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Pentax WG-30
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Pentax WG-30 Digital Camera

16MP 5x CMOS Mar 2015
Megapixel Count 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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16 Reasons For

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 1,276 owner and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent reviews for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range.

Supports Full HD Video

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-30, the Pentax WG-30 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Rollei Sportsline 80 (£81.74).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Pentax WG-30 is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Across all the waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-30 the digital zooms range from 2x to 8x. With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-30 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-30.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-30 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-30 the optical zooms range from 3x to 5x.

Other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 (£273.09).

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Quite High JPEG Frame Rate

At 60 frames per second, the Pentax WG-30 has a fairly high JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-30. The lowest JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-30 is 25fps and the highest is 240fps.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax WG-30 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Pentax digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-30. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax WG-30 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. Most digital cameras of this age and type have a 2048 x 1536 still image resolution. In addition, this Pentax digital camera have still image resolutions of 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 1920 x 1080 and 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-30.

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

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Features Three Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax WG-30 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this Pentax camera. The flash modes Flash off, Flash on and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax WG-30 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 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 waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-30.

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

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Supports One Image Format

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-30 is 110mm. The Pentax WG-30 has one of the longest maximum focal lengths (140 millimeters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Short

The Pentax WG-30 is fairly short (only 61.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30. Across all the waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-30 the heights range from 50mm to 650mm, and the average height is 150mm.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Features Three Auto Focus

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

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-30 have an image stabiliser, however the Pentax WG-30 does not have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix S33 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax WG-30 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-30 also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Stylus Tough TG-4 (£264.00), or the Stylus Tough TG-860 (£273.09) both from Olympus which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax WG-30 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-30 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at including the Pentax K-S2 (£326.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax WG-30 does not support video recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30 also do not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support video recording including the Rollei Sportsline 80 (£81.74).

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax WG-30 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-30 are also not 3D compatible.

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Only Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera supports 6 and 400 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by waterproof cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The ISO speeds "125", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Nine Auto Focus Points

Most cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-30 have between 9 and 98 auto focus points, including the Pentax WG-30 which has nine auto focus points.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 230,000 pixels, the Pentax WG-30 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-30. The display resolutions of comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-30 range from 23,000 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-30 have minimum focal lengths of between 21mm and 30mm. The Pentax WG-30 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (28 millimeters) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras that came out more than a year ago the minimum ISO speed range from 100 to 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 110. With a minimum ISO speed of 125, the Pentax WG-30's minimum ISO speed is one of the biggest amongst cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-30.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-30

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Pentax released the WG-30.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out more than a year 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 digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Pentax K-S2 (£326.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pentax WG-30 has a relatively standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-30.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16MP cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 (£273.09) which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Praktica WP240 (£84.97) (20MP), or the Canon 7D MARK II (20.2MP).

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Average Weight

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

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 (£146.81) (162g).

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Pentax WG-30 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S33 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon 7D MARK II (3").

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
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
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
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
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Histogram
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 04608
Barcodes 00027075287358

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