Pentax WG-3 Waterproof 16MP Digital Camera, Black - Bundle - with Camera Pouch, 16GB SDHC Memory Card, Spare Li-Ion Battery, Lens Cleaning Kit, Floating Wrist Strap, 6' HDMI Cable, Tiffen Dfx Essentials Filter Software

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About Pentax WG-3

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (9),Large clear LCD (6),Compact (5),Great resolution (5),Fast shutter speed (3),Good battery life (3),Good in low light (3)
Limited zoom (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (9),Macro photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8)

Pentax WG-3 Features

  • A Backlit 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with the new-generation imaging engine delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400
  • The triple shake reduction system combines an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with the digital Pixel Track and high ISO Shake Reduction modes
  • A further enhanced waterproof construction allows for a depth of 45 feet
  • Shockproof, ruggedized design protects from drops up to 6.5 feet
  • Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 LBF (pound-force)
  • Cold-resistant to sub-freezing temperatures of 14 degrees F (minus 10 degreesC)
  • The dustproof design protects the camera from any dry, dusty environments
  • The newly designed optical 4X zoom lens offers a high-performance, large aperture of F2.0
  • Six LED Macro Lights around the circumference of the lens barrel allows for brighter, uniform macro illumination
  • High-resolution 3.0-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots Capture full HD video in widescreen 1080p resolution (1920x1080) with efficient,high quality h.264 compression at 30 frames per second

Pentax WG-3 Specifications

Yes (up to 32 faces), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pet Recognition (1 face detect, 3 faces pre-registered)
Effective: 16 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 16.79 Megapixel
1/2.3" CCD w/primary color filter
File Formats
Recorded resolutions
Still: 16M (4608x3456), 12M (1:1, 3456x3456), 12M (16:9, 4608x2592), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (16:9, 3072x1728), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (16:9, 2592x1464), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (16:9, 1920x1080), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480) Movie: HD (1920x1080p30, 1280x720p60/30)
Quality levels
best, better, good
Type/construction: PENTAX zoom lens, 9 elements, 7 groups (4 aspheric elements), protective cover w SP coating
Aperture: F2-4.9
Optical zoom: 4X
Focal length (equiv.): 4.5-18mm (25-100mm)
Digital zoom: 7.2X
Combined zoom: 28.8X
Intelligent zoom: Approx. 6X at 7M to 28.8X at VGA
LCD / Viewfinder
LCD screen: 3" widescreen TFT color LCD w anti-reflective coating on cover
LCD resolution: HVGA 460,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes (approx. 170° horizontal/vertical)
Focus System
Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus, AF assist lamp, Macro Illuminating LEDs
Focus modes: 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, 1CM Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
Manual focus: Yes
Macro focus: Yes, Macro and 1CM Macro available
Focus lock: Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way
Focus Range
Normal: 1.31' to infinity
Macro: 0.33' to 1.64'
Super Macro: 0.03 (1cm) to 0.98' (at mid-zoom, set automatically)
Image Stabilization
Still: Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR),
High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie: Movie SR
Metering System
Type: TTL
Multi-segment: Yes
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: 125-6400 auto range adjustable
Manual: 125-6400
Type: Programmed AE mechanical and electronic shutter mechanism
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode)
White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: White Light), Manual
Capture Modes
Mode selection: Auto Picture, Program, HDR, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap (ISO 125-1600), Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope (2M), Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback), Time-Lapse Movie, 1CM Macro Movie, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Food, Digital Wide (5M), Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Report (1280x960, ISO 125-1600), Green (ISO 125-1600)
Capture Modes (continued)
Auto Picture modes: Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight Custom Image Tone: Bright, Natural, Monochrome Green simplified mode available: Yes (ISO 125-1600) Face detection : Yes (up to 32 faces), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Self Portrait Assist, Self Portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Pet Recognition
Dynamic Range Adjustment
Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
Drive Modes
Mode selection: One Shot, Index (6 or 12 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 10X, scrollable), Movie Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar
Remote Control
Yes (infrared, optional)
Startup: Approx 1.8 sec
Release lag: Approx 0.016 sec
Built-in Flash Modes
Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye
Effective Flash Range
34' (wide, auto ISO), 14' (tele, auto ISO)
Built-in Memory
Memory Card Type
Video Recording
Video Resolution
HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI (Micro, Type-D)
Printer interfaces: n/a
3 LCD Rear Screen (460000 pixels)
Playback Modes
Mode selection: One Shot, Index (6 or 12 thumbnails), Magnification, Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar Mode pallet: Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter, Original Frame (5M or 4M), Frame Composite (3M or 2M), Movie Edit, Redeye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image & Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Faze Zooming
Magnification: Up to 10X,
Digital Filters (Playback):
B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Color Extract, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness, Miniature
Software Requirements
Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or later
Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating: 32-104 deg F (0-40 deg C)
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI92
Recordable images: Approx 260
Playback time: Approx 280 min
Movie recording time: Approx 120 min
Audio recording time: Approx 350 min
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3"
Without battery or removable memory: 7.4 oz
Loaded and ready: 8.1 oz
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese

Pentax WG-3 Reviews

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(based on 11 reviews)


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Reviewed by 11 customers


Confusing Setup, Bad Support, slippery


from Lousy, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

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...


Excellent camera that has no able compet


from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.


Great for adventures


from Sweden  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great adventure camera. I´ve used it when travelling and it´s great; especially under water, a great feature.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


reliable companion in hiking


from Siberia, Russia  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Everyone should have this


from Portland, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


won't break in sand or dust


from boise, id

pretty decent quality and very rugged. It will serve it's purpose when I go hiking and adventuring.


So far, so good


from Columbia, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Camera


from Las Vegas, NV  -  Casual Photographer

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Camera that takes Awesome Pics


from Palm Beach, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


Great pics for a little camera!


from Montana  -  Photo Enthusiast

I ordered this for outdoor wilderness trainings and wildland fires. I haven't tried the GPS function for accuracy but impressed at the quality of the pictures. I love the various settings and captured some outdoor shots that looked like I used my SLR camera. Looks to be rugged - hope it stands up to the field test.

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