Pentax Optio WG-3 Review

July 30, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | |

Your Comments

10 Comments | Newest Oldest First | Post a Comment

#1 J Carlton

I have purchased two of these cameras. They both leaked. The first was out of warranty, and I replaced it because I valued it as a work camera. The second camera leaked almost immediately. After three months, it was replaced by Pentax Philippines where I was working.
To answer the obvious question, I am fanatically careful in ensuring the battery and card hatches are properly closed.

The camera relies on very fine O rings, and other than under laboratory conditions, they simply cannot be trusted.

6:33 am - Friday, August 2, 2013

#2 Budge

Leaked on first use in salt water. This review is from: Pentax WG-3 Kit (Misc.)
Bought this camera for a snorkel trip to Fiji. Imagine my disappointment when it leaked on the first days of use. This is not my first waterproof camera and I am very careful about making sure that there are no stray particle around the seal and I sealed it carefully. Previously I had taken picture on land and was very satisfied with the results. But the reason I bought it was very disappointing. Love to take pictures underwater and through them id the fish. I was doing only surface snorkeling.

10:54 pm - Saturday, September 21, 2013

#3 A Young

I also experienced leaking into the battery compartment and we too have been ultra careful when locking it.  Owned it for only three months which is disappointing.  We were super impressed with the quality of the pictures is has taken so far.  The water shots are sharp and the lens speed gives some wonderful droplet effects.  I still think that this is a great camera and am eager to replace as soon as possible.

7:52 am - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#4 Adrian Woodhouse

Same problem,  water leaking into battery compartment.  I bought the camera recently to film the family surfing and quickly discovered water inside battery compartment even though great care was taken.  Dissapointed to say the least.  Good for dry land photos definitely not waterproof in my experience.

8:25 pm - Thursday, February 6, 2014

#5 Robin

This was given to me as a gift to use on my adventure rides and walks, many in the rain. I had hoped to use on the ocean trips, kayaking, sailing and snorkeling; thanks for the comments about the water leaks, I wont use it (unfortunately) in/on the ocean.

9:28 am - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#6 Will

That’s a bummer… I just ordered the camera and defeats the purpose of why I bought it.
I will test it in a pool when I get it and return it if it leaks. Thanks, wish I would have read this first.

10:30 pm - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#7 Clipping Path Service

I have this one :P

12:14 pm - Friday, June 27, 2014

#8 tsc

my leaked during diving trip to indonesia.
fortunately the card was not destroyed. got it replaced by a wg-4 and tested in the bathtub and saw tiny drops inside the battery compartment. will use some tape the next time, just to make sure nothing happens, pentax would regret…

6:34 pm - Monday, August 25, 2014

#9 Chris J

Bought one for a teen trekking adventure in Thailand. Perfect. Last time we holidayed in Fiji we used Dicapac waterproof bags for stock compacts. If we are ever underwater in the ocean again we’ll use the Dicapacs. $15 to protect a camera. Common sense really.

1:10 pm - Saturday, December 20, 2014

#10 Charlie Muller

I have (had) a WG-2.  It also leaked and since it was in the ocean the service center declared it to be unfixable.  Unfortunately, I had owned it for a while before I used it underwater and it was out of warranty. A total loss to me.  It’s a shame because it took very nice photos considering how compact and convenient it was.

I want another “water-proof” camera, but it won’t be a Pentax.

2:37 pm - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Entry Tags

hd video, hd, 3 inch LCD, compact, 1080p, 16 megapixel, camera, pentax, 4x zoom, waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof, sports, action, f2, optio, Pentax Optio WG-3 Review, wg3, wg-3, pentax wg-3