Review: Pentax WG3 Tough Cam

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Ever wanted to usually kick a vital crap out of your camera sometimes? Me neither! But some cameras are radically designed for we to do usually that. And that is where a Pentax WG3 competence mostly interest to a adventurer form of personality. With an F2 lens during a far-reaching angle, a digital compass, and even a time on it, it seems like not usually a cold camera yet also an essential multi-functional device.

But is that adequate to make we spend a money?

Pros and Cons

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Pros

- F2 far-reaching angle lens

- Clock that can be bright on a outside

- Cool Carabiner on a exterior

- Really good ergonomics

- Macro light

- Big LCD screen

- High speed film sharpened is flattering awesome

Cons

- It’s about time that someone creates a tough compress that shoots RAW photos

- Battery life is a bit weak, yet does good in colder weather

- A bottle opener would have been a good further ;)

- An HD timelapse underline would be improved than a customary clarification that they feature

- Loads of application on a high speed video

Gear Used

We used a Pentax WG3 with a Joby Gorillapod.

Tech Specs

Specs taken from a BH Photo inventory of a camera

  • 16MP Backlit CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3? Widescreen TFT LCD with AR Coating
  • 4.5-18mm (35mm Equiv: 25-100mm) f/2 Lens
  • Sensor-Shift/Digital Image Stabilization
  • Waterproof to 45.9?, Shockproof to 6.5?
  • Crushproof opposite 220 LBF
  • Dustproof, Freezeproof to 14°F
  • Capture Full HD 1080p Video
  • GPS Records Data onto Images
  • ISO 6400

Ergonomics

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Pentax’s WG3 comes in a whole collection of colors, and we chose green. The camera’s front is characterized by a lens pound dab in a center with macro lights around it. To a right of this is a clock, that can be set to heat when a camera is off and a shiver symbol is pressed. There is also pointless grippy element all around a front.

The side of a camera also doesn’t have a normal strap, yet instead a tiny one with a carabiner.

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Look during a tip of a camera and you’ll mark some engaging ergonomics. First off, a on/off switch will heat a certain tone for opposite reasons. Then subsequent to that is a shiver release. That’s unequivocally all there is to a top, solely for some additional grippy material–which fundamentally surrounds a whole camera to safeguard that we have a good reason on it during all times.

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The behind of a camera is where all a business gets controlled. Besides a super vast LCD screen, you’ve got a wizz functions, playback button, record button, 4 approach control dial with opposite functions, menu symbol and a tradition duty symbol as well.

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And that brings us to a bottom. Besides a tripod socket, you’ve got a battery and SD label ports. This cell is stable by dual latches that need to be unbarred in sequence to cocktail it open.

Build Quality

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Being marketed as a tough camera, a WG3 is positively a tough cookie. But we put it by some additional paces during a teting period. The camera is marketed as being:

  • Waterproof to 45.9?, Shockproof to 6.5?
  • Crushproof opposite 220 LBF
  • Dustproof, Freezeproof to 14°F

Besides a apparent woe exam that repelled those around us when we were regulating a camera, a WG3 altogether is built impossibly solidly. It feels glorious in a palm and zero about it would make we cruise that this is a inexpensive indicate and shoot.

Waterproofing

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I was means to constraint this image–albiet out of concentration yet it still captures what happened to a camera. The waves of a East River crashed onto a camera and it kept on clicking.

Dropping

Instead of contrariety a dump from 6 feet, we tested a many some-more unsentimental 4 and a half. The WG3 kept working. In all honesty, we don’t see anyone dropping this camera to a belligerent from 6 feet up. It competence tumble off of a trek or your hip, and a stretch totalled is many more practical.

Dustproofing

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As we can see, we put a camera in a silt and burnished it all around. We finished certain that lots of that sandy things got onto a camera. Then when we were finished messing around, we put it into a East River to rinse it off. The camera kept functioning.

Freezeproofing

During a contrariety proviso we chose not to put a camera in a freezer for a while. However, we took it out in some intensely cold continue and there was no genuine outcome on a battery life.

Ease of Use

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It’s unequivocally easy for someone to leave this camera in automobile all day (or program) and not try all that it can offer. The reason for this is since of a unequivocally tiny mode symbol on a 4 approach control settings. Perhaps Pentax intentionally did this to make it easier for a user, yet in a approach they’re also stealing a loyal intensity of a camera. And once we confirm to get in there and explore, you’ll comprehend usually how honeyed a camera unequivocally is. Sadly, we’re not certain how many people will do that solely for a gifted and modernized user club.

Otherwise, someone is usually clicking a shiver divided and branch in on and off. However, it can do so many more. When a camera is off and one presses a shiver release, it will irradiate a front clock. Keep dire te OK symbol when a camera is on and it will cycle between observation modes–including a camera’s built in digital compass.

Autofocusing

Focusing in good lighting is fast–as it should be for a indicate and shoot. The aloft contrariety a theme is, a improved a focusing will be. However, it starts to humour a bit in low light situations.

Image Quality

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (10 of 24)ISO 2001-45 sec during f - 3.1

The sensor of a WG3 is unequivocally utterly good, yet where it could urge is in a optics. When in Macro mode, a user can indeed grasp some unequivocally pleasing bokeh that can opposition that of a DSLR, yet a lens suffered from lots of purple and tone fringing. This is something that many manufacturers generally slight while they spend time and selling dollars compelling a sensor inside of a camera.

As many modernized users know though, it’s zero but good glass. More representation images are after on–but note that a camera can reason a possess utterly good adult to ISO 1600, and from afterwards on it is loud city.

Video Quality

You could have been a contender, Pentax. You unequivocally could have been.

When we started personification with a camera, we intentionally asked Pentax for a bit of an prolongation on a loaner duration to see if this camera unequivocally had what it takes to be a video contender. Think about it: people use GoPros a lot–so because can’t these tough cams be a competition.

Unfortunately, we found loads of application in lots of a video footage that we shot as shown in a video above, and some of it is spliced into it quite in a kite drifting scene. Artifacts are everywhere. Then again though, this is a indicate and shoot–and so DSLR users competence be a bit spoiled.

For what it’s worth, a camera also has a timelapse mode that will tack together a 640×480 customary clarification timelapse video. However, we unequivocally wish that it did during slightest 720.

Extra Sample Images

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (1 of 24)ISO 1251-200 sec during f - 7.9

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (2 of 24)ISO 1251-250 sec during f - 7.9

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (3 of 24)ISO 2501-800 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (4 of 24)ISO 2501-400 sec during f - 7.9

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (5 of 24)ISO 1251-400 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (6 of 24)ISO 1601-45 sec during f - 3.1

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (7 of 24)ISO 1251-400 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (8 of 24)ISO 1251-80 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (9 of 24)ISO 1251-50 sec during f - 3.1

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (11 of 24)ISO 3201-45 sec during f - 3.1

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (12 of 24)ISO 1601-125 sec during f - 4.9

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (13 of 24)ISO 10001-125 sec during f - 4.9

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (14 of 24)ISO 1251-80 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (15 of 24)ISO 1251-100 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (16 of 24)ISO 2501-250 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (17 of 24)ISO 1251-400 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (18 of 24)ISO 2501-250 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (19 of 24)ISO 2501-250 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (20 of 24)ISO 1251-100 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (21 of 24)ISO 1251-160 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (22 of 24)ISO 2501-250 sec during f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (23 of 24)ISO 10001-125 sec during f - 4.9

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG3 examination images for a site (24 of 24)ISO 2501-60 sec during f - 2.8

Conclusions

We honestly enjoyed a time with a Pentax WG3. It’s a neat, underline packed, fun tiny camera that begged to be taken anywhere. It can take a violence and continue to deliver. However, we unequivocally wish that it was means to perform a bit more. Pentax should cruise a revamp of a lens elements and also work on a video application issues.

When it came to holding stills, we generally had nary a complaint. The sensor is unequivocally good–but we once again feel that a lens in front of it needs to be better. The levels of tone that this indicate and fire can constraint is unequivocally unequivocally amazing–it’s firm to surpass your iPhone!

If you’re not looking for a best video peculiarity in a compact, afterwards we totally suggest this camera for you.

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