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Pentax WG-30 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 5x CMOS Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Excellent brand
Supports video recording
Does not have a GPS (satellite)

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Reviews

Excellent Brand

Pentax digital cameras have an average rating of 89 out of 100, which is in the top 9% of all digital camera brands that we have assessed. 99% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was March 2015 when this waterproof camera was released.


Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Pentax WG-30 does not support Wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Nikon AW130.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax WG-30 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax WG-30 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax WG-30 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 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Design

Waterproof

The Pentax WG-30 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also are waterproof.

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Dustproof

The Pentax WG-30 is dustproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also are dustproof.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax WG-30 does not have a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Nikon AW130, the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS, or the Olympus Stylus TG-2 are also worth considering.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax WG-30 features histogram. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature histogram.

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Features Calendar

The Pentax WG-30 features calendar, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 1.8" to 3.2". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Pentax WG-30 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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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 resolutions (numeric) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 500,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Pentax WG-30 has one of the bigger digital zooms (7.2 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this camera is 2x, the biggest is 16x, and the average digital zoom is 5.7x.

There are a number of alternative 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the WG-3 (£230), or the Optio WG-2 GPS both from Pentax.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 7.1x. At 5 times zoom factor, the Pentax WG-30 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera range from 4mm to 200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 110mm. When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Pentax WG-30's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 140 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 35mm. At 28 millimeters, the Pentax WG-30 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 172 grams, the Pentax WG-30 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS (177g and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix S32 (175g and higher rated).

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax WG-30 features noise reduction. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also feature noise reduction.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax WG-30 features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax WG-30 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax WG-30 has a hand strap, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax WG-30 has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax WG-30 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The Pentax WG-30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax WG-30 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most cameras of a similar spec and age 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.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst still image resolution across similar types of camera 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 waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 16MP cameras and we think because of its better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075287358

Pentax WG-30 Review Sources

To prepare this Pentax WG-30 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 298,997 product attributes, 171,823 digital camera reviews and 3,191,700 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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