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Optio WG-2 GPS - Description

Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting to 12 m deep

By further enhancing the water tightness of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the Optio WG2-GPS's underwater performance to 12 meters, for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance). This camera is also designed to be highly shock-resistant (from a height of 1.5 meters) *, dustproof**, cold-resistant (down to -10°C)***, and crushproof (with a weight up to 100 kgf)****. All these features make the Optio WG2-GPS the ideal imaging partner in harsh, demanding shooting conditions.

* Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards (from a height of 1.5 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to the Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F, to show the stable operations.

** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6.

*** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, with which camera is proven to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C to show the stable operations.

**** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, by which camera is put on with weights up to 100 kgf, or kilogram-force to show the stable operations.

New back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for high-quality images

The Optio WG-2 GPS comes equipped with the latest back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which offers much lower noise even when camera is set to higher sensitivities. With the combination of a top sensitivity of ISO 6400, 16 effective megapixels, and its new imaging engine, this model delivers super-high-resolution images. The Optio WG2-GPS also features the new Handheld Night Snap mode, which captures four images of the same scene, then produces a single blur-free, composite image from them — all automatically.

Full HD movie recording

The Optio WG-2 GPS offers the Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also features a high-speed camera function* for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and an interval movie function to simplify advanced movie-recording techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body allowing output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices.

* When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at VGA (640 x 480 pixels).

Extra-large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor

New Optio WG-2 GPS features a new extra-large, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor with wide 16:9 proportions and 460,000 dots. The AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even under harsh sunshine, while its wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.

Digital Microscope mode with six LED Macro Lights

By positioning six LED Macro Lights around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting — the Optio WG-2 GPS provides brighter and uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.* Thanks to the Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye on the camera’s LCD monitor and effortlessly capture it in eye-catching images. Its instant illumination enhance function, which automatically raises the illumination level of the LED Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release, has also been upgraded to minimize camera shake and subject shake. In addition, the Macro Lights provide a Self-Portrait Assist mode to check if the subject’s face is safely captured within the picture frame using the blink of an LED lamp; and a new LED lighting mode to use the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.

* When the Digital Microscope mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 2 MP (at 16:9 proportions).

Advanced GPS function

The Optio WG-2 GPS comes equipped with an upgraded GPS module. Not only does it shorten the time lag before the start of GPS operation, but it also greatly extends the operating life of the log function. This latter function automatically creates log data and stores it as a KML-format file onto an SD memory card by simply carrying the camera.  The Optio WG-2 GPS allows the user to record position data when shooting still images and take advantage of various GPS-compatible applications and services provided by the included software* and such Web sites as Google Maps™. It also corrects the built-in clock automatically to match local time of a particular shooting location. Thanks to the log function, the user can keep accurate track of the movement during outdoor shooting, and display it later on the computer using various online services such as Google Earth™.

* This function is available with the Windows version only.

5X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage

The new Optio WG-2 GPS features a high-performance 5X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths equivalent to 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto in the 35mm format. Thanks to this versatile zoom lens, the camera captures beautiful, lively pictures in a wide range of subjects and scenes — from spectacular landscapes to family/group shots in a confined space.

Other features

  1. Carabiner strap included
  2. Protector neoprene case (available as an optional accessory) to protect the camera body from scratches and grime
  3. Comes with two remote-control receptors which allow the user to send in the remote signal either from front or back of the camera
  4. A Macro Stand is also included as a standard accessory to make extended observation effortless even at a minimum distance of one centimeter away from the subject
  5. High-speed Face Detection function to capture up to 32 faces in approx. 0.03 seconds, and Smile Capture function
  6. Instant startup with the playback mode by pressing and holding the playback button
  7. Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
  8. 12 digital filters
  9. Digital Wide mode to compose an extra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to 21mm wide angle in the 35mm format) from two separate images
  10. Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
  11. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

♦Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
♦This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that are not PRINT Image Matching III compliant.
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Print Image Matching is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
The PRINT Image Matching logo is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
♦Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
♦HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
♦Google, Google Earth, Google map, and logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Google Inc.
♦All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
♦Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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