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Pentax launches WG-3 and WG-3 GPS waterproof cameras

By dpreview staff on Jan 29, 2013 at 22:04 GMT

Pentax announces the WG-3 rugged digital camera, available with and without a built-in GPS. Both versions feature an image-stabilized 16MP CMOS sensor, and now an F2.0-4.9 lens with 25-100mm equivalent zoom. Both are also waterproof down to 45 feet, drop-resistant from heights of 6.6 feet, dust-resistant, and can handle temperatures down to 14F. Finally, they're back-pocket-safe, meaning you can sit on them and they're still likely to work (they can handle up to 220 pounds of pressure).

New to the GPS model is a built-in clock that can also report the pressure, altitude, depth, and compass direction; this model also charges wirelessly. As the second rugged camera with an F2.0 lens at wide-angle, we'll be interested to see how well the Pentax WG-3 does in low light. Priced at US$350 for the GPS model and US$300 for the non-GPS, the two cameras are expected to ship March 2013.

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Press Release:

PENTAX Introduces 15th Generation Ruggedized Camera –the WG-3 GPS and WG-3

Performance meets photographic demands with fast F2.0 lens, in-camera shake reduction, and increased waterproof, crushproof and shockproof ratings

Denver, CO (January 29, 2013)— Leveraging its long-standing and comprehensive expertise in the waterproof category, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX) has introduced the 15th generation in its adventureproof line-up of point and shoot cameras, the WG-3. Boasting a diverse set of new features and improved specifications, the WG-3 is the ideal companion to capture life’s planned and unplanned adventures.

The WG-3 boasts a rich feature-set that has been optimized to meet the rigorous and demanding needs of the adventurous photo enthusiast, whose travels and exploits can take them into a variety of scenarios too challenging for the traditional point-and-shoot. Its  newly designed, large-aperture, 4x optical zoom lens (with the maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide-angle end), high-sensitivity, back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor, and sensor-shift Shake Reduction system ensure sharp, high-quality, low-noise images.

The rugged features of the WG-3 include an improved waterproof depth rating to 45 feet, while the WG-3 GPS offers enhanced GPS functionality for geo-tagging images that can be mapped back to your journey and a dedicated second display showing compass direction, elevation or depth below water.  Additionally, the WG-3’s category defining Digital Microscope mode and six LED lights surrounding the lens barrel enable focusing as close as one centimeter from the subject producing bright, shadow-free macro images.

For the unplanned adventure, the WG-3 offers a worry-free shooting experience with an increasingly ruggedized body that is shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet, coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot pounds of force. The WG-3’s rugged design is enhanced by its folded optical zoom lens that reduces its vulnerability to moisture and dust while ensuring a compact and pocketable size without the protrusion of a lens barrel. Finally, the sturdy construction and sharp design, unique to the WG-3, features a texturized grip for a controlled ergonomic grasp and colorful grip accents to further enrich its rugged styling.

“The WG-3 GPS truly leverages our experience in this category,” said John Carlson, Sr. Marketing Manager, PENTAX. “New features like the easy-to-read second LCD, dedicated video record button, double-locking battery door and wireless charging capabilities show PENTAX’s dedication to improving our offering in this category.”

To enhance creative expression during shooting PENTAX offers an optional  lens adapter with wide-angle coverage to 20mm, and  the SportMount Chest Harness which allows for the hands free capture of adventures and features a quick and easy mechanism to review your images and footage without having to remove the camera from its mount.

Pricing and Availability
Priced at $349.95 the new WG-3 GPS is available in a choice of purple or green.  The WG-3 is available in black or orange for a price of $299.95. Both models will be available at retailers nationwide and online in March 2013. To find a retailer near you, please visit:

Additional Information

Heavy-duty construction for a waterproof, coldproof, shockproof, dustproof shooting experience
Featuring enhanced waterproof capabilities the WG-3 and WG-3 GPS’s underwater performance has been expanded to 45 feet, compared to the maximum 40 feet offered by its predecessors (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance).  Additionally, its rugged features have been improved to prevent damage from drops of up to 6.6 feet*, inhibit the intrusion of dust**, withstand temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit*** and bear up to 220 pounds of pressure****
* Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards (from a height of 2.0 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810Fm.
** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6.
*** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, in which the camera is proven to withstand temperatures as low as –10°C.
**** Measured under PENTAX-original testing standards, in which the camera is loaded with weights up to 100 kgf, or kilogram force.

4X optical zoom lens with maximum aperture of F2.0 and 25mm wide-angle coverage
The newly designed optical zoom lens offers a maximum aperture of F2.0 to capture bright, clear images with minimal noise, even under dimly lit underwater conditions. With its four-times zoom coverage from 4.5mm to 18mm (equivalent to approx. 25mm wide angle to approx. 100mm medium telephoto in the 35mm format), this versatile zoom lens accommodates a wide range of applications — from macro shooting of flowers to wide-angle shooting of spectacular landscapes. Additionally, the camera’s Intelligent Zoom function also extends the zoom range to approximately 28.8 times to cover the focal length of an approximately 720mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format) to capture extra-high-magnification images without compromising image quality.

High-performance, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
The WG-3 GPS and WG-3 come equipped with a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which is superior in high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed readout of image data signals. Coupled with its new-generation imaging engine, this image sensor delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and super-high-resolution images with 16.0 effective megapixels. The WG-3 GPS and WG-3 also provide advanced image processing functions made possible by the latest super-resolution technology to ensure sharp and clear images; even offering innovative features as a Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures four images of the same scene and produces a single blur-free, composite image from them.

Dual anti-shake protection for crisp, blur-free images
Combining PENTAX’s expertise in Shake Reduction technology and experience in the rugged camera category, the WG-3 GPS and WG-3’s are the first in the WG line to feature a dual shake reduction system combining an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake in shake-prone conditions, such as when capturing poorly lit subject with ambient light only, or when shooting sunset scenes.

Six LED Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting
By positioning six LED Macro Lights around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, the WG-3 and WG-3 GPS provide brighter, more uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.* Thanks to the inclusion of the Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of a microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye on the camera’s LCD monitor and effortlessly capture eye-catching images. In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, the instant illumination function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the illumination level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. In addition, the Macro Lights double to offer other user-friendly features, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode to check if the subject’s face is safely captured within the picture frame using the blink of an LED lamp, and a LED lighting mode to use the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.
* When the Digital Microscope mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

Advanced GPS functions and pressure/altitude/depth gauge to facilitate outdoor shooting (available with the WG-3 GPS only)
The WG-3 GPS comes equipped with a sophisticated GPS module, which automatically records position data* and travel log data onto captured images and adjusts the built-in clock to local time. Thanks to newly incorporated pressure sensor and digital compass, the user can not only check the pressure, altitude/underwater depth and direction of a shooting location, but also record such data onto captured images for future reference.
* Location data recorded at the time of shooting can be confirmed with the use of the accompanying software (Windows version only).

Full HD movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies
The WG-3 GPS and WG-3 provide Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. They also feature a high-speed camera function* for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and a fast-forward movie function** to simplify creative movie techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on their camera body for simultaneous output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices.
* When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 1280 x 720 pixels).
** When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 640 x 360 pixels).

Extra-large, high-resolution, wide-frame 3.0 inch LCD monitor
These WG- 3 series models incorporate an extra-large, high-resolution 3.0 inch color LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 460,000 dots. The PENTAX-original AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image and video playback even under harsh sunshine, while its wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.

Wireless recharging (available with the WG-3 GPS only)
The WG-3 GPS is compatible with the wireless Qi (inductive power standard) recharging system, which automatically recharges the built-in battery simply by placing the camera on a Qi-compatible wireless charger. Since this system eliminates the need to open and close the battery chamber cover, it greatly reduces the risk of foreign substances such as sand and dust from being introduced into the camera body.

Other features

  • Dedicated LCD display on the front panel to indicate time, pressure and altitude(WG-3 GPS only)
  • Two remote control receptors (one in front and another on the back) to widen signal coverage
  • Digital level to check the camera’s horizontal and vertical inclination
  • O-LA135 Lens Adapter to broaden the wide-angle coverage to 20mm in the (optional accessory) 35mm format using the DW-5 RICOH Wide Conversion Lens
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
  • Digital Wide mode to compose an extra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to approx. 19mm wide angle in the 35mm format) from two separate images
  • Carabiner strap (included) for hooking the camera to a backpack, belt loop or other outdoor gear
  • 12 digital filters for increased artistic visual effects
  • Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.6.2 LE (Windows version compatible with Windows 8) and MediaImpression 2.2 LE (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.8)
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

Pentax WG-3 GPS & WG-3 specifications

 Pentax WG-3 GPSPentax WG-3
Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialComposite
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4288 x 3216, 4224 x 2376, 3216 x 3216, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ISOAuto 125-6400, 125, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsBest, Better, Good
File format
  • JPG (EXIF 2.3)
  • DCF 2.0
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–100 mm
Optical zoom4×
Maximum apertureF2.0 - F4.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (6.7x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeWidescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed AE
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.40 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Drive modes
  • One Shot
  • Self-Timer (10s, 2s, Remote 3s)
  • Continuous
  • Burst
  • Remote Control (3s, 0s)
  • Auto Bracketing
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage included70 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Micro, Type-D)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Environmentally sealedYes (Crushproof, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion D-LI92 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)238 g (0.52 lb / 8.40 oz)230 g (0.51 lb / 8.11 oz)
Dimensions125 x 64 x 33 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3)124 x 64 x 33 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Interval shot mode for stills and movie)

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Total comments: 66
By jaygeephoto (10 months ago)

As a professional photographer using a lot of high end equipment I was totally smitten by this camera. It's first point and shoot of this category that can be handled by humans with hands larger than that of an average newt. It's quality is outstanding. A bit of advice would be to buy a float strap (it sinks like a rock) and an extra set of batteries and recharger as battery life is only OK.

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By PFortman (Mar 24, 2013)

I have had the WG-1 for a couple of years now and bought WG-2 for my son. Boat, dive, beach, etc. not a problem. Advise using silicone grease (avail. at dive shops) to lightly coat port seal surfaces.
Added Eye-Fi card a year ago. Great! then matched to iPad for viewing new photos in the field. Advise spare battery for iPad use. Great, but a bit of drain on battery. Hope new WG-3 has a beefed-up battery. Any figures on Qi charge time vs. cord charging? To 123Mike: Do not use camera to pound in tent stakes, you'll be fine.

By 123Mike (Mar 14, 2013)

What happens when the front gets scratched? Game over? Is there a way to replace a front filter / protector? I bet there isn't. It's one of the planned-obsolescence things I bet.

Manic Tuesday
By Manic Tuesday (Feb 3, 2013)

haha, waterproof, yeah right. my WG1 didn't survive a 3 foot deep kiddie pool. when i saw that battery/card cover i though it would be a miracle if it did.

Richard Spangler
By Richard Spangler (Feb 1, 2013)

Dang. The tougher you are the uglier you are :)

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By sttt01 (Feb 1, 2013)

very nice

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By ivan1973 (Jan 31, 2013)

Its the ugliest tough camera in the world, no doubt. I do not want anyone to say, "hey, look at that ugly thing he is using".

Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jan 31, 2013)

That is same what a ray-fish says when it sees you. But the truth is, surfaces and shapes that work best underwater are considered 'weird' and 'odd-looking' in everyday life. In fact, this camera design is just perfect for use underwater.

John McCormack
By John McCormack (Jan 31, 2013)

I don't care how ugly it may be as long as the image quality is good - good for this type of P&S anyway. The f/2 lens and interval shooting are nice to have.

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By DavidsfotosDotCom (Jan 31, 2013)

Sony doesn't even know what F stop their new WA110 mono mic camera is according to DPreview.

By happypoppeye (Jan 30, 2013)

I like it ...ugly enough. No RAW to keep all the whiners still whining, sitting on beach wishing they have a camera ...I love waving to them from the water ...just makes even madder that ...ha.

By BorisK1 (Jan 30, 2013)

Isn't DCF the Pentax version of RAW? - whoops, never mind, it isn't. I got confused by a google search.

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By prmolina (Jan 30, 2013)

The "tough" cameras I've seen are for Freezebabies:
14 F is just not tough enough for routine cold in the Upper Midwest of the US. Adventure cameras have been stuck there for too long while manufacturers are infatuated with other specs. Those of us who routinely leave the house up here need something tougher, let alone for weinter adventuring. Give us something to use when we go ice skating, snowmobiling, xc skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, winter carnivals, innertubing, ice sculpting, winter walks, shoveling, polar plunges, ice fishing and fercristsake just day in day out activities. For those of us who know and love winter, 14 F just doesn't really cut it.

By kob12 (Feb 1, 2013)

For that, you need to go the the "old school" film camera Nikon FM2. Good to -40 F/C and can take a beating.
I doubt that any advanced electronic camera can stand -10 F or below w/o heating - industrial grade components aren't normally specced below that - LCD especially. And no vendor would use military grade comps for the consumer space.

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By prmolina (Feb 1, 2013)

I wonder how cars do it. They have all kinds of electronic gimcracks in them now like backup cameras and display screens. Mine showed 13 below when I started it this morning, radio still blaring away.

By kob12 (Feb 2, 2013)

Yes, you are right - I forgot the whole range of automotive grade comps qualified to AEC-Q101 (requires -40 min op. temp). Military comps are still normally specced at -55 C min though.
The Automotive grade comps are special qualification lines at various vendors, applied to specific lines that are in demand by the auto industry, and are more expensive than the industrial-range components. They are used for important functions in cars - e.g. engine control / safety. I doubt that you radio contains such comps - it may or may not work at -40.
Now, for your original question - yes, it is possible to produce DSLR or P&S electronic camera to work at below 13F, but in addition to appropriate discrete components it demands a whole different system engineering and qualification e.g. the operation of the focusing/zoom mechanism (advanced lubrication etc), stresses due to different thermal expansion coeff., distortion of optical path atc. Probably not cost effective for the general public.

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Bart Roskam
By Bart Roskam (Jan 30, 2013)

The wireless recharging capabilities are quite interesting as well. I'm surprised it is not mentioned anywhere except for the press release. Imagine just throwing all your electronic stuff on one pad to recharge!

By peevee1 (Jan 30, 2013)

f/2.0 lens. Yes! Finally, something to lower the prices between it and TG-1/2!

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Andrew Butterfield
By Andrew Butterfield (Jan 30, 2013)

Looks like the bottom of my nephew's trainers... Even so, I quite like it.

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By bobbarber (Jan 30, 2013)

It looks scuba-diver-ish. This was obviously not designed for the aesthetic of the mountain bike crowd. I'd call it an underwater camera, not a tough camera, even though it looks like it can do both.

By slick83 (Jan 30, 2013)

I hope since the last generation they have fixed the following:

"Avoid contact with garbage, mud, sand, dust, water, toxic gases or salts. These could cause the camera to breakdown. Wipe the camera to dry off any rain or water drops"

source ->

By bobbarber (Jan 30, 2013)

Well, having owned both a dedicated case for a non-waterproof compact camera and a waterproof camera, it seems to me that you have to take care of these cameras for them to continue to work.

The case involved putting a thin layer of silicone over the gasket every time the case went in the water, and checking carefully for any microscopic hairs that might break the seal. It was easy to see if the seal was not right by putting the camera in water for a second or two, since the case was transparent. Compare that to these waterproof cameras, which people just open and close non-stop, without ever checking the seals, and expect to be perfect. In previous generations there were a lot of "refurbished" (read: "flooded") waterproof cameras that went back to the manufacturers. Maybe they've gotten better.

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 30, 2013)

+1. The gaskets the manufacturers put on waterproof casings are wrong. They sometimes forbid the use of any kind of greasing, since the gasket material can't stand the lubricate chemistry. The proper Neoprene or Perbunane-made o-rings applied in the known and proper way are the only reliable sealing for such purposes, since o-ring sealing ability grows with the pressure. These are also much easier to service and / or replace than thingummy apron thingies they insist on using now.

Rod McD
By Rod McD (Jan 30, 2013)

It's great that the lens is wider and faster and that the specs are higher than the previous model. It's also got the advantage over the competition that it's 'grippier' - it isn't as polished and slippery.

That's the good.........BUT, to repeat myself (same comment made about the new Nikon AW camera)........ Why is it that the manufacturers of these 'tough' cameras assume that outdoor and adventurous photographers are happy with such a small sensor and the comparatively low IQ that it gives? Sure they sell, but that's because there's no alternative. If Sony can shoehorn so much into an RX100 and Canon the G1X, how about a larger-sensored tough camera? And how about RAW? Surely not too difficult? I'm prepared to pay more and carry more weight to get these features. Places worth going are places worth photographing with a bigger sensor.

By bobbarber (Jan 30, 2013)

Doesn't this camera have an f2.0 lens? I'm not an expert underwater photographer by any means, but the few times I have taken pictures underwater, I noticed there was a lack of light. A camera with an RX100-size sensor and an f2.0 lens would be huge.

It's like the photography world picks up a buzzword ("megapixels"!, "high-iso"!, "large-sensor"!) and then everybody repeats it on forums like they're an expert, without any consideration for any other features of the camera.

Oh, and if you want an RX-100 underwater, just buy a case for it. Don't forget the big, heavy strobe you'll need to actually take any pictures.

EDIT: Good point about raw capture, though.

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By peevee1 (Jan 30, 2013)

" A camera with an RX100-size sensor and an f2.0 lens would be huge."

Well, lens in RX100 starts even brighter, from f/1.8, and goes to the same f/4.9, and by no means "huge". It is just collapsible out of the body, the construction which does not work under water, as the pressure will push water through the segments of the collapsible barrel.

By bobbarber (Jan 30, 2013)


Sorry, my bad about the RX100 aperture.

You can use a case with it though, right? I used to have a case for a compact that extended the lens like that. Worked great.

EDIT: One more point. The strong suit of the RX100 is NOT shooting close-ups, from what I understand (going by reviews here; I don't own one). However, nearly all underwater photography is closeup. So to get that f1.8 aperture, Sony had to make compromises in lens design that are not optimal for an underwater camera. You really need a lens design underwater than is macro or semi-macro.

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By BorisK1 (Jan 30, 2013)

From what I see, it supports raw capture. The specs list "DCF 2.0" as one of the file formats - isn't it the Pentax RAW?!product-specs

By Lava (Jan 30, 2013)

It means jpeg can be recorded in ARGB acording to this site.

By BorisK1 (Jan 30, 2013)

Thanks Lava! I got confused by a google search.

By RFC1925 (Jan 30, 2013)

Now this could be a effective shark repellent.

Got to love Pentax for producing such unusual designs.

Max Pometun
By Max Pometun (Jan 30, 2013)

I'm still waiting for any manufacturer to produce waterproof camera that can shoot high quality images and this is yet another camera that most likely not going to accomplish that (sigh).

Can someone just make a P&S with a bigger sensor and available RAW already?!

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By PhD4 (Jan 30, 2013)

Well dang, that's what my D4 is missing!
A clock.... on the front.
So everyone I take a picture of is twisting their head trying to see what time it is.

By CollBaxter (Jan 30, 2013)

Its nice to have the time on the thing that is in your hand and not pull back 3-4 bits of clothing.

The clock is also there so that if you are diving you can see the time to work out accent and decent times. Read about the bends. Why do you think divers wear such big watches it is not a fashion statement but life preservation tool.

I also like the 6 LED lamp on the lens. Nice touch.

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By gillamoto (Jan 30, 2013)

well.. I'm sure that's not a clock. it's a GPS. the display showing a coordinate number..

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 30, 2013)

@CollBaxter... Of course the clock is a nice touch, but since the camera is useless in the depths where you'd have to think about the bends, there is almost no need to use it for such purposes. Also, the bends problematics are quite more complicated than simple time-checking, and believe me, no diver would rely on any clock camera for such purposes. There are more serious instruments for that.
@gillamoto... GPS does not work underwater. Strictly for dry-land use, that feature.

All in all, the first thing about creating an underwater pressure resistant device is to get rid of flat surfaces. Otherwise, the camera case gets what you might call "the bending". ;)

By TacticDesigns (Jan 30, 2013)

Here's where the clock is really handy. At the beach. You don't want to wear a watch 'cause it will cause a tan line. Want to know what time it is? Quick, check the camera. My old Olympus 850SW waterproof camera does this. You push the little button on the bottom left, even if the camera is off, and it quickly shows you the time. It's actually handy. I was wondering why more waterproof cameras didn't have such a simple useful feature. <grin>

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 30, 2013)

It so happens that the Canon D10 (which is by today's measures already "old") has the same feature, only it is not advertised like some sensation. You read about it in the Manual, which is enough. :)

By GodSpeaks (Jan 30, 2013)

Ugly as hell...

... and STILL no RAW.

Listen up all you manufacturers. Make a rugged/waterproof camera using a 1" sensor and make sure it can save RAW.

Then you will get my money. Forget these underperforming toys.

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By BorisK1 (Jan 30, 2013)

A 1" sensor will mean either a *very* thick body, or a fixed-FL slow lens. Can't build a collapsible lens into a waterproof camera.

By Mansour228 (Jan 30, 2013)

OK ::

With such specs and Design

Makes Perfect sense to Buy it to shoot my New Baby Shower and Bath :)

What to Loose , even has some attracting colors

By Maxfield_photo (Jan 30, 2013)

Ok camera manufacturers, listen up, first one to make a waterproof camera that shoots in RAW gets my money, but not a penny till then.

By Marty4650 (Jan 30, 2013)

Does Pentax actually have professional designers on their payroll?

Or were they just trying to create a really ugly camera?

By thx1138 (Jan 30, 2013)

I've seen better looking tape measures.

By Cane (Jan 30, 2013)

Let me guess, would you like to look like every other camera, and of course be black?

Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Jan 30, 2013)

Nokia called. They want their phone back.

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Robert Anderson
By Robert Anderson (Jan 30, 2013)

Hope the image quality has improved over their previous models. No optical image stabilization, that's bad. ISO 6400, what a joke on this tiny sensor. I would be pleasantly surprised to see decent images come from this camera.

By Cane (Jan 30, 2013)

It has image stabilization. Reading comprehension.

By BorisK1 (Jan 30, 2013)

It's got both the sensor-shift and the deconvolution-based stabiliation, including a mode that combines the two.

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By MrTritium (Jan 29, 2013)

A 25-100 mm f2.0-4.9 lens? They took it straight from the Olympus TG1...

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By schaki (Jan 29, 2013)

Luckily the camera is probably going to be available in black also.
Same zoom as in Olympus TG-2 and likely same but a 16mp Bsi-Cmos compared to 12mp Bsi Cmos in TG-1 and TG-2.
Already wonder what of these which are going to use least Nr to preserve finedetails. The waterproof Pentaxes have not been good since the W90 which used too much NR. But the same can be said about most of the waterprof Olys too with the TG-1 as an exception.

By DB3 (Jan 29, 2013)

Ugly? Maybe. But certainly not junk: it could be just the thing in certain circumstances.

I'd be very interested to see a brief review of how it performs.

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By thx1138 (Jan 30, 2013)

No, those tiny 1/2.3" sensors and jpg are the pinnacle of the IQ tree.

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By bobbarber (Jan 30, 2013)


Deep DOF is an advantage underwater. Most of what you shoot is close. Very close. Google "anemone" for example, and look at the images.

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By thx1138 (Jan 30, 2013)

I wasn't referring to too much DoF, in fact I said nothing about DoF. If you think that's the main problem with these fingernail size toy sensors you would be mistaken.

By bobbarber (Jan 31, 2013)

Deep DOF on small sensors is an advantage, not a "main problem" or a "lesser problem" or a problem of any size. Please google "Sheimpflug principle." People struggled for years getting sufficient DOF with large-sensor cameras (Ansel Adams getting everything in focus for example), and now its a "disadvantage"! Please...

Having everything in focus underwater is an advantage. You are shooting from one to two feet away most of the time. It does not help to have a large sensor, especially with a wide aperture, to throw everything out of focus.

Nikonos made one f2.5 lens for their underwater system, everything else was f2.8 or slower. You need DOF underwater.

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 29, 2013)

Make that 45 meters istead of feet, and you've got a sell. Otherwise, it's another poolproof, tub & shower resistant frustration, like the rest of them...

By CollBaxter (Jan 30, 2013)

Ah you want a camera or a diving bell. 45m is serious underwater housing stuff. That about 60PSi at 45m . 45m is considered deep sea specialized diving.

By blacklion (Jan 30, 2013)

Or simple freedive, level 3 :)
45m is "hard" for PADI-ceritifed scuba divers, but normal for freedivers, who doesn't use tanks :)

You could do 45ft on second day of freedive training, and Level 1 freedive exam is 20m, that is more than 45ft. It is only 2 days, if you don't have problems with equalization, and it is really that easy :)

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 30, 2013)

@CollBaxter... Not exactly. Look up the "ancient" Nikonos III for an elegant deep-diving camera - or, the model V, which is even more suitable for turning into a digital version. Both models are released for 40-meters diving pressures, and as usual, fabrically tested to 150% of allowable operating depths. And both models I have taken down to 80 meters with absolutely no ill effects (apart from slight deformation that could be seen on the model III upper, plastic-made viewer housing, which was not permanent).

In short, it's not so difficult to make. The question is, why has no-one repeated such a diving gem of a camera in its digital version? Divers need a pressure-resistant camera and all that manufacturers offer are shallow-water resistance with pressure exposure time restrictions! With but a few simple principles regarded throughout such a design, there would be a dive-capable camera which would also look good on dry land.

By Boris (Jan 29, 2013)

Ugly but Crushproof, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, and Freezeproof...quite a feat!

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By AngryCorgi (Jan 29, 2013)

What an ugly piece of junk.

By Cane (Jan 30, 2013)

What are you, like 90 years old?

By Jens_G (Jan 30, 2013)

ugly, yes, junk, no.

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By D1N0 (Jan 29, 2013)

Camera's with a great footprint.

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