Ricoh has recently announced that they have purchased the Pentax imaging company. This should provide some interesting cameras in the near future. For the time being, Pentax have their own interesting little camera in the WG-1. The WG-1 has a GPS built-in and actually looks like a decent camera. Here’s the press release:
PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio WG-1 GPS* version will be available soon in a third color choice. As early as next month, the twelfth generation PENTAX Optio adventure camera will be available in orange, in addition to yellow green and gray.
Every one of the five PENTAX Optio WG-1 models offers enhanced waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, coldproof and crushproof performance and features an inventive Digital Microscope mode with LED lighting to capture small but intriguing subjects.
Designed with the look of mountaineering equipment, each Optio WG-1 series kit includes a woven web fabric strap complete with a carabiner to attach the camera to a backpack and other outdoor gear. These rugged models offer photographic performance, innovative features and style that surpass other outdoor compact digital cameras now available on the market.
As with other GPS models, the orange WG-1 GPS functionality* tracks and records positional data recording with images for geo-tagging applications making it easy for users to check the shooting locations of captured images and link the data with PC-based maps.
* Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards.
The orange WG-1 will ship in July 2011 for US$399.95.
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