New Waterproof Pentax Optio WG-3

There’s no doubt Pentax knows their stuff when it comes to waterproof cameras for the average consumer. In addition to offering an affordable line of rugged compact cameras, they’re the only manufacturer that offers a weather-sealed DSLR under $1000, providing features that their competitors reserve for expensive high-end cameras.

So it’s no wonder that the Pentax Optio WG-3 is a great choice for anyone looking for a waterproof camera with rugged protection. It’s got an impressive list of features:

– Backlit 16 megapixel sensor
– Waterproof to 45 feet,
– Shockproof for drops up to 6.5-Feet
– Cold resistant to 14 degrees F
– Crushproof to 220 lbs of force
– Top sensitivity of ISO 6400
– Triple shake reduction
– 3-Inch LCD
– HD 1080P video with h.264 compression @ 30fps
– 6 LED macro lights for macro illumination
– 4x optical zoom (25mm – 100mm equivalent)

The WG-3 also comes in a GPS-enabled model, too. The Optio WG-3 has the same basic specs as the regular WG-3, but also includes a GPS module for geo-tagging your photos, as well as a built-in compass, pressure/altitude/water depth gauges and wireless recharging capabilities. The one thing the Optio doesn’t offer which is now available on competitors such as the Nikon Coolpix AW110 and the Pansonic Lumix TS5 is Wi-Fi capability.

So why would someone choose this camera over others in its class? To begin, it’s priced a bit lower than either the Coolpix AW110 or the Lumix TS5. Beyond that, if you’re interested in macro photography, you might like the 6 macro lights located around the lens.

The Optio WG-3 is a good choice for anyone seeking a rugged camera with full 1080p HD video and high resolution images. Whether you’re looking for a camera to take to the pool or the ocean, the mountains or the desert, this compact model is tough enough to take almost anything you can dish out and will produce great looking images you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends.

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