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Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS

Portability
65
Imaging
45
Features
38
Overall
42
Pentax K100D Super front
 
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Key Specs

Pentax K100D S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 129 x 91 x 71mm
  • Released June 2007
  • Succeeded the Pentax K100D
  • Later Model is Pentax K200D
Pentax WG-2 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 198g - 122 x 61 x 30mm
  • Released February 2012
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Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Overview

Let's look closer at the Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Waterproof and both of them are built by Pentax. There exists a sizable gap between the resolutions of the K100D S (6MP) and WG-2 GPS (16MP) and the K100D S (APS-C) and WG-2 GPS (1/2.3") feature different sensor sizes.

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The K100D S was introduced 5 years earlier than the WG-2 GPS which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Pentax K100D S being a Compact SLR camera and the Pentax WG-2 GPS being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a more detailed comparison, below is a brief summary of how the K100D S scores against the WG-2 GPS when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K100D S over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 K100D S WG-2 GPS 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Pentax K100D S

 WG-2 GPS K100D S 
ReleasedFebruary 2012June 2007More modern by 56 months
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k210kCrisper display (+250k dot)

Common features in the Pentax K100D S and Pentax WG-2 GPS

 K100D S WG-2 GPS 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Pentax K100D S features external measurements of 129mm x 91mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8") along with a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs) whilst the Pentax WG-2 GPS has specifications of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

Check the Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the K100D S vs the WG-2 GPS.

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the K100D S and WG-2 GPS is 65 and 91 respectively.

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS top view buttons comparison

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's difficult to picture the gap between sensor sizes purely by checking a spec sheet. The image below might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the K100D S and WG-2 GPS.

Clearly, the two cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The K100D S using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Pentax WG-2 GPS will give you more detail using its extra 10MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged K100D S is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS sensor size comparison

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K100D S as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Portrait photography camera
51
focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
40
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax K100D S as a Street photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Street photography camera
64
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
54
weather proofing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K100D S as a Sports photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Sports photography camera
47
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
no liveview feature
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
38
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K100D S Travel photography highlights
Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography highlights
45
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse recording
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
70
weather proofing
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K100D S
Landscape photography with Pentax WG-2 GPS
52
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview feature
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
47
has manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K100D S Vlogging advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Vlogging advice
9
no video recording
30
pretty wide (28mm)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
no external mic support
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Pentax K100D S vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K100D S and Pentax WG-2 GPS
 Pentax K100D SuperPentax Optio WG-2 GPS
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K100D Super Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Class Entry-Level DSLR Waterproof
Released 2007-06-28 2012-02-07
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3008 x 2008 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 151 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 210 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 96% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 5.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 646 gr (1.42 lb) 198 gr (0.44 lb)
Dimensions 129 x 91 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8") 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $520 $300