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Pentax WG-3
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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Dec 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Developed as the top-of-the-line models of the dependable, heavy-duty PENTAX WG series, WG-3 offers the series best waterproof performance (down to 14 meters underwater) and shock resistance... More
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16 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Pentax has excellent average reviews for its waterproof cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than a year, the Pentax WG-3 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price].

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Fujifilm FinePix XP80[plb_2791428_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than a year, the Pentax WG-3 supports Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-3.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 is waterproof.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on waterproof cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The image editing modes "Crop" and "Rotating" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Pentax camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax WG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 2048 x 1536 still image resolution found on most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1456, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2304 and 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is actually the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this type and age.

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

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax 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 camera. The flash modes Flash off and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this camera.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This digital camera supports a 1.4b HDMI version, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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 common video resolution supported by comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Pentax 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3.

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

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most frequently 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 camera.

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3. The minimum apertures of waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-3 range from 1 to 3.9.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax WG-3 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Stylus Tough TG-4[pl_2900198_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-860[pl_2792954_price] both from Olympus.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Pentax K-S2[plb_2758137_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras that were released more than a year ago do not support video recording. The Pentax WG-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to consider include the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax WG-3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3 are also not 3D compatible.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-3. The optical zooms of waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3 range from 3x to 5x.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 16 megapixels, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras of this age and spec is 8MP and the highest is 51MP.

If this camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix XP80[plb_2791428_price] (16.4MP), or the Praktica WP240[plb_3496600_price] (20MP).

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Only Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Pentax digital camera supports 6 and 400 ISO speeds, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3. The ISO speeds "125", "200", "400", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Pentax WG-3 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds (only 4 seconds) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-3 is 4s, the longest is 60s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 15s.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 30 frames per second, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3. Comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-3 have JPEG frame rates of between 25fps and 240fps.

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Very Tall

The shortest comparable spec camera that is a similar age to the WG-3 is 50mm tall, the tallest is 650mm, and the average height is 150mm. At 645 millimeters, the Pentax WG-3 is very tall compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-3

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

The Pentax WG-3 has a relatively typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-3.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-S2[plb_2758137_price], and the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Canon EOS 5DS[plb_3054571_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Pentax K-S2[plb_2758137_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] (8x).

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

At 14 meters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly standard maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If you want a higher maximum waterproof depth then you might also want to consider the Stylus Tough TG-860[pl_2792954_price] (15m and higher rated), or the Stylus Tough TG-4[pl_2900198_price] (15m and higher rated) both from Olympus.

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Average Weight

The Pentax WG-3 has a pretty average weight (209 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Pentax K-S2[plb_2758137_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Dust-Resistant
Freezeproof
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
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
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
HDMI Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features
Video
Maximum Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Image Sensor
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Optical Sensor Size
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Photo Mode
Audio
Built-In Microphone
White Balance
White Balance
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Built-In Display
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Aperture Range (F-F)
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Image Stabilizer
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
Micro HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Storage
Internal Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
GPS Performance
GPS (satellite)
Focusing
Minimum Focusing Distance
Macro
Focus
Focus Adjustment
Technical Details
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Light Metering
Scene Modes
Display Resolution (numeric)
Manual Focus
Colour of Product
Operational Conditions
Waterproof Up to
Protection Features
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Weight
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology

Expert Reviews

(1)
1 February 2014

De Pentax Optio WG-3 is een geavanceerde robuuste camera met een IPX8-certificaat. Dit certificaat geeft aan dat de camera waterdicht is tot 14 meter diepte, schokbestendig is tot 2 meter,... Read more…

Eyecatching, aggressive styling
Improved ruggedness
Digital Microscope mode with 6 LED lights for illuminating subjects up close
Rubberised body
Attractive styling
Struggles in lowlight situations despite bright 2 max lens aperture
Soso image and video quality
User interface has steep learning curve
Poor battery life
Dark underwater performance

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 12696
Barcodes 04549212228278

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