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Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS purple 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Purple)

Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS purple 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Purple)

Your roughest journeys and days on the mountain were made for the Pentax Optio WG-3 Camera Kit, which easily captures the fast-paced action and tiny details of any trip. This incredibly durable 16-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is waterproof, dustproof, cold proof, shockproof, crushproof, GPS enabled, and still capable of professional-level images and full 1080p HD video. The 28.8X combined zoom and macro focus ring help capture images of canyon walls a mile away, insect mandibles one centimeter away, and everything in between. The flash, autofocus assist lamp, and manual focus help you get the shot despite challenging light conditions. Don’t limit yourself to POV shots or blurry photos. This expedition-proof digital camera documents it all with its many modes, including still images, HD video, and even audio sound files.

  • A backlit 16 megapixel sensor coupled with the new-generation imaging engine delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6403
  • Further enhanced waterproof construction allows for depth of 45 feet
  • Triple shake reduction with sensor shift shake reduction, shockproof for drops up to 6.5-Feet, cold resistant to 14 degrees F, dustproof
  • 3-Inch LCD, HD 1080P video with h.264 compression @ 30fps
  • GPS module for Geo tracking, built in compass, pressure/altitude/water depth gauges and wireless recharging capabilities

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  1. 187 of 188 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Optio Wg-3 – so glad we bought it, April 7, 2013

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    As a point of reference, i am not a professional or well-educated photographer — i’m more of a PHD (point-here-dummy) photographer and take most of my pix on vacation or at big family events, but i do see the difference between good and “ok” photos/video. also, i really value quality photos and easy-to-use video — if it’s easy, you’ll use it. if it’s high quality, you’ll love using it.

    After investing several hours reviewing all the underwater camera reviews for 2013, i chose this one without the GPS. what an amazing camera.

    we took it on a caribb. cruise where we took photos and videos while snorkeling, while in tropical waterfalls, and while doing “normal” non-water oriented activities. the attached video is taken from the surface on an overcast day. i’ve also downloaded a few photos. i think i’m limited to one video, so i’ve included only underwater. the dry-land video quality is excellent for viewing on my computer, but i haven’t yet tried it on the 55″ HDTV.

    i spent the 2 hour flight reading the paper handbook and testing and learning the camera. it was a worthwhile investment of time, as i learned all of the camera’s tricks and abilities. it has a lot of nice little features you wouldn’t expect and are not mentioned in other reviews/descriptions. i recommend this to everyone.

    the good/great:
    photo quality, above and below water
    video quality and sound, above and below water – amazing, really.
    ease of use
    durability – no concerns about my teens dropping it
    size — it’s a little bigger than non-durable digital cameras, but well worth it. my 14 yr old son likes cameras that he can fit in his pocket. at first he was a little disappointed with the size, because it doesn’t really fit in his shorts pocket, but after using the camera, it’s now his favorite.
    3″ screen – works great, even in direct sun and under water. we have another digital cameras with 2″ screens, and the 3″ is much better.
    buttons — very easy to use underwater. your fingers dont slip and you can easily do whatever you need.
    the editing options — while the pix are still on the camera, you can crop and do other editing and save the edited pix as a new image. you can also get 3 stills from any video you take.

    the bad:
    nothing, really, but if i was being really picky ……..
    => the battery didn’t last as long as i would like — will not last a whole day of heavy “we are on vacation use”. so, i strongly recommend a back-up battery whereever you go. per another Amazon review, i bought the Wasabi dual battery package with charger and did not notice any difference between the Wasabi and Pentax batteries. SEE MORE BELOW – IMPORTANT.

    => the biner clip and strap– i always use a wrist strap, so i dont worry when leaning over a cliff or balcony that i’ll drop the camera by accident. i had to poach a wrist strap from another camera because the WG-3′s carribiner and strap dont give any protection from dropping the camera. they are cute, but not so functional. i’ll probably convert them to a keychain. even though the camera is extremely durable, it’s too clunky and heavy to hang from my belt-loop and feel safe.

    => size – see above. a little bigger than ideal, but this is the cost of true, 45-foot underwater abilities.

    => you should have at least one finger-nail. some of the buttons on the round “ok” button area are a bit close together and i find the one at “9 o’clock” difficult to hit just right. i dont have large fingers, but i found no problem when using my fingernail on that one particular button. if i had no fingernails, i would probably repeatedly hit the wrong button by accident. this button isn’t important for taking pictures or video, but is for reviewing and editing.

    although the camera is waterproof, it is not sink-proof. we got the Chums wrist strap. it works just fine to keep the camera afloat in our test and has a very functional clip so you can easily remove and replace the big floatation device. here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CK10DG/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: an excellent camera. when i showed the grandparents the snorkeling shots and video from the PC, they couldn’t believe we got such amazing shots from such a small and seemingly-normal camera. And only $300!

    a word on sellers — at first, and a week before the trip, i bought an orange WG-3 from a seller on Amazon (we figured orange would be easier to find/recognize than black). they said they would deliver within 2-3 days, so we would get the camera in time for our trip. 5 days later, they still hadn’t even shipped it. so, i cancelled that camera and bought a black WG-3 direct from Amazon for an add’l $12 and i splurged on the $3.99 for the guaranteed next-day delivery (we are Prime…

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  2. 76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    First Impressions – Nice!, April 24, 2013
    AdobemanAZ (Arivaca, AZ USA) –

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    This review is from: Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS purple 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Purple) (Electronics)
    I purchased the Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS (Purple) here at Amazon and this is a first impression review.

    1) Decision: Prior to purchase I had to decide between the new Olympus TG-2 (tough camera) and this new Pentax model. The specs are for the most part are comparable (we’ll let the hard-core techies split hairs in their reviews), but i was leaning toward the Olympus because it had nice styling and I have had positive experiences with other Olympus camera models. But I decided on the Pentax because I liked that they added the LED ring of lights to assist the microscope mode. Also, the camera comes with a snap on MACRO mount for use in the microscope mode.

    2) Look and Feel: The camera is well-built feels heavy (but in a solid kind of way). The body is a hard plastic that almost feels like a rubber texture. The LED display is a 16×9 style that is vibrant when reviewing photos and video. You have to add your own SD card. I had a 2GB SanDisk Extreme III available and inserted in the battery compartment, then formatted using the menu system (Note: It formatted blazingly fast..in less than a second!). I decided not to attach the strap with carabiner that came in the box. Since I have a travel pouch for the camera, I preferred to attached a wrist strap I had lying around instead. The unit comes with a thick manual and a USB cable and associated plug-in charger. What is not included with the camera is a Micro/Mini HDMI cable for A/V-out.

    3) Start-up and Menu: When you first start-up, the camera has you perform the standard date, time, time-zone type of set-up. Then you are ready to go (Note: I charged the battery for about an hour prior to using the camera, but I think it was pretty-much factory shipped fully charged. The menu system seems like all the other digital cameras on the market – a little awkward; but keep in mind this is my first day with the camera and with experience I’ll adapt to the particulars of this camera’s menu system.

    4) Photos: I took a walk with the camera just before sunset where there were a lot of light contrasts; then just after the sun went down, I photographed in twilight. First look at the photos with the fast F2.0 lens were impressive! Colors really popped in some flowers even in twilight. Nice contrast between colors in cityscape murals. Dialed up to 16-megapixels and zoomed 4x to try to see an architectural rendering on a sign I could barely make out in a building from the road. After taking the picture I was able to zoom in and not only see the architectural rendering but even read words on this sign that I couldn’t see from the ground.

    When I got home I tried the microscope mode which was an important reason why I purchased the camera in the first place. I attached the marco stand and took a photo of a nickel. The camera took a second to focus and the picture came out crisp. The LED lights illuminated the coin and due to the reflection, the edges around the coin were somewhat overexposed. I will have to experiment more, but the microscope mode worked as advertised seeing all sorts of micro-scratches on the coin face.

    There are so many features I have not tried yet like the GPS; and I’ll update my review as time goes on. Overall, the pictures were really good. The reason I’m giving it 5-stars at this point, is because the features that I purchased the camera for worked as advertised. And again the photo quality is to my satisfaction. I also do a lot of outdoor work where I need a camera to document progress for myself and customers. I don’t want to have to worry about dust, rain and dirty hands. Note there is a time-elapsed feature that I have yet to try.

    I don’t plan to use this camera for underwater activities, but like I said earlier, there will be testers and evaluation websites that will put this new camera through all sorts of tests in the weeks ahead. But if you’re ready now, I say go for it. Unless you get one DOA, you probably won’t be disappointed.

    Note: There is another customer review here on Amazon of this camera on 4/1/2013 that gave it 2-stars. The person said they had the camera boxed for return within 5-minutes due to poor picture quality. I would not take this review too seriously. This person obviously took no time to ensure they had proper settings or conditions. This is Pentax’s 15th generation of tough camera evolution and they have a good reputation for hardware quality. Keep all this in mind when making your decision to buy or not.


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