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Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS purple 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Purple)

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  • A backlit 16 megapixel sensor coupled with the new-generation imaging engine delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6403
  • Further enhanced waterproof construction allows for depth of 45 feet
  • Triple shake reduction with sensor shift shake reduction, shockproof for drops up to 6.5-Feet, cold resistant to 14 degrees F, dustproof
  • 3-Inch LCD, HD 1080P video with h.264 compression @ 30fps
  • GPS module for Geo tracking, built in compass, pressure/altitude/water depth gauges and wireless recharging capabilities
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July 2013
The Pentax WG-3 GPS offers a rugged design and a good set of core features - with a couple of extras compared to the non-GPS model. When it comes to taking photos above or below water, it does an admirable job. Unfortunately it disappoints due to lackluster battery life, a weak and slow-to-charge flash, and relatively poor low light focusing.
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The Pentax WG-3 GPS offers a curvy, rugged design that can handle tough conditions with aplomb. Its lens is faster than most of its peers at its wide end, which allows for better low light photos. It also features a unique macro ring lamp, front-mounted LED clock/altimeter, and wireless battery charging support. Image quality is typical for a compact camera, meaning good, not great. Low light focusing is quite sluggish, and the flash is weak and slow to recharge. Battery life is below average.

Reasons to buy

  • Good photo quality, with respectable high ISO performance
  • Very rugged body
  • Lens has fast F2 maximum aperture at wide-angle
  • GPS with compass and manometer

Things to consider

  • Underwater photos have blue color cast
  • Sluggish low light focusing
  • Weak flash, which is slow to recharge
  • Lens is easy to block with fingers
  • Poor battery life

Suggested for

Outdoorsy photographers who want good photo quality, a faster-than-average lens, and a solid GPS implementation.

Not suggested for

People who take a lot of low light or flash photos, or who expect accurate color when shooting underwater.
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Your roughest journeys and days on the mountain were made for the Pentax Optio WG-3 Camera Kit, which easily captures the fast-paced action and tiny details of any trip. This incredibly durable 16-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is waterproof, dustproof, cold proof, shockproof, crushproof, GPS enabled, and still capable of professional-level images and full 1080p HD video. The 28.8X combined zoom and macro focus ring help capture images of canyon walls a mile away, insect mandibles one centimeter away, and everything in between. The flash, autofocus assist lamp, and manual focus help you get the shot despite challenging light conditions. Don't limit yourself to POV shots or blurry photos. This expedition-proof digital camera documents it all with its many modes, including still images, HD video, and even audio sound files.

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