Pentax Optio WG-1 with GPS is a nice camera if you need one that is super rugged!!
Optio WG-1 offers though is a lot more than that. Measuring in at 2.3 inches by 4.5 inches by 1.1 inches and weighing in at a low 5.9 ounces, the Pentax Optio WG-1 claims to be waterproof to 33 feet, dust-proof, cold-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shock-proof from falls up to 4.9 feet, and crush-proof for up to 220 pounds of pressure – that’s a lot of “proofs” for such a small package to have. So how well does the Optio WG-1 hold up – does it measure up to the claims it sets forth, or does it get crushed under the weight of it’s own promises?
The price might be a bit high for the performance and features though. If you do need something that can withstand most of the situations you’ll face in life and price is no option, you really can’t go wrong here. While other rugged cameras might have a faster recycle speed, or a better zoom – there’s always a tradeoff weather it be even higher cost, less features, or something else.
It held up beautifully underwater. The only measures that you have to take is that you need to make sure the outside of the camera is dry before you open the battery compartment or the HDMI/PC AV port. If you don’t, you’ll inevitably get water inside the camera through no fault of the hardware.
The camera is very strong it can handle shock drop to wood, carpet, concrete, brick, and blacktop but the WG-1 prevailed unscathed. The camera handled the weight with no issue at all.
If you look at the front of the camera, you’ll notice five little clear circles surrounding the lens – that’s a really neat feature of this camera. They call it “digital microscope” mode, and all five circles light up in order for you to have perfect illumination on a macro picture. It’s great for highlighting little details – like a certain part of a flower, or a small insect. Since this is meant to be an outdoor camera.
The Optio WG-1 also records video.The lens on the WG-1 is better than other cameras of this type, and it shows in the raw data – for instance, you can push the camera to ISO 1600, and have almost no noticeable grain or noise. The LCD screen (2.7 inches, 230K-dot display) is also well lit, enabling you to use it even in direct sunlight.
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