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Pentax Optio WG-2 Kit

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  • 5x Optical Zoom/36x Combined Zoom
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Your roughest journeys and days on the mountain were made for the Pentax Optio WG-2 Camera Kit, which easily captures the fast-paced action and tiny details of any trip. This incredibly durable 16-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is waterproof, dustproof, coldproof, shockproof, crushproof, and still capable of professional-level images and full 1080p HD video. The 36X combined zoom and macro focus ring help capture images of canyon walls a mile away, insect mandibles one centimeter away, and everything in between. The flash, autofocus assist lamp, and manual focus help you get the shot despite challenging light conditions. Don't limit yourself to POV shots or blurry photos. This expedition-proof digital camera documents it all with its many modes, including still images, HD video, and even audio sound files.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B007P2FF38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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Size: One SizeColor: Black Verified Purchase
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.
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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.
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Size: One SizeColor: Red Verified Purchase
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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By amy p on November 2, 2012
Size: One SizeColor: Black Verified Purchase
we had this camera for about 2 weeks...during that time we were actually pleased with the picture quality and the videos it took..the camera was handled like a baby but started having issues with the pictures being out of focus..the iso was not adjusting based on the type of picture chosen...like the sports setting would not increase the iso up to handle fast shutter speeds...we called pentax and was told to send back to them... they received it September 17 (about 7 weeks ago)...they say they are waiting on a part that is on backorder...this camera was brand new and rather than send another camera we sit here waiting for them to fix the one they have with no idea when we will get it back...i have always been a big supporter of pentax and have multiple dslrs K5s, lens, etc and i am actually worried now that if i have issues with any of my other equipment i will have to deal with their service center...their service is terrible...if i were to rate the camera for the short period it worked i would give it 4 stars but rating the service group at pentax gets a big 0...i know there are lemons you can get, but come on pentax, stand behind your product and send a new one and treat customers like you care!!! i was on the pentax forum today and another individual commented on having the same problem...buyer beware...i wonder how many are having issues.
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