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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review – Apprehend the Attractive Images of Ocean Habitat

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review

Adventure enthusiasts can get ready for any environment with the PENTAX Optio WG-1 Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and 5X Optical Zoom. This camera is PENTAX’s 12th rugged generation best waterproof digital camera. It’s tough, rugged, and suitable for almost any situation or setting. The Pentax Optio WG-1 with GPS is waterproof, shock-proof, crush-proof, dust-proof, and even freeze-proof.

The Optio WG-1 is waterproof to 33 feet for underwater shooting, shockproof from up to a 5-foot drop, crush-proof to withstand up to 220 pounds of force, and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dust-proof. The camera has some advanced features such as 14MP resolution, Zoom 5X, and GPS functionality. Also, a 2.7-inch LCD, HDMI port, and digital shake reduction to name a few. Pentax claims the Optio WG-1 is the start of the next generation of rugged compact cameras. As part of the best waterproof camera selections, can this style of the camera live up to its billing?

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review​

Key Specifications

Resolution – 14 Megapixels

LCD Size -2.7 in

5x optical zoom

HDMI port can play back HD images and video on HDTVs

720p HD Widescreen Video Capture

Digital Shake Reduction

Digital Microscope Mode

Water/Shock/Crush/Cold and Dust Proof (33feet/5 feet/220 lbs./14 degrees F)

Ergonomic Design

GPS functionality (only in Orange, Gray, and Yellow/Green models)

Memory Storage – SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot

Battery – Rechargeable battery (Included)

Colors – Orange, Gray, and Yellow/Green

What's in the box?

Pentax Optio WG-1 Camera includes Macro stand, Rechargeable Li-Ion battery and charger, Carrying strap, USB cable, Carabiner strap, Audio / video cable, and CD-ROM software.

Pentax Optio WG-1 Camera

Digital Shake Reduction

Pixel Track and Digital Shake Reduction ensures sharp, blur-free images.

GPS Functionality

GPS functionality allows for positional data recording with images for geo-tagging applications (GPS capability in Gray and Yellow/Green models).

Detachable Macro Stand

This hand detachable macro stand is used in assisting for steadier shots, with the final being very crisp photos. The macro stand is a simple attachment that helps steady the camera for macro photos, nice supplement if your excursion is based solely to capture macro shots where you can set the camera close to the subject.

Battery Life

The Optio WG-1 comes with a 925mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery. Battery life of the WG-1 is rated for about 260 still shots or 120 minutes of video capture.

Battery Release Clasp

The WG-1 features a dual unlocking method to remove the battery cover.

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review​



Pentax Optio WG-1 is made from reinforced polycarbonate and aluminum; it is waterproof to 33 feet, shock-proof to 4.9 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds of pressure and even freeze-proof to – 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Carbiner Strap

Optio WG-1 comes with its own carabiner strap which can easily be attached to a belt or backpack. Users won’t have to worry about dropping it or using it underwater; the WG-1 really is one of the toughest rugged digital cameras on the market.

Macro Shooting

The lens is surrounded by five LEDs which light up the subject of your photo. The LEDs provide even, consistent lighting, while avoiding the typical over-exposure that many people encounter with standard flash cameras.


The Pentax Optio WG-1 is waterproof and also water functional. In shallow depths with decent light, photos and even videos are clear and visible. At lower depths, the digital microscope mode and LED lights allow for great quality close up shots.  The Optio WG-1 was submerged in a muddy stream with no operational failures, although some debris did get underneath the battery and HDI seals. However, no moisture or dust was found to have entered the compartments.

Camera Start-up

The WG-1 powers up fairly quickly, displaying a focus point in about 1.4 seconds after pushing the power button. The user was able to get off a first shot in about 2.25 seconds. Single shot to shot times ran about 2.75 seconds.

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Power button 

It recessed to the point where it takes slightly more effort to manipulate


If LCD is anti-reflective, especially when the screen is covered in fingerprints (which it collects quite easily).

No eye-level viewfinder

Makes it difficult to use outdoors in bright sunshine, because of the reflections off the viewing screen

Battery Release Clasp 

It could be a problem if the latch is accidentally held in the door release positions. This would release the cover door to the battery and memory card compartment which may permit water or dust to enter the area.

Battery life

It is short especially with GPS on. Suggest purchasing the second battery. The battery recharges in two hours.

Is the Pentax Optio WG-1 Waterproof Digital Camera Worth Buying?

If you’re looking for one of the toughest rugged compact cameras in the market, this is the camera for you. This camera is ideal for those looking for a new camera to compliment an adventurous lifestyle.  The WG-1 gives more than adequate picture quality and its digital microscope mode will delight macro enthusiasts.

Pentax Optio WG-1 with GPS is dustproof and with its waterproof feature, users can shoot photos underwater. The shock proof feature of this camera allows dropping it from a 5 foot height without damaging it. The crush proof feature of this camera makes it withstand a force of up to 220 pounds of pressure.

Users can flex their sense of adventure with this new generation camera from Pentax. It is the 12th generation camera with new and improved features from previous models.  In addition to the rugged features of the camera, it also includes a 14 megapixel sensor, enhanced the Digital Microscope mode with a total of five macro LEDs for excellent macro lighting plus a detachable macro stand for steadier capture.

The Pentax Optio WG-1 offers good overall image quality, speedy shooting performance, and various useful exposure options. With these qualities, this camera is definitely deserving as being part of the best waterproof camera reviews. Checkout the video below, it explains the neat features of the Pentax WG-1.

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