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Pentax WG-30
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Pentax WG-30 Digital Camera

16MP 5x CMOS Mar 2015
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Inside the compact body of the WG-30 are a five-times optical zoom lens with an approx. 28mm wide-angle coverage (in the 35mm format) and the imaging power of approx.16.0 effective megapixels.With... More
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14 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

Pentax digital cameras have an average rating of 90 out of 100, which is in the top 5% of all digital camera manufacturers that we have analysed.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-30 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-30.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 5DS R.

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Waterproof

The Pentax WG-30 is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-30.

There are a number of other waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 5DS.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The Pentax WG-30 has one of the biggest optical zooms (5 times zoom factor) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Across all the waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-30 the optical zooms range from 3x to 5x.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-30.

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Very High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30 that we have checked, the motion JPEG frame rate of the Pentax WG-30 of 60 frames per second is one of the highest. The motion JPEG frame rates of similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 39fps.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax WG-30 is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-30. The white balances "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Features Three Flash Modess

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently featured flash modes is Forced off, but this flash modes is not featured on this Pentax digital camera. The flash modess Flash off, Flash on and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this digital camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax WG-30 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Pentax camera supports 6 and 400 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-30. The ISO sensitivitys "125", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Pentax WG-30 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that have been available for more than a year.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age is 90mm, the longest is 140mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 110mm. When compared to other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-30, the Pentax WG-30's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 140 millimeters is one of the longest.

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TFT Display

The Pentax WG-30 has a better display than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most waterproof cameras that were released one year ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-30.

The worst display across comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-30. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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2048 X 1536 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax WG-30 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a 2048 x 1536 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Pentax camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 4608 x 3456, 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464 and 1920 x 1080 and 1024 x 768.

A 2048 x 1536 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-30.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-30 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-30 also do not have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix AW130.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support Full HD video. The Pentax WG-30 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at include the Rollei Sportsline 80.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year, the Pentax WG-30 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-30 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Pentax WG-30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Nikon Coolpix AW130 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax WG-30 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-30 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Nikon Coolpix AW130 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-30 do not support video capability. The Pentax WG-30 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Rollei Sportsline 80 is also worth considering.

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Only Nine Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

The Pentax WG-30 is a nine auto Focus (AF) points digital camera. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-30 have between 9 and 98 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 100 and 130. When compared to other cameras that were released one year ago that we have assessed the ISO sensitivity (min) of, the Pentax WG-30's ISO sensitivity (min) of 125 is one of the biggest.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-30

Released Over a Year Ago

Pentax released the WG-30 over a year ago.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS 5DS (CF|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-30 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Average Megapixel

The Pentax WG-30 has a pretty average megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-30.

If this Pentax camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Praktica WP240 (20MP), or the Canon 7D MARK II ($1,449.99) (20.2MP).

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Average Weight

The Pentax WG-30 has a fairly typical weight (172 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix AW130 (221g), or the Rollei Sportsline 80 (135g).

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Pentax WG-30 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the WG-30.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Canon 7D MARK II ($1,449.99) (3").

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
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)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
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
Video Resolutions
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)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075287358

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