Pentax WG-3 Everything-Proof Compact: Microscope Mode and Wireless Charging


Pentax has announced its latest line of uber-durable “adventureproof” compact cameras. There are three distinct cameras in the lineup: the WG-3, the WG-3 GPS, and the WG-10. All three are designed to take a beating and survive in locations that would be hazardous to other cameras’ health.

The WG-3 cameras feature a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 4x optical zoom lens (f/2 at the wide end), and in-camera shake reduction.

It’s waterproof down to 45 feet, shockproof from drops up to 6.6 feet, coldproof down to 14-degrees Fahrenheit, and crushproof up to 220-foot-pounds of force.

The cameras feature a nifty Digital Microscope mode that uses 6 LED lights arranged around the lens on the front of the camera as illumination for macro photographs. In this mode, the camera can focus as close as 1cm (~0.39in) from the subject.

Another neat feature is wireless charging support using the Qi standard, which allows you to juice up your camera simply by placing it on a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad.


The GPS version of the WG-3 includes a GPS unit that can geotag your photographs in order to document where your journeys take you. This version has a second LCD display on the front of the camera that displays compass, elevation, and depth information.

Like many everything-proof cameras these days, the WG-3 features a rubbery grip and rugged design.

The WG-3 and WG-3 GPS will hit stores in March 2013 with price tags of $300 and $350, respectively.


Pentax is also releasing a third adventure-proof camera, the WG-10. It’s actually a rebranded version of the Pentax WG-1 that will be sold exclusively through Target starting in mid-April 2013 for the price of $180.

  • digitalpain

    wow, I am going to buy this

  • Samcornwell

    That’s all good and well until you forget where you’ve put it.

  • Cameron

    Checked it out at CES, it’s cool.

  • Krakers Kraken Maciek Kr├╝ger

    looks like google multi led flash ;)

  • Caitlyn Chapman

    I LOVE the little led light on these things… one of my fave things to tinker with during quiet moments in the shop!

  • Burnin Biomass

    Is that a camera or a running shoe?

  • Jake

    Unlike other subcompacts?

  • chphotovideo

    had the w90 pentax waterproof camera. Hopefully they’ve mad some improvements in the last couple years. tropical water where you’ll most likely be swimming the inside of the lens would fog up on me. The menu system was not intuitive, have to hit menu, mode, scroll to video. select, back out just to change to video and back to still pictures. Worst part about his camera was it shot at 1/60 meaning a lot of my pictures had motion blur even in bright sunny afternoons. SUPER hope they’ve addressed these things on the new waterproof camera!

  • Emil Chalhoub

    Fahrenheit, feet… just keep it metric, pretty please.

  • Anthony Burokas

    Wireless charging.
    That alone sold me.

    For a camera that we keep on the shelf in the living room to take pictures of the kids’ various antics, it would be perfect to know it’s always charged because it is charging itself when it sits on the pad and of course, stop charging when the battery is full. Plus my 4 year old can take it and shoot pictures too. Add a WiFi card and this thing will never be touched by a cable.

  • sayithere

    yes, but pentax already has that feature since WG-1 3 years ago..