Denver, Colo. -
unveiled two weatherproof WG series cameras in the Pentax Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras.
The models are waterproof to 40 feet, dust-proof, freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shock-resistant from 5 feet. Each will record FullHD 1080/30p (H.264) video and include a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS image sensor.
Both WG-2 models have been improved to yield less noise than previous versions, the company said.
In addition, a digital microscope mode is enhanced with one additional macro LED (total of six lights) to focus as close as 1 centimeter from the subject.
In the WG-2 GPS version, a newly designed GPS module is added offering a shorter time lag and longer battery life.
In addition, both cameras feature a new optional SportMount Chest Harness for hands-free HD movie capture.
Other outstanding WG-2 features include a wide-angle 5x (28-140mm 35mm equivalent) internal optical zoom lens; 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD; hardened cover with SP coating; an HDMI port (Micro, Type-D); pixel track, digital movie shake reduction; fast face detection; extended dynamic range, auto focus assist lamp, smile capture and blink detection.
A handheld night snap mode produces a single blur-free, composite image from four images of the same scene.
Both versions are available in a choice of several color options.
The Optio WG-2 (shipping in March at a $350 suggested retail) is offered in black or vermillion red, and the Optio WG-2 GPS (March, $400) is offered in a choice of shiny orange or gloss white.
The new SportMount Chest Harness will be priced at $50 and should be available by late spring or early summer 2012.