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Very entertaining WG-1,
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Check out my updating youtube videos. I am user: "PentaxWG1" The good the bad the ugly. The over all feel of this camera is strong and gripable. I love having metal and rubber on my electronics. I have dropped this camera. It was on my lap in the jeep and there was a hornet. I jumped out and it threw to the ground. No problems. The removable circle around the lens (macro stand) has threads. They are 46mm and can screw on filters and caps. I got a cap, uv filter, polorized filter, and flourecent filter on e-bay for $6. So other than the sony TX10, this is the only camera that can protect the lens. Can't wait to buy a telescopic lens. My camera has been underwater about 15 ft. I've seen no problems with leaking. It has two openeings; one for battery and sd card, and one for hd/av hook-up. Both seem strong and sturdy to me. Battery cover does move ever so slightly but seems fine. Ok, thats the construction. As you have already heard, the macro/super macro is awesome. If you can get your specimen to sit still, you can get some pretty great material. The movie macro is even pretty cool, but you have to stay at a consistant focal length or it gets blury. I recorded a wolf spider in pitch black and the l.e.d. lights around the lens made it look like a monster movie! One bad thing about the macro is that when set straight down on the subject it will focus and take the picture on something as flat as a leaf or picture.... if it protrudes as much as a dime width or more it won't stay focused. But when I pulled back just a hair the dime did look awsome. N-E-Wayz, It seems the closer you are to the subject with this camera the better it looks. A closer shot of two people, shoulders and up, look really good. But further away not so much. pictures of groups of people (full body) or the shot of a pond or a... cow...I say the camera is about par. Not bad but not great. I have tried the cybershot TX10 and if you strictly want waterproof picture quality go that way or panasonic. TX10 was beautiful but not as fun. Back to the WG-1. With par pics I do feel the camera is more consistant than its predesessor w90. Better with stand, free hand not as good..but always the same. Never a crappy picture out of nowhere. I also feel it does much better in lower light than the w90. It gets noisey but I was getting decent lighted shots (no flash) in areas that where very dim to the naked eye. The l.e.d. lights are handy, too. Optical zoom works pretty well for pictures. You'll want a steady hand or stand if zoomed all the way in. Digital zoom sucks. The panorama is not sweep. You take 3 pics and line them up, then the camera stitches them. Not as convinient as the TX10 but it looks good and you can do tricks...As for underwater. Pictures and video where pretty darn good. Anti shake or wudever made it pretty smooth. With video underwater or above the zoom works but it doesn't refocus very well. But over all regular video was better than I expected. Once again when things are close it seems very virbrant. I got about a foot from a cow's face and the fur on his head got very HiDef-ish. Battery life....sucks, but I got and extra generic one when I ordered mine for 6 bucks. Over-all I really love this camera. I've been totally entertained for 2 days and havn't even gotten to time lapse phtography yet. Although I do think of the pic quality of the TX10 now and then. I would have been bored with that camera after one dip in the lake. I can get a 10 mp zoom camera for less than a hundred and fill in anywhere the wg-1 lack.
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2011 7:44:13 PM PDT
here are links to what I uploaded so far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yajUtSnFC4
Posted on Apr 20, 2011 7:45:41 PM PDT
also the video is quite better b4 it was uploaded to youtube
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2011 10:52:21 AM PDT
I got some photos developed. They look very good and similar to the on screen image. They get a little soft on the corners. The only thing that dissapointed me was I was unable to figure out how to develope the panoramic pictures. It will be dissapointing if that is not an option.
Posted on Apr 26, 2011 10:59:37 AM PDT
I used the time lapse. All worked awsome! It turns itself on and off when it is time to take it's interval shots, just like the w90. You can do it wi/ or w/o flash and in macro. Do it in movie mode if you wan't it to play as a time lapse movie. My subject was boring, though. So I will youtube a better sample when I find it.
Posted on Apr 30, 2011 3:06:02 PM PDT
James Jenkins says:
Does this camera have a tripod mount on the bottom?
In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2011 8:41:32 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Yes, but it's on one corner. Doesn't make much difference, but will be a bit offset as it sits on the stand.
In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 5:28:38 PM PDT
i agree i would have liked it better placed
Posted on May 17, 2011 3:51:59 PM PDT
Adam Hummer says:
Question on the lens cap...could u link any page showing what I need to be looking for because if I can mount a cap on this camera, this would instantly sell me on it.
Posted on Jun 5, 2011 12:02:20 PM PDT
Thanks so much for your review! I was ready to purchase a different model until I read that this one has threads for filters.
Posted on Jun 20, 2011 12:11:04 AM PDT
this is a little gem. It works perfect under every condition. Even my wife complimented the pics taken under normal conditions (we both have DSLRs). Great buy for the $.