Pentax Optio WG1: Adventurers sign up here

Pentax is hoping those who like to go tough when it comes to their photography won’t be fussed with the latest offerings from Olympus or Panasonic and opt for its new models instead.

The company has got two brand new all terrain models, the Optio WG1 and the Optio WG1-GPS, to entice the adventurer in you.

According to Pentax, “the new Optio WG1 is the perfect choice even for the most adventurous outdoor enthusiast.”

What that means in reality is that the model will be able to withstand a freefall from 1.5 meters high and the pressure of a weight of up to 100 Kg.

If that’s not enough to save it from your flabby friend who likes to fall over, the Optio WG1 can also endure extreme temperatures, as it is cold proof up to -10-degrees centigrade. And for those who like to go in the water, the Optio WG1 is also waterproof up to 10 metres.

That’s great, but what if you also want to know where you are when you snap that amazing picture of your epic journey? Well, Pentax says that you’ll want the Optio WG1 GPS - the same as above but with GPS included.

The Optio WG1 and WG1-GPS both come in a rugged aluminium-alloy body and on the camera side (you are here to take pictures after all) you’ll get a 14-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom (equivalent to a 28mm-140mm in 35mm) and its 1cm macro function.

If that’s not enough to get you grabbing your tent right now, the camera sports a 2.7-inch LCD screen with a 230,000 dots resolution and a 16/9 format HD video recording function (1280 x 720 pixels) at 30 frames per second; an “enhanced microscope” function, allowing you to enlarge pictures by up to 6 times, and face priority, smile detection and a blinking alert function.

The Optio WG1 comes in black/blue and purple, and the Optio WG1-GPS comes in green and grey/black. They will cost £269 and £299 respectively when they come out in March.

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