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Pentax Optio WG-3

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Overall 8
7.6

Pentax WG-3 GPS Review

Review guidelines
15 October 2013
  • Summary: The Pentax WG-3 GPS is, of course, a camera with a unique character. Its resistance to water, frost and shock is, of course, in itself already quite peculiar, but it must be added an extreme design, the presence of a variety of sensors (GPS, altimeter, barometer, compass, electronic level), a display front can offer useful information and an unprecedented supply of LED lights around the lens, to help illuminate macro subjects.
  • Pros: Robust and well waterproofed, The presence of GPS, Altimeter and barometer, Relatively bright zoom lens.
  • Cons: Only decent image quality, Autofocus is not very powerful, Not very intuitive menu. Extreme design is not for everyone.
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Overall 7
7.1

Expert Review

DP Review
26 June 2013
  • Summary: 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.
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Overall 7
7.1

Expert Review

DP Review
26 June 2013
  • Summary: 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.
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Overall 9
8.6
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
9.0

Pentax WG-3 Review

What Digital Camera
14 June 2013
  • Excerpt: Pentax WG-3 Review – The Pentax WG-3 features an eye-catching design which makes it stand out from the crowd. Find out whether it has the substance to match this style in the full What Digital...
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Overall 8
7.8

Pentax WG-3 GPS

pentaxforums.com
22 May 2013
  • Summary: Below is a video version of our in-depth review of the WG-3. It includes some footage of the camera on the beach.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax WG-3

PC Magazine
23 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The compact Pentax WG-3 is rugged, waterproof, and packs a fast lens. Its design is striking, but its images show quite a bit of noise at higher ISO settings.
  • Pros: Sharp lens. Wide aperture. Short shutter lag. Waterproof to 45 feet. Macro LED lighting. Unique design.
  • Cons: Noisy images. Slow to start and shoot. No dedicated battery charger.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax WG-3 GPS

PC Magazine
23 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The compact Pentax WG-3 GPS is rugged, waterproof, and packs a fast lens. Its design is striking, but its images show quite a bit of noise at higher ISO settings.
  • Pros: Sharp lens. Wide aperture. Short shutter lag. GPS. Inductive charging. Waterproof to 45 feet. Macro LED lighting. Unique design.
  • Cons: Noisy images. Slow to start and shoot. No dedicated battery charger.
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The Pentax WG-3 looks to improve on the so-so image quality of last year's model, but without much success.

reviewed
28 March 2013
  • Conclusion: We had high hopes for the Pentax WG-3 when we first laid hands on it at CES this past January. An f/2 lens, a backside-illuminated image sensor, and sensor-shift shake reduction all seemed to point toward a waterproof camera with images that could rival those of similarly priced high-end compact cameras. Now that we've spent some time with the WG-3 and run it through our lab tests, we have to say we've come away disappointed.
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Pentax Optio WG-3

PhotographyBLOG
4 August 2013
  • Excerpt: The design of the new Pentax Optio WG-3 almost literally screams "Action!". As with it's predecessor, you'll either love the ultra-modern look that resembles a robot's smartphone and appears to have boys under ten years old in its sights, or hate it. This isn't a camera for the shy and retiring, although out all-black test sample is certainly a lot more sober than the orange version.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax WG-3 Review

ePHOTOzine
29 July 2013
  • Excerpt: The Pentax WG-3 is a new outdoors camera, released in January 2013. The latest model is waterproof down to 14m and features a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0.
  • Pros: Ideal camera body for using in extreme weather conditions, 1cm minimum focusing distance, Full 1080p HD video recording, Fast f/2.0 lens, Waterproof to 14m, LED macro lights, HDR mode, Good range of digital filters for editing photos
  • Cons: No GPS, Detail isn't too good, Only 4x optical zoom
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