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By further enhancing the watertight capability of the camera body, PENTAX has upgraded the WG-3’s underwater performance to 14 meters, compared to 12 meters for its predecessor, and for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8 waterproof performance). This camera is also designed to be highly shock-resistant, dustproof, cold-resistant, and crushproof. All these features make the WG-3 a dependable, heavy-duty imaging camera for harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.
The newly designed optical zoom lens offers a maximum aperture of F2.0 to capture bright, clear images with minimal noise, even under dimly lit underwater conditions. With its four-times zoom coverage from 4.5mm to 18mm (equivalent to approx. 25mm wide angle to approx. 100mm medium telephoto in the 35mm format), this versatile zoom lens accommodates a wide range of applications from macro shooting of flowers to wide-angle shooting of spectacular landscapes. The camera’s Intelligent Zoom function also extends the zoom range to approximately 28.8 times to cover the focal length of an approximately 720mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format) to capture extra-high-magnification images without compromising image quality.
The WG-3 comes equipped with a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which is superior in high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics to conventional sensors and assures high-speed readout of image data signals. Coupled with a new-generation imaging engine, this image sensor delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and super-high-resolution images with 16.0 effective megapixels. This model also provides an advanced image processing function made possible by the latest super-resolution technology to assure sharp and clear images. The WG-3 even offers such innovative features as a Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures four images of the same scene and produces a single blur-free, composite image from them.
The WG-3’s dual shake reduction system combines an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake in shake-prone conditions, such as when capturing poorly lit subject with ambient light only, or when shooting sunset scenes.
By positioning six LED Macro Lights around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, the WG-3 provides brighter, more uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected. With the Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of a microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye on the camera’s LCD monitor and effortlessly capture eye-catching images. In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, the instant illumination enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the illumination level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. In addition, the Macro Lights can provide other user-friendly features, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode to check if the subject’s face is safely captured within the picture frame using the blink of an LED lamp, and a LED lighting mode to use the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.
The WG-3 provides Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also features a high-speed camera function for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and a fast-forward movie function to simplify creative movie techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for simultaneous output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices.
The WG-3 model incorporates an extra-large, high-resolution 3.0-inch colour LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 460,000 dots. The PENTAX-original AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even under harsh sunshine, while its wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.
USB Cable I-USB7
Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI92
Power Adapter D-PA135
AC Plug D-PL135E
Carabiner Strap O-ST134
Macro Stand O-MS2
Software CD-ROM S-SW135
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Brilliant; not even Clumsy Clive has broken it yet.
Probably better at the close up stuff than the flash photography of scenery and landscapes.
Bought this camera ready to go to the Great Barrier Reef - had used it previously for just snorkelling, nothing more. Read morePublished 6 months ago by laura jane abbott
Any of the pentax WG cameras are great, a friend at work uses one and we use one at work for all the photographs we need to take. But there is only one orange one... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris Duncan
Stopped working with couple of months
Typical it was when on holiday diving!
Hoping its the battery......
bought this to replace previous Pentax Optio 40 camera which I dropped!.. it still worked but the screen didn't so rendered it useless anyway. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Hughes
Brilliant underwater quality and so great value in comparison to other brands.Published 9 months ago by Janet Milner
Bought this as a present for our 10 year daughter. After she broke her point-and-shoot. The WG-3 looks sturdy and has a number of features including automatic HDR and macro. Read morePublished 12 months ago by gmw12
What appeared to be a thoroughly tough product ideal for a holiday with the children, able to take pool photos and the odd snorkeling shot - turned out to be an abysmal product. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lotte