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Pentax WG-3
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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Dec 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Developed as the top-of-the-line models of the dependable, heavy-duty PENTAX WG series, WG-3 offers the series best waterproof performance (down to 14 meters underwater) and shock resistance... More
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16 Reasons For

Pentax Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 1,276 owner and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically for its waterproof cameras compared to other brands.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Stylus Tough TG-860 both from Olympus which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax WG-3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), and the Stylus Tough TG-860 both from Olympus or the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00) is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), and the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00) is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 is waterproof.

We compared all the other waterproof cameras to this digital camera and we think the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), and the Stylus Tough TG-860 both from Olympus or the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The image editing modes "Crop" and "Rotating" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

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

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax WG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 2048 x 1536 still image resolution found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1456, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2304 and 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of this type and age.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

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

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Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most commonly featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this camera. The flash modes Flash off and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this digital camera.

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1.4 HDMI Version

The Pentax WG-3 supports a 1.4 HDMI version which is newer than the 1.3 HDMI version supported by most cameras of this spec and age. Cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3 HDMI versions range from 1.3 (worst) to 1.4b (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax WG-3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-3.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most waterproof cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Across all the comparable spec cameras that were released one year ago the minimum apertures range from 1 to 3.9, and the average minimum aperture is 2.8.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax WG-3 does not have a GPS. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than a year also do not have a GPS.

Other cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Stylus Tough TG-860 both from Olympus which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the Pentax WG-3 does not support WiFi connectivity.

Other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at include the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Stylus Tough TG-860 both from Olympus or the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00).

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax WG-3 does not support video recording. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3 also do not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax WG-3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-3 are also not 3D compatible.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Waterproof cameras that were released one year ago have optical zooms of between 3x and 5x.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3 the megapixel counts range from 8MP to 51MP.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth looking at include the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00) (20.12MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than a year. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed (only 4 seconds) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-3. The average maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3 is 15s.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

The Pentax WG-3 has a quite low JPEG frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The average JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-3 is 60fps, and the JPEG frame rates range from 25fps to 240fps.

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Very Tall

The shortest similar spec camera that has been available for around the same time as the WG-3 is 50mm tall, the tallest is 650mm, and the average height is 150mm. When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type that we have checked, the Pentax WG-3's height of 645 millimeters is one of the tallest.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-3

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Pentax digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

The Pentax WG-3 has a pretty standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than a year.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Stylus Tough TG-860, or the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) both from Olympus or the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00) which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Stylus Tough TG-860 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Olympus or the Pentax K-S2 ($400.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has a relatively standard digital zoom (7.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-3.

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

The Pentax WG-3 has a pretty typical maximum waterproof depth (14 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-3.

Digital cameras with a higher maximum waterproof depth that might be worth looking at include the Stylus Tough TG-860 (15m), or the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) (15m) both from Olympus which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly standard weight (209 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras that were launched around the same time as 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 Pentax K-S2 ($400.00), or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
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
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
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
HDMI Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Technical Details
Optical Sensor Size
Video
Maximum Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Image Sensor
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Optical Sensor Size
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Audio
White Balance
White Balance
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Aperture Range (F-F)
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Ports & Interfaces
Micro HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Storage
Internal Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
GPS Performance
Focusing
Minimum Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Adjustment
Technical Details
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Light Metering
Scene Modes
Display Resolution (numeric)
Manual Focus
Colour of Product
Operational Conditions
Waterproof Up to
Protection Features
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Weight
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology

Expert Reviews

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1 February 2014

De Pentax Optio WG-3 is een geavanceerde robuuste camera met een IPX8-certificaat. Dit certificaat geeft aan dat de camera waterdicht is tot 14 meter diepte, schokbestendig is tot 2 meter,... Read more…

Eyecatching, aggressive styling
Improved ruggedness
Digital Microscope mode with 6 LED lights for illuminating subjects up close
Rubberised body
Attractive styling
Struggles in lowlight situations despite bright 2 max lens aperture
Soso image and video quality
User interface has steep learning curve
Poor battery life
Dark underwater performance

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax wg3, pentax wg3g, pentax wg3b, pentax 12696, pentax wg3bl, pentax wg3gp, pentax wg3bla, pentax wg3gps, pentax wg3blac, pentax wg3gpsg, pentax wg3black, pentax wg3gpsgr, pentax wg3gpsgre, pentax wg3gpsgree, pentax wg3gpsgreen
Barcodes 00027075227927, 00027075228153, 00088022203579, 04549212228162, 04549212228278

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