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Pentax Optio WG2 review

£329.99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Pentax

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Pentax Optio WG2 is probably the best freeze, water, crush and drop-proof consumer camera available, read our review to find out more.

Don’t be put off by the crazy styling and colours that appear to be targeting the under tens; here is a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot holiday/travel camera claiming to be waterproof, freezeproof, crush proof and shock proof that works for all the family. It adds latest must haves including GPS, so images can be tagged according to location. See Group test: what's the best compact camera?

Zoom capacity might be modest at 5x optical, but with a wide-angle 28-140mm range in 35mm terms it does the job for everyday snaps whilst remaining within the protective body. Stills and Full HD video at 1920x1080 pixels with mono sound are lined up and reviewed via the 3-inch LCD with a 460k-dot resolution. Take a look at the Nikon AW100 review too.

Really though, this is a tool for dunking in the pool on holiday – as we did – and coming away with memories that wouldn’t otherwise be recordable. Keeping the wet stuff at bay are lockable covers protecting ports for HDMI output and joint battery and SD card compartments, while for the more ambitious the camera can go 12 metres deep for up to two hours. We came away with only tiny beads of moisture occasionally appearing under the flap. It will also survive temperatures as low as minus 10°C, drops from 1.5 metres in height and a weight equivalent to 100kg being placed atop it. See also Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review.

Thankfully the clear lens cover appeared impervious to finger smudges, while water runs off the surface of the camera so that it doesn’t require lots of drying down either. The wacky Batman utility belt design serves some purpose, as there are plenty of angular and rough edges to prevent the camera slipping from the hand.

Powering up in just over a second, the WG2 is swift to respond to a button press, with controls wide and rectangular rather than round and slippery. However they’re still a little too small to be effective if wearing ski gloves. Battery life is good for 260 shots however and image sharpness and colours exceeded our expectations for a camera so outwardly toy-like.

Pentax Optio WG2 Expert Verdict »
Pentax Optio WG-2 Scores 8.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
Camera Type: Water proof, shock proof, cold proof, crush proof digital compact
Megapixles: 16.7
Movie: Full HD 1920 (1920x1080) approx. 30fps
Sensitivity: Auto, Manual (ISO 125 - 6400)
Focal Length: 5 - 25mm, approx. 28-140mm in 35mm
Optical zoom: 5x
Screen: 3.0" wide-TFT color LCD, Wide viewing angle 170°
Speed: 1/4000 - 1/4 sec. 4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode)
Internal storage: 88.2 MB
External storage: SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

With a costly suggested price of £300+, we found the WG2 on sale for a more reasonable £270 online. If you’re looking for a fun, waterproof snapper that delivers on its promise, you’ve found it.

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