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Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10

Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
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Pentax Optio WS80 front
 
Pentax WG-10 front
Portability
93
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Key Specs

Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Revealed August 2009
Pentax WG-10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 167g - 116 x 59 x 29mm
  • Revealed June 2013
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Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Overview

Below, we will be evaluating the Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10, both Waterproof digital cameras and both of them are built by Pentax. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the WS80 (10MP) and WG-10 (14MP) but they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The WS80 was revealed 4 years before the WG-10 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a in depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the WS80 matches up against the WG-10 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Pentax WG-10

 WS80 WG-10 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-10 over the Pentax WS80

 WG-10 WS80 
RevealedJune 2013August 2009Fresher by 47 months

Common features in the Pentax WS80 and Pentax WG-10

 WS80 WG-10 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension2.7"2.7"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Pentax WS80 has outside dimensions of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Pentax WG-10 has dimensions of 116mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the WS80 against the WG-10.

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the WS80 and WG-10 is 95 and 93 respectively.

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 top view buttons comparison

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizing merely by going over technical specs. The graphic below may give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the WS80 and WG-10.

As you have seen, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You should count on the Pentax WG-10 to offer more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older WS80 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 sensor size comparison

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax WS80 Portrait photography advice
Pentax WG-10 Portrait photography advice
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focusing manually
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
low MP (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
39
manual focus
good MP (14MP)
comes with face detection focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Pentax WS80 Street photography details
Pentax WG-10 Street photography details
59
weather sealing
lighter than competition in class (125g)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Pentax WS80 Sports photography factors
Pentax WG-10 Sports photography factors
23
weather sealing
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
44
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
low frames per second (0.7 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax WS80 Travel photography factors
Pentax WG-10 Travel photography factors
61
lighter than competition in class (125g)
weather sealing
has built in flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
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weather proofing
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax WS80 Landscape photography information
Pentax WG-10 Landscape photography information
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focusing manually
weather sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
47
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
weather proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax WS80 Vlogging factors
Pentax WG-10 Vlogging factors
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lighter than competition in class (125g)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone support
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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic port
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Pentax WS80 vs Pentax WG-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax WS80 and Pentax WG-10
 Pentax Optio WS80Pentax WG-10
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio WS80 Pentax WG-10
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Revealed 2009-08-05 2013-06-21
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Prime -
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 10MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 64 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
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 35-175mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.8-4.7 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 0.7fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.40 m 1.20 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 125 gr (0.28 lbs) 167 gr (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") 116 x 59 x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI68 D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $220 $0