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Pentax Optio WG-3
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Pentax Optio WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Jan 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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Pentax Optio WG-3 black 16MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black) Quick Review

25 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This waterproof camera received an expert rating of 80% from portablegear.nl.

Excellent Brand

On average Pentax waterproof cameras have excellent reviews compared to other brands as do all cameras manufactured by Pentax.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Optio WG-3 has a GPS, unlike most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG-3 which do not have a GPS.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a GPS currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Optio WG-3 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Optio WG-3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG-3 also support Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Optio WG-3 also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Optio WG-3 is waterproof.

Other waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the Optio WG-3 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst cameras of this age. Cameras of this age and type have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] (10x and higher rated).

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Quite High Maximum Waterproof Depth

The Optio WG-3 has a fairly high maximum waterproof depth (14 meters) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum waterproof depths of between 3m and 60m, and the average maximum waterproof depth is 11m.

Digital cameras with a higher maximum waterproof depth that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price], or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

Cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Optio WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Optio WG-3.

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Very Big Frame Rate

The Optio WG-3 has a very big frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG-3. The smallest frame rate of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.5fps, the biggest is 60fps, and the average frame rate is 32fps.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Optio WG-3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. This Pentax digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the Optio WG-3. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Optio WG-3 has a greater number of photo effects than most waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1280, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1456, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2304 and 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Optio WG-3.

The worst still image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 480 x 480.

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1.4 HDMI Version

The Optio WG-3 supports a 1.4 HDMI version which is newer than most digital cameras of this spec and age. Most digital cameras of this type and age support a 1.3 HDMI version. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the worst HDMI version is 1.3 and the best is 1.4b.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Optio WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Optio WG-3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Optio WG-3.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Supports One Image Format

The Optio WG-3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The image formats JPEG XR are also supported by this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Optio WG-3 has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 25 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio WG-3. Waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio WG-3 have minimum focal lengths of between 4.5mm and 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax Optio WG-3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio WG-3.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2, the Optio WG-3 has a very small minimum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG-3. The minimum apertures of waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG-3 range from 2 to 8.5.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Optio WG-3 does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video recording to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG-3 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Optio WG-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The Pentax Optio WG-3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Optio WG-3 have optical zooms of between 3x and 10x. With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax Optio WG-3 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst cameras of this age.

If this Pentax camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price] (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Heavy

With a weight of 219 grams, the Pentax Optio WG-3 is one of the heavier waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG-3 amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average weight of waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Optio WG-3 is 260g, and the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Optio WG-3 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Features Five Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Optio WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Optio WG-3. The auto focus "Contrast Detection Auto Focus", "Multi Point Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax Optio WG-3 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Pentax digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only 240 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Pentax Optio WG-3 is a camera that takes 240 shots shots per battery charge.

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Thick

The Pentax Optio WG-3 is fairly thick (32 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Optio WG-3. The average depth of digital cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG-3 is 33mm, and the depths range from 1mm to 83mm.

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Only Four Aspheric Elements

The Optio WG-3 is a four aspheric element digital camera.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Optio WG-3 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (125) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The minimum ISO speed of cameras of this type and age range from 50 to 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99.

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Very Tall

At 645 millimeters, the Pentax Optio WG-3 is very tall compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. Cameras of a similar age and spec to the Optio WG-3 have heights of between 17mm and 650mm, and the average height is 81mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Optio WG-3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Optio WG-3 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG-3.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Optio WG-3 has a fairly average megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16MP digital cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which has better reviews.

If this Pentax camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (16.79MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Protection Feature
Freeze Resistant
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
USB Version
HDMI Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Start-Up Time
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Frame Rate

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers wg3black, wg3orange, pentax wg3, pentax wg3g, pentax wg3b, pentax wg3bl, pentax wg3gp, pentax wg3gps, pentax wg3bla, pentax wg3blac, pentax wg3gpsp, pentax wg3gpsg, pentax wg3black, pentax wg3gpspu, pentax wg3gpsgr, pentax wg3gpsgre, pentax wg3gpsgree, pentax wg3gpsgreen
Barcodes 00027075227910, 00027075227927, 00027075228023, 00027075228146, 00027075228153, 00027075228252, 00027075228269, 00027075273344, 00088022203579, 04549212228049, 04549212228162, 04549212228278

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