Pentax WG-3 GPS

Announced Jan 29, 2013 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 100 mm (4×)
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Product description
Announced Jan 29, 2013

The Pentax WG-3 GPS features built-in GPS (obviously), an image-stabilized 16MP CMOS sensor, and an F2.0-4.9 lens with 25-100mm equivalent zoom. It is waterproof down to 45 feet, drop-resistant from heights of 6.6 feet, dust-resistant, and can handle temperatures down to 14F. Finally, it's back-pocket-safe, meaning you can sit on it and it's still likely to work (the WG-3 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.

Product timeline
Group review, Aug 9, 2013
Article, Jul 19, 2013
Review, Jul 19, 2013
Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto 125-6400, 125, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Focal length (equiv.) 25–100 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 4 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 238 g (0.52 lb / 8.40 oz)
Dimensions 125 x 64 x 33 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

The Pentax WG-3 GPS offers a curvy, rugged design that can handle tough conditions with aplomb. Its lens is faster than most of its peers at its wide end, which allows for better low light photos. It also features a unique macro ring lamp, front-mounted LED clock/altimeter, and wireless battery charging support. Image quality is typical for a compact camera, meaning good, not great. Low light focusing is quite sluggish, and the flash is weak and slow to recharge. Battery life is below average.

Good for: Outdoorsy photographers who want good photo quality, a faster-than-average lens, and a solid GPS implementation.

Not so good for: People who take a lot of low light or flash photos, or who expect accurate color when shooting underwater.

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