New Waterproof Pentax Optio WG-3

There’s no doubt Pentax knows their stuff when it comes to waterproof cameras for the average consumer. In addition to offering an affordable line of rugged compact cameras, they’re the only manufacturer that offers a weather-sealed DSLR under $1000, providing features that their competitors reserve for expensive high-end cameras.

So it’s no wonder that the Pentax Optio WG-3 is a great choice for anyone looking for a waterproof camera with rugged protection. It’s got an impressive list of features:

– Backlit 16 megapixel sensor
– Waterproof to 45 feet,
– Shockproof for drops up to 6.5-Feet
– Cold resistant to 14 degrees F
– Crushproof to 220 lbs of force
– Top sensitivity of ISO 6400
– Triple shake reduction
– 3-Inch LCD
– HD 1080P video with h.264 compression @ 30fps
– 6 LED macro lights for macro illumination
– 4x optical zoom (25mm – 100mm equivalent)

The WG-3 also comes in a GPS-enabled model, too. The Optio WG-3 has the same basic specs as the regular WG-3, but also includes a GPS module for geo-tagging your photos, as well as a built-in compass, pressure/altitude/water depth gauges and wireless recharging capabilities. The one thing the Optio doesn’t offer which is now available on competitors such as the Nikon Coolpix AW110 and the Pansonic Lumix TS5 is Wi-Fi capability.

So why would someone choose this camera over others in its class? To begin, it’s priced a bit lower than either the Coolpix AW110 or the Lumix TS5. Beyond that, if you’re interested in macro photography, you might like the 6 macro lights located around the lens.

The Optio WG-3 is a good choice for anyone seeking a rugged camera with full 1080p HD video and high resolution images. Whether you’re looking for a camera to take to the pool or the ocean, the mountains or the desert, this compact model is tough enough to take almost anything you can dish out and will produce great looking images you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends.

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Pentax’s New Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS

pentax waterproof camera with gps - wg-2 gpsPentax recently released the following press release about its two new rugged models, the Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS, which will be available this spring.

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces today availability of its new Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras. The new models represent the 13th generation of Optio series cameras, reflecting the timeless legacy of the line. This latest generation of PENTAX adventure cameras are now waterproof up to 40 feet, dustproof, coldproof, crushproof, and shock-resistant. The improved image quality in high-sensitivity shooting situations such as night shooting or in poorly illuminated indoor settings and full 1080p HD movie recording capability add to the cameras’ rugged design and durability.

In addition, the new PENTAX WG-2 series cameras feature a new backlit 16 MP sensor and six unique LED lights for extreme macro photography. Later this spring, PENTAX will introduce a SportMount Chest Harness for hands-free handling of the cameras, ideal for sport enthusiasts who like to document their adventures.

“The new WG-2 series digital cameras are truly adventure-ready tools,” said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX. “Thoughtfully designed to be shockproof, dustproof, coldproof and crushproof, these dependable, heavy-duty cameras can withstand virtually any environmental challenge while maintaining the same resiliency and work ethic as those who use it.”

Key upgrades to the latest models include:

• High-resolution Full HD 1080p movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 30 FPS with high quality h.264 compression.
• Waterproof to depths of 40 feet.
• Digital Microscope mode with one additional macro LED (total of six lights) for excellent macro lighting of subjects as close as 1 cm.
• A newly designed GPS module that delivers a shorter time lag before GPS start-up and longer battery life during GPS activation.
• A new optional SportMount Chest Harness that straps-on the WG-2 for hands-free HD movie capture of every exciting moment of adventure on land, sea or in the air.

pentax underwater camera wg-2 Additional features include:

• Shockproof design protects camera that are dropped from a distance of up to 5 feet.
• Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 lbf (pound-force).
• Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F).
• Dustproof design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments.
• Wide angle 5x internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent).
• Large 3-inch LCD features HVGA resolution (460,000 dots) and anti-reflective coating on its protective cover.
• Hardened cover with SP coating protects internal lens elements.
• An HDMI port (Micro, Type-D) plays back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs.
• Pixel Track, Digital, and Movie Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images and video.
• Fast Face Detection technology including Smile Capture and Blink Detection to capture perfect portraits.
• A Handheld Night Snap mode produces a single blur-free, composite image from four images of the same scene.
• An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus.
• Extended dynamic range helps bring out extra highlight and shadow detail.
• PENTAX infrared remote control compatibility for remote shooting.
• GPS and non-GPS versions are available in several new stylish color options.

Priced at $349.95 USD, the Optio WG-2 is available now in a choice of Black or Vermillion Red, while the Optio WG-2 GPS is priced at $399.95 USD in a choice of Shiny Orange or Gloss White. The new SportMount Chest Harness is $49.95 USD and will be available late spring/early summer 2012.