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

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax Optio WG-2

Winner
Pentax K-5

57

Pentax Optio WG-2

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
In-camera HDR
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 (122×61×30 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
192 g
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach

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Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Pentax Optio WG-2.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax WG-2

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Size
Significantly smaller
122×61×30 mm vs 131×97×73 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
Slightly cheaper
$472.00 vs $630.49
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The best price we've seen is $158 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1 fps
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7x faster continuous shooting
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
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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              WG-21/4000s
              K-51/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              WG-29
              K-511
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $218

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Ricoh WG-30

              Ricoh WG-30

              Waterproof

              $174 - $177

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $529

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Pentax WG-3

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $333

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $288 - $295 body only

              $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $557 body only

              $839 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $358 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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