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Pentax Optio WG-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 669 reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the performance and durability. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The contrast and focus get mixed views, while some have doubts about the energy efficiency and viewfinder.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, performance

shutter, stabilizer , viewfinder, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio WG-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio WG-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the price and performance are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback.

usability, image quality, portability, performance, price

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio WG-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 221 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Opinions about the performance and durability are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality also get good views. Many are negative about the image stabilizer and low light performance, while there are some mixed comments about the lens.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, performance

reliability, focus, shutter, low-light, stabilizer

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax Optio WG-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Pentax Optio WG-1 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The usability also gets good views. There are some less positive views about the portability and zoom.

usability, price

zoom, portability

50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1

 

Does the 14-megapixel Pentax WG-1 have the image quality to match its rugged exterior?

Tough as old boots, Waterproof to 10m/33ft, Post-processing options, No sensor-shift shake-reduction, Shock-proof to 4.9ft

Fiddly zoom controls, Program mode a bit flat

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Pentax Optio WG-1 review

 

The Pentax Optio WG-1 proudly bears the legend “adventureproof” on its front panel, and like its pricier rivals the Panasonic FT3 and Olympus TG-810 it's heavily toughened against the sort of events/conditions you might come across on the average...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : GadgetSpeak (gadgetspeak.com)

Pentax WG1-GPS

 

A waterproof camera that can by the aid of GPS tell you where you were when you took the image or movie. I did not get a chance to test if the two features worked together; in fact the only waterproof tests were in my bath.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Digital Camera Review

 

Daniel Bell reviews the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS, a compact digital camera that is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof.

Waterproof to 10m; Shockproof to 2m; Freezeproof to -10°C; Good image quality; Excellent colour reproduction; Digital microscope and 1cm minimum focus distance; GPS geo-tagging

Tripod socket is poorly placed

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : TIPA (photoanswers.co.uk)

TIPA Camera Test Online: Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

 

The Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS is a compact camera with a 5x zoom lens (28-140mm) and a robust body which is water proofed to 10m, shock proofed (from a 1.5m drop) and has an integrated GPS system. The camera offers 14 MP resolution and some extraordinary...

waterproof down to 10m ; shockproof (drop test 1.5m) ; GPS system ; easy handling, a lot of scene modes ; innovative “microscope” mode for extreme macro shots

disappointing results in resolution tests ; LCD screen with low resolution

Jun, 2011

Expert review by (photoanswers.co.uk)

Pentax Optio WG-1

 

The Optio WG-1 certainly looks the part; the body is rubberised around the rim with an aluminium-alloy front and the design itself looks rugged with chunky detailing and exposed bolts. The rubber finish helps to give the WG-1 a solid feel and ease of...

Expert review by : David Pierce (pcmag.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1

 

The cute but tough Pentax Optio WG-1 is built to withstand the elements, its image and video quality, though, aren't up to par with some competitors.

Small build for a ruggedized camera. Good low-light performance.

Our first test camera experienced some water damage. Slow recycle times. Dated, complicated interface.

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Jul, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1 Review

 

The Pentax WG-1 is offer some nice improvements over its predecessors, with tougher "lifeproof" specifications, longer battery life, and additional LED macro lamps. At $349 or less, it offers a good bang for your buck in a competitive market niche....

Sturdy feel, rugged design ; Bright backlight in direct sunlight, viewing angle of 170 ; Face detection excellent, even on faces in photographs and profile shots up to 80 ; Easy to understand, and cartoon like menu icons for preprogrammed exposure...

Weak Flash ; Recessed power button, difficult turning on/off ; Weak macro LED lamps ; Confusion between menu and playback buttons ; Detachable stand is useful for macro shots, but unrealistic to actually have it when you need it, or it could easily be...

The Pentax WG-1 is offer some nice improvements over its predecessors, with tougher "lifeproof" specifications, longer battery life, and additional LED macro lamps. At $349 or less, it offers a good bang for your buck in a competitive market niche....

May, 2011

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Expert review by : Matt Grayson (photographyblog.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review

 

It's a hard world that we live in with problems at every turn, so we need a camera that can withstand the hardships that get thrown at us in day to day life. Pentax have released the Optio WG-1 GPS, a robust compact camera which sports 14 megapixels, a...

There are quite a few tough cameras out there with water, dust and ice proofing. The way they look differs immensely. If the other tough cameras are the Starship Enterprise with it's flush seams and silky smooth hull, then the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS is...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

 

Water, cold, dust, crush, and shockproof, the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS will also record where you are when you shoot your pictures. But for all its toughness we were disappointed in the images except for those who only print 8x10 or smaller most of the time.

Weatherproof; Rugged; Built-in GPS; 5x zoom in a small size; Fast shutter lag

Excessive noise processing at low ISO; Poor video quality; GPS punishes battery life; Electronic image stabilization only

There's something to be said for a camera like the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS that can deal with very harsh conditions without any hair-pulling and heartbreak. We've all had the instant of fear when the camera slips out of your hand and hits the ground,...

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