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

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

55

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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
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 122x61x30 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
192 g
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach
 

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
Cheaper
$235.00 vs $909.99
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The best price we've seen is $675 cheaper (3.9x 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
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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Pentax Optio WG-2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $333

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

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $485

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $250

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $427 - $497 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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 - $700 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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

              $370 body only

              $525 - $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

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