Pentax WG-3 GPS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof, crush-proof and dust-proof
  • Image Stabilization
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 1920x1080 video
  • Lithium ion battery
  • About 240 photos per charge
  • 10 fps burst
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Release Date: 2013-03-07
  • Final Grade: 89 B+

B+
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Pentax WG-3 GPS
16 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor; Waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof, crush-proof and dust-proof; Image Stabilization; 4x optical zoom; 1920x1080 video; Lithium ion battery; About 240 photos per charge; 10 fps burst; Auto and manual focus;
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Pentax added an image stabilization system when upgrading their rugged WG line—a big plus in our opinion. The newer model is slightly heavier than its predecessor, however, which was already a bit bulkier to begin with. Pentax has continued to offer the circle of LCD lights around the lens for macro shots, something that's unique to this line. Overall, we expect this to be a pretty capable rugged model.

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