Pentax’s WG-10 Point & Shoot for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Pentax-WG-10-waterproof-cameraPentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation’s compact and portable WG-10 adventureproof point-and-shoot camera is for the on-the-go shooter who requires a capable and sturdy image and video capture device.

Its durable assembly and feature set strike a balance between point and shoot functionality and Pentax’s adventure-ready features. Built to withstand the lifestyle of an active shooter, the WG-10’s airtight body is waterproof to a depth 33 feet (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance), shockproof from drops of 4.9 feet, dustproof, coldproof down to 14º Fahrenheit and crushproof enough to withstand up to 220 foot pounds of force.

It bridges the gap between the common point and shoot and life’s more challenging photo opportunities that might require waterproofing or the ability to function in a very cold environment. The WG-10 employs a 14 megapixel image sensor that captures photos as well as HD movie clips (1,280×720 pixels, 16:9 proportions, 30 frames per second) of outdoor adventures. It also offers movie-editing functions, such as extracting a still image from movie data, and inserting titles at the beginning and end of a movie clip.

Within its compact body, the camera incorporates a 5x optical zoom lens with equivalent coverage from 28mm wide angle to 140mm medium telephoto, LED macro lights coupled with a digital microscope mode to enable focusing as close as one centimeter from the subject and produce shadow-free images, and a micro-HDMI terminal for simultaneous output of HD movie clips and sound to external devices for playback and sharing.

Also featured are: a pixel-track shake-reduction mechanism that compensates for camera shake during image capture; digital SR mode that automatically raises the sensitivity when the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting; movie SR mode that compensates for the misalignment of images caused by camera shake while shooting video; a high-speed face detection with self-portrait assist mode; auto picture mode that automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes; 12 digital filters; digital wide mode to compose an extra-wide-angle picture from two separate images; and compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless and LAN SD memory cards. A floating strap to prevent the loss of the camera in the water is an optional accessory.

Pentax’s WG-10 will be available in mid-April in red for $179.95.

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