Pentax WG-10 overview
Pentax WG-10 is Pentax's Waterproof digital camera first launched on June of 2013. The camera comes with a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The WG-10 places at #42 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras and all-around #821 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.
The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Pentax WG-10 history
The Pentax WG-10 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list below.
Pentax WG-10 Gallery
You can view the WG-10 from various angles in the gallery here.
Pentax WG-10 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Pentax WG-10 based on factors that are generally viewed as useful in a digital camera.
Pentax WG-10 Sensor information
The dimension of the sensor in the Pentax WG-10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 125 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the WG-10's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The WG-10 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Pentax WG-10 dimensions
Pentax WG-10 weighs 0.37 pounds (167 grams or 5.89 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 116mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 196 grams so the Pentax WG-10 is lighter than other rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The following is a visual of the Pentax WG-10 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the WG-10.
Pentax WG-10 Lens information
The WG-10 houses an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really great however it can be valuable in certain situations.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 which will be kind of sluggish and not ideal in low light conditions and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to up your ISO setting giving you noisy shots. Towards the long end, 140mm comes with f5.5 making it quite sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.
Pentax WG-10 Connectivity
The WG-10 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can send images and at times adjust settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
A few apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Pentax WG-10 Video information
The maximum video quality in the Pentax WG-10 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should really try to get at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means you get zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to buy another camera if you require better sound in your videos.
Pentax WG-10 Weather Sealing
Pentax WG-10 has weather sealing making it a fantastic choice to use during tough locations. This is especially handy if you are uncertain about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.
Pentax WG-10 Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax WG-10 comes with a 2.7" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Pentax WG-10 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are rather useful.
Pentax WG-10 Shutter information
Pentax WG-10 continuous shooting speed is 0.7 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Pentax WG-10 Flash and Hot shoe information
Pentax WG-10 has got just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.
Pentax WG-10 Autofocus information
Pentax WG-10 has got only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and precise than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be handy for portraits.
It comes with 9 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Pentax WG-10 can use manual focusing if needed during low light scenarios or you want to have more exact control on focusing.
Pentax WG-10 Battery life
The battery (D-LI92) on the Pentax WG-10 is fashioned to last for 260 shutters according to the CIPA benchmarks which is about the same as its competition. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 has the highest possible (380) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Listed below is a collection of Waterproof cameras having the strongest battery life:
Pentax WG-10 for different types of photography
The following chart indicates a analysis of the Pentax WG-10 for different types of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.
Pentax WG-10 as a Portrait photography camera
The Pentax WG-10 has a points tally of 41 which is subpar, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the ability to utilize off-camera flash.
Street photography with Pentax WG-10
Coming in at a nice score of 62, the Pentax WG-10 is a fine choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Pentax WG-10
A subpar sports photography points tally of 45 indicates the Pentax WG-10 is not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax WG-10 Travel photography information
Size is super crucial when choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Pentax WG-10 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a good fit to buy for your holidays.
Landscape photography with Pentax WG-10
If you find yourself planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Pentax WG-10 at it's reasonable rating of 48 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable in the current marketplace.
Pentax WG-10 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Pentax WG-10 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar rating of 31.
Pentax WG-10 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the WG-10, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the family of Waterproof.
The chart down below will give you a summary of the WG-10 compared to it's top rated rivals mentioned previously.
These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.