Published on January 30, 2013 8:54 AM

Pentax Announces Optio WG-3 GPS and Optio WG-10

Tough waterproof snappers reporting for action

Pentax has updated its range of rough, tough compact cameras for 2013. The Optio WG-3 (with or without GPS) is due to take over from the WG-2 (with or without GPS) while the Optio WG-10 offers an entry-level option.

Since there's clearly no point changing a winning formula, Pentax has kept the same original, rubbery, all-action, carabiner-clip-clad design with its latest Optio waterproof cameras. But while the casing may not have changed that much, Pentax has used this update to improve the two main problems in last year's WG-2. The Optio WG-3 (which, don't forget, is available with or without a GPS) therefore gets a new 25-100 mm lens with f/2 aperture at wide-angle, letting in three times as much light! That's definitely good news—and even more so since Pentax has finally loaded this camera with a stabilisation system. However, the maximum focal length loses 40 mm as a result. Win some, lose some.

The rest of the tech specs are fairly standard stuff for a waterproof compact, with a 16-Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, a dustproof, coldproof (-10°C) finish, and a Full HD video mode. The WG-3 is waterproof to 14 metres and shock-resistant to drops from up to 2 metres.

The WG-3 will set you back £280 without the GPS function or £330 with the GPS. Both models will be available from March.

The Optio WG-10 is an entry-level alternative to the WG-30 with a skimmed-down spec sheet. It's waterproof to 10 metres, shock-resistant to drops from up to 1.5 metres and can snap away at temperatures as low as -10°C. It has a 14-Megapixel CCD and video resolution is limited to 720p HD. The screen is a low-def 230,000-dot affair and the 28-140 mm zoom lens with f/3.5 aperture is lifted straight out of the WG-2.

The WG-10 will be available in March for £180.

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