Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax Optio WG-2 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

59

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Pentax Optio WG-2

42

Pentax Optio WG-2

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2

Size
Really small
Compact 122x61x30 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
192 g
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach
 
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2

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Size Significantly smaller 122x61x30 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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4.1x smaller
Weight Much lighter 192 g vs 740 g
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3.9x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.2" vs 2.9"
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2.4x thinner
Waterproof Waterproof Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $369.00 vs $1,199.00
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The best price we've seen is $830 cheaper (3.2x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1 fps
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7x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              WG-2:9
              K-5:11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-20

              Pentax WG-20

              Waterproof

              $235

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $370

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $232 - $271

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Pentax WG-4

              Pentax WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $280

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 - $1,197 body only

              $1,433 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 - $700 body only

              $1,166 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $447 - $473 body only

              $520 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $668 - $1,257 body only

              $878 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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