Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Brief Review


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  • 14 Megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • GPS functionality
  • Waterproof to 33 ft
  • Shockproof from 5 ft
  • Dustproof
  • Coldproof
  • Crushproof
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 720p HD video
  • Digital microscope mode
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-03-21
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
14 Megapixels; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens; GPS functionality; Waterproof to 33 ft; Shockproof from 5 ft; Dustproof; Coldproof; Crushproof; 2.7-inch LCD; 720p HD video; Digital microscope mode; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Pentax's WG-1 GPS is Pentax's first GPS-enabled rugged camera. Specs are pretty average for the class, with a 5x zoom, 720p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. It's waterproof to a depth of 33ft and shockproof from 5 feet, as well as dustproof and freezeproof. That GPS unit is pretty cool though, allowing users to tag their geo-coordinates onto photos. We've seen mixed results with GPS in cameras before -- it can drain batteries quickly, and doesn't usually work in city settings -- but it's a feature that makes sense on an outdoors-oriented camera like this one.

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