Pentax WG-3 and WG-3 GPS Dives Into Underwater Photography

January 30, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Its been a great year till now with lots of gadgets getting rolled out during the CES and in other events. But something was missing.

Oh, yes. New releases in underwater photography.

So to put a halt to that misery, Pentax has come forward. They have unveiled two of their finest underwater cameras. The WG-3 and the WG-3 GPS.

Well, they can’t be used prominently on rainy days per se, but they can hold up to 45 feet underwater and that makes them super cool. The 2nd model, the WG-3 GPS to be exact, has GPS functionality also which will come in handy if there is any risk in getting lost.

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The WG-3 boasts of 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.

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.

As far as the pricing and availability is concerned, this baby is 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.

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