Framing and composing your images is done with the WG-2's internal 5x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. This internal lens allows the camera to stay sealed and protected while giving you the freedom to zoom at any time. You can also see around the lens that the camera features 6 LED lights, which are great for underwater and macro photography as well as a continuous source of light for movies.
- Normal: 1.64' to infinity
- Macro: 0.33 to 1.97'
- Super Macro: 0.03 (1cm) to 0.98' (at mid-zoom, set automatically)
Assisting with your low-light photography and providing much more light than the ring flash is the built-in flash unit. Working in these standard flash modes; Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye, it has a range of up to 18ft. (W) at ISO auto. This flash is also great as a fill for back lit images.
Composing your images is accomplished with the extra-wide 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot LCD screen. Featuring 7 levels of brightness and an anti-reflective coating, the screen is easy to see in all lighting conditions and just about any other shooting conditions you can think of.
The top of the camera is very simple with just the two controls. Here you can see the power button on the left side and the shutter release on the right.
On the back of the camera you will find the rest of the camera controls. Starting from the top is the zoom control lever, and as you can see by the blue icons, this lever is also used when the camera is in playback mode. Pressing it to the left will enable index mode, while pressing it to the right will magnify an image up to 10x. The playback button is next in line and indicated by a blue triangle which sends the camera into Playback mode. Below that is the 4-way controller which is used to navigate through all menu systems and is used as quick access to the drive mode (self-timer burst mode, etc.), focus modes, shooting modes and flash settings. Pressing the OK button in the center accepts selections, and also controls the amount of information shown on the LCD screen. Next is the menu button, that provides access the WG-2's menu controls and settings. Directly to the right of the Menu key is the Face Detection button that will allow the camera to set focal priority to faces. At the bottom is the "Green" button, that will automatically put the camera into a super simple exposure mode, which will also change settings to reduce the power consumption of the camera, and in playback is used to delete images.
Hidden under a door on the left side of the camera are its I/O ports; a USB 2.0 port and an HDMI output. These are used to connect to a computer or HDTV to view your images anywhere one is available. This door is sealed with a rubber seal to keep water, dust and sand out.
The WG-2 uses SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory cards to store your images. There is also a very small internal of 88MB, which will only hold a few images. The camera is shown here with the PNY Pro 8GB SDHC Class 10 memory card that was used to test the camera. We recommend using a class 4 or higher card for better shooting performance and for capturing HD movies.
Powering the WG-2 is a 3.7V, 925mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Pentax claims that this battery is enough to capture up to 260 images on a single charge. The camera also comes with this portable quick charging unit that allows you to charge the battery outside of the camera. This makes it easy to keep more than one battery charged at a time.