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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

£230.00
Compact Camera 16MP 4x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Supports video recording
Poor battery life
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 78% based on two expert reviews from sites including portablegear.nl and reviewed.com.

Excellent Brand

Digital cameras produced by Pentax are some of the best digital cameras according to average user and expert reviews. 99% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Power

Poor Battery Life

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Website Imaging Resource.com said “No dedicated battery charger” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Poor battery life” in their review.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when this camera was released.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax WG-3 has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Canon PowerShot D20 (£189.99), and the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) are also worth considering.

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Other Features

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 waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99), or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) which both of have better reviews.

Alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 (£232.79).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax WG-3 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax WG-3 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 Pentax 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Design

Good Image Quality

Two customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Website Imaging Resource.com wrote “Good image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “It just didn't pack in enough image quality, performance and usability”.

Waterproof

The Pentax WG-3 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also are waterproof.

We compared all the other waterproof cameras to this digital camera and we think the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99), and the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

Digital cameras which are waterproof that might be worth looking at include the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 (£232.79).

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Fairly High Waterproof Up to

The Pentax WG-3 has a quite high waterproof up to (14 meters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. The waterproof (up to) of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera range from 3m to 60m.

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Waterproof to 45 Feet

Three people who reviewed it considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. Website Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Waterproof to 45 feet”. Expert website Reviewed.com scored it 76 out of 100 and mentioned “The WG-3 is waterproof to 46 feet, shockproof to 6.5 feet, as well as cold-”. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote “Though the camera took decent pictures underwater and on dry land”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The WG-3 (MSRP $349.95 with GPS, $299.95 without) is the latest waterproof tough camera from Pentax, capable of handling much more abuse than your average digital camera” and gave the Pentax WG-3 a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Dpreview.com said “One of the fastest growing segments in the digital camera market is compact, rugged cameras” in their review of this digital camera.

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Dustproof

The Pentax WG-3 is dustproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Three years ago expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote “The heart of the Pentax WG-3 is a 1/2.3-inch, backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor with an effective resolution of 16 megapixels”.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 209 grams, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) (188g and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot D20 (£189.99) (205g and higher rated).

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago is 5.7x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 16x. At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x optical zoom cameras and we think because of its better review score, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) is also worth considering.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera. The smallest minimum aperture number of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 1, the largest is 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99), or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) which both of have better reviews.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 (£232.79) is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax WG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Pentax digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1456, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2304 and 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of this age and type.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 16MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) which has better reviews.

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax WG-3 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax WG-3 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax WG-3 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax WG-3 features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax WG-3 features noise reduction. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also feature noise reduction.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax WG-3 features voice recording, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax WG-3 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Pentax WG-3 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax WG-3 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax wg3gpsgreen, pentax wg3black, pentax 12696
Barcodes 00027075227927, 00027075228153, 00088022203579, 04549212228162, 04549212228278

Pentax WG-3 Review Sources

To prepare this Pentax WG-3 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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