Pentax small digital cameras are often called upon to capture a big world. From stylish and petite to waterproof and rugged, these Pentax digital cameras are both easy to use and powerful. Built for life's adventures, planned and unexpected, Pentax 15th generation ruggedized compact camera builds on proven Pentax experience to bring you their best adventure proof camera yet. Capture outstanding images in any element with its brighter 4X optical zoom, new Shake Reduction system and high resolution sensor. Dive deeper, climb higher, explore longer, and capture even more of your journey with the Pentax WG-3. Your adventure is now.
Had a hard time setting up the camera on initial startup. Called Pentax support. They told me to return it. Called back 2nd time and was helped in setting it up. Works good. It's good it's drop proof because it's very slippery. Purchased for 13 yr old to take to summer camp. Hasn't used it yet so...
My main reason for purchasing this camera was to mount it via suction cup onto a vehicle moving at up to 70 mph to take pictures of certain areas that were doomed to become housing communities in the near future. I wanted pictures of what the area used to look like because 10 years from now it will only be a memory otherwise. This camera offers a built in intervalometer and GPS, which allowed me to mount it to a car taking a picture every 10 seconds and have GPS coordinates recorded to know exactly where that picture was taken. There is simply no other point and shoot on the market that allows interval timed pictures down to 10 seconds and records GPS, period. The WG-3 is essentially a GoPro for photographers. I own a GoPro Hero 3+black but exclusively use that for video since it sucks on image mode. GoPro images in the highest quality are extremely wide angle fisheye looking and I hate them, and there is no optical zoom so distant objects are not very clear. I will not be reviewing the video quality on the WG-3 because I do not use it and do not care about it, that's why I own the GoPro. I had always viewed at Pentax/Ricoh as cheap cameras but my opinion has completely changed now from owning this camera, here is why. Pros: Image quality â€“ Compared to my Panasonic ZS15 image quality from the WG-3 is very good but things like foliage are clearer when cropping images from the ZS15. With minor adjustments in the saturation, sharpness, etc I have been able to get close to the same coloration the ZS15 provides in Vivid mode and the WG-3 is perfectly capable of taking good landscape photos. The Panasonic is still going to be the camera I carry for hiking or other activities because of the superzoom lens but you could use the WG-3 as your only camera if you do not need a longer zoom. Built in interval timer â€“ This is critically important to me and something few professional reviewers of this camera fail to even mention. Ricoh is the only manufacturer that includes this functionality on their point and shoot cameras with the capability to go as short as 10 seconds between shots. I plan to use this heavily for time lapse photos of landscapes and since the camera is ruggedized it also allows me to place the camera on top of a moving vehicle without worry about rain or impact destroying it. Instead of having to pull over and stop the car to take a picture on a scenic drive (think of Red Rock Canyon scenic loop in Las Vegas for instance) I can just set it to take a picture every 20 seconds and concentrate on driving. Pictures of sunsets on a beach are possible without worry of water splashing destroying it, the possibilities are endless. GPS â€“ Important because I wanted to record exactly where the picture was taken, it is very accurate when viewed on Google Maps or compared to my Delorme GPS. Can purchase a remote â€“ This is important to me because I like the ability to take photos with a remote control. For instance, I could set up the camera outside my tent while camping and use the remote to take a picture of the stars throughout the night without actually walking out to do it. Other cameras on the market like the Panasonic ZS30 force you to use a smart phone as a remote and do not offer separate remote controls for purchase. I am one of the few people who refuses to own a smart phone so the fact that I can buy a remote for this camera is excellent. Plethora of shooting modes available â€“ Just about any shooting mode you can think of is built into the camera. One of my favorites is the digital microscope mode where you can literally lay the camera directly onto what you are photographing with the included macro stand and there are LED lights around the lens that allow close up photographs from 1cm away. Mounts â€“ I have been using an off brand suction cup tripod mount with this camera but Ricoh recently announced that they will be selling GoPro type mounts for the WG camera within the next month. They are going to offer a handlebar mount, suction cup, and adhesive mounts, although due to the high announced cost I will probably just stay with my off brand. Cons: Really I have just one con. You cannot adjust the shutter speed on this camera for pictures of moving water or at night. There is a night mode that works fine but it adjust the shutter speed for you instead of giving control. The newly released WG-4 model does allow shutter speed control but it does not allow it in the interval shooting mode (which could be used for time lapse images of stars at night). If the WG-4 offered shutter control in the interval shooting mode I would recommend that camera instead and upgrade. However, since the shutter mode and some changes to the video mode are the only differences between the WG-4 GPS and WG-3 GPS I am sticking to the WG-3 GPS for now since it costs half as much as the WG-4 GPS currently.
This is a great adventure camera. IÂ´ve used it when travelling and itÂ´s great; especially under water, a great feature.
Very good device to use it in hiking and bycicle trips as single camera and as additional to DSLR, when you need a tool to fix all the details of your trip with GPS tags. You won't worry about bad weather conditions and could easy take photos in point&shoot manner. IQ is good enough for that size of sensor, and max. aperture is f/2.0, while shutter speed up to 1/4000. IQ is better on wide angle.
Shoot anywhere anytime, good quality pictures and fun presets. An eye level viewfinder and a normal strap mount would be nice, but a minor complaint. Well built
pretty decent quality and very rugged. It will serve it's purpose when I go hiking and adventuring.
Switched to Pentax from Canon d20, which leaks. So far very pleased. No leaks (checked 1 ft depth only). Image quality: focusing is good, colors - good, macro - good. Haven't tried underwater yet.
I love the waterproof aspect. Being able to take pictures in the rain without worrying about the camera getting wet is very nice. Great for an active not so delicate lifestyle. GREAT for traveling. Really easy to navigate the option menu. I wish zoom was a little better. Per usual, digital zoom is not clear. If you leave GPS on the battery drains real quick.
Honestly-don't get this camera for outdoors/adventure. It has severe design flaws that make me question who designed this. The on/off button turns on easily when bumped, like in a bag, leaving you with a dead battery when you want to use it-like when DOLPHINS ARRIVED at my remote snorkel spot but I had no camera since that morning when I had found a dead battery after charging all night. Dolphins, swimming around and under me and I got nothing. This has happened to me three times in two months. The lens has no protective cover-just the plastic cover with no steal or plastic closure so it remains exposed to get scratched by rocks etc. What good is a drop if the body survives and the lens is ruined? The viewer is large, but when you turn the camera sideways the image more or less disappears. That viewer is now covered in several deep scratches after a few hikes. You would think they would have used scratch resistent material. My Nikon DSLR survived a year working in the bush in Tanzania unscratched-with every day use-and this one made it about 3 days. They provide you with a silly carabiner strap, which is fine to hang from your belt loop but who wants to keep stopping to unhook it from the loop-not to mention who wants it where it can hit trees, rocks etc and get scratched? A wrist latch would have made much more sense. I went night snorkeling with it and tied the wetsuit cord through it in case I dropped it since the carabiner latch is difficult to hold on to. The only good design is in the 8 shape of the body. It makes it easy to grab while walking-but again other features will deter you from carrying it if out of its bag for more than a stroll. As for photo quality-underwater it worked fairly well. Night video in water was good while pictures were not-on a MAC I could not get videos to play? In the dark it performed poorly compared to a friends Lumix when we went caving. You know what else outperformed it? My Iphone. Yep. Macro has been a huge disappontment. Sure I do not expect the quality of a Nikkor macro lens, but my Sony sure shot gave me some nice macro while this one has not. Finally, start up is super slow. Really, I cannot recommend this camera for what it is promoted for. Outdoor adventure? maybe if your idea of outdoors is the city park and taking pictures of your kids. Epic fail.
Would have given it 5 stars but I feel it's a bit pricy for not including a memory card. Only complaint cause this camera takes amazing pics with or without a tripod