Summary: I may have just gotten a lemon, but after one day at the beach and about an hour of snorkeling, and a good 10 hour wait for it to dry off before opening the case to get to the SD card, the LCD screen failed, rendering the camera pretty much useless. I know that asking for a camera that can be submerged is a big task, but it says right there "WATERPROOF," though it clearly is not.
Summary: I bought this camera to take on a 16 day Grand Canyon River trip. It worked great for the first few days but after it got wet a few times most of the buttons stopped working. I was able to continue taking pictures but could not zoom, change settings, or view pictures taken. When I got home I promptly contacted the seller, DavisMAX, but they said I had to contact Pentax directly even though the camera is only 4 months old.
Summary: Gave this camera as a gift on a trip and did not realize it did not come with a battery. Unfortunately, we don't know how well it works because we did not have time to get a battery before the trip. Did I miss something in the description? On the plus side, camera came quickly.
Summary: The software to utilize the camera's GPS date crashes on my HP Pavilion laptop. It can't find the internet connection. It produces an error box full of script errors which I cannot stop or recover from. The Registration part of the included software has NO problem finding the internet on my HP. Go figure. I did not like the image quality either. I have returned my WG-3 GPS after only one day of use.
Summary: I had the precursor to this camera and loved it. It was light, slim, tough, inexpensive, and worked well. This one is not light, slim, and doesn't seem to work that well. The ring of LEDs for macro is a gimmick with this lens. This is not very competitive as a water proof point and shoot. Look at the Nikon AW100 instead.
Waterproof, but doesn't take good underwater photos.
11 February 2014
Summary: Pro: This camera is rugged and can handle a beating. It has also maintained a good waterproof casing. This has been fun to have at a waterpark and while swimming just because I don't have to worry about it getting damaged. Con: I have a friend who bought a waterproof, point-and-shoot camera for $100 less that takes way clearer, more vibrant underwater photos than this one.
Summary: nice camera, lots of future but I used it twice and the third time did not turn off. Called the company and they advised to return to the seller. Seller took it back, no question asked. no seller fault I believe some had more luck with it, i just did not want to get another one, it is too good to be true when i saw the price. sad to say, because it is a nice camera.
Summary: Christmas day, my son's gift. We try to charge it, and it would stop blinking, try to turn it on, and it would show "Pentax" then beep a couple times, and turn off. I tested the battery - plenty of amps (I am an electrical engineer, so that was easy to determine.) Pretty much, the device is dead, likely due to firmware issue, or a component is broken (like the sensor), causing the device to not complete its power-on sequence. I got the idea to plug it into the computer.
Summary: This review is solely on the GPS feature of the Pentax WG-3 GPS camera. Most GPS cameras and smart phones calculate lat/long location every second. The Pentax WG-3 seems to only calculate its location once every 60 seconds, possibly to reserve battery life. If you are capturing multiple photos a minute and GPS accuracy is important then this camera will NOT work. If you capture multiple photos a minute then each photo will have the same lat/long.
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.