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Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
21
Overall
28
Pentax Optio W60 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
37
Overall
38

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Key Specs

Pentax W60
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 56 x 25mm
  • Revealed July 2009
Pentax WG-2 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 198g - 122 x 61 x 30mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Pentax W60 and Pentax WG-2 GPS, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Waterproof and both are sold by Pentax. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the W60 (10MP) and WG-2 GPS (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The W60 was released 3 years earlier than the WG-2 GPS which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief view of how the W60 scores versus the WG-2 GPS in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax W60 over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 W60 WG-2 GPS 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Pentax W60

 WG-2 GPS W60 
IntroducedFebruary 2012July 2009Newer by 31 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Pentax W60 and Pentax WG-2 GPS

 W60 WG-2 GPS 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Physical Comparison

When you are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Pentax W60 has external measurements of 98mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) while the Pentax WG-2 GPS has measurements of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the W60 versus the WG-2 GPS.

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the W60 and WG-2 GPS is 94 and 91 respectively.

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS top view buttons comparison

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor Comparison

Often, it's difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions simply by looking through specs. The picture underneath may give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the W60 and WG-2 GPS.

All in all, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You can expect the Pentax WG-2 GPS to render extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged W60 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS sensor size comparison

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax W60 Portrait photography advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Portrait photography advice
26
manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
41
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with face detect focusing
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Pentax W60 as a Street photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Street photography camera
54
weather proof
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
54
weather proof
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Pentax W60 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Sports photography camera
23
weather proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
38
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
weather proof
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax W60 Travel photography factors
Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography factors
64
weather proof
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
71
weather proof
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax W60 Landscape photography details
Pentax WG-2 GPS Landscape photography details
36
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
weather proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
lack of manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
47
you can focus manually
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
weather proof
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax W60
Vlogging with Pentax WG-2 GPS
25
really wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
30
really wide (28mm)
comes with face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have mic jack
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Pentax W60 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax W60 and Pentax WG-2 GPS
 Pentax Optio W60Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Optio W60 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Category Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Revealed 2009-07-01 2012-02-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 50 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.90 m (Auto ISO) 5.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Soft, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
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, 15fps, 640 x 480, 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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165g (0.36 lbs) 198g (0.44 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI78 D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $300 $300