Pentax Optio WG-3 Review

July 30, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Pentax Optio WG-3 is a waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant compact camera which can be used at a depth of up to 14 metres and can withstand a drop of 2 metres, cold to -10°C and a weight up to 100kg. The WG-3 features a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, Full HD movie recording, a 4x optical zoom lens with 25mm wide-angle coverage and a maximum aperture of f/2, image-sensor-shift-type Shake Reduction, a 3 inch 16:9 ratio LCD monitor with 460K dots, and six built-in LED macro lights. The Pentax WG-3 is available in black or orange and costs £279.99 / $299.95.

Ease of Use

The design of the new Pentax Optio WG-3 almost literally screams "Action!". As with it's predecessor, you'll either love the ultra-modern look that resembles a robot's smartphone and appears to have boys under ten years old in its sights, or hate it. This isn't a camera for the shy and retiring, although out all-black test sample is certainly a lot more sober than the orange version.

Though the zoom here is a modest 4x optical, with a focal range equivalent to an ultra wide 25-100mm in 35mm film terms, in most other respects the Pentax Optio WG-3's specification is very good. So we get a 16 megapixel effective resolution provided courtesy of a 1/2.3-inch back-lit CMOS sensor (16.79 total MP), Full HD 1920x1080 pixels video (mono sound), and a widescreen ratio 3-inch LCD at 460k dots resolution with anti reflective coating and 170° viewing angle. Returning to the lens for a moment, although the 4x optic is modest, it does at least boast a fast maximum aperture of f/2.0 at the 25mm setting, which should help out in dim conditions and for throwing the background more effectively out of focus.

If diagonal lines, arrow-head edges and bright sporty colours alone didn't already suggest this camera was a different beast, the industrial faceplate screws plus lockable cover for the joint card, battery and HDMI port compartment indicate that the WG-3 is tougher than your average compact. Pentax boast that the WG-3 can withstand being dunked underwater to depths of 14 metres for up to two hours, temperature as low as minus 10°C, being dropped from 2 metres in height, plus a weight equivalent to 100kg being placed on top of it, a slight improvement on the previous WG-2 model.

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Front Rear

The 4x zoom lens here is of the internally stacked variety, ensuring that at no point in its operation does it protrude from the body and potentially get into harm's way. That said, this did mean that very occasionally we experienced the end of our middle finger making it into shot when gripping the camera, as it doesn't project outwards. Commendably the protective layer in front of the lens appeared impervious to finger smudges and smears, while water appeared to run off the surface of the camera itself so that it didn't need plenty of drying down after a dip.

With all the little stylistic details, such as the sloping and serrated edges, industrial style faceplate screws and ring of bulbs around the lens to be deployed ringlight fashion in the ‘digital macro' mode (get as close as 1cm), the camera certainly looks busy front on. Add in an AF assist/indicator lamp bottom right of the lens, slots for the microphone, a small rectangular flash bulb and a new remote control receptor, and all the essentials are here however, with said flash sufficiently far from the edge of the faceplate to avoid fingertips straying in front. Indeed, although slim enough in depth the camera is longer than many competitors, and more rectangular in shape, something that is to an extent hidden by the eccentric design. Dimensions are officially 64.5x125x32.5mm – so roughly the proportions of a large smartphone, and bigger than its predecessor - while the camera weighs 209g, so it won't feel like a dead weight in your jacket pocket or beach shorts.

On the minimalist top of the camera is a recessed on/off button and a lozenge shaped shutter release button. The latter has a subtly roughened surface to make it easier to operate with wet fingers. Press the power button and the Pentax WG-3 GPS blinks into life in just over a second, which is swift for any camera. There's no wait here for a lens to extend from the body to its maximum wide-angle settings because it's already at that setting. Give the shutter release button a gentle squeeze and via the rear plate LCD you can see the image momentarily adjust before a green AF point appears on screen to signal you're ready to take the shot. Squeeze the shutter release button fully and there's no discernible shutter delay, the screen briefly blacking out before freezing to display the captured shot for a couple of seconds before reverting to the live feed.

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Front Top

Three quarters of the backplate is eaten up by the widescreen ratio LCD, which means that still images captured in the default 4:3 image aspect ratio are displayed with black bands left and right of screen - like watching an old analogue broadcast era sitcom on a HD TV. While the LCD picture is visible in bright sunlight it could do with a bit more contrast, thereby helping us to determine finer detail, like whether an image is properly pin sharp or a little soft. The button layout to the right of the screen offers a familiar array of options. Despite their textured feel, should you be wearing gloves of anything but the fingerless variety, the buttons are a little too small for comfortable and precise usage.

From the top of the backplate then we have a rocker switch for zooming in or out, though rather than utilising a toggle type action, its length necessitates that your thumb has to hop from one end to the other, or from wideangle to telephoto setting, to arrive at the focal length required. Hold the right hand edge down and the camera powers through the entirety of its range in three seconds. However do the same when recording video and we only get access to a 7.2x digital zoom, the image visibly degrading as you get closer to your subject, which is a shame.

Beneath the zoom lever are the self-explanatory playback button and one-touch movie record button, and below this again is a four-way control pad. Depress the upper edge of this pad to adjust the self-timer settings, press its right edge to select macro/close up option, the bottom edge to call up the selectable shooting modes in the absence of an actual shooting mode dial or the pad's left hand edge to access the camera's flash settings.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Press the ‘mode' portion of the pad and the user is presented with an array of shooting options illustrated by colourfully cartoon-ish icons, with Auto Picture mode, which compares any scene with 16 on-board pre-sets and hopefully chooses the most appropriate, the default setting. There are 27 other combined shooting and scene modes to choose from. A final duo of backplate buttons is equally self-explanatory: we get a menu button – with options overlaid on screen – plus a dedicated delete button for dispatching duff shots, which is always useful. A small second remote control receptor completes the rear of the WG-3.

The right hand edge of the camera, if viewing it from the LCD side, a chunky industrial looking lug for attaching the equally chunky carabiner strap for mountaineering types, which is provided in the box in lieu of a dainty wrist strap. The base of the Pentax WG-3 GPS features a plastic screw thread for attaching the camera to a tripod on the cusp of one edge, rather than the usual centre positioning, while towards the opposite edge and taking up roughly half of the entire base is a sliding door protecting the joint rechargeable 240-shot lithium-ion battery (a fair if hardly ground breaking performance), SD card compartment (incidentally compatibility with Eye-Fi cards is also included) and two ports for HDMI and AV/USB output. This compartment has the requisite protective catch and stiffened feel to its opening/closing ‘action'- indeed you almost have to force it open and shut.

Generally speaking the build quality of the Pentax WG-3 GPS is high and it certainly gives off the impression of being able to live up to its nigh destruction proof billing – more so than many of its cheaper but also more obviously plastic-y rivals. Now let's take a closer look at its image quality...

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Pentax Optio WG-3 produced images of good quality during the review period. The Pentax Optio WG-3 produces noise-free images at ISO 125-400, with limited noise and colour desaturation starting to appear at ISO 800. ISO 1600 exhibits quite visible noise, smearing of fine detail and colour desaturation, and the fastest settings of ISO 3200 and 6400 are even noisier and best avoided altogether.

The Pentax Optio WG-3 dealt well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate exposure. The night photograph was poor, with the maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds limiting what you can capture after-dark. In-body anti-shake is a feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.

Macro performance is fantastic, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject complete with in-camera lighting. The images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting if you don't like the default results. The HDR shooting mode effectively widens the dynamic range, although you need to mount the camera on a tripod for best results.


There are 7 ISO settings available on the Pentax Optio WG-3. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)


File Quality

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has 3 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Best being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

16M Best (4.63Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Better (2.49Mb) (100% Crop)
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16M Good (1.51Mb) (100% Crop)  

Focal Range

The Pentax Optio WG-3's 4x zoom lens provides a focal length of 25-100mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.



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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Pentax Optio WG-3 handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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The Pentax Optio WG-3 allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.


Macro (100% Crop)

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The flash settings on the Pentax Optio WG-3 are Flash-on, Flash-off and Red-eye reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (100mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (100mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, both the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused a tiny amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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The Pentax Optio WG-3's maximum shutter speed is 4 seconds in the Night Scene mode, which is not very good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds at ISO 1600.


Night (100% Crop)

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Image Stabilisation

The Pentax Optio WG-3 has an image-sensor-shift-type antishake mechanism which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, we took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with the stabilizer turned off, the second with it turned on. As you can see, with image stabilisation turned on, the images are sharper than when it's turned off.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Image Stabilisation Off (100% Crop)

Image Stabilisation On (100% Crop)

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1/8th / 100mm antishake2.jpg antishake2a.jpg


The Pentax Optio WG-3's HDR mode combines three images taken at different exposures into one to create a single image with enhanced dynamic range.



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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Pentax Optio WG-3 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Best JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 19 second movie is 38.4Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Pentax Optio WG-3

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Side of the Pentax Optio WG-3

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Rear of the Pentax Optio WG-3

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Rear of the Pentax Optio WG-3 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Pentax Optio WG-3 / Turned On

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Rear of the Pentax Optio WG-3 / Mode Menu

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Rear of the Pentax Optio WG-3 / Main Menu


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Top of the Pentax Optio WG-3

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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


The WG-3 is the 15th generation of Pentax's ruggedized camera range, and it certainly shows. This is a solid product in more ways than one, both in terms of its build quality, ability to withstand most things that you could subject it to, and all-round handling and feature-set. The loud styling might not be to everyone's tastes, but the Pentax WG-3 certainly fits the bill as a nigh-on indestructible camera fit for both family life and more extreme pastimes.

As with most action cameras, though, image quality isn't the WG-3's strong point, and you'll also have to pay a substantial premium for the extra on-board protection and peace of mind that the WG-3 offers. While the overall image quality isn't bad, there are much better "ordinary" cameras available at this price-point, so you really need to make sure that you'll use the WG-3 to the full to warrant the extra outlay.

The Pentax WG-3 also suffers a little in comparison with some of its main rivals in terms of features - yesterday's very similarly specced Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 additionally boasted built-in wi-fi connectivity and a manual shooting mode, and you'll have to pay more for the WG-3 GPS version to benefit from geo-tagging. Like the Olympus TG-2, though, the WG-3 does have a fast 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 lens that allows it to stand out from the crowd.

So if you don't mind the lack of built-in GPS and do like the bold styling, the Pentax Optio WG-3 is definitely a good choice for a camera that should withstand the "rigorous and demanding needs of the adventurous photo enthusiast".

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Pentax Optio WG-3.

Canon PowerShot D20

The Canon PowerShot D20 is an all-action compact camera that's water, dust, freeze and shock proof. The new Canon D20 is a distinctively designed 12 megapixel camera with a 5x zoom, 1080p HD video, built-in GPS and a 3-inch screen. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot D20 review now...

Fujifilm FinePix XP60

The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is a tough water, freeze, shock and dust proof 16 megapixel compact camera. The XP60 also offers 1080i HD movies, a 5x zoom lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Read our expert Fujifilm FinePix XP60 review to find out if this is the right camera for all your family.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

The Coolpix AW100 is Nikon's first all-action compact camera, designed to handle life's hard knocks, and thanks to its GPS features, able to plot your journey's too. The 16 megapixel Nikon AW100 also has a 5x zoom lens, 3 inch screen and can record full 1080p video. Can this new pretender take the weatherproof crown? Read our Nikon Coolpix AW100 review to find out...

Olympus Tough TG-2

The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a new water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera for 2013. Boasting a fast f2.0 aperture high-speed lens, the TG-2 also offers full 1080p HD movies, a 4x zoom lens and a 3 inch OLED screen. Read our Olympus Tough TG-2 review to find out if it's still one of our favourite all-weather cameras...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is a new freeze, shock, water and dust proof camera. The well-appointed Panasonic FT5 also features built-in GPS, wi-fi and NFC functionality, a compass, altimeter and barometer, 4.6x zoom, 1920x1080 full-HD movie recording and a 16 megapixel sensor. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 review to find out if this is the best do-it-all camera for your family....

Ricoh PX

The Ricoh PX is an unassuming compact camera that is a lot tougher than it looks, being waterproof to 3m and shockproof to 1.5m. Ricoh's first entry into the all-action market also offers a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom lens and 720 p video. Can the Ricoh PX take on the likes of the Olympus Tough range? Find out in our detailed Ricoh PX review.

Samsung WP10

The WP10 / AQ100 is Samsung's first foray into the world of waterproof cameras. Sporting a 12 megapixel sensor and 5x zoom lens, the WP10 can be used at a depth of 3 meters / 10 feet. Available for less than £179.99 / $199.99, read our Samsung WP10 review find out if this budget shooter is all the camera you need.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a small and stylish camera that's freeze, shock, water and dust proof. The Sony TX20 has a 16.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor-R sensor, 10fps burst mode, 3 inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, a 4x zoom lens and full 1080i HD movies. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 review to find out if it's worth the £280 / $330 asking price.

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Pentax Optio WG-3 from around the web. »

The Pentax WG-3 is a new outdoors camera, released in January 2013. The latest model is waterproof down to 14m and features a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0. On test here is the model without GPS, available in orange and black for £290, the GPS model is available in purple and green for £325.
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Pentax has a long history of making rugged cameras. Its WG-3 series - which comes in standard and GPS flavors - is Pentax's fifteenth generation waterproof model. The WG-3 may have a unusual, almost playful design, but there's no doubt that it's as rugged as anything else on the market.
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The WG-3 has fairly large dimensions and its design is almost identical to the WG-2 that it replaces. Behind its 4x optical zoom (25-100mm) lies a 16MP CMOS sensor that offers a sensitivity range from ISO 125-6400. Similar to the Olympus TG-2, the WG-3's lens has a maximum aperture of f/2, allowing you to shoot faster in low light without having to increase the ISO sensitivity.
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Camera Type

Water proof, dust, sand, crash, cold, pression proof digital compact

Type 1/2.3" CMOS
Total Pixels

Total 16.79 MP

Effective Pixels

Approx. 16.0 megapixels


16M(4608x3456), 12M(1:1)(3456x3456),12M(16:9) (4608x 2592), 7M(3072x2304), 5M(16:9)(3072x1728), 5M(2592x1944), 4M(16:9)(2592x1464), 3M (2048x1536), 2M(16:9)(1920x1080), 1024(1024x768), 640(640 x 480) (Unit:pixels)

3 Quality levels (good, better, best)


Full HD 1920 (1920x1080) : approx. 30fps,

HD 1280 (1280x720), approx. 60/30fps,



Auto, Manual (ISO 125 - 6400)

ISO 125-200, ISO 125-400, ISO 125-800, ISO 125-1600,ISO 125-3200, ISO 125-6400

Shake Reduction

Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR),High-sensitivity anti-shakemode (Digital SR)

Focal Length

4.5 - 18mm, approx. 25 - 100mm in 35mm

Aperture: F2.0(W) - F4.9(T)

Smallest aperture: F11.3(W)-F18.5(T)



Digital Zoom

Optical zoom: 4x
Digital zoom: approx. 7.2x
Intelligent zoom: approx. 6x at 7M and 28.8 xat 640 (including optical zoom)

Construction 9 elements in7 groups (4 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type TTL contrast detection auto focus system
Functions Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF (anticipating moving subject)


Focus Range (automatic)

Normal : 0.4m ‐ infinity (whole zoom area)
Macro : 0.1m ‐ 0.5m (whole zoom area)
1cm Macro : 0.01m ‐ 0.30m (mid-zoom to telephoto)


Focus Range (manual)

Manual focus range0.01m - infinity (Depends on the zooming steps)

AF assist AF assist lamp
Special Macrolight (6 LED at front)

3.0’’ wide-TFT color LCD, Wide viewing170°,AR Coating (LCD Cover only), with protection acrylic cover

LCD frame rate: approx. 60


Resolution approx. 460k dots

Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Movie Edit, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen



1/4000 - 1/4sec (Mechanical and electronic shutter)

4sec at most (Night Scene mode setting)


Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot AEmetering
Exposure Modes

Auto Picture, Program, HDR, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie, Time-Lapse Movie, 1cm-Macro Movie, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food,Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Report, Green

Auto picture Scene Modes:
Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Por trait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky,Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight



Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Auto Bracketing Available
Type Integrated auto flash control
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
"Red-eye" compensation function with pre-discharge
Effective Range Wide: approx. 0.2 - 10.4 m (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 0.2 - 4.2 m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters

Drives modes:
One shot, Self-timer (10 sec, 2 sec, Remote Control(immediately, 3 sec)), Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control (2 receivers in front and back of the camera), Auto Bracketing

Image Tone: Bright, Natural, Monochrome,

Face Recognition

Face detection AF&AE available for all modes up to 32 faces,Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assist, Self-portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Blink Detection, detects up to 1pet’s face (auto)

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescentlight (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:WhiteLight), Manual

Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter



Movie shake reduction Mode (Movie SR)

Depends on memory card capacity

Resolution *
Full HD 1920 (1920x1080), approx. 30fps
HD 1280 (1280x720), approx. 60/30fps

* Recorded pixels is fixed to 1280(1280x720), and frame rate is fixed to 120fps for shooting, 30fps for playback in High Speed Movie mode.

* Recorded pixels is fixed to 640(640x360), and frame rate is fixed to 15fps for shooting, 240fps for playback in Time-Lapse Movie mode.

* Still Picture Saving during Movie Recording (up to three still pictures per each continuous movie recording, with the focus fixed at the start of recording and the number of recorded pixels fixed to 12M(16:9). The angle of view may change, depending on the number of recorded pixels for movies. The image may be distorted, depending on recording conditions.)




Save as still image, Divide movies, Adding title picture

Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter


Playback Modes :
One Shot, Index (6/12 thumbnails), enlargement (up to 10x, scroll available), Movie / Sound playback, Histogram, Folder display, Select&Delete, Calendar

Options :
Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, InkRubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter(B&W/Sepica, ToyCamera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis,High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness,Miniature), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Movie Edit,Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect,DPOF, Start-up Screen



approx.70 MB

External SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
File Format

Photo format
JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

Video format
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Movie/Underwater, Movie/Time-Lapse, Movie/1cm-Macro Movie, 32KHz, 16bit Stereo High Speed Movie: 8KHz, 16bit, stereo

Special Features

Date Imprint Available*** (Date,Date & time, Time)
World Time
Macro light
Changing folder name
Electronic level

Others: Noise reduction automatically applied when the shutter speed isslower than 0.25 sec

Digital Shake Reduction system
Eye-Fi cards compatible

Dynamic Range: Shadow/ Highlight adjustment

Equ. to JIS Class 8 waterproof ****and JIS Class 6 dustproof capabilities****

**** Waterproof (Up to 14m(45ft) for 2hours), Shock proof (Up to 2.0m (6.5ft))

**** Operating Temperature -10° to 40°



English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian

Delay Start-up time: approx. 1.8 sec
Shutter Release Delay Approx. 0.016 sec

Video output(PAL/NTSC)

USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed), USB/AV terminal,

HDMI terminal (Type D) (Micro) port

Source Rechargeable D-LI92 Lithium-Ion battery
Optional AC adapter available

Still**: Approx. 240 shots
Playback**: Approx. 200 min
Approx. 65 min in movie mode

** Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

**According to the result of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.




6.45 cm


12.5 cm

Depth 3.2 cm

209g (unloaded)
229g (with battery & SD card)


Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and 7 and 8


Mac: OS X 10.4 or above

Included Software

PC: MediaImpression 3.6.2 LE

Mac: MediaImpression 2.2 LE


Kit Content

USB Cable I-USB7

Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI92

Power Adapter D-PA135

AC Plug D-PL135E

Carabiner Strap O-ST134

Macro Stand O-MS2

Software CD-ROM S-SW135


Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI92

Battery charger Kit K-BC92E

AC adapter Kit K-AC117E

Pentax AV Cable I-AVC7

USB Cable I-USB7

Black neoprene Softcase

Waterproof remote Control O-RC1

Floating Strap Red O-ST1352

Macro Stand O-MS2

Bike mount

Chest (rollerblading) mount

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