Pentax Optio WG-3 Review

July 30, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |


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