Why You Should Get The WG-3 For Your Next Outdoor Adventure


Back in the days when Pentax WG-3 and WG-3 GPS are still not available, I would have to look for an accessory that will protect my digital camera whenever I go camping, swimming or hiking. But with the launch of this shockproof, waterproof, crushproof, coldproof and dustproof compact digital camera, those times seem to be a light year behind us.

People who are into adventures and extreme sports would love to get their hands on this—a camera strong enough to survive even the harshest of environment. There are basically three cameras under the WG-3 line—the WG-3, the WG-3 GPS and the WG-10. They feature 16MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 4x optical zoom lens and an in-camera shake reduction.

If these specifications do not attract you enough to buy this device, then maybe this will. Pentax’s line of WG-3 cameras is all shockproof and waterproof down to 45 feet. Can you imagine that? It is also shockproof for drops of 6.6 feet in height. It can last the cold weather too since it can work even if the temperature is down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition, this compact digital camera is crushproof, although I cannot imagine why your camera will be placed under anything that weighs more than 220 foot pounds. Anything beyond this weight, the camera won’t be able to survive.

And to prove that it should be the “to go” cameras of people who love the outdoors, Pentax designed the WG-3 with rubber materials to allow an easier but stronger grip. It also has a rugged design to suit the extreme situations its consumers will subject it to.

Wireless Charging

I know this isn’t much, but I love that this new action-ready camera from Pentax allows wireless charging. For those of you who haven’t experienced losing battery juice while on the road, you are the lucky ones. I have drained my batteries hundreds of times while I’m out of the country or I’m on a road trip.

It’s a frustrating problem, one that I always have to grapple with. The WG-3 line of cameras reportedly has a pretty “okay” battery life but still, it is nice to know that you can charge it by merely placing it on top of a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad.

Geo-Tagging Capabilities

If you want to geo-tag all your photos, the GPS version of this camera can do that for you. This camera can document all your photos and input time and the place where it happened. It’s like creating a scrapbook minus the doodles and the smiley faces.

The GPS version has another LCD screen on the front of the camera. The screen displays the compass, the elevation and depth information.


Those of you who want to get your hands on these digital cameras will be glad to know that it was officially released only in March 2013. The WG-3 GPS-less version will sell for $300 while the GPS version can be sold for $350. There is no word yet regarding the price tag for the WG-10.

Sources: Pentax and PetaPixel

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