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Pentax WG-3
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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Dec 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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19 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This Pentax camera received an expert rating of 80% from portablegear.nl. This means that experts are not that keen on this waterproof camera.

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Digital cameras produced by Pentax generally have excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at include the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which is cheaper.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], and the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Pentax WG-3 is waterproof.

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

If you would prefer a camera that is waterproof then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has a quite big digital zoom (7.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-3. The average digital zoom of cameras of this spec and age is 5.9x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x.

There are a number of alternative 7.2x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the WG-4[pl_2173526_price], or the WG-30 Wi-Fi[pl_2627900_price] both from Ricoh.

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Quite High Waterproof Up to

With a waterproof up to of 14 meters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly high waterproof up to compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The average waterproof up to of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 11m.

We compared this camera to all the other 14m waterproof cameras and we think the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

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 comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera also have still image resolution(s)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.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of this age and spec.

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

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1.4 HDMI Version

This digital camera supports a 1.4b HDMI version, which is the most commonly supported HDMI version on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Pentax camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Pentax WG-3 supports a maximum video resolution of 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 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 spec and age to the WG-3.

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

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on 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 commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Pentax digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the minimum aperture numbers range from 2 to 8.5. The Pentax WG-3 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Pentax WG-3 does not support video capability.

Alternative digital cameras which also support video capability that you might want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax WG-3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price]; or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3 do not support Full HD video. The Pentax WG-3 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax WG-3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-3 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most cameras of this type and age are not 3D. The Pentax WG-3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Only Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of camera file systems than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-3. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 4.9, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.8.

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Only Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Pentax WG-3 is a four number of aspheric elements digital camera. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-3 have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-3. Waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-3 have motion JPEG frame rates of between 25fps and 240fps.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 130. At 125, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-3.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-3

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Pentax released the WG-3.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price], and the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. 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 not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper), the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper), or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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Average Megapixel

The Pentax WG-3 has a relatively standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-3.

We compared all the other 16MP digital cameras to this digital camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], and the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-Fi[plb_2627900_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

The Pentax WG-3 has a relatively typical weight (209 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-3.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (216g and cheaper) or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (218g and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has a relatively standard optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-3.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which is cheaper.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Dustproof
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)
Number of Aspheric Elements
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
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Minimum Focusing Distance
Macro
Focus
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Light Exposure Modes
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Maximum Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Built-In Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
HDMI Version
AV Output
Micro HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Weight
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Waterproof Up to
Protection Features
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Cables Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
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
White Balance
White Balance
Storage
Internal Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
GPS Performance
GPS (satellite)
Technical Details
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Light Metering
Scene Modes
Display Resolution (numeric)
Manual Focus
Colour of Product

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 wg3, pentax wg3g, pentax wg3b, pentax 12696, pentax wg3bl, pentax wg3gp, pentax wg3bla, pentax wg3gps, pentax wg3blac, pentax wg3gpsg, pentax wg3black, pentax wg3gpsgr, pentax wg3gpsgre, pentax wg3gpsgree, pentax wg3gpsgreen
Barcodes 00027075227927, 00027075228153, 00088022203579, 04549212228162, 04549212228278

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