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Pentax WG-3
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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x CMOS Dec 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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18 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This digital camera received an expert rating of 80% from portablegear.nl. The digital camera expert review sites don't rate this camera that highly.

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

On average digital cameras manufactured by Pentax are rated 90 out of 100, which is in the top 9% of all camera manufacturers that we have analysed.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-3.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Ricoh WG-4 ($275.00), or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 which is cheaper.

Other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to consider include the Canon PowerShot D30 ($239.95).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Pentax WG-3 has a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Ricoh WG-4 ($275.00), and the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot D30 ($239.95).

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Waterproof

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

Other waterproof cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include cheaper digital cameras such as the Ricoh WG-4 ($275.00), or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830.

If you want a camera that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30 ($239.95).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of digital cameras of this age and type range from 2x to 20x. At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-3.

Alternative 7.2x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the WG-4 ($275.00), or the WG-30 Wi-Fi both from Ricoh which is cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, and the Ricoh WG-4 ($275.00) is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax WG-3 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this 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 amongst all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-3.

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

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1.4 HDMI Version

This camera supports a 1.4b HDMI version, which is the most commonly supported HDMI version on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this digital 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 actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3.

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

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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 this spec and age. The most frequently found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this Pentax camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that came out around the same time as 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 the most frequently found light exposure correction on digital cameras of this age and type.

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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 typical of many waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-3 the minimum aperture numbers range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Pentax WG-3 does not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video capability to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax WG-3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-3 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support Full HD video. The Pentax WG-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Pentax WG-3 does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Pentax WG-3 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D.

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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 comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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 digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This 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 spec and age. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 is 120mm. The Pentax WG-3 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 100 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 240 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most cameras of this type and age take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Pentax WG-3 which takes 240 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Pentax WG-3 is a four number of aspheric elements digital camera. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-3 range from 25fps to 240fps. At only 30 frames per second, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 is 100, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 130. At 125, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
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
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
HDMI Version
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)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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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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