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Pentax WG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Jan 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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20 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

Digital cameras produced by Pentax are some of the best digital cameras according to average expert and user reviews.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax WG-3 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available that you might want to consider include the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price], or the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Pentax WG-3 has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-3. Waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-3 have display diagonals of between 1.8" and 7.7", and the average display diagonal is 3".

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon EOS 7D[plb_420993_price], and the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_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 waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-3 also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price].

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Waterproof

The Pentax WG-3 is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other waterproof cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix S32[plb_2196633_price], or the Pentax WG-3[plb_2680803_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a digital camera with a better sensor type then you might also want to look at the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD), or the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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Very Big Frame Rate

The frame rate of the Pentax WG-3 of 60 frames per second is one of the biggest amongst cameras of this spec and age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-3 the frame rates range from 1.5fps to 60fps, and the average frame rate is 27fps.

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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 waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1280, 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 amongst all cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-3.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This camera supports a 1.4b HDMI version, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Pentax WG-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this age and spec. 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 Pentax digital 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 frequently found 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-3.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 25 millimeters, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 4.5mm to 35mm.

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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 typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 2 and the largest is 8.5. With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the Pentax WG-3 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-3.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax WG-3 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support video capability.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support video capability including the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time 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.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3, the Pentax WG-3 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of this spec 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 also be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

The average weight of digital cameras of this type and age is 230g. The Pentax WG-3 is one of the heavier digital cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-3 (219 grams) amongst cameras of this age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] (213g), or the AW130[pl_1147127_price] (221g) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-3. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax WG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 4.7mm to 270mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 100 millimeters, the Pentax WG-3 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-3 is 50, the biggest is 130, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 100. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125, the Pentax WG-3 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst digital cameras of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-3

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

Alternative cameras that support an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider include the Pentax WG-3[plb_2680803_price] which has better reviews.

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-850[plb_2167574_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] (8x), or the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] (16x).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Pentax WG-3 has a fairly average megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-3.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the WG-4[pl_2173526_price] (16.79MP), or the WG-4 GPS[pl_2626383_price] (16.79MP) both from Ricoh which also has a higher rating.

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 14 meters, the Pentax WG-3 has a pretty average waterproof up to compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-3.

If you want a camera with a higher waterproof up to then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-3 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 4x optical zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] is also worth considering.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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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
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Dustproof
Shock Resistant
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)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
HDMI Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Frame Rate

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax wg3, pentax wg3b, pentax wg3g, pentax wg3bl, pentax wg3gp, pentax wg3bla, pentax wg3gps, pentax wg3blac, pentax wg3gpsp, pentax wg3gpsg, pentax wg3black, pentax wg3gpspu, pentax wg3gpsgr, pentax wg3gpsgre, pentax wg3gpsgree, pentax wg3gpsgreen
Barcodes 00027075227910, 00027075227927, 00027075228023, 00027075228146, 00027075228153, 00027075228252, 00027075228269, 00027075273344, 00088022203579, 04549212228049, 04549212228162, 04549212228278

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