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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Jan 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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22 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This waterproof camera received a score of 80% from camera expert review site portablegear.nl.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Pentax is one of the best camera brands according to average expert and owner review score data that we have collected for all digital cameras.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax WG-3 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price], or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] both from Olympus.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price], or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] both from Olympus.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include cheaper cameras such as the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price].

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price], or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] both from Olympus.

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Waterproof

The Pentax WG-3 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3.

Alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

Cameras which are waterproof that might be worth looking at include the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price], or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] both from Olympus.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-3 is 2x and the biggest is 20x. At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-3.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] (16x).

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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 similar spec and age to it.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on comparable spec cameras that were launched 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 similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Pentax digital camera have still image resolution(s)s 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 camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution across all cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-3.

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

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-3. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found 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 commonly supported HDMI version on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. 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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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR are also supported by this digital 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 the most common video resolutions 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-3.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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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 typical of many waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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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 waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Pentax WG-3 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 25 millimeters) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-3 is 25mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 4.5mm to 35mm.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3 is 3.4. At only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 spec and age. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-3.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 does not support video capability.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support video capability including the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 does not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

The Pentax WG-3 is not 3D. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3 are also not 3D.

If you want a camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax WG-3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 3x and the biggest is 10x. The Pentax WG-3 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Heavy

The Pentax WG-3 is one of the heavier cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-3 (219 grams) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this type and age the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg, and the average weight is 250g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] (188g and cheaper).

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-3. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Pentax 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 cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 100 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-3. Cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 4mm and 270mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 120mm.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of this spec and age is 100. The Pentax WG-3 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (125) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-3

Released Over Three Years Ago

Pentax released the WG-3 over three years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-3.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price], and the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Pentax camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also cheaper.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly typical megapixel compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (16.79MP) which is also cheaper.

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 14 meters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly average waterproof up to compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-3.

If this Pentax digital camera waterproof up to is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m and higher rated).

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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
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Dustproof
Shock Resistant
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)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
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
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
HDMI Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Frame Rate

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax wg3, pentax wg3b, pentax wg3g, pentax wg3bl, pentax wg3gp, pentax wg3bla, pentax wg3gps, 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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