Flower
• Portrait
• Digital Wide (5M)
• Digital SR (ISO 3200-6400 5M or 4M)
• Surf & Snow
• Kids
• Pet
• Sport
• Fireworks
• Candlelight
• Night Scene Portrait
• Text
• Food
• Digital Panorama (2M per frame)
• Frame Composite (3M or 2M)
• Report (1280x960)
• Green
• Voice Recording (via reprogrammable Green button)

Metering

• Multi-segment
• Center-Weighted
• Spot

Exposure compen.

• +/-2 EV
• 0.3 EV increments

Sensitivity

• Auto (80-1600)
• 80 - 6400

Shutter speed

• 1/1500- 1/4 sec.
• 4 sec in night scene mode

Aperture values F3.5 - F5.5
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Tungsten light
• Fluorescent light
• Manual Setting
Drive modes

• One shot
• Self-timer
• Continuous Shooting
• High-Speed Continuous Shooting

LCD monitor • 2.7"
• approx 230K dots
Flash • Flash-on
• Flash-off
• Red-eye reduction
• Soft-Flash
Flash range • Wide: approx. 0.3 - 3.9m (ISO Auto)
• Tele: approx. 0.98 - 2.5m (ISO Auto)
GPS Yes No
Connectivity

• DC Input
• AV Output
• USB 2.0 High speed
• HDMI

Storage • Built-in Memory (approx. 97 MB)
• SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power • Rechargeable D-LI92 lithium-ion battery
• Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Dimensions 114 × 58 × 28 mm (4.5 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches)
Weight (with battery) Approx. 157g (5.3oz)

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