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Good picture quality, a real go-anywhere camera
on December 17, 2012
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.
(6) The interval photo and video modes are nice, but the available intervals are almost useless. The minimum still photo interval is 10 sec. The minimum video interval is 1 minute!!! The only application that I can think of for such a LOOONG interval is maybe for shooting the entire lunar eclipse sequence. Why such a long interval? I need like 0.1 sec, 0.2 sec, 0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec.
(7) It is a point-and-shoot camera, so manual controls are difficult or absent. You just need to be aware of that, if you are an advanced photographer.
(8) The included strap and carabiner look cool, but useless for underwater use - you need a REAL wrist strap for underwater use.
Above negative comments sound harsh, but I'm nitpicking. Overall, it is a nice go-anywhere camera.
(1) Picture quality is good both under and above water.
(2) Excellent macro capability.
(3) Nice textured body surface.
(4) Includes a real printed operation manual, not just a PDF file of it.