Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Announced Feb 7, 2011 •
14 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 28 – 140 mm (5×)
dpreview conclusion

The Pentax WG-1 GPS has a competitive feature set for the 'rugged' compact camera class, including a few bells and whistles like its intervalometer. Image quality and performance is also competitive, but the WG-1 GPS fails to deliver in low light and its video is relatively poor. Overall it is good value, but is bested in quality and features by a few competitors at similar price points.

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62%
dpreview score
Good for

All-purpose go anywhere photography in good lighting.

Not so good for

Low light still photography and video in any lighting.

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Other reviews
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review
By: Imaging Resource (Oct 6, 2011)

Review Posted: 10/06/2011_ Rugged cameras have certainly come a long way since I first used a waterproof point-and-shoot--the classic early '80s 110 film-based Minolta Weathermatic A. Good for snorkeling, the camera took some pretty poor photos in and out of the water but it did have a cool yellow body! Enter Pentax's 12th generation ruggedized digicam that's not only waterproof to 33 feet...

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DCRP Review: Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Aug 27, 2011)

The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS has a lot to offer, but it's ultimately a rugged camera that's average (or a bit below) in most respects. The camera has plenty of features, including an everything-proof body, tons of point-and-shoot features, 720p video recording, and useful dynamic range tools. The WG-1 loses points for its mediocre photo and video quality, lack of image stabilization, and poor GPS...

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