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Pentax has beefed-up its compact camera lineup with updated versions of its rugged models, the WG-2 and WG-2 GPS. The WG-2 is built around a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, allowing 1080p30 Full HD movies to be captured. Both versions build on Pentax's macro light design by adding an extra LED for illuminating objects close to the lens, they also feature upgraded 460k dot LCD screens. As before the WGs offer 28-140mm equivalent stabilized zooms. The GPS version features the latest GPS chip to improve acquisition times and reduce battery consumption.
13th Generation PENTAX Adventure Cameras Now Waterproof to 40 Feet, New Backlit 16 MP Sensor, Shoots 1080p Video and Feature Six LED Lights, and Optional SportMount Chest Harness
DENVER, CO. (February 7, 2012)…PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION just pushed the PENTAX WG adventure camera series to the edge for the 13th time with the introduction of the PENTAX Optio WG-2 and PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras. These rugged, waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant models feature more durability than ever before as well as improved image quality in high-sensitivity shooting and Full 1080p HD movie recording capability.
The Optio WG camera family is ready for adventure in any outdoor setting. Foremost in the latest models’ feature set is a new back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor and powerful imaging engine that perform superbly in high-sensitivity settings such as night shooting or in poorly illuminated indoor settings. The WG-2 models deliver clear, sharp images with less noise than previous models.
Other major improvements in the latest models include:
Priced at $349.95 USD, Optio WG-2 will be available in a choice of Black or Vermillion Red, while the Optio WG-2 GPS will be priced at $399.95 USD in a choice of Shiny Orange or Gloss White. The new SportMount Chest Harness will be priced at $49.95 USD and should be available late spring or early summer 2012. Optio WG-2 cameras can be pre-ordered on www.pentaxwebstore.com to ship by March 2012.
The Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS are equipped with a new back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that offers lower noise even when camera is set to higher sensitivities. With sensitivity as high as ISO 6400 and 16.0 effective megapixels, this image sensor delivers super high-resolution images. A new imaging engine also applies the latest super-resolution technology to image processing operations to further ensure sharp, clear, high-resolution images. These models also feature a new Handheld Night Snap mode, which captures four images of the same scene, then automatically produces a single blur-free, composite image.
The Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS now offer Full 1080p HD movie recording function in h.264 recording format for high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The cameras feature a high-speed camera function* for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and an interval movie function to simplify advanced movie-recording techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) on the camera body allows output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices.
* When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at VGA (640 x 480 pixels).
PENTAX improved the GPS function in the latest Optio adventure models in a number of ways:
1) An improved GPS module that shortens the time lag before the start of GPS operation which greatly extends the operating life.
2) The module also allows users to record position data when shooting still images and take advantage of various GPS-compatible applications and services provided by the included software* and such Web sites as Google Maps™.
3) The module corrects the built-in clock automatically to match local time of a particular shooting location.
4) The module automatically creates log data and stores it as a KML-format file onto an SD memory card. This log feature helps users keep accurate track of the movement during outdoor shooting, and display it later on the computer using various online services such as Google Earth™.
5) Overall improvements to speed, accuracy, and battery life when GPS receiver is active.
* This function is available with the Windows version only.
PENTAX upgraded the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS’s underwater performance in depths up to 40 feet (from 30 feet) for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance). The new cameras also are designed to be highly shockproof,* dustproof,** coldproof, ***, and crushproof.**** Together, these features make the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS dependable, heavy-duty imaging partners in harsh, demanding shooting conditions.
* Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards (from a height of 1.5 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to the Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F, to show the stable operations.
** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6.
*** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, with which camera is proven to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C to show the stable operations.
**** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, by which camera is put on with weights up to 100 kgf or kilogram-force (220 LbF or Pound Force) to show the stable operations.
PENTAX added an additional LED light to the new WG-2 models. By positioning six LED Macro Lights (compared with five) around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, the new models offer brighter, more uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.* With the Macro Lights, users may clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye on the camera’s LCD monitor and effortlessly capture eye-catching images. The function increases the illumination level of the LED Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. The function is also upgraded to allow for the use of a higher shutter speed to minimize camera shake and subject movement. The Macro Lights can provide other user-friendly non-macro features, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode which illuminates the macro lights when the camera detects a face within the frame; and a new LED lighting mode that illuminates the Macro Lights using them as a makeshift flashlight in the dark.
* When the Digital Microscope mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).
Each new Optio WG-2 and Optio Wg-2 GPS features an extra-large, high-resolution 3.0 inch LCD monitor with wide 16:9 aspect ratio and approximately 460,000 dots of resolution. An Anti-Reflection (AR) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen images even under harsh sunlight, while its wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.
The new Optio WG2 and Optio WG-2 GPS feature a high-performance 5X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto in the 35mm format). This versatile zoom lens captures beautiful images of a wide range of subjects and scenes from spectacular landscapes to family/group shots in a confined space. With the camera’s Intelligent Zoom function, users may further extend the zoom range to approximately 36 times to cover the focal length of an approximately 1008mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format) to capture extra-high-magnification images without compromising image quality.
(1) Pixel Track SR mechanism
When recording still images, this shake-reduction mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake by digitally processing affected images.
(2) Digital SR mode
When the cameras detect low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, sensitivity automatically rises to as high as ISO 6400 making it possible to use a higher shutter speed to effectively minimize the adverse effects of camera shake and subject motion under poor lighting conditions.
(3) Movie SR mode*
During movie recording, this digital shake-reduction mode effectively compensates for camera shake to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.
* When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.
|Pentax Optio WG-2||Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS|
|Max resolution||4288 x 3216|
|Other resolutions||4288 x 3216, 4224 x 2376, 3216 x 3216, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16.0 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||16.8 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto 125-6400, 125, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|White balance presets||4|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Best, Better, Good|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (6.7x)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 - F5.5|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Flash range||5.4 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft|
|Continuous drive||Yes (1 fps)|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal|
|Storage included||88.2 MB Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Micro, Type-D)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Crushproof, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion D-LI92 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||260|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||192 g (0.42 lb / 6.77 oz)||198 g (0.44 lb / 6.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 61 x 30 mm (4.8 x 2.4 x 1.18″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (Interval shot mode for stills and movie)|