Playback and Editing Features
Overview: The WG-3 is Pentax's 15th generation "ruggedized"
digital camera, and is designed to withstand almost any environment.
Rugged Design: The WG-3's rugged body is designed to
withstand the following extreme conditions:
- Waterproof: waterproof to a depth of 45 feet for 2 hours
- Shockproof: shockproof to protect from drops of up to
- Crushproof: crushproof to withstand weights of up to 220 LBF
- Coldproof: coldproof to temperatures of 14°F (-10°C)
- Dustproof: protects camera from dry, dusty environments
3.0" LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor
for framing your shots and playing back recorded still images and movies. The
monitor's 460,000-dot resolution gives you crystal clear images, and features
a wide 170° viewing angle. The camera does not have a separate
Image Sensor: The WG-3 is equipped with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor, which delivers high resolution
image quality with accurate colors and low noise. It has 16.79 million total
pixels and 16.0 million effective pixels.
Lens: The WG-3 has a 4x optical zoom, F2.0-4.9 lens with a
focal length of 4.5-18mm, which is equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm photography.
Intelligent/Digital Zoom: Beyond the 4x optical zoom, the
camera has an intelligent zoom of 6x at 7M image size up to 28.8x at VGA. For
larger image sizes, the digital zoom will give you a total zoom value of 28.8x.
Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto SD
Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards. In addition, the camera
has a built-in memory of approximately 70 MB which will store images when no
card is inserted. You can copy images and sound files from the built-in memory
to the SD Memory card, or vice versa, at any time.
Still Image Formats: The WG-3 can shoot JPEG still images in
three aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1. You can set the
image quality level (compression ratio) for each size and aspect ratio, to Best,
Better, or Good. Image sizes include:
|16M: 4608 x 3456
7M: 3072 x 2304
5M: 2592 x 1944
3M: 2048 x 1536
1024: 1024 x 768
VGA: 640 x 480
|12M: 4608 x 2592
5M: 3072 x 1728
4M: 2592 x 1464
2M: 1920 x 1080
|12M: 3456 x 3456
Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in
the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30
frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 60 or 30 fps.
Focus Modes: The WG-3 offers six focus modes:
- Standard AF: When the distance to the subject is approximately
15.75" to infinity, the camera focuses on the subject in the autofocus area
when the shutter release is pressed halfway.
- Macro: When the subject is 4"-20" away, the camera focuses on the
subject in the autofocus area when the shutter release is pressed halfway.
- 1cm Macro: When the subject is 0.4" to 12" away, the camera
focuses on the subject in the autofocus area when the shutter release is
- Pan Focus: The entire picture, from front to back, is focused.
This mode is handy when you ask someone to take pictures for you, or taking
pictures of scenery through a window of a car or train.
- Infinity: This mode is used for taking distant objects. (Flash is
set to Off)
- Manual Focus: This mode lets you set the focus manually, using
the four-way controller.
Macro Lights: The WG-3 features six white LEDs mounted
around the lens that can be used in a number of ways. They can be turned on
manually to add additional light to the subject, or to use as a temporary
supplemental light. They automatically light when the camera is in Digital
AF-Area Modes: You can set the range of the Auto Focus Area
(AF Area) to one of three options: Multiple (normal AF area), Spot (small AF
area), or Automatic Tracking (AF area moves with subject).
Drive Modes: The WG-3 offers several options for shooting single and
multiple images at once. You can choose from the following Drive Modes:
- Single Frame: Photos are taken one at a time with each press of
the shutter release button.
- Continuous/Burst: Photos are taken continuously as long
as the shutter release button is pressed. In Continuous Shooting Mode,
up to 60 photos are taken at 16M (4:3)resolution at approximately 1.5 frames
per second, or up to 78 frames @ 1.7 fps at 12M (16:9). In Burst Shooting
mode, up to 30 frames can be taken at 5M (4:3) at 12 fps, or 4M (16:9) at 14
- Interval Shot: The Interval mode lets you take 2 to
1000 shots at intervals of 10 seconds to 99 minutes apart. You can also set
a delay time for the first shot of up to 24 hours.
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 10
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. A 3-second delay Remote Control setting is also available. Pentax
offers the optional Remote Control F, Remote Control E, or Remote Control
- Auto Bracketing: You can take three consecutive images at three
different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed once. Three
images are saved with each release, one at standard exposure, one
underexposed by 1.0 EV, and one overexposed by 1.0 EV.
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in 256
- Center-weighted: Metering is taken of the entire image,
with the center of the image having more influence on the exposure.
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the image.
Shooting Modes: The WG-3 has a variety of shooting modes
that let you take pictures or record movies and sound in different situations
simply by choosing the right mode for the particular situation from the Capture
Mode Palette. You can select from the following:
||Handheld Night Snap
|High Speed Movie
||Time Lapse Movie
||1-cm Macro Movie
|Surf & Snow
||Night Scene Portrait
The Auto Picture mode automatically selects the
optimal mode for capturing the subject: Standard, Night Scene, Night Scene
Portrait, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky,
Portrait Blue Sky, Portrait Backlight, Sunset, Portrait Sunset,
Group Photograph, and Text.
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a
picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -2 and
+2 EV in 1/3 EV intervals.,
Shake Reduction: The WG-3 offers three types of shake
reduction to ensure sharp, blur-free images and videos, even in dim lighting:
Sensor Shift (optical), Dual (optical and electronic), and off.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of
an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White
Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source:
Daylight, Shade, Daylight Colors Fluorescent, Daylight White Fluorescent, White
Light Fluorescent, Tungsten Light, or Manual.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of
the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually to ISO 125,
200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, or 6400. The ISO Auto can be set to a range of
125-200, 125-400, 125-800, 125-1600, 125-3200, or 125-6400.
Flash: The WG-3 has a built-in flash for use in low-light
situations. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:
- Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of
- Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Flash On: the flash fires regardless of the brightness
- Flash On + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires regardless
of the brightness with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject
Playback and Editing Features
Magnifying Images: Single images can be magnified up to 10 times in
playback mode. You can gradually magnify the image in steps starting at 1.1x.
The Quick Zoom feature automatically magnifies the image at 10x. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in
the magnified area.
Slide Show: The Pentax WG-3 allows you to play back still images one
at a time in slide show fashion. You can adjust the interval (3 sec, 5 sec, 10
sec, 20 sec, or 30 sec) and the screen effects (fade, wipe, checker, random, or no effect).
A sound effect can be added during slide transitions, if desired.
Thumbnail: You can display multiple thumbnail images on the LCD
monitor. You can choose the number of images to be displayed in the monitor: 6
or 12. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
Image rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter,
HDR Filter, Original Frame, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect,
Red-eye Edit, Slideshow, and DPOF.
HDMI: The WG-3 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the
camera to an HDTV. A Micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required (sold separately). You
can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i, 720p, 480p (NTSC), 576p (PAL), or
Auto, corresponding to the maximum resolution of the AV device.
PC/AV: The proprietary PC/AV terminal can be used to connect the
camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0
High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional
I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV
output can be set to NTSC or PAL.
Lithium-Ion Battery: The Pentax WG-3 is powered by the D-LI92
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V / 925mAh / 3.5Wh). The battery charges in
approximately 180 minutes using the supplied D-PA135 AC adapter. The recording capacity with a fully
charged battery is as follows:
MediaImpression 3.6.2 LE(Windows) / 2.2 LE (Macintosh): The
WG-3 comes with MediaImpression software
for Pentax on CD-ROM. With the software, view, manage, and edit the images and
Compatible Operating Systems: The MediaImpression software
for Pentax is compatible with the following operating systems:
- MediaImpression 3.6.2 LE (Windows):
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (SP3)
- MediaImpression 2.2 LE (Macintosh): Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7,