Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pentax WG-3 Camera

Pentax has announced its new rugged compact camera, WG-3. Available in two versions, with and without a built-in GPS, the camera features a 16 MP backlit CMOS sensor, a newly designed 4X zoom lens, 3" high resolution LCD screen with anti-reflection coating, and full HD video recording capabilities. The WG-3 is waterproof up to 45 feet, freeze-resistant to minus 14 degrees F, shock- and crush-proof.
The camera is expected to be available in March and priced at $300 for non-GPS versions and $350 with GPS.



Specifications

TYPE

Compact Digital Camera

SENSOR

Type: Backlit CMOS w primary color filter
Size: 1/2.3”
Effective pixels: 16
Total pixels: 16.79
Recorded resolutions
Still: 16M (4608x3456), 12M (1:1, 3456x3456), 12M (16:9, 4608x2592), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (16:9, 3072x1728), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (16:9, 2592x1464), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (16:9, 1920x1080), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480)
Movie: HD (1920x1080p30, 1280x720p60/30)
Quality levels: Still: *** best, ** better, * good, Movie: fixed

LENS

Type/construction: PENTAX zoom lens, 9 elements, 7 groups (4 aspheric elements), protective cover w SP coating
Optical zoom: 4X
Focal length (equiv.): 4.5-18mm (25-100mm)
Digital zoom: 7.2X
Combined zoom: 28.8X
Intelligent zoom: Approx. 6X at 7M to 28.8X at VGA
Aperture: F2-4.9

FOCUS SYSTEM

Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus, AF assist lamp, Macro Illuminating LEDs
Focus modes: 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, 1CM Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus
Manual focus: Yes
Macro focus: Yes, Macro and 1CM Macro available
Focus lock: Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way
Focus range
Normal: 1.31’ to infinity
Macro: 0.33’ to 1.64’
Super Macro: 0.03 (1cm) to 0.98’ (at mid-zoom, set automatically)

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder: n/a

LCD MONITOR

LCD screen: 3” widescreen TFT color LCD w anti-reflective coating on cover
LCD resolution: HVGA 460,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes (approx. 170° horizontal/vertical)

FLASH

Type: Built-in series control auto flash
Flash modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye
Effective range: 34’ (wide, auto ISO), 14’ (tele, auto ISO)

STORAGE MEDIA

Internal memory: 70 MB
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC

INTERFACES

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, USB / AV out, HDMI (Micro, Type-D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL, HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080i, 720p, 480p)
Printer interfaces: n/a

POWER SUPPLY

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI92
Recordable images: Approx. 240
Playback time: Approx. 200 min
Movie recording time: Approx. 65 min
Audio recording time: Approx. 270 min
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)

PHYSICAL SPECS

Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.9” x 2.5” x 1.3”
Weight:
Without battery or removable memory: 7.4 oz 
Loaded and ready: 8.1 oz 
Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic w aluminum accents
Operating temperature: 14-104°F (coldproof)
Ruggedized features: Waterproof (45.9’), Shockproof (6.5’), Crushproof (220 LBF), Coldproof (-10°C), Dustproof (JIS 6)

LANGUAGE SUPPORT

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

IMAGE STABILIZATION

Still: Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR), 
High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)

METERING SYSTEM

Type: TTL
Multi-segment: Yes
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)

ISO SENSITIVITY

Auto: 125-6400 auto range adjustable
Manual: 125-6400

WHITE BALANCE

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: White Light), Manual

SHUTTER

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: White Light), Manual

CAPTURE MODES

Mode selection: Auto Picture, Program, HDR, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap (ISO 125-1600), Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope (2M), Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback), Time-Lapse Movie, 1CM Macro Movie, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Food, Digital Wide (5M), Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Report (1280x960, ISO 125-1600), Green (ISO 125-1600)
Auto Picture modes: Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight
Custom Image Tone: Bright, Natural, Monochrome
Green simplified mode available: Yes (ISO 125-1600)
Face detection available: Yes (up to 32 faces), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Self Portrait Assist, Self Portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Pet Recognition (1 face detect
PASMB: P
Date stamp: Yes, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode)
Digital filters (capture): n/a
Dynamic Range Adjustment: Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
File/Folder customization: Folder name (date, PENTX, custom), file name (IMGP, custom)
Electronic level: Yes

DRIVE MODES

Mode selection: One Shot, Self-Timer (10s, 2s), Continuous, Burst Shooting, Remote Control (3s, 0s), Auto Bracketing
Continuous FPS: TBD, Burst 10 FPS for up to 30 frames (5M or 4M)
Multi-exposure: n/a
Interval: Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback)
HDR: Yes. Capture Mode (3 captured images combined to create single image with wide dynamic range) or as a Playback filter (single image processed to have HDR “look”)

PLAYBACK MODES

Mode selection: One Shot, Index (6 or 12 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 10X, scrollable), Movie Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar
Mode pallet: 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, Digital filters (playback): (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Color Extract, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness, Miniature), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Movie Edit, Red-Eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen 
Movie edit: Save as Still Image, Movie Divide, Title Picture

FILE FORMATS

Still: JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PIM III
Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC h.264)
Sound: WAV (PCM), 32KHz, 16bit stereo, High Speed Movie】8KHz, 16bit, stereo

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
WINDOWS: Windows XP(SP3), Vista, 7, 8, USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 USB port

BestBatt carries the following WG-3 Accessories:

1. D-LI92 battery;
2. D-BC92 battery charger;
3. I-USB7 data cable.


Press Release

January 29, 2013

PENTAX INTRODUCES 15TH GENERATION RUGGEDIZED CAMERA –THE WG-3 GPS AND WG-3
Performance meets photographic demands with fast F2.0 lens, in-camera shake reduction, and increased waterproof, crushproof and shockproof ratings

Denver, CO (January 29, 2013)— Leveraging its long-standing and comprehensive expertise in the waterproof category, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX) has introduced the 15th generation in its adventureproof line-up of point and shoot cameras, the WG-3. Boasting a diverse set of new features and improved specifications, the WG-3 is the ideal companion to capture life’s planned and unplanned adventures.

The WG-3 boasts a rich feature-set that has been optimized to meet the rigorous and demanding needs of the adventurous photo enthusiast, whose travels and exploits can take them into a variety of scenarios too challenging for the traditional point-and-shoot. Its  newly designed, large-aperture, 4x optical zoom lens (with the maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide-angle end), high-sensitivity, back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor, and sensor-shift Shake Reduction system ensure sharp, high-quality, low-noise images.

The rugged features of the WG-3 include an improved waterproof depth rating to 45 feet, while the WG-3 GPS offers enhanced GPS functionality for geo-tagging images that can be mapped back to your journey and a dedicated second display showing compass direction, elevation or depth below water.  Additionally, the WG-3’s category defining Digital Microscope mode and six LED lights surrounding the lens barrel enable focusing as close as one centimeter from the subject producing bright, shadow-free macro images.

For the unplanned adventure, the WG-3 offers a worry-free shooting experience with an increasingly ruggedized body that is shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet, coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot pounds of force. The WG-3’s rugged design is enhanced by its folded optical zoom lens that reduces its vulnerability to moisture and dust while ensuring a compact and pocketable size without the protrusion of a lens barrel. Finally, the sturdy construction and sharp design, unique to the WG-3, features a texturized grip for a controlled ergonomic grasp and colorful grip accents to further enrich its rugged styling.

“The WG-3 GPS truly leverages our experience in this category,” said John Carlson, Sr. Marketing Manager, PENTAX. “New features like the easy-to-read second LCD, dedicated video record button, double-locking battery door and wireless charging capabilities show PENTAX’s dedication to improving our offering in this category.”

To enhance creative expression during shooting PENTAX offers an optional  lens adapter with wide-angle coverage to 20mm, and  the SportMount Chest Harness which allows for the hands free capture of adventures and features a quick and easy mechanism to review your images and footage without having to remove the camera from its mount.

Pricing and Availability
Priced at $349.95 the new WG-3 GPS is available in a choice of purple or green.  The WG-3 is available in black or orange for a price of $299.95. Both models will be available at retailers nationwide and online in March 2013. To find a retailer near you, please visit: http://www.pentaximaging.com/where-to-buy. Additional information including product specifications is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news and product images are available here: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html

About PENTAX
PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here: www.pentaximaging.com/news

Source: Pentax




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