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Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Pentax Optio WG-1 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
27

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Key Specs

Pentax WG-1
(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
  • 157g - 114 x 58 x 28mm
  • Launched February 2011
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Announced August 2009
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Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80, both Waterproof digital cameras and both are sold by Pentax. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the WG-1 (14MP) and WS80 (10MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The WG-1 was revealed 19 months later than the WS80 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the WG-1 matches up versus the WS80 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax WG-1 over the Pentax WS80

 WG-1 WS80 
AnnouncedFebruary 2011August 2009More recent by 19 months

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Pentax WG-1

 WS80 WG-1 

Common features in the Pentax WG-1 and Pentax WS80

 WG-1 WS80 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal screen measurements
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Pentax WG-1 comes with outer dimensions of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 157 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Pentax WS80 has proportions of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose at that time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the WG-1 vs the WS80.

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the WG-1 and WS80 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to imagine the contrast between sensor measurements simply by looking at specifications. The visual underneath might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the WG-1 and WS80.

Plainly, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can count on the Pentax WG-1 to resolve greater detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher WG-1 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax WG-1 Portrait photography factors
Pentax WS80 Portrait photography factors
35
focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
26
focusing manually
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Pentax WG-1 Street photography factors
Pentax WS80 Street photography factors
54
weather proof
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
59
environment proof
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Pentax WG-1 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Sports photography camera
37
good resolution (14MP)
has tracking focus
weather proof
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
23
environment proof
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax WG-1 Travel photography details
Pentax WS80 Travel photography details
71
weather proof
good resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
61
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
environment proof
has built in flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax WG-1 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Landscape photography camera
42
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
good resolution (14MP)
weather proof
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual control
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
31
focusing manually
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax WG-1 Vlogging information
Pentax WS80 Vlogging information
25
relatively wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic port
25
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
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Pentax WG-1 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax WG-1 and Pentax WS80
 Pentax Optio WG-1Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Brand Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio WG-1 Pentax Optio WS80
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Launched 2011-02-07 2009-08-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
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 14MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/3.8-4.7
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.90 m 3.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
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) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 157 grams (0.35 pounds) 125 grams (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 58 x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
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 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI92 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $350 $220