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Attempting to Break the Pentax WG-2: Stomping on the Camera

by Chris Gampat on 05/09/2012

Previously, we sank the Pentax WG-2 Tough Camera and hoped that it would not work. Unfortunately, it was too tough for me. So the other day, I decided to stomp on the camera.

Do you think it survived?

Ergonomics

All photos and concept idea shot by yours truly: Chris Gampat ;)

The Pentax WG-2 looks like a wrist watch and also looks incredibly manly. While there is no camera strap, there is a small strap with carbiner.

The front of the camera is characterized by what is meant to look like armor, like in an Iron Man movie or something.

There is also a macro light around the lens, which is right in the middle.

The back of the camera is characterized by a large screen and a couple of small buttons. The buttons though, aren’t too tough to press if needed.

The top of the camera is where things start to get a little hairy. The on/off switch and shutter release are here. And frankly, both buttons are a bit tough to press.

Overall though, the camera remains to be extremely thin and fits perfectly in a pocket.

Tech Specs

Specs taken from B&H Photo’s website.

Imaging
Resolution Effective: 16 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 16.79 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: WAV
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Other Resolutions 12MP: 3456 x 3456 @ 1:1
12MP: 4608 x 2592 @ 16:9
7MP: 3072 x 2304
5MP: 3072 x 1728 @ 16:9
5MP: 2592 x 1944
4MP: 2592 x 1464 @ 16:9
3MP: 2048 x 1536
2MP: 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Image Stabilization Digital
Optics
Lens 11 elements in 9 groups
5 Aspheric
EFL: 5-25mm (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) – 5.5 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 7.2x 1
Focus Range Normal: 1.64′ (0.50 m) – Infinity
Macro: 0.033′ (1.01 cm) – 1.97′ (60.05 cm)
Super-Macro: 0.03′ (0.91 cm) – 0.98′ (29.87 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-6400
Shutter 1/4000 – 4 seconds
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot, TTL 256-zones 2
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 5 MP for up to 30 frames
Up to 10 fps at 4 MP for up to 30 frames
Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds 3
Flash
Built-in Flash Yes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Off
Memory
Built-in Memory 88.2MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video
Audio Recording With Video
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen (460000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Software Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.7 or later
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104 °F (-10 to 40 °C)
Power
Battery D-LI92 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2″ / 12.19 x 6.10 x 3.05 cm
Weight 7.0 oz / 198 g

Stomp Test


The Pentax WG2 can be purchased at B&H Photo or Amazon.

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