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The WG-10 is Pentax' latest entry-level camera designed for outdoor and underwater use - it's waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof. It has a 14 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, is available in black and red and costs around £140.00.
- 14 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Pixel Track SR mechanism
- 2.7 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- Waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 1.5m, freezeproof to -10°C and crushproof to 100kg
- 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
- ISO 80-6400
- 1cm minimum focusing distance with 5 LED lights
- 2.3 fps continuous shooting
- Available in red or black
The Pentax WG-10 is rubberised on the outside and has an unusual shape, all of which makes it easy to grip, even in cold, wet conditions. This entry level model doesn't have the dual locking system for the memory card and battery as featured on the WG-3. A plastic ring is supplied with the camera which acts as a support for using the digital microscope mode.
On top of the camera you'll find the on / off switch and the shutter release. On the back there are two buttons for adjusting the optical zoom, the lens is housed internally within the camera. Other buttons include playback, face detection, menu, green and a d-pad which is used for cycling through the menus and also gives access to the self-timer, flash, focus and shooting modes.
The 2.7 inch screen is bright and clear and has a modest resolution at 230k dots. It has an anti-reflection coating to minimise glare and reflections. The menu system is well laid out and easy to use.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.25 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.0 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.1 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.9 fps|
|Burst Shooting||2.3 fps|
Continuous shooting records in full 14 megapixel resolution, with burst mode limited to 5 megapixels.
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Pentax WG-10 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/100 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Underwater | 1/4 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/5.2 | 20.6 mm | ISO 800
Digital Microscope | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 800
Highlight & Shadow Correction | 1/1000 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 160
Sample Photos - Images tend to be well exposed with good colour reproduction. Portraits show red-eye when using the flash, but you're able to remove this in playback. The Digital Microscope allows for very impressive macro shots. If you want to images with a higher dynamic range, you can select options to increase details in the highlights and the shadows.
Pentax WG-10 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.6 | 25.0 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.5 | 25.0 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Images have a decent level of detail at both ends of the lens, although they are a little softer around the edges and in the corners. Purple fringing isn't too much of an issue in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, so it's possible to take impressive macro shots.
Pentax WG-10 ISO test images
1/5 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 80
1/6 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100
1/13 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 200
1/25 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 400
1/50 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 800
1/100 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 1600
1/200 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 3200
1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 6400
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80 and 100, with only a slight increase at ISO 200. Images become a little soft at ISO 400 with image detail reduced at ISO 800. More detail is lost at ISO 1600, with a very soft image produced. Image quality is poor at the highest settings of ISO 3200 and 6400, with image size limited to just 5 megapixels.
Pentax WG-10 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.8 | 6.1 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the auto white balance (AWB) has an orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking a much better picture. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs well, with a colour cast when using the fluorescent preset.
Panorama | 1/320 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Panorama mode - The WG-10 stitches three shots together in panorama mode. There are some stitching issues, but it's hardly noticeable when sharing on the web.
Pentax WG-10 Digital filters
Image Tone - Bright | 1/50 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 640
Image Tone - Monochrome | 1/50 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 640
Image Tone - Natural | 1/50 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 640
Filter - Black And White | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - Extract Colour | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - Fish Eye | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - High Contrast | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - Retro | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - Sepia | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - Soft | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Filter - Toy Camera | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Ink Rubbing - Filter | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Digital Filters - The image tones can be used during recording, the rest of the filters above have been added using the editing options available in playback.
Video - Below is a video recorded at 720p HD. Quality is OK. You're not able to use optical zoom during recording.
Value For MoneyThe Pentax WG-10 is available for £140. Recommended waterproof cameras include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5, available for £295, the Nikon Coolpix AW110, available for £270 and the Canon Powershot D20, available for £260. For more waterproof cameras, have a look at the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras. If you are on a budget, the Olympus Tough cameras score well in our reviews, such as the TG-620 and TG-320.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Pentax WG-10 ProsGood value for money
Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof
Digital Microscope mode
Decent image quality
Wide range of filters for editing pictures
Pentax WG-10 ConsOnly 720p HD video recording
Small, low resolution screen
Just one lock for battery / memory card slot
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Pentax WG-10 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/5.5|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||14Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||1/4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable D-LI92 Lithium-Ion battery|
|Box Contents||USB cable, Li-ion battery, Battery charger, AC plug cord, Strap, Macro stand and Software|