Pentax has announced the latest versions of their distinctive looking rugged digital compacts; the WG-3, WG-3 GPS and the WG-10. The WG-3 and the WG-3 GPS are similar cameras with two differences; for one the WG-3 GPS is compatible with the wireless Qi (inductive power standard) recharging system, place the camera on a Qi-compatible wireless charger and the camera battery recharges automatically. No need to either pop the battery cover or for wires! As you can guess, the WG-3 GPS also comes with a built-in GPS while the WG-3 does not.
Both cameras come with a 16MP CMOS sensor, a relatively fast f/2.0-4.9 lens with a 4x optical zoom lens which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-100mm. Both are waterproof to 45 feet or approx. 13.7 meters, drop-resistant from heights of 6.6 feet or approx. 2 meters, dust-proof, can withstand cold temperatures of down to 14F or -10C and crush-proof up to 220 foot pounds of force. The WG-3 GPS has a built-in clock that can also measure pressure, altitude, depth and compass direction.
The WG-3 will retail at US$300 and the WG-3 GPS for US$350 in March.
The other new announcement, the WG-10, is an entry-level camera for the budget conscious. It's waterproof down to 33 feet or approx. 10 meters, shockproof to drops from 4.9 feet or approx. 1.49 meters, dust-proof, cold-proof down to 14F or -10C and crush-proof up to 200 foot pounds of force. The camera has a 14MP CMOS sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens offering the 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-140mm.
The WG-10 will retail for US$179.95 in mid-April.