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The 'Adventure Proof' Pentax Optio WG-2The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a very good rugged camera with few trade-offs for its durability.
Hey. I'm Josh Goldman with ZNET and this is a look at the Pentax Optio WG-2. It's the Cannon makers 13th generation rugged cameras. Each one seemly tougher than the last. For the WG-2, it's waterproof to 40 feet, shock proof to about 5 feet, cold proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crash proof to 220 pounds of pressure. The body is made from reinforced poly carbonate plastic and well, it's design isn't for everyone, all it's ridges do make it easier to grip with cold or wet hands plus it's really light weight compared to the full metal bodies of other rugged cameras and Pentax also includes this (??) strap to make it easy to attach to yourself. Another nice feature is this ring of six LEDs that can be used to brighten up close up shots or just as a flashlight. The only real feature disappointment is the lack of optical and mechanical image stabilization. Instead, Pentax includes a decent digital option called pixel track SR that it takes a couple of seconds to process the images. So, it's not great if you're trying to shoot fast. On the other hand, the camera isn't terribly fast to begin with it all so you won't probably won't want this if you need to do a lot of action shooting. So, the quality is decent though. Don't expect it to make poster size prints but for smaller prints and web use, the results are good, in and out of water. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Pentax Optio WG-2.