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Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
34
Pentax Optio RS1500 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Key Specs

Pentax RS1500
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 157g - 114 x 58 x 28mm
  • Released March 2011
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
  • Announced February 2012
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Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Pentax RS1500 and Pentax WG-2 GPS, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Waterproof and both are designed by Pentax. The sensor resolution of the RS1500 (14MP) and the WG-2 GPS (16MP) is very well matched and they possess the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The RS1500 was brought out 10 months earlier than the WG-2 GPS so they are of a similar age. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the RS1500 scores against the WG-2 GPS with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax RS1500 over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 RS1500 WG-2 GPS 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Pentax RS1500

 WG-2 GPS RS1500 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012March 2011More modern by 10 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Pentax RS1500 and Pentax WG-2 GPS

 RS1500 WG-2 GPS 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera, you'll have to think about its weight and measurements. The Pentax RS1500 comes with outer measurements of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 157 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Pentax WG-2 GPS has proportions of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the RS1500 compared to the WG-2 GPS.

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the RS1500 and WG-2 GPS is 93 and 91 respectively.

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS top view buttons comparison

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to see the gap between sensor sizes simply by looking at technical specs. The pic here may give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the RS1500 and WG-2 GPS.

As you have seen, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Pentax WG-2 GPS to resolve more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The more aged RS1500 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS sensor size comparison

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax RS1500 Portrait photography features
Pentax WG-2 GPS Portrait photography features
35
manual focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
40
manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax RS1500 Street photography highlights
Pentax WG-2 GPS Street photography highlights
54
environment proof
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
54
environment proof
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Pentax RS1500 Sports photography features
Pentax WG-2 GPS Sports photography features
37
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
environment proof
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
38
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax RS1500 Travel photography advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography advice
67
environment proof
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
70
environment proof
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax RS1500 Landscape photography advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Landscape photography advice
40
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
megapixel count good (14MP)
environment proof
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
47
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
decent MP (16 megapixels)
environment proof
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax RS1500 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Vlogging camera
25
quite wide (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic port
30
reasonably wide (28mm)
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have microphone support
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Pentax RS1500 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax RS1500 and Pentax WG-2 GPS
 Pentax Optio RS1500Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio RS1500 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Type Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2011-03-16 2012-02-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-110mm (3.9x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/1500s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.90 m 5.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 157 gr (0.35 lbs) 198 gr (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 114 x 58 x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 260 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI92 D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $150 $300