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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
37
Overall
38
Pentax Optio RZ18 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS front
Portability
93
Imaging
38
Features
31
Overall
35

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Key Specs

Pentax RZ18
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 97 x 61 x 33mm
  • Announced September 2011
Pentax WG-1 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 167g - 116 x 59 x 29mm
  • Launched August 2011
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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Waterproof and both of them are created by Pentax. The image resolution of the RZ18 (16MP) and the WG-1 GPS (14MP) is very comparable and they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The RZ18 was manufactured very close to the WG-1 GPS which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the RZ18 scores versus the WG-1 GPS in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax RZ18 over the Pentax WG-1 GPS

 RZ18 WG-1 GPS 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-1 GPS over the Pentax RZ18

 WG-1 GPS RZ18 

Common features in the Pentax RZ18 and Pentax WG-1 GPS

 RZ18 WG-1 GPS 
LaunchedSeptember 2011August 2011Same generation
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and proportions. The Pentax RZ18 has got external dimensions of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Pentax WG-1 GPS has measurements of 116mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the RZ18 versus the WG-1 GPS.

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the RZ18 and WG-1 GPS is 92 and 93 respectively.

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS top view buttons comparison

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to envision the difference in sensor measurements purely by going through specifications. The visual below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the RZ18 and WG-1 GPS.

To sum up, the 2 cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Pentax RZ18 to provide extra detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively.

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS sensor size comparison

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax WG-1 GPS Portrait photography highlights
37
manual focus
good MP (16MP)
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
36
has manual focus
decent MP (14MP)
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Street photography info
Pentax WG-1 GPS Street photography info
66
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
lighter than average (178 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
54
environment proofing
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Sports photography advice
Pentax WG-1 GPS Sports photography advice
47
excellent zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
weather proofing
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
37
decent MP (14MP)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax RZ18 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Travel photography camera
71
lighter than average (178g)
weather proofing
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
long reach (450mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
71
environment proofing
decent MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Landscape photography info
Pentax WG-1 GPS Landscape photography info
50
manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
42
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
decent MP (14MP)
environment proofing
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax RZ18
Vlogging with Pentax WG-1 GPS
30
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average (178 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic port
25
rather wide (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone port
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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax RZ18 and Pentax WG-1 GPS
 Pentax Optio RZ18Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Optio RZ18 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Announced 2011-09-12 2011-08-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-450mm (18.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus range 4cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 2.80 m 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 178 grams (0.39 pounds) 167 grams (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") 116 x 59 x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI92 D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $210 $350