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Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41
Pentax WG-3 front
 
Samsung GX-10 front
Portability
59
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
46

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Key Specs

Pentax WG-3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 230g - 124 x 64 x 33mm
  • Launched July 2013
Samsung GX-10
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 793g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Introduced September 2006
  • Updated by Samsung GX-20
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Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Overview

The following is a comprehensive overview of the Pentax WG-3 and Samsung GX-10, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by brands Pentax and Samsung. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the WG-3 (16MP) and GX-10 (10MP) and the WG-3 (1/2.3") and GX-10 (APS-C) use different sensor size.

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The WG-3 was revealed 6 years after the GX-10 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Pentax WG-3 being a Compact camera and the Samsung GX-10 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a short introduction of how the WG-3 grades against the GX-10 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax WG-3 over the Samsung GX-10

 WG-3 GX-10 
IntroducedJuly 2013September 2006Newer by 84 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k210kCrisper screen (+250k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-10 over the Pentax WG-3

 GX-10 WG-3 

Common features in the Pentax WG-3 and Samsung GX-10

 WG-3 GX-10 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and measurements. The Pentax WG-3 has got outer dimensions of 124mm x 64mm x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Samsung GX-10 has proportions of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") along with a weight of 793 grams (1.75 lbs).

Take a look at the Pentax WG-3 and Samsung GX-10 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the WG-3 versus the GX-10.

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the WG-3 and GX-10 is 90 and 59 respectively.

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 top view buttons comparison

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions just by reading through a spec sheet. The picture here will give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the WG-3 and GX-10.

Clearly, both of those cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The WG-3 with its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF harder and the Pentax WG-3 will give greater detail because of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more modern WG-3 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 sensor size comparison

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax WG-3
Portrait photography with Samsung GX-10
41
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
has face detection focusing
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
53
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
megapixel count low (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Pentax WG-3 Street photography details
Samsung GX-10 Street photography details
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
64
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Pentax WG-3 Sports photography advice
Samsung GX-10 Sports photography advice
45
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
environment proof
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (240 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
53
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
environment proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax WG-3 Travel photography details
Samsung GX-10 Travel photography details
72
environment proof
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
not so great battery pack (240 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
49
environment proofing
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax WG-3 Landscape photography advice
Samsung GX-10 Landscape photography advice
54
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
not so great battery pack (240 per charge)
55
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
doesn't have liveview
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax WG-3 Vlogging factors
Samsung GX-10 Vlogging factors
36
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone port
9
no video recording
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Pentax WG-3 vs Samsung GX-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax WG-3 and Samsung GX-10
 Pentax WG-3Samsung GX-10
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Samsung
Model type Pentax WG-3 Samsung GX-10
Class Waterproof Advanced DSLR
Launched 2013-07-19 2006-09-21
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3872 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Total lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 210 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.40 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 230g (0.51 lb) 793g (1.75 lb)
Dimensions 124 x 64 x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 240 pictures -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI92 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $300 $850