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PentaxWG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green)
 
3.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (2)

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    (2)

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    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Large clear LCD (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Fast shutter speed (6)
  • Great resolution (6)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
  • Family photos (6)
  • Macro photography (6)
  • Wildlife (6)
  • Sports/action (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One Tough Camera

I go into the mountains, streams and seashores frequently. As a member of a Mineral and Gem Club we take many trips into isolated, rugged and often times wet areas. So I was...Read complete review

I go into the mountains, streams and seashores frequently. As a member of a Mineral and Gem Club we take many trips into isolated, rugged and often times wet areas. So I was looking for a camera that was light weight and compact that would be able to take a beating and getting wet and this camera can go underwater up to 42 feet. I also want a camera that took photos at high MexaPixels and be able to take video too. That is a big order to ask from a camera! But this camera fit the bill on every demand and did it so easily and with a speed and quality way beyond anything I would have expected. I have seven cameras, two of which are GoPro Cameras that fit the bill for things I do. But this Pentax has not left my hip since I recieved it because it is always ready to cover any situation I find myself in. I just can't say enough about how much I love this camera and can say I am sure anyone who puts this in their arsenol will be as happy as I have been.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good camera, but beware

Bought the camera for a snorkeling adventure with my family. I have used sealife cameras before so I know the concerns with keeping the o-ring clean and each night I cleaned. For the first...Read complete review

Bought the camera for a snorkeling adventure with my family. I have used sealife cameras before so I know the concerns with keeping the o-ring clean and each night I cleaned. For the first two days it lived up to its name. Great pictures and didn't have to worry about getting it wet. On day 3 of snorkeling it leaked and no more underwater pictures. Compartment only has a single gasket to prevent leaks. Would not recommend this for beach adventures. Lesson is to always bring a backup underwater camera

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5.0

Wonderful camera!

By Jeff I.

from Cave Creek, AZ

Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Purple):

I bought this because I needed a waterproof camera for a rafting trip. It has proved to be a great little camera, tough & practical. Easy to use, lots of features, the battery is long lasting & it takes sharp photos.

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5.0

Fantastic

By Maritime

from Buzzards Bay

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

    I've taken some great nature shots, but will be using the camera on fishing boats to record the catch.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect!

    By Carol Miller

    from Brasil

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

    The camera is excellent, very good size and can take anywhere. The cool thing is that it is shock proof, and for some people "not very careful" like me, she's perfect!
    Buy with BH is always the best choice to make! The delivery is very fast and never had a problem. My favorite store of photographic equipment.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By Berto

    from Chapel Hill, NC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

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          Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Purple):

          Got this camera for underwater use and it is very versatile. Received it very quickly as well.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Reallly great

          By Mike

          from Las Vegas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Everything
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Nothing

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Outdoors Water Stuff
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

          I am a a pro photog with an array of high end 35mm dslr's, MedFormats & 4x5 & 8x10 view cameras. This Pentax WG-3 gps, camera does what my other cameras do not. I searched for the last 3 years for a rugged camera, not liking any of the offerings until now. This camera is the 15th gen of the Pentax lineup, and it was worth the wait. Can't say enough good stuff about it, built like a rock - really super solid, great grip on the body and buttons. Love the styling and fit in my hand. F2 lens, pretty darn good menu interface, and the on screen histogram and 2 way level is amazing in the way they are displayed and the speed of which they respond.A lot of reviews bash the low light quality, but with an f 2 lens, you can shoot at half the ISO most other may need to capture. Or just turn on the flash and be done with it.The surprise star feature of the camera is .... the built in compass of all things, which uses the internal GPS module to calculate - and man o man it is lightning fast and responsive, faster than my iphone compass by a lot. LED is also much better than expected. It is a 400+k pixel screen while some of the others are higher. But honestly, it is a point of diminishing returns. The screen is "smooth and dotless" to the naked eye of the user.Really much better than expected, and especially from Pentax ( sorry pentax ) which is not on the radar screen for most pros.This is a must buy if your looking for an alternative to your pro gear. So, what a nice surprise Pentax. This is the best rugged camera out there by far.

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          • No

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          1.0

          very poor service

          By adirondakJim

          from New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor service

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

            after reading others reviews I felt I should update my review. In July I sent the camera back to pentax and in early July I was approved for a replacement. I am still waiting for the replacement. I have called numerous times and they only say the wharehouse is waiting for a stock from the manufacturer. Yet the camera is still being offered for sale.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Lasted 1 week

            By "Wished I bought an Olympus"

            from Washington DC

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

                  I purchased the camera for its waterproof qualities to take on a 3 week Greek Island vacation. The camera performed superbly both in and out of the water for one week. After one week, I noticed condensation on the inside of the LCD screen. I unlocked both locks on the battery compartment and water dripped out. The camera has not worked since. Before the camera failed, I basically took the camera swimming for about 30 mins, would get out for an hour, and then go swimming again for 30 mins. This was the camera's routine for the week it was operational. Additionally I never swam below 10 feet of the surface and the camera was never dropped or subjected to extreme temperatures. I have contacted BH Photo and the Ricoh Customer Service Department. Currently the camera is being sent to Ricoh for either repair or exchange. Based on what happens next will determine if I change the rating. This simply could have been a one time bad camera, but for the price I expected a better experience. If Ricoh backs their product and does right by the customer, I will update my review.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nice camera

                  By Brian

                  from Forest Hill, Maryland

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

                  I have only had this camera about 2 weeks and so far I really like it. I bought it to have a general use, durable camera. I am pretty rough on equipment between geocaching, fire department, search & rescue, construction work, etc. It is pretty easy to use, once you get used to the features. The shake reduction is great. The microscope feature is great for taking very close pictures. I really like the GPS feature, It will help me remember where I took the pictures at. Having the strap & carabiner will be great while out on trails and moving around so I don't drop or loose this camera. The battery life isn't great, a few hours at best. I would recommend getting an extra battery or two and a spare charger. The picture quality isn't what I was hoping for, but it still takes decent pictures. The automatic time feature does not have a daylight savings time adjustment so depending on what time of year your time stamp could be off.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Funky design, excellent performance

                  By DebC

                  from Parkersburg, WV

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

                    This is the 3rd of 3 recent camera purchases and definitely the best! Comfortable fit, fast photos, excellent quality, withstands constant handling, heat, low light, sun and sand. Very impressive product.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    What i was dreaming about all the time.

                    By Marek

                    from Austin, Texas

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel

                      Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

                      All the time is in my back pack.
                      Microscope function is perfect (for the money of course).
                      Now I can take pictures in the jungle, boat, wind surfer.
                      Any places I don't dear to take my xk$ lenses.
                      Pictures of flowers from less then 1 inch are priceless.

                      Lack of any type lens cover is big plus.
                      Can you imagine camera in mud and automatic "door" on the lens get stuck ??

                      Lack of separate wall charger is bad. But it looks like this is industry directions dis days. I don't like it.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      good camera, but beware

                      By AdirondakJim

                      from Albany, New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Waterproofing

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

                      Bought the camera for a snorkeling adventure with my family. I have used sealife cameras before so I know the concerns with keeping the o-ring clean and each night I cleaned. For the first two days it lived up to its name. Great pictures and didn't have to worry about getting it wet. On day 3 of snorkeling it leaked and no more underwater pictures. Compartment only has a single gasket to prevent leaks. Would not recommend this for beach adventures. Lesson is to always bring a backup underwater camera

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Unexpected surprise

                      By BeccaFoto

                      from Falmouth, MA

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Macro Focusing Is Awesome
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Design Looks Like A Toy
                      • Limitedno Manual Control
                      • Potential To Scratch Lens

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Underwater

                      Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Purple):

                      I bought this camera for the durability, but was delighted to discover it has incredible macro capabilities!
                      The image quality is great and it has a lot of "bells and whistles." The only things I feel are lacking is a lens protector (the front element is exposed even when the camera is off), and the ability to shoot in more manual modes like Aperture Priority.
                      Overall, the WG-3 is perfect to bring along on those adventures when I'm too scared to bring my DSLR.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Not great

                      By CZ-5

                      from Marion, IL.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • Poor Image Quality
                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Purple):

                      So I took the WG-3, my Sony dsc-hx9v and my gopro on vacation with me. The WG-3 takes awesome macro pics. Everything else pretty much sucks, comparatively speaking. The WG-3 really needs a red filter for any underwater photography other than in a swimming pool. The panoramic and low light modes were terrible. Neither of which would focus correctly. I did enjoy not having to worry about the WG getting wet, but thats about it. The Sony takes much better pics and the gopro takes much better underwater pics. The only use I see for the WG-3 is if you need a rugged camera that takes lousey pics.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Always tough, now also capable

                      By Blues_junkie

                      from Sydney, Australia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Rugged
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Adverse Weather Camera
                      • Travel

                      Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Green):

                      The Pentax WG-3 complete with inbuilt GPS finally delivers the goods. This all-weather camera was always rated as one of the toughest on the market, however it lacked resolution, was rather noisy and had no inbuilt anti-shake mechanism of any kind; which, due to the pressure needed to press down the shutter release, often resulted in blurry pics.

                      Pentax's new WG-3 fixes all that. With a 16mp resolution, relatively low noise, good ISO range, and inbuilt anti-shake technology, this camera is not only waterproof, crush, and shockproof, has well-functioning, fast GSP, it also is easy to use, even for big fingers. The camera is a perfect little 'go anywhere' camera. The only thing I'd fix: the carry strap with the carabiner gets in the way of shooting and should have a simple single-handed sling strap. They could always give you the carabiner as an extra so if you want to hang the camera off your belt you can.
                      Great camera and definitely not just a toy.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      One Tough Camera

                      By RockGirl

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about WG-3 Digital Camera with GPS Kit (Purple):

                        I go into the mountains, streams and seashores frequently. As a member of a Mineral and Gem Club we take many trips into isolated, rugged and often times wet areas. So I was looking for a camera that was light weight and compact that would be able to take a beating and getting wet and this camera can go underwater up to 42 feet. I also want a camera that took photos at high MexaPixels and be able to take video too. That is a big order to ask from a camera! But this camera fit the bill on every demand and did it so easily and with a speed and quality way beyond anything I would have expected. I have seven cameras, two of which are GoPro Cameras that fit the bill for things I do. But this Pentax has not left my hip since I recieved it because it is always ready to cover any situation I find myself in. I just can't say enough about how much I love this camera and can say I am sure anyone who puts this in their arsenol will be as happy as I have been.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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