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Pentax Optio WG-3
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Pentax Optio WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Jan 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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Pentax Optio WG-3 black 16MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black) Quick Review

26 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This camera received an expert rating of 80% from portablegear.nl.

Excellent Brand

We checked 1,276 expert and user reviews for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range.

Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Optio WG-3 range from 1.8" to 3.3", and the average screen size is 2.8". The Optio WG-3 has a fairly large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a GPS, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and type which do not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Optio WG-3 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Optio WG-3.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Pentax Optio WG-3 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Optio WG-3, the Optio WG-3 is waterproof.

We compared this camera to all the other waterproof digital cameras and we think the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Optio WG-3 is 5.8x. At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Optio WG-3 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Optio WG-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of this spec and age. This Pentax camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Optio WG-3.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Optio WG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most digital cameras of this type and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions 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.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of a similar age and spec to the Optio WG-3.

The worst still image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 640 x 480.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Optio WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Optio WG-3 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this Pentax digital camera. The flash modes Flash off and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this camera.

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1.4 HDMI Version

The Optio WG-3 supports a 1.4 HDMI version which is newer than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago support a 1.3 HDMI version. The worst HDMI version of all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Optio WG-3 is 1.3 and the best is 1.4b.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by 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 digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax Optio WG-3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG-3.

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

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Supports One Image Format

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats JPEG XR are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this Pentax camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The lowest maximum ISO speed of digital cameras that are a similar age to the Optio WG-3 is 200 and the highest is 52,000. The Optio WG-3 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (6,400) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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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 were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Optio WG-3 is 4.5mm and the longest is 35mm. The Optio WG-3 has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 25 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG-3.

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Supports One Power Source

The Optio WG-3 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio WG-3.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Optio WG-3 that we have checked, the minimum aperture of the Pentax Optio WG-3 of only 2 is one of the smallest. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum apertures range from 2 to 8.5.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support video recording. The Optio WG-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

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

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Optio WG-3, the Optio WG-3 is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax Optio WG-3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Optio WG-3. The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG-3 range from 3x to 14x, and the average optical zoom is 4.8x.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Optio WG-3 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. 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 Optio WG-3. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Optio WG-3 have maximum focal lengths of between 4mm and 140mm. With a maximum focal length of only 100 millimeters, the Optio WG-3 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of 125, the Pentax Optio WG-3 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average minimum ISO speed of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Optio WG-3 is 100.

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Very Tall

The average height of digital cameras of this age and type is 80mm, and the heights range from 17mm to 650mm. When compared to other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Optio WG-3, the height of the Optio WG-3 of 645 millimeters is one of the tallest.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Optio WG-3

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released over three years ago.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. 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 camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Optio WG-3 has a relatively standard megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP and higher rated) or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (16.79MP and cheaper).

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

At 14 meters, the Pentax Optio WG-3 has a relatively typical maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Optio WG-3.

Cameras with a higher maximum waterproof depth that might also be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has a fairly typical weight (209 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Protection Feature
Shock Resistant Case
Freeze Resistant
Dust Resistant Case
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
HDMI Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Frame Rate

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Product Identifiers

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