Pentax Optio WG-3 black 16MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)
Overall score: 71%
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- A backlit 16 megapixel sensor coupled with the new-generation imaging engine delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400
- 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
- 6 LED macro lights for macro illumination
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||240 Photos|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||125|
|Exposure Control Type||Programmed AE|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0, PIM III|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||70|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|HDMI Type||Micro, Type-D|
|ISO Range||Auto 125-6400, 125, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 1.3 x 4.9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.91 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.51 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4.5 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year parts and labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Optional|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion D-LI92 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Waterproof|
|Weather Resistance||Crushproof, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof|
Review summary from DPReview
The Pentax WG-3 offers a curvy, rugged design that can handle tough conditions with aplomb. Its lens is noticeably faster than most of its peers at its wide end, which allows for better low light photos. Its unique macro ring light and stand allow for extreme close-ups. Image quality is typical for a compact camera, meaning good, but not great. Low light focusing is quite sluggish, and the flash is weak and slow to recharge. Battery life is below average.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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After investing several hours reviewing all the underwater camera reviews for 2013, i chose this one without the GPS. what an amazing camera.
we took it on a caribb. cruise where we took photos and videos while snorkeling, while in tropical waterfalls, and while doing "normal" non-water oriented activities. the attached video is taken from the surface on an overcast day. i've also downloaded a few photos. i think i'm limited to one video, so i've included only underwater. the dry-land video quality is excellent for viewing on my computer, but i haven't yet tried it on the 55" HDTV.
i spent the 2 hour flight reading the paper handbook and testing and learning the camera. it was a worthwhile investment of time, as i learned all of the camera's tricks and abilities. it has a lot of nice little features you wouldn't expect and are not mentioned in other reviews/descriptions. i recommend this to everyone.
photo quality, above and below water
video quality and sound, above and below water - amazing, really.
ease of use
durability - no concerns about my teens dropping it
size -- it's a little bigger than non-durable digital cameras, but well worth it. my 14 yr old son likes cameras that he can fit in his pocket.Read more ›
1) Decision: Prior to purchase I had to decide between the new Olympus TG-2 (tough camera) and this new Pentax model. The specs are for the most part are comparable (we'll let the hard-core techies split hairs in their reviews), but i was leaning toward the Olympus because it had nice styling and I have had positive experiences with other Olympus camera models. But I decided on the Pentax because I liked that they added the LED ring of lights to assist the microscope mode. Also, the camera comes with a snap on MACRO mount for use in the microscope mode.
2) Look and Feel: The camera is well-built feels heavy (but in a solid kind of way). The body is a hard plastic that almost feels like a rubber texture. The LED display is a 16x9 style that is vibrant when reviewing photos and video. You have to add your own SD card. I had a 2GB SanDisk Extreme III available and inserted in the battery compartment, then formatted using the menu system (Note: It formatted blazingly fast..in less than a second!). I decided not to attach the strap with carabiner that came in the box. Since I have a travel pouch for the camera, I preferred to attached a wrist strap I had lying around instead. The unit comes with a thick manual and a USB cable and associated plug-in charger. What is not included with the camera is a Micro/Mini HDMI cable for A/V-out.
3) Start-up and Menu: When you first start-up, the camera has you perform the standard date, time, time-zone type of set-up. Then you are ready to go (Note: I charged the battery for about an hour prior to using the camera, but I think it was pretty-much factory shipped fully charged.Read more ›
The things I most like about this camera so far are:
-- it appears to be very durable.
-- it has a nicely balanced feel.
-- the photos look great!
-- there are lots of different shooting modes, including time lapse, and macro.
-- it is plenty waterproof for snorkeling and kayaking.
The only negative I have seen so far is, like most digital cameras, the battery life isn't great. But a couple of spare batteries solves that issue.
I have not yet tested the underwater video mode, which is the main reason I purchased this camera. But based on the initial results from still shots and regular video, this camera is a winner.
That's why I am now a Pentax fan.
NOTEs AFTER USING: Takes great pix/movies. Worked well while snorkeling. Camera is well-designed but complex, with a learning curve, although there are simple shooting modes. When tired near end of a hot hike, I (a seasoned Pentax photog) had difficulties with some advanced functions. Largely this is because of the many options, allowing it to do many things (such as time lapse movies, very macro pix, 28 different modes!). Battery life is quite long. Shoots fairly fast and there are consecutive-shot modes (which I haven't explored yet). Keep the manual on hand for advanced functions (curious shoppers can download the manual and 2 quick guides from Pentax). Given what it can do, the design is thoughtful and user friendly.
CONCLs after more use. It is a great technical marriage of camera + gps + waterproof, designed for the hand but not the pocket. All works well with the minor exception that the night pix have some noise at large sizes, as labs have noted.Read more ›
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