Pentax Optio WG-1

The Good Resistant to water, cold, drops and crushing; 720p video recording with HDMI output; easy to use.

The Bad Design will repel some people; some image softness.

The Bottom Line Tougher than old boots, the Pentax Optio WG-1 rugged camera is ready for almost anything. It takes a decent photo too, and comes with some useful bonus features.

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8.3 Overall

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Review

Pentax Optio WG-1

When the going gets tough, the tough get using their Optio WG-1. At least, that's what Pentax would like them to do. The WG-1 is yet another rugged camera but this one isn't just waterproof -- it's almost everything-proof. At around £210, it could be the ideal snapper to take with you on your adventures.

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With its heavy-duty plastic mouldings and rugged design, the WG-1 looks more like a piece of orienteering equipment than a digital camera. That's even more true once you attach the rock-climbing-style carabiner strap that comes supplied with the device.

The WG-1 is designed for extreme conditions, so it's waterproof to 10m, freezeproof to -10°C, and shockproof from heights of up to 1.5m. It's also crushproof to 100kg. As such, the WG-1 compares well with rival rugged cameras in terms of what it can withstand.

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  • Brand Pentax
  • Sensor Resolution 14.0 Megapixel
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model Purple

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