Summary: This camera is a huge disappointment! Pictures are grainy and fuzzy, regardless o the camera setting or the situation (indoors, outdoors, low light, bright light). I have tried it all and not a single picture comes out clear enough to use full-sized or edit well. I took several side-by-side shots with the WG-3 and an old (6 year old) Pentax 5m point and shoot camera, and the old one blew this one away with crispness and clarity of pictures.
Summary: I got this camera to take underwater pictures on our vacation in Hawaii. I was planning to take it to a manta ray dive but it leaked water on the second day of the vacation while snorkeling and stopped working completely. The picture quality was great until it stopped working but I was very disappointed have a water leakage problem at the snorkeling depth, while the camera indicates that it is waterproof up to 46 feet.
Summary: Originally bought this camera because of it's waterproof feature (up to 45ft). Went on vacation to Hawaii and was looking for a camera that would be ideal for taking pictures while snorkeling. Out of the package, took a lot of test pictures before using it and the quality was pretty good. The exterior has a rugged feel to it and saw that the battery/sd card compartment has a double lock to ensure it does not accidentally open up, especially if it is in a wet environment.
Summary: I really like the features and the pictures from this camera,,, however after a couple months of use, the LCD suddenly went dark gray - not dead black, gray where you could sorta see shadows of what was trying to be shown. I returned it to Pentax service and a few weeks later it (or one like it) returned. Now some of the buttons on the back seem to have stopped working... first the zoom and now the flash. Guess I'll have to return it *again*...
Summary: Having had the Pentax Optio line of cameras for several years, I decided to upgrade to the WG3. Product arrived on time, (arrived June 15) set up was a snap as it is basically the same as others in this family. I use the camera primarily for progress shots on my large industrial construction projects and don't have to worry about dust or banging it on a scaffold or whatever.. ideal camera for my intended purpose.... until today.
Excerpt: Bought the camera for a snorkeling adventure with my family. I have used sealife cameras before so I know the concerns with keeping the o-ring clean and each night I cleaned. For the first two days it lived up to its name. Great pictures and didn't have to worry about getting it wet. On day 3 of snorkeling it leaked and no more underwater pictures. Compartment only has a single gasket to prevent leaks. Would not recommend this for beach adventures.
Pros: Easy to Use, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Summary: i love the concept of the camara, but was not happy with its performance. the pictures are very good, the close-ups are great, and it is compact in size. however, the camara simply stopped working in 29 days. called for service and they said send it back to amazon. so thats what i did. here is the thing. for the 29 days that it worked, i loved it. So i am getting another [this time with a GPS and extended warranty.