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

55

Pentax Optio WG-2

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

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

differences

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
Slightly cheaper
$650.00 vs $816.04
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The best price we've seen is $166 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
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
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 1 f-stop better
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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              WG-29
              K-511
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $447

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

              Pentax WG-3

              Waterproof

              $265

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $265

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $950 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $382 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 body only

              $892 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 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-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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