Features & Controls

For protection the 5x optical lens for the Optio WG-1 is contained inside the body of the camera. The lens is sent with 11 elements in 9 groups and has a 35mm equivalent if 28-140mm. This unit does not accept filters.

The WG-1 is still equipped with the LED lights placed around the lens, and added 2 more lights making five total, which are used to help illuminate subjects when using the close-up abilities of the camera; as close as 0.03 inches (1cm).

The focusing range of the 9-point AF system is:
  • Normal mode - 1.64' to infinity
  • Macro mode - 0.33 - 1.97'
  • Super Macro mode - 0.03 - 0.98'
There are several AF modes to choose from including, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Focus, and Manual Focus.


Here is the WG-1 with the included macro stand attached.

The WG-1's built-in auto flash is located on the upper right had side, on the front of the camera. Flash settings include: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, and On + Redeye.

Effective range (auto ISO):
  • 13' at wide angle
  • 8.2' at telephoto

The power on/off button is located on the top of the camera next to the shutter release. These are the only two controls on the top of the WG-1.

The WG-1 is sent out with a 2.7" widescreen color LCD that has 230,000 dots. This LCD also has an anti-reflective coating on cover to reduce glare.

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 menu button that is used to access the WG-1'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. The 4-way pad 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. Last on the list 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.


On the left hand side of the WG-1 you will find a waterproof door that hides the 2 ports for connecting the camera to electronics like televisions, computers and printers. The top port is the AV/USB port and under that is the HDMI port to connect to High Definition devices.

You can see the rubber seal, which tightly forms to the inside of this compartment to keep it air/water tight.


All pictures and videos taken will be stored on the cameras 97MB of internal memory or on a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (not included). The media cards are also housed in a watertight compartment on the bottom of the camera along with the battery. Pictured above is a SanDisk Ultra II 4GB SDHC memory card.

The WG-1 is powered by a Pentax 3.7V, 925mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. Pentax also supplies the D-BC92 charger and AC cord needed to plug into a standard outlet for charging. Extra batteries can be purchased in order to always have a charged up battery handy, although Pentax claims that you can get around 260 images or 280 mins. of playback time on a fully charged battery.

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