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Pentax WG-30
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Pentax WG-30 Digital Camera

16MP 5x CMOS Mar 2015
Megapixel 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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13 Reasons For

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Cameras produced by Pentax are some of the best cameras according to average reviews from experts and users.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-30 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 5DS R[plb_3065836_price].

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price] is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other waterproof digital cameras currently available including the Canon EOS 5DS[plb_3054571_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-30 range from 2x to 7.2x. When compared to other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30 that we have checked, the digital zoom of the Pentax WG-30 of 7.2 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-30 is 3x and the biggest is 5x. At 5 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-30 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom cameras to this camera and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price], and the Fujifilm XP90[plb_3244496_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-30 is 30fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 44fps. The Pentax WG-30 has a fairly high motion JPEG frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-30.

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Has Six White Balances

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a Fluorescent white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-30. The white balances "Auto", "Daylight", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax WG-30 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The most commonly found photo effects is Neutral, but this photo effects is not found on this camera. The photo effectss Black&White and Sepia are also found on this digital camera.

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Features Three Flash Modess

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The most commonly featured flash modes is Forced off, but this flash modes is not featured on this Pentax camera. The flash modess Flash off, Flash on and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Pentax WG-30 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this Pentax digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-30.

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

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camera supports an AVC|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

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

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax WG-30 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-30 also do not have an image stabilizer.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Fujifilm XP90[plb_3244496_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than a year, the Pentax WG-30 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Fujifilm XP90[plb_3244496_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-30 do not support Full HD video. The Pentax WG-30 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-30, the Pentax WG-30 is not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5[plb_1684827_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras that were released more than a year ago do not have a GPS (satellite). The Pentax WG-30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to consider include the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most waterproof cameras that were released more than a year ago do not support video capability. The Pentax WG-30 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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Only Nine Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

The Pentax WG-30 is a nine auto Focus (AF) points digital camera. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-30 have between 9 and 64 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Pentax WG-30 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-30 is 700,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 23,000 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-30 is 120, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 100 to 200. At 125, the Pentax WG-30 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released one year ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax WG-30

Released Over a Year Ago

This Pentax digital camera was released over a year ago.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on waterproof 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.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Olympus OM-D E-M5[plb_1684827_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The Pentax WG-30 has a pretty typical megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other 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 because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price].

If this digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm XP90[plb_3244496_price] (16.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Pentax WG-30 has a fairly average weight (172 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than a year.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix AW130[plb_2751366_price] (221g).

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Pentax WG-30 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-30.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Fujifilm XP90[plb_3244496_price] (3" and higher rated).

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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.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860[plb_2792954_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
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)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
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
Video Resolutions
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)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 04608
Barcodes 00027075287358

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