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Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced August 2011
Sony W220
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-7.1) lens
  • 147g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Overview

Below is a extensive analysis of the Pentax WG-1 GPS versus Sony W220, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Pentax and Sony. The resolution of the WG-1 GPS (14MP) and the W220 (12MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The WG-1 GPS was unveiled 2 years later than the W220 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a short overview of how the WG-1 GPS scores against the W220 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax WG-1 GPS over the Sony W220

 WG-1 GPS W220 
LaunchedAugust 2011January 2009More recent by 32 months

Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Pentax WG-1 GPS

 W220 WG-1 GPS 

Common features in the Pentax WG-1 GPS and Sony W220

 WG-1 GPS W220 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size2.7"2.7"Same screen measurement
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Pentax WG-1 GPS enjoys physical dimensions of 116mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony W220 has measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs).

Check the Pentax WG-1 GPS versus Sony W220 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the WG-1 GPS compared to the W220.

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the WG-1 GPS and W220 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 top view buttons comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by going through a spec sheet. The photograph here may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the WG-1 GPS and W220.

As you can see, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can expect the Pentax WG-1 GPS to show greater detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The younger WG-1 GPS should have an edge in sensor technology.

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 sensor size comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS Portrait photography advice
Sony W220 Portrait photography advice
35
focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
27
you can focus manually
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS Street photography info
Sony W220 Street photography info
54
environment proofing
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
57
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS Sports photography advice
Sony W220 Sports photography advice
37
good resolution (14MP)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS Travel photography info
Sony W220 Travel photography info
71
environment proofing
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
51
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low resolution (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony W220 as a Landscape photography camera
42
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
good resolution (14MP)
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
32
you can focus manually
image stabilization (Optical)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Vlogging camera
Sony W220 as a Vlogging camera
25
relatively wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone socket
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
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Pentax WG-1 GPS vs Sony W220 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax WG-1 GPS and Sony W220
 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPSSony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
General Information
Make Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-08-16 2009-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 30-120mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/2.8-7.1
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 1s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.90 m 7.10 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167g (0.37 lbs) 147g (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 59 x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1") 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
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 images -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI92 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $350 $160