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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Digital Camera

16.79MP 4x CMOS Nov 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Heavy-duty Construction For Underwater Shooting To 14 Metres Deep, And Up To Two Continuous HoursThanks to its fully watertight construction, the WG-4 GPS assures outstanding waterproof... More
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33 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This Ricoh camera received a score of 80% from expert review website dkamera.de.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 48 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 81%.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who purchased the Ricoh WG-4 GPS agreed that it was able to produce good images. Helpless wrote “Photographs taken are generally good, though compared to my Nikon P300 it falls a little behind” in their Ricoh WG-4 GPS review. Soo Broo mentioned “That still takes great pictures and this fits the bill.I love the look of this camera first of all”. Soo Broo also wrote “The quality of the photos is really good too”.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Jim9006 wrote in their review “The ordinary photos have been good even in low light”.

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Easy to Use

Some Ricoh WG-4 GPS owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Ayjay mentioned in their review on Amazon “Texture of the outer casing is easy to get a good grip on - even under water!Fortunately the Pentax WG-4 is very easy to use”. Soo Broo said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “I wanted something I could have handy in my pocket.”. Soo Broo also mentioned “The screen is a really decent size - as someone who never takes their glasses or wears their contact lenses, this is important - and it's dead easy to use”.

Three Ricoh WG-4 GPS owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Ayjay mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I've not encountered any problems navigating the settings and shooting with the WG-4”. Helpless rated this digital camera 4 stars and wrote on Amazon in the same month “It has a good quality and sized LCD on the back and the menu system is easy to navigate”. Helpless also wrote “Not when using slow motion settings”.

One Ricoh WG-4 GPS owner said in their reviews that it performed as expected. Two years ago Jim9006 said in their review of this digital camera “Does what it says on the box and I agree with the majority of reviewers so far” and rated the Ricoh WG-4 GPS 80 out of 100.

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Nice Design

A number of Ricoh WG-4 GPS owners who bought it reckoned that it was good looking. Three years ago Ellyblue said “It is pretty similar to the Pentax WG-3”. Ellyblue also said “As with the previous model, photo quality is pretty good, sharp well exposed images”. Ellyblue also wrote “Shutter lag drives me crazy!) The HD video looks pretty good too”.

One customer who purchased the Ricoh WG-4 GPS thought it was neat. Doccox said on Amazon three years ago “This really is a neat little unit with extensive features” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. One Ricoh WG-4 GPS owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good case.

One person said in their reviews that it was a good design. Helpless wrote in their review of this digital camera “The design was far from simple and I felt it was overloaded by too much writing on the case”.

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Robust

A number of customers who bought the product thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Ayjay wrote on Amazon “The other shooting modes [including the underwater mode] are easy to select - I'm no David Bailey.” in their review. Ellyblue mentioned on Amazon “Another good waterproof camera from Ricoh (previously Pentax branded” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Gill said in their review of this digital camera “Promises some good underwater”.

A number of Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewers said in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Ellyblue said “It's built with a rugged robustness which suggests that it will cope well with the great outdoors, come rain (because it's waterproof) or shine” in their review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS. Soo Broo wrote on Amazon three years ago “It looks pretty rugged and it's nicely compact” in her Ricoh WG-4 GPS review. Soo Broo also mentioned “The karabiner which is sturdy and very handy”.

Two Ricoh WG-4 GPS owners wrote in their reviews that the Ricoh WG-4 GPS was well made. W. Rodick mentioned “And remember this Ricoh is built for underwater” in their review. One Ricoh WG-4 GPS owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was sealed. Ellyblue scored the product 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “Is all sealed in”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewers who reviewed it thought it was good quality. W. Rodick scored the Ricoh WG-4 GPS 5 stars and said on Amazon “It was not until I transferred its pictures to computer that I realised this camera's best quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Support

Some customers considered that the product had good technical guidance. Doccox said on Amazon three years ago “The Quick start guide was present” and scored it 5 stars. Doccox also wrote “Whilst there is a speed priority mode ( Tv) there is no apparent Aperture priority mode for controlling depth of field although there appears to be a fully manual mode”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen. Helpless wrote on Amazon “The screen is easy to read in sunlight” in their review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS. Imago mentioned in their Ricoh WG-4 GPS review on Amazon “The TG-860, meanwhile, has an excellent flip up screen that is a real boon” but despite that they scored it 2 stars.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Soo Broo wrote in her review of this digital camera “It has a decent zoom” and rated the product 5 stars. One Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewer said in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Imago wrote on Amazon “Accessories; including waterproof housing allowing use at greater depths and an excellent fish eye lens and a ring light”.

Good Technical Features

A number of Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewers who bought it said that it had good features. Mattchandler@hotmail.com mentioned “Is packed with user friendly features” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only gave it a rating of 2 stars.

Good Battery Life

One Ricoh WG-4 GPS owner who reviewed it considered that it was quick to charge.

One customer reckoned that the product had a good battery life. Three years ago Vijay wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera is very good!The camera pack that I received had battery charger pins suitable for European region”.

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Good Connectivity

One Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewer who bought this digital camera considered that it was wifi compatible. Imago said in their review “It also has a WiFi function that this camera lacks, which allows operation remotely via a smartphone” yet they rated the product 40 out of 100.

Good Brand

Waterproof cameras produced by Ricoh have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just waterproof cameras) and found that Ricoh also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The WG-4 GPS has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-4 GPS do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price], and the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The WG-4 GPS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-4 GPS.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper cameras such as the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price].

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Waterproof

The WG-4 GPS is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-4 GPS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other waterproof digital cameras currently available including the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which is cheaper.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-4 GPS range from 2x to 20x. With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the WG-4 GPS has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

There are a number of other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which is cheaper.

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Quite High Megapixel

The WG-4 GPS has one of the higher megapixels (16.79 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The megapixels of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 5MP to 21MP.

We compared all the other 16.79MP digital cameras to this camera and we think the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Waterproof Up to

With a waterproof up to of 14 meters, the WG-4 GPS has a fairly high waterproof up to compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4 GPS. The average waterproof up to of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-4 GPS is 11m, and the waterproof up tos range from 3m to 60m.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 14m waterproof cameras currently available including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which is cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the WG-4 GPS is more than most waterproof cameras that came out 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 digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-4 GPS. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-4 GPS is 25fps, the highest is 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 48fps.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Ricoh digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-4 GPS. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The WG-4 GPS has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536 and 1920 x 1080 and 1024 x 768.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-4 GPS.

A 480 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 18.5, the WG-4 GPS has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4 GPS. The average maximum aperture number of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 GPS is 7.3, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 38.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the WG-4 GPS is more than most cameras that are a comparable 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, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the WG-4 GPS is 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-4 GPS.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of 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 commonly found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to 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 the most frequently found maximum image resolution on cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The WG-4 GPS has a greater number of power sources than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Ricoh digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 GPS.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the WG-4 GPS has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The minimum aperture numbers of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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16 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

Several Ricoh WG-4 GPS reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was not heavy and bulky. Ayjay said “I know [from using my first digital camera] that bulky camera designs make for shaky hands, which in turn means blurry pictures” in their Ricoh WG-4 GPS review although they still rated this digital camera 4 stars. Two years ago Imago said on Amazon “Firstly they have become steadily bigger and heavier over the years; which undermines the main reason I use them - compactness” in their review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS. Soo Broo wrote “Have a digital SLR Pentax that I love for times when I can be bothered to lug it about as it's very heavy (but it is superb” in her review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS however she still gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

One Ricoh WG-4 GPS owner concluded that this digital camera was not a good body shape.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The WG-4 GPS does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

Alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The WG-4 GPS does not support video capability. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The WG-4 GPS does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-4 GPS also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-4 GPS do not support wi-Fi. The WG-4 GPS is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider include the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Not 3D

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-4 GPS are also not 3D.

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Heavy

The lightest waterproof camera that is a comparable age to the WG-4 GPS is 36g and the heaviest is 1.4kg. The WG-4 GPS is one of the heavier comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years (216 grams) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 216g digital cameras and we think the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] (219g) which is also cheaper.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a greater number of camera file systems than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 GPS. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF" and "PRINT Image Matching III" are also supported by this Ricoh camera.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the WG-4 GPS is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The shooting modess "Manual", "Movie", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Ricoh camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 0.03s and the longest is 60s. At only 4 seconds, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 GPS.

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Only 240 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the WG-4 GPS which takes 240 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the WG-4 GPS is more than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4 GPS.

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Only Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS is a four number of aspheric elements camera. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-4 GPS have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss.

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Fairly Long Start-Up Time

Waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-4 GPS have start-up times of between 2ms and 2,000ms. With a start-up time of 1,800 millisecond, the WG-4 GPS has one of the longer start-up times amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (125) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4 GPS the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 130.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Ricoh digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the WG-4 GPS has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also cheaper.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the WG-4 GPS has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-4 GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think cheaper cameras such as the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price], and the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof 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
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
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
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Sharpness Levels
Custom Colour
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Playback Modes
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Certificates
Certification
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

(1)
15 March 2015

Der in der Pentax WG-4 GPS (Datenblatt) verbaute Bildwandler besitzt die bei Kompaktkameras üblichen Abmessungen von 1/2,3 Zoll. Er wird rückwärtig belichtet, löst 15,9 Megapixel auf und...

Good image quality
Exceptional closeup bokeh
Fastest aperture in class ( 2.0)
Wideangle lens
Rugged and waterproof
Only 4x zoom (compared to the W 2's 5x)
No quickaccess status screen make some settings hard to locate
Black bars in 16megapixel mode live view
Noticeable loss of detail (smudging) above ISO 125
Live view briefly freezes after focusing

User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Mattchandler@hotmail.com
(Verified Purchase)

Takes great photos and is packed with user friendly features but sadly - like numerous other reviews - after just 4 days use in shallow, calm waters - water was making its way inside the case and... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2015 by Imago
(Verified Purchase)

I've had several of the Pentax waterproof cameras in this range as well as the WG-1 that was the the first in this line. Pentax have been taken over by Ricoh and so the cameras have been... Read more…

Reviewed 5 April 2015 by Gill
(Verified Purchase)

Bought as a gift! Promises some good underwater photos.

Reviewed 1 April 2015 by Jim9006
(Verified Purchase)

Does what it says on the box and I agree with the majority of reviewers so far. I have yet to try out the underwater side of it but the ordinary photos have been good even in low light. It's been... Read more…

Reviewed 15 March 2015 by Ivor Bigun
(Verified Purchase)

I love it yes.

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075275416, 00027075275430, 00027075275522, 04549212275340

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