New Gear: Pentax Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS Rugged Waterproof Compacts

Pentax is taking aim at helmet cams with it's new tough cameras

Canon’s PowerShot G20 isn’t the only rugged, waterproof camera to come out of hiding today. Pentax has given their Optio WG line a bit of a makeover with the new WG-2 and WG-2 GPS.

Both cameras are waterproof to a depth of up to 40-feet, crush proof under up to 220-pounds, shock-proof from 5-feet and cold-proof to the standard 14-degrees F. It’s also full sealed to keep dust from getting in and grinding up its guts.

As for photographic firepower, it has a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens with a full-frame equivalent of 28-140mm. The back of the camera is equipped with a 3-inch, 460k LCD display with an anti-reflective coating.

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The WG-2 GPS adds, well, GPS, but otherwise keeps things the same.

The WG-2 is fairly similar to the WG-1 in shape, but it has been revamped a little bit. There’s still a ring around the lens with 6 macro LED lights and the strap still attaches it to a backpack using a sturdy caribiner.

I really liked the WG-1 when I tested it last year, so I’m interested to see if the higher-res, backlit sensor provides a tangible improvement when it comes to image quality. They also have two remote-control receptors in case you want to put them in harm’s way and fire them remotely.

As an interesting addition, Pentax will also be introducing a SportMount Chest Harness for $50 that will hold the WG-2 in place like you’d wear a traditional GoPro.

The WG-2 will come in black or red and cost $349, while the GPS version will cost $399 and offer orange or white.

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