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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad all round, 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Pentax WG-3 Waterproof Digital Camera - Purple (16MP, 4x Optical Zoom, GPS, Front Screen) 3 inch LCD (Camera)
I've owned my Pentax WG1 for about 2 years now & have mixed views on it.
I bought mine with the optional waterproof remote control unit.
The camera does well but I feel the picture quality is not as good as other cameras, for example the FujiFilm FinePix XP range.
The video capability is adequate but not outstanding & is limited to 30 fps.
I wanted a camera that would come snorkeling with me & could handle both pictures & video in a small package. The Pentax does this but is only adequate in this respect.The colours are good but not vibrant, I feel they a little on he muted side.
The remote is infra red so it has a limited range & only appears to work when pointed at the front of the camera. It is a useful feature & my other cameras didn't have this, so well done Pentax.
What I have discovered is that after 2 years of ownership, the waterproof remote unit, which saw water only once in its life, corroded it's innards & required replacing. Hats off to Pentax, they replaced the unit free of charge, but I do feel that it shouldn't have happened in the first place.
There are a few oddities. The tripod thread is offset making it difficult to use with small tripods in particular.
It has about 28 stills/video settings. I found about 5 useful. I get the impression there is a war between manufacturers to see who can include the most. I think there is such a thing as 'too many'.
The Pentax branded batteries seem to be the best I've found so far. The 3rd party batteries are OK but don't last as long as the Pentax ones.
I did take the camera on holiday with me recently & while underwater, I saw the ominous line of little bubbles from behind the shutter button. The screen & pictures have now taken to including interesting vertical coloured bars. I think the camera waterproof seals have gone the way of the remote. Shame. I thought Pentax had put some serious thought into the more exposed seals such as the ones around the battery/ SD card door. Maybe I was just unlucky.
I suppose its all a matter of expectation.
I wanted an underwater capable stills & video camera for a small amount of money. I got what I paid for. If I want 'Robust', I need to pay that sort of money to be fair.
Hopefully Pentax have addressed some of these issues with the later generation WG3+ versions.
Based on what I now know, would I buy this again? Probably not. I'd probably try something else.
This is a good camera but not a great camera.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2014 22:37:19 BDT
Robsteriark says:
You've submitted a review of the WG-1, and then briefly speculated about the capabilities of the WG-3 which is the camera you're supposed to have reviewed here.

In short, your review is for the wrong product, so it's of no use at all.
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