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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.