Pentax WG-1 Review | Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

Pentax WG-1 Review – Overview

Pentax WG-1 is absolutely the best waterproof camera I have ever had.

This waterproof camera from Pentax is a perfect camera for underwater situation or otherwise. This device has actually a mode to fit each vacation situation you might encounter.

For its landscape mode, it is just amazing, because it brings out the landscare’s greens and blues.Unlike the most 14 MP Cameras which nearly gives boring and really dim pictures, Pentax WG-1 provides more clear pictures on its landscape mode. Another great mode is the microscope mode, because it will turn your simplest object (can be sand, or dirt) into great professional looking photos.

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The Pentax WG-1

You will be able to see the incredible details and grains for sand object. I tried this microscope mode on a sweet Hawaiian potato, I got stunning result, a potato which looked like the purple grand canyon. (Sweet potatoes are purple in Hawaii for some reasons!).

Underwater,Pentax WG-1 microscope mode works great as well. You can see the individual details for objects like hermit crabs and fish.

Generally, Pentax WG-1 comes with several cool modes, and they will automatically adjusts the photos that I would usually make adjustments in my image editing software like Photoshop, except this can be achieved without the stress and without buying hundreds dollars worth of application.

My most favorite mode on this Pentax WG-1 is the underwater video and picture mode. I had it when I did snorkel in Hawaii, Hanauma, and got breathtaking videos as well as images of squid, fish and giant sea turtles, a lot more. I got its goggles on, so I could really easily view the camera’s screen and easily changed the modes while underwater without any problems, it was really easy to switch and make adjustments underwater as it was above the water.

Surprisingly, its microphone also recorded the underwater sound. I could hear the sound of me breathing and yelling people nearby even it was underwater.

The only semi complaint I have is about its quality settings of Pentax WG-1, if it is set to the highest, the movie mode consumed a huge memory card space! I did took a one hour video, and it took almost 250MB, eventhough that’s too big for a short video, I had it on its highest settings, because I did not want to decrease any video qualities, especially when I took a giant sea turtle video. Also, it has short battery life as well, therefore I suggest to get extra generic batteries before you travel with it.

Pentax WG-1 Review – Specs and Highlights

Pentax Optio WG-1 Adventure Series 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Black) Specs:

  1. 14MP Optical Sensor resolution
  2. 5x Optical Zoom
  3. 5 millimeters for Min Focal Length
  4. 25 milimeters for Max Focal Length
  5. Zoom lens type
  6. 1/2.3″ Optical Sensor size
  7. Built-in flash included
  8. 2.7-inch display size
  9. ISO auto and ISO 80-6400 Light Sensitivity
  10. Size: 4.6 x 1.1 x 2.3 inches
  11. Weight: 5 Ounces

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Pentax WG-1 Review – Summary

All in all, if you want to have a fun camera which you can take to the beach, hiking or anything outdoor which is in reasonable price tags, Pentax WG-1 is worth every penny, you won’t be disappointed.

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