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Pentax WG-3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the value for money and performance are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the size and zoom are different. There are some less positive comments about the low light performance and glare.

usability, portability, image quality, performance, value for money

features, screen, focus, glare, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax WG-3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 95 reviews)

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Pentax WG-3 GPS


Prices above are for the WG-3 GPS camera. The non-GPS model is priced at $248/£252/€266.

The Pentax WG-3 offers a curvy, rugged design that can handle tough conditions with aplomb. Its lens is noticeably faster than most of its peers at its wide end, which allows for better low light photos. Its unique macro ring light and stand allow for...

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Pentax WG-3


The compact Pentax WG-3 is rugged, waterproof, and packs a fast lens. Its design is striking, but its images show quite a bit of noise at higher ISO settings.

Sharp lens. Wide aperture. Short shutter lag. Waterproof to 45 feet. Macro LED lighting. Unique design

Noisy images. Slow to start and shoot. No dedicated battery charger

we didn't perform lab tests on this specific model, we expect similar performance.

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Pentax WG-3


The Pentax WG-3 looks to improve on the so-so image quality of last year's model, but without much success.

We had high hopes for the Pentax WG-3 when we first laid hands on it at CES this past January. An f/2 lens, a backside-illuminated image sensor, and sensor-shift shake reduction all seemed to point toward a waterproof camera with images that could...


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Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS


We really like the Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS waterproof camera. The photos are a good quality and it's easy enough to use. The tough design, coupled with the image quality and underwater capabilities, makes it a great gift for avid hikers, backpackers and...

The Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS is durable and has a unique and easy-to-grip design

It’s a little bigger than other cameras in this category

With a 16MP resolution and water-resistant depth of 45 feet, this camera is a smart pick.

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Amazon review summary for Pentax WG-3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 user reviews of Pentax WG-3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, portability, performance, image quality, value for money

features, shutter, memory

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Door where charging cable is inserted is flimsy while rest of camera is VERY sturdy. This door seals the water out so be careful of this lightweight hinge. Tech service at Pentax is excellent.

Easy to Use","Good Tech Support

Heavy","Lag \/ Shutter Delay","Macro Lights Glare","Poor Image Quality","Short Battery Life","Slow to focus","Weak Battery Door

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WG-3 16MP White Waterproof Camera


This is a great camera to take everywhere and not worry about it. Beach, hiking, skiing, snorkeling (40 feet), bike riding, even a crowded venue where it might get knocked around. As for the kit that comes with it don't bother, if you want the items...

Feels sturdy ; Nice pictures ; Rugged ; You Don't Worry About It

Buy The Items Seperatly ; Shutter Button Hard Press ; The Kit Is Cheep ; Zoom Noise During Vidio

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Speedy delivery, just as described!


It was just as described, I was very pleased!

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Speedy delivery, just as described!


It was just as described, I was very pleased!

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Great rugidized camera


Great for photography in rough conditions. Picture quality quite good. All your typical features plus the microscope mode with the LED light ring.

Great Microscope Feature

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module:No / Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI92


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No