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Pentax WG-3
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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Dec 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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20 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Cameras produced by Pentax generally have excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Pentax WG-3 has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3. The average display diagonal of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3 is 2.9".

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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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 similar age to the WG-3 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price].

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Waterproof

The Pentax WG-3 is waterproof, as are most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other waterproof cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S32[plb_2196633_price], or the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite High Waterproof Up to

The lowest waterproof up to of digital cameras of this age and spec is 3m, the highest is 60m, and the average waterproof up to is 11m. At 14 meters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly high waterproof up to compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3.

We compared all the other 14m waterproof cameras to this camera and we think the WG-4 GPS[pl_2626383_price], and the WG-4[pl_2173526_price] both from Ricoh or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

Cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax WG-3 has a higher still image resolution than most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)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 in fact the best still image resolution across all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-3.

Across similar types of camera the worst still image resolution is 480 x 480.

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Features Two Flash Modess

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of flash modes than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently featured flash modes is Auto, but this flash modes is not featured on this camera. The flash modess Flash off and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This digital camera supports a 1.4b HDMI version, which is the most frequently supported HDMI version on cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax WG-3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-3. 1280 x 720 pixels 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 resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this Pentax camera.

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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 frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-3 is 2, the largest is 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras of this age and type.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most digital cameras of this type and age do not support video capability. The Pentax WG-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax WG-3 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 also do not support Full HD video.

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Sony DSC-TX30[plb_1621820_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax WG-3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-3 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Pentax camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of camera file systems than most waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-3. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Only 240 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Pentax WG-3 is a camera that takes 240 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Pentax camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Pentax WG-3 is a four number of aspheric elements digital camera.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of this age and spec is 50 and the biggest is 130. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125, the Pentax WG-3 has a very big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-3

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this waterproof camera was released.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type. 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 also be worth looking at include the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-3.

We compared all the other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the WG-4 GPS[pl_2626383_price], and the WG-4[pl_2173526_price] both from Ricoh or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel

The Pentax WG-3 has a pretty standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Weight

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

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] (205g), or the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] (213g) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-3.

Other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price], or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Dustproof
Freezeproof
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
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)
Image Stabilizer
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Minimum Focusing Distance
Macro
Focus
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Light Exposure Modes
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Maximum Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Built-In Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
HDMI Version
AV Output
Micro HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Weight
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Waterproof Up to
Protection Features
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Cables Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Image Sensor
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Optical Sensor Size
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Photo Mode
White Balance
White Balance
Storage
Internal Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
GPS Performance
GPS (satellite)
Technical Details
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Light Metering
Scene Modes
Display Resolution (numeric)
Manual Focus
Colour of Product

Expert Reviews

(1)
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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