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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 4x Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Excellent brand
Supports video recording
Quite large display diagonal

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Reviews

Excellent Brand

Cameras built by Pentax generally have excellent reviews. 99% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since January 2014.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. Digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera have display diagonals of between 1.8" and 3.2".

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Nikon AW130, or the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS.

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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 cameras of this age and type.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax WG-3 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also support video recording.

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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 frequently found video resolutions 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 resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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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 waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Design

Waterproof

The Pentax WG-3 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also are waterproof.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S32.

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Quite High Waterproof Up to

The average waterproof up to of waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this camera is 11m, and the waterproof (up to) range from 3m to 60m. With a waterproof up to of 14 meters, the Pentax WG-3 has one of the higher waterproof (up to) amongst digital cameras of this age.

If you want a higher waterproof up to then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) (15m) which also has a higher rating.

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Dustproof

The Pentax WG-3 is dustproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 209 grams, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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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 most cameras of this type and age. Most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) 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 camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and type.

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

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 16MP digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS, and the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 (£232.79) are also worth considering.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has one of the bigger digital zooms (7.2 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera have digital zooms of between 2x and 16x, and the average digital zoom is 5.7x.

There are a number of other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) (16x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 has a pretty typical optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think the Olympus Stylus TG-2 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (£157.99) (5x and higher rated).

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 100 millimeters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. Waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4mm and 200mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 25mm, and the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 35mm. At only 25 millimeters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera. The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1, the largest is 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Camera

Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax WG-3 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax WG-3 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax WG-3 features multi burst mode. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax WG-3 features histogram, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax WG-3 features noise reduction, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax WG-3 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax WG-3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

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

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax WG-3 has a hand strap, 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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Has an AC Adapter Included

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

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently 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 wg3gpspu
Barcodes 00027075227910, 00027075227927, 00027075228023, 00027075228146, 00027075228153, 00027075228252, 00027075228269, 00027075273344, 00088022203579, 04549212228049, 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 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 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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