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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 4x Yes Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Average expert reviews
Supports video recording
Good quality pictures

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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including reviewed.com and portablegear.nl this camera has an overall expert rating of 78%.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 2,507 expert and owner reviews (including 23 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 97% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Quality Pictures

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when Pentax released the WG-3.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax WG-3 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot D20, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 ($650), or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which all of have better reviews.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Stylus Tough TG-830 ($650), or the Stylus TG-3 both from Olympus or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax WG-3 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Pentax 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 209 grams, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm XP150 (185g and higher rated), the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (188g and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot D20 (205g and higher rated).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Stylus Tough TG-830 ($650), or the Stylus TG-3 both from Olympus or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which all of have better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax WG-3 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of this age and spec have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Pentax digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1456, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2304 and 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst still image resolution is 480 x 480.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly typical digital zoom (7.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

There are a number of alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Olympus Stylus TG-3 which has better reviews.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 100 millimeters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.7mm to 350mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 130mm.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only 2) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera. The average minimum aperture number of digital cameras of this spec and age is 3.3.

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Only Four Aspherical Lenses

The Pentax WG-3 is a four aspherical lens camera.

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax WG-3 features multi burst mode. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax WG-3 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax WG-3 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax WG-3 features histogram. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Pentax WG-3 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax WG-3 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a hand strap.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax WG-3 features noise reduction, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax WG-3 features voice recording, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a built-in microphone.

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Design

Dustproof

The Pentax WG-3 is dustproof. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also are dustproof.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax WG-3 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 12696
Barcodes 04549212228278

Pentax WG-3 Review Sources

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