Pentax WG-2 GPS overview
Pentax WG-2 GPS is Pentax's Waterproof digital camera initially revealed on February of 2012. The camera features a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The WG-2 GPS ranks at #30 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & all-around #725 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your customized criteria.
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Pentax WG-2 GPS history
The Pentax WG-2 GPS is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list below.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Gallery
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Pentax WG-2 GPS Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Pentax WG-2 GPS based on factors that are typically seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor information
The specification of the sensor in the Pentax WG-2 GPS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a standard ISO range of 125 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the WG-2 GPS's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The WG-2 GPS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Pentax WG-2 GPS dimensions
Pentax WG-2 GPS weighs 0.44 lb (198g / 6.98 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 196g so the Pentax WG-2 GPS is very similar compared to other competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The following is a photo of the Pentax WG-2 GPS alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view here will highlight the button design on the WG-2 GPS.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Lens information
The WG-2 GPS includes a built in lens with a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really perfect nevertheless it will definitely be very helpful in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 which is pretty sluggish and not the best for low light conditions and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to increase your ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. Towards the long end, 140mm comes to f5.5 making it pretty sluggish and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Connectivity
The WG-2 GPS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send images and at times alter camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Several apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Video information
The highest video quality in the Pentax WG-2 GPS is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance in video quality and file size but FULL HD will not give you any room to crop. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack so you have zero control over the sound. It is probably best to find an alternative camera if you require good sound for your videos.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Weather Sealing
Pentax WG-2 GPS comes with environment sealing which makes it a great selection for use in challenging conditions. This is especially helpful whenever you are unsure about the conditions you may face in outdoor photography.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax WG-2 GPS features a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specifications for Pentax WG-2 GPS are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite beneficial in bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Shutter information
Pentax WG-2 GPS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Flash and Hot shoe information
Pentax WG-2 GPS features just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Autofocus information
Pentax WG-2 GPS features only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.
The AF system features 9 focus points to select from. It also features Tracking AF for things on the move. Pentax WG-2 GPS comes with manual focusing if needed in low light scenarios or you want to have more exact focusing control.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Battery life
The battery power (D-LI92) on the Pentax WG-2 GPS is designed to last for 260 clicks with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is about the same as it's competitors. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 offers the highest (380) battery life in this group of cameras.
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Pentax WG-2 GPS for different categories of photography
The following illustration shows a summation of the Pentax WG-2 GPS for different categories of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section below.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Portrait photography information
The Pentax WG-2 GPS receives a rating of 41 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not very good for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the potential to use external flash.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Street photography information
With a modest rating of 54, the Pentax WG-2 GPS is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Sports photography factors
A subpar sports photography score of 39 means the Pentax WG-2 GPS is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography features
Weight is super important in picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Pentax WG-2 GPS gets a very good 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice to take with you on your travels.
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Pentax WG-2 GPS with it's average rating of 48 for a landscape camera is relatively adequate amongst its competition.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Pentax WG-2 GPS is just not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 30.
Pentax WG-2 GPS Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the WG-2 GPS, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Waterproof.
The graph listed below will give you a summary of the WG-2 GPS vs it's highest rated competitors suggested above.
Following are several cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.