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Press Release

January 30, 2013

Standard-class waterproof digital compact camera, offering
10-meter waterproof and 1.5m shock resistance for active,
worry-free outdoor shooting

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PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX WG-10 digital compact camera. Within its compact, lightweight body, this outdoor-conscious model offers an array of dependable features, including outstanding waterproof and anti-shock performance, to make outdoor shooting more exciting and less troublesome.

Developed as a standard-class model of the dependable, heavy-duty PENTAX WG series, the WG-10 is designed to make outdoor and underwater shooting simple, exciting and worry-free for everyone. Despite its compact, lightweight body, the WG-10 offers outstanding basic specifications to perform superbly and dependably under demanding outdoor conditions: waterproof to a depth of 10 meters and for up to two hours of continuous operation; shock resistant against a fall from a height of 1.5 meters; and cold resistant against temperatures as low as –10°C. It also features a host of advanced, creative functions, such as the PENTAX-original Digital Microscope mode that magnifies the subject and captures a microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye in eye-catching images. The WG-10 is fully equipped to accommodate a broad range of applications, from outdoor shooting to everyday snapshots and business use.

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Major Features
  1. Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting to 10 meters deep, and up to two continuous hours

    The WG-10’s airtight body is not only waterproof to a depth of 10 meters and for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance), but also shock-resistant,* dustproof,** cold-resistant,*** and crushproof**** to perform superbly and dependably in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.

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

  2. Digital Microscope mode for microscopic observation

    The WG-10 features an innovative Digital Microscope mode, which magnifies the subject on the LCD monitor for the observation and photography of a microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye. Thanks to five LED Macro Lights positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel, the subject is illuminated more brightly and uniformly than in ambient light to facilitate macro shooting. In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, its instant illumination enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the illumination level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. A macro stand is also included as a standard accessory to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimeter to the subject during extended observation and shooting.

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

  3. High-quality images made possible by the latest super-resolution technology

    In addition to super-high resolution assured by approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a state-of-the-art imaging engine, the WG-10 also offers advanced image processing functions made possible by the latest super-resolution technology to deliver sharp, clear, high-resolution images. Because of this, the user can effortlessly produce sharp, high-resolution prints with well-depicted details, even when images are enlarged to poster size.
  4. HD movie recording

    The WG-10’s HD movie recording function captures high-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9 proportions, 30 frames per second) with great ease. It also offers a variety of movie editing functions, such as extracting a still image from movie data, and inserting titles at the beginning and end of a movie clip. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is provided on the camera body for simultaneous output of HD movie clips and sound to external devices.
  5. Large, 2.7-inch LCD monitor

    The WG-10 comes equipped with a large, 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dots. The PENTAX-original AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even under harsh sunshine.
  6. 5X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage

    Within its compact body, the WG-10 features a five-times optical zoom lens with a zoom coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm wide angle to approx. 140mm medium telephoto in the 35mm format). This versatile zoom lens comes in handy for a wide variety of scenes and subjects, from wide-angle snapshots of breathtaking scenery, to family/group gatherings and telephoto images.
  7. Triple anti-shake protection to compensate different types of shake

    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 camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, it automatically raises the sensitivity 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 the misalignment of images caused by camera shake through the use of exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.

    * When this mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 5.0 megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels).
    ** When this mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

  8. Other features

    1. High-speed Face Detection function, with Self-Portrait Assist mode
    2. Protector Jacket O-CC1182 (optional accessory) to protect the camera body from scratches and grime
    3. O-ST1352 Float Strap (optional accessory) to prevent the loss of the camera in the water
    4. Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
    5. 12 digital filters for creative expressions
    6. Digital Wide mode to compose an extra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to approx. 21mm wide angle in the 35mm format) from two separate images
    7. Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.6.1LE (Windows version compatible with Windows 8) and MediaImpression 2.2LE (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.8)
    8. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
PENTAX WG-10 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. 6.7X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 7.0X at 7M, approx. 33.5X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur
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)
0.5m - infinity (whole zoom area)
1.64ft - infinity (whole zoom area)

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. 14 megapixels
Image Sensor   1/2.3" CCD
Number of
Recorded pixels
Still 14M, 10M(1:1), 10M(16:9), 7M, 5M(16:9), 5M, 4M(16:9), 3M, 2M(16:9), 1024, 640
Movie 1280, 640, 320
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
  Auto, Manual (ISO 80 - 6400)
White Balance   Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual
Display   2.7" Wide LCD, approx. 230K dots, AR Coating (Cover only)
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene modes   Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, 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 Filter, Miniature), Original Frame, Frame Composite, Movie Edit, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close up playback.
Shutter Speed   1/1500 - 1/4sec. 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 - 3.9m (ISO Auto)
approx.0.66 - 13 ft (ISO Auto)

approx. 0.2 - 2.5m (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.66 - 8.2 ft (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes   One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Interval Shooting, Auto Bracket
Storage Media   Built-in Memory (approx. 97.0MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source   Rechargeable D-LI92 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: Approx. 260 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: Approx. 280 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. 115.5 (W) × 58.5 (H) × 28.5(D)mm (including lens depth)
approx. 4.5 (W) × 2.3 (H) × 1.1 (D) inches
Weight With battery & SD card approx. 166g (loaded and ready)
approx. 5.9 oz.
Body approx. 146g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 5.2 oz.

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

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