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Press Release

February 8, 2012

PENTAX Optio WG-2 and PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS
Heavy-duty, waterproof digital compact cameras, offering
underwater shooting to a depth of 12 meters and a new image
sensor for much-improved, high-sensitivity images and movie clips

Optio WG-2 Vermillion Red
Optio WG-2
Vermillion Red
Optio WG-2 GPS Shiny Orange
Optio WG-2 GPS
Shiny Orange
Optio WG-2 All Black
Optio WG-2
All Black
Optio WG-2 GPS Gloss White
Optio WG-2 GPS
Gloss White

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio WG-2 and PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras. In addition to their outdoor-friendly waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant construction, these dependable, heavy-duty models offer much-improved image quality in high-sensitivity shooting and Full HD movie recording capability.

Developed as the latest models of the heavy-duty Optio WG series — a family of cameras with outstanding waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant capabilities — the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS can accommodate a wide variety of applications and requirements in demanding outdoor settings. Equipped with the latest back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and a state-of-the-art imaging engine, these models perform superbly in high-sensitivity shooting — such as when shooting at night or at poorly illuminated indoor sports arenas — delivering much clearer, sharper images with minimized noise than previous models. With approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, they also offer high-resolution Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels). Coupled with a new wide, high-resolution LCD monitor assuring effortless viewing of captured images even under the bright sun, and outstanding underwater shooting capability of up to a depth of 12 meters, the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS perform dependably and brilliantly even under demanding outdoor conditions, and capture a wide range of subjects and scenes in beautiful, high-quality images and movies.

The PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS is also equipped with a newly designed GPS module that offers some crucial improvements over its predecessor, including a shorter time lag before the start of GPS operation, and a longer battery life when the GPS logging function is activated.

PENTAX Optio WG-2
♦ Vermillion Red [ ⇒ Product Image] ♦ All Black [ ⇒ Product Image]
 
PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS
♦ Shiny Orange [ ⇒ Product Image] ♦ Gloss White [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting to 12 meters deep, and up to two continuous hours

    By further enhancing the water tightness of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS’s underwater performance to 12 meters compared to 10 meters for their predecessor , for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance). These cameras are also designed to be highly shock-resistant*, dustproof**, cold-resistant ***, and crushproof****. All these features make the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS dependable, heavy-duty imaging partners in harsh, demanding shooting conditions.

    * Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards (from a height of 1.5 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to the Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F, to show the stable operations.
    ** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6.
    *** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, with which camera is proven to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C to show the stable operations.
    **** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, by which camera is put on with weights up to 100 kgf, or kilogram-force to show the stable operations.

  2. Newly incorporated back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for high-quality images

    The Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS come equipped with the latest back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which offers much lower noise even when camera is set to higher sensitivities. With the combination of a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and 16.0 effective megapixels, this image sensor delivers super-high-resolution images. Its new imaging engine also applies the latest super-resolution technology to its image processing operations to assure sharp, clear, high-resolution images. These models also feature the new Handheld Night Snap mode, which captures four images of the same scene, then produces a single blur-free, composite image from them — all automatically.
  3. Full HD movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies

    The Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS offer the Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. They also feature a high-speed camera function* for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and an interval movie function to simplify advanced movie-recording techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on their camera body allowing output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices.

    * When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at VGA (640 x 480 pixels).

  4. Extra-large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor

    New Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS feature a new extra-large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor with wide 16:9 proportions and approximately 460,000 dots. The AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even under harsh sunshine, while its wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.
  5. Digital Microscope mode with six LED Macro Lights for close observation of the microscopic world

    By positioning six LED Macro Lights around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting — compared to five on their predecessor — the Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS provide brighter, more uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.* Thanks to the Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye on the camera’s LCD monitor and effortlessly capture it in eye-catching images. Its instant illumination enhance function, which automatically raises the illumination level of the LED Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release, has also been upgraded to allow for the use of a higher shutter speed to minimize camera shake and subject shake. In addition, the Macro Lights can provide other user-friendly features, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode to check if the subject’s face is safely captured within the picture frame using the blink of an LED lamp; and a new LED lighting mode to use the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.

    * When the Digital Microscope mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

  6. Advanced GPS function to add a new dimension to digital photography (available with the Optio WG-2 GPS only)

    The Optio WG-2 GPS comes equipped with an upgraded GPS module, which not only shortens the time lag before the start of GPS operation, but also greatly extends the operating life of the log function that automatically creates log data and stores it as a KML-format file onto an SD memory card by simply carrying the camera. The Optio WG-2 GPS allows the user to record position data when shooting still image and take advantage of various GPS-compatible applications and services provided by the included software* and such Web sites as Google Maps™. It also corrects the built-in clock automatically to match local time of a particular shooting location. In addition, simply by carrying the camera, it automatically create log data and stores it as a KML-format file onto an SD memory card. Thanks to this log feature, the user can keep accurate track of the movement during outdoor shooting, and display it later on the computer using various online services such as Google Earth™.

    * This function is available with the Windows version only.

  7. 5X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage

    The new Optio WG2 and Optio WG-2 GPS feature a high-performance 5X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm wide angle to approx. 140mm telephoto in the 35mm format). Thanks to this versatile zoom lens, the cameras capture beautiful, lively pictures in a wide range of subjects and scenes — from spectacular landscapes to family/group shots in a confined space. With their Intelligent Zoom function, the user can further extend the zoom range to approximately 36 times to cover the focal length of an approximately 1008mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format) to capture extra-high-magnification images without compromising image quality.
  8. Triple anti-shake protection for sharp, blur-free images

    1. Pixel Track SR mechanism
      When recording still images, this sophisticated shake-reduction mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake by digitally processing affected images.
    2. Digital SR mode
      When the cameras detect low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, they automatically raise the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed to effectively minimize the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.
    3. Movie SR mode*
      During movie recording, this digital shake-reduction mode effectively compensates for camera shake through the use of exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.

    * When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

  9. Other features

    1. Carabiner strap included for hooking the camera to a backpack or other outdoor gear
    2. Protector Jacket O-CC1252 (available as an optional accessory) to protect the camera body from scratches and grime
    3. Comes with two remote-control receptors which allows user to send in the remote signal either from front or back of the camera
    4. A Macro Stand is also included as a standard accessory to make extended observation effortless even at a minimum distance of one centimeter away from the subject
    5. High-speed Face Detection function to capture up to 32 faces in approx. 0.03 seconds, and Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter the instant the subject’s smile is detected
    6. Instant startup with the playback mode by pressing and holding the playback button
    7. Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
    8. 12 digital filters
    9. Digital Wide mode to compose an extra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to approx. 21mm wide angle in the 35mm format) from two separate images
    10. Pet mode to automatically detect the face of a dog or cat
    11. Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
    12. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
Optio WG-2 / WG-2 GPS Specifications
Lens   PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 5 - 25 mm
35mm equivalent focal length approx. 28 - 140mm
Aperture F3.5(W) - F5.5(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 5X
Digital Zoom approx. 7.2X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 7.5X at 7M, approx. 36X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur
Reduction
Still Pixel Track SR
Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lens face)
Standard:
0.5m - infinity (whole zoom area)
1.64ft - infinity (whole zoom area)

Macro:
0.1 - 0.6m (whole zoom area)
0.33 - 1.97ft (whole zoom area)

1cm Macro:
0.01 - 0.3m(middle zoom position)
0.03 - 0.98ft (middle zoom position)

Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Face detection   Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assist, Self-portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Blink Detection
Pet detection   Detect up to 1 pet's face(auto or select from pre-registered three faces)
Number of
Effective pixels
  approx. 16 megapixels
Image Sensor   1/2.3" CMOS
Number of
Recorded pixels
Still 16M, 12M(1:1), 12M(16:9), 7M, 5M(16:9), 5M, 4M(16:9), 3M. 2M(16:9), 1024, 640
Movie 1920, 1280, 640
Sensitivity
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
  Auto, Manual (ISO 125 - 6400)
White Balance   Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Viewfinder   -
Display   3.0" wide-LCD, Wide viewing angle, approx. 460K dots, AR Coating(LCD Cover only)
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot AE metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene modes   Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Candlelight, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report, Green
Playback modes   Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen, Face close-up playback
Shutter Speed   1/4000 - 1/4sec.(Mechanical and electronic shutter) 4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge.
Flash Range Wide:
approx. 0.2 - 5.5m (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.66 - 18 ft (ISO Auto)

Tele:
approx. 0.2 - 3.5m (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.66 - 11 ft (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes   One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage Media   Built-in memory (approx. 88.2 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source   Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI92, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: Approx. 260 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: Approx. 240 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces   USB2.0(Hi-Speed): PC/AV terminal, HDMI terminal(Type D)
Video Output   NTSC/PAL
Water proof / Dustproof   Equivalent to JIS Class 8 waterproof and JIS Class 6 dustproof capabilities.
Dimensions   approx. 122.5 (W) × 61.5 (H) × 29.5 (D)mm approx.
4.8 (W) × 2.4 (H) × 1.2 (D) inches"
Weight With battery & SD card Optio WG-2 GPS:
approx. 198g (loaded and ready)
approx. 7.0 oz.

Optio WG-2:
approx. 194g (loaded and ready)
approx. 6.8 oz.
Body Optio WG-2 GPS:
approx. 177g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 6.2 oz.

Optio WG-2:
approx. 173g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 6.1 oz.

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.

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