Lee Kok Wei, a 26 years old, Bio Tech Scientist working in an Innovative Start Up Company providing DNA sequencing, analysis and applications for the Scientific Community.
When I learnt that my company was bringing all her employees to a 2 weeks trekking trip to Nepal, I was ecstatic. It was the first time that I would be going on a trekking trip to one of my dream places on earth.
Later, I when found out that this trip was organised by PhotoSafari.com.my, I panicked. I was not much of a photographer and this was a trekking cum photography trip. I started looking for a camera that would be suitable for this trip. Someone suggested a Pentax Optio WG1 as the camera of choice.
On first inspection, I realised that this camera was supposed to be a rugged camera and suitable for people with an outdoor lifestyle. Butterfly shaped, constructed with metal housing and rubberised grips, this camera gave the impression that it could take a lot of beating.
At Ice Lake, elevation 4,500m
Here are the rough specifications as advertised:
Features of the Optio WG1
PENTAX’s 12th rugged generation waterproof digital camera is adventure proof, and suitable for almost any environment.
Shockproof, ruggedized design protects from drops up to 5 feet.
Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F).
14 megapixel sensor offers plenty of image detail.
Large 2.7 inch LCD
Large 2.7 inch LCD features a wide angle 16:9 aspect ratio with anti-reflective coating.
An HDMI port plays back beautiful, high def images and video on HDTVs.
Digital Shake Reduction
Pixel Track and Digital Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images
Waterproof to 33 feet is perfect for use when submerged.
Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 LBF (pound-force).
Dustproof design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments.
Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens
Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) provides flexible capture of subjects near or far.
Digital Microscope mode
Enhanced Digital Microscope mode uses 5 macro LEDs for perfect focus and smooth, even lighting.
720p HD video
Capture video in widescreen 720p HD at 30 frames per second.
For more details on the ease of use, rough handling characteristics and conclusion..please refer to A User's Review
The 13th addition of the Pentax Optio WG2 with GPS coming soon.