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Camera: Pentax Optio WG-1 $285 (scroll down for pentax optio review)

May 1, 2011 3 comments

Click image to see current price and purchase. Read the review below to determine if the camera is right for you.

Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

Specifications

  • 14-megapixel sensor.
  • Waterproof to 33 feet.
  • Shockproof, ruggedized design to withstand falls up to 5 feet.
  • New crushproof construction to withstand weight force up to 220 pounds (100kgf kilogram-force).
  • Enhanced Digital Microscope mode that offers five macro LEDs for excellent macro lighting plus a detachable macro stand for steadier capture.
  • Fast Face Detection technology, Smile Capture, and Blink Detection for portraits including a handy new Self-Portrait Assist mode perfect for Facebooking and other social networking activities.

Camera or a black box

Last summer when I visited Niagara falls I wished I could take the pictures of the falls from the Maid of the Mist. I didn’t want to risk my DSLR or for that matter any camera in front of the furious falls, so I end up taking a disposible film roll camera. The roll is still sitting in my drawer waitng to be developed! So I started researching ways to protect my camera from nature (and my kid!) so I don’t miss that perfect shot during my next adventure (if you can call water park an adventure).

Pentax Optio WG-1, the muti-proof camera

Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

Pentax Optio WG-1 is the next generation outdoor camera that’s features outstanding waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, coldproof, and crushproof capability, you can take adventure photography to new heights (and depths). It can survive water depths of 30 feet. I even let my kid play with it thanks to the shockproof and shatterproof body that protects the delicate chip and mechanical parts inside. Not that I want to try or will ever require too but the manufacturer claims that it can withstand weight force up to 220 pounds. It can take pictures at very low temeratures (Alaska cruise, here I come :)). Plus if I ever visit Sahara desert it is ready for a sand storm!
But what about the camera features

Now that I spoke so much about the non-camera features lets speak about the other features that put this device into the categories of camera. The sensor on this camera is a high end 14 mega pixels that competes with most of the DSLRs. But dont get caried away, as the sensor on these compacts is not the same as on DSLRs. Picture quality on DSLRs is visibly better than these cameras specially in low lighting conditions. The optical zoom is 5x which is 28-140mm equivalent of roll cameras.The camera captures video at 720p which is low end HD.The camera features anti-shake protection which is very essential specially if your hands are shaking after a strong morning coffee.The threaded lens means you can fit additional lens like UV filtering. There are 5 LEDs on the lens rim that fire in the macro mode to light up the close objects. Fancy yes, useful may be.

Additional features

The camera features Fast Face Detection technology, Smile Capture, and Blink Detection for portraits. It is compatible withEye-Fi wireless SD memory cards. If you are still new to these cards they have built-in Wi-Fi capability to transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer or an online sharing site, facinating!

Where to buy

The retail price on this camera is $399 and I paid over $350. The cheapest price I have seen is on Amazon ($285 free shipping and no tax in most states). Click here to see current price.

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Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

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