Pentax pushes super sturdy snapper
GPS-equipped Optio WG-2 pumps iron
Pentax pushed rugged photography into new terrains this week, launching a pair of 16Mp compact cameras that promise to perform under the most demanding of outdoor conditions.
The Pentax Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS may look like Optimus Prime's caboose, but they're built to pull through even the harshest of Decepticon onslaughts.
Along with surviving dives of up to 12 metres, the WG-2s can be dropped from 1.5m, frozen to temperatures as low as -10 degrees C and crushed with a force of up to 100kg. Bear Grylls, eat your heart out.
Both snappers contain 16Mp back-illuminated Cmos sensors that stretch to an ISO of 6400, as well as a 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom.
They also handle HD video at 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 30fps frame-rate.
On the rear there's a 3in, 460,000-dot LCD monitor with anti-glare coating, from where user's can access the cameras features such as 16 scene modes, a high-speed face detection function and various digital filters.
As the name suggests, the Optio WG-2 GPS also rocks up with GPS functionality.
The Pentax Optio WG2 series will be available from mid-March 2012 starting at $349 (£220) ®
Looks well weapon.
Actually, I find myself tempted.
My Fuji S9500's have both been down to that in the UK on group dog walks and survived.
The only thing I had to do was store the NiMh AA batteries in a pocket when not in use
as they "froze". Sticking the batts in my pocket next to a warmer allowed me to use themin the camera. Usage them meant they generated enough heat to keep working...
I stopped using my camera bag at those temps as the lens would condense then freeze and normal wipes failed miserably at -5 or lower.
More modern cameras that used deicated batts (including a ~500UKP Canon SLR) died a death on the same walk.
Looks nice, ok survival spec though 1.5m drop is nothing these days and I would of felt byt the looks of it that it could indure more of a height drop. The temp aspect does seem nothing special and no mention humidity limits. But it looks the part.
It also looks like it can double up as a belt buckle, which would be different and allows you to say "say hello to my little friend" with great confidence I suspect.
Also no mention of battery life - camera's should at least have a listing of how many shots you can take with a full charge/fresh battery's and the resolution. Also something thats an adventure camera should also IMHO be able to shoot at night with some infrared mode which isn't hard to do on a camera from my understandings.