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5.0 out of 5 stars Dependable and fun - LOVE it!, 23 May 2013
This review is from: Pentax WG-3 Waterproof Digital Camera - Green (16MP, 4x Optical Zoom, GPS, Front Screen) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
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Solid, is the first word that comes to my mind as I try to review this camera. Solid, dependable, but also small, very portable; fits nicely into a pocket and my little hands. Impressive too, with technical chops that are remarkable for a relatively inexpensive camera. Supposedly waterproof to 14 metres (I haven't tried that yet but it's been used in heavy rain and hail and never even flinched) and safe to a drop of two metres (I haven't tested that either, I haven't dropped it yet, but my legendary clumsiness means I'm bound to do so eventually. I promise to update this review just as soon as that happens). Supposedly also safe to minus ten degrees - something else I can't vouch for: the snow has finally melted, even oop here in Yorkshire, but I'm happy to take Pentax's word for it. The WG-3 feels like it could take a few knocks, the thing is built like a tank. The technical details are mighty - Other reviewers/geekier souls than me, have gone over all that in great detail, so I'll limit my review to just how usable the WG-3 is, which is very. The downloadable instructions are dense, as always, but also, not really needed: the camera's extensive menus are self-explanatory and very easy to use.

I do a lot of nature photography and really like the close up functions; the picture quality from these is fantastic. The zoom, in particular, is AMAZING, zipping in fast and close with tremendous picture detail, as I found when I went through my pictures later, in Photoshop. The low light facility is another I've found useful and enjoyable, bringing out colours and detail even in very low light. The landscape function enhances colours wonderfully.

I really enjoyed the GPS function. I'm not sure how often I'd need to use it, but it's fun to play with, and an enjoyable addition to an already-very fine camera. And while the plethora of functions are fun to play with, the default auto-pic setting is just fine for 99% of pictures - a very versatile function.

I've always thought of myself as a Nikon girl, but I'm so impressed with these daintily solid little Pentax cameras, I might have to re-think my loyalties. In short, this is a VERY nice camera, easy and fun to use, tough as army boots and I just love it.
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