Objects of Desire: Pentax Optio WG-1GPS (Orange)

August 15, 2011

By Dan Havlik

Pentax’s rough-and-tumble Optio WG-1 GPS was pretty snazzy to begin with but now it also comes in eye-catching orange. The latest in Pentax’s popular line of “tough” pocket cameras, the 14-megapixel WG-1 is waterproof to 33 feet below the surface; coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit; dustproof; shockproof to withstand drops of up to 5 feet; and crushproof to endure a weight force of up to 220 pounds.

It also has GPS functionality that tracks and records positional data in your images so you can geo-tag your shots in programs such as Apple’s iPhoto or Aperture.

No, the Optio WG-1 GPS is not going to be the first camera you reach for in your bag but if you’re looking for a funky, underwater photo of a daring bride and groom or just want something fun to use on the weekends when you hit the beach or go hiking with the fam, this ultra-durable little point-and-shoot delivers.

Other highlights on the WG-1 GPS include its Enhanced Digital Microscope mode that uses five small LED lights on the front of the camera to help you capture close-up Macro shots. This is very handy for catching close-ups of fish and other underwater sea life. We also like the 5x internal optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) and the decent, 720p HD (30 frames per second) video shooting feature.

Rock climbing types will enjoy the woven web fabric strap and carabiner that lets you attach the WG-1 GPS to your backpack or pants loop. On belay? Belay on.

Cost: $399
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