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Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10

Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front
 
Pentax Q10 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
56
Overall
44

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Key Specs

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
  • Released February 2012
Pentax Q10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Superseded the Pentax Q
  • Successor is Pentax Q7
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Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Pentax WG-2 GPS versus Pentax Q10, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are offered by Pentax. There is a large difference among the resolutions of the WG-2 GPS (16MP) and Q10 (12MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The WG-2 GPS was announced 7 months before the Q10 and they are of a similar age. The two cameras feature different body design with the Pentax WG-2 GPS being a Compact camera and the Pentax Q10 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick view of how the WG-2 GPS matches up vs the Q10 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Pentax Q10

 WG-2 GPS Q10 

Reasons to pick Pentax Q10 over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 Q10 WG-2 GPS 
AnnouncedSeptember 2012February 2012More modern by 7 months

Common features in the Pentax WG-2 GPS and Pentax Q10

 WG-2 GPS Q10 
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera, you should factor its weight and volume. The Pentax WG-2 GPS features outside measurements of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs) while the Pentax Q10 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

Look at the Pentax WG-2 GPS versus Pentax Q10 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the WG-2 GPS vs the Q10.

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the WG-2 GPS and Q10 is 91 and 92 respectively.

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 top view buttons comparison

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizes just by checking out a spec sheet. The picture underneath will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the WG-2 GPS and Q10.

As you can see, both of the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Pentax WG-2 GPS to show more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged WG-2 GPS will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 sensor size comparison

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax WG-2 GPS Portrait photography highlights
Pentax Q10 Portrait photography highlights
40
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
48
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax WG-2 GPS
Street photography with Pentax Q10
54
weather proofing
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition in class (200 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Pentax WG-2 GPS Sports photography factors
Pentax Q10 Sports photography factors
38
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
36
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (270 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography features
Pentax Q10 Travel photography features
70
weather proofing
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
60
lighter than competition in class (200g)
has built in flash
terrible battery (270 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax WG-2 GPS
Landscape photography with Pentax Q10
47
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
54
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax Q mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (270 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Vlogging camera
Pentax Q10 as a Vlogging camera
30
really wide (28mm)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone jack
35
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (200 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
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Pentax WG-2 GPS vs Pentax Q10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax WG-2 GPS and Pentax Q10
 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPSPentax Q10
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Pentax Q10
Class Waterproof Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2012-02-07 2012-09-10
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax Q
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.5 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 8
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.40 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
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 BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 198 grams (0.44 lbs) 200 grams (0.44 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.9
DXO Low light score not tested 183
Other
Battery life 260 shots 270 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI92 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $300 $350