Pentax WG-4 GPS Digital Camera

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Expert Review

The Pentax WG-4 GPS is, for the most part, offers a slight refresh of the previous WG-3. Its predecessor was a solid waterproof camera, and the WG-4 doesn’t change the underlying formula much at all. We are focusing on the GPS version of the WG-4, but the camera can also be had in a non-GPS version; like the name suggests, the WG-4 GPS includes built-in GPS, and also adds a small secondary LCD screen at the front of the camera.

The camera uses the same 16-megapixel sensor and 4x zoom lens as before. Waterproof to 45 feet, freeze proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, crush proof up to 220 pound-feet of force, and shockproof for drops from up to 6.6 feet, the WG-4 GPS is rugged and capable of keeping up with a variety of situations. The body feels tough, with large controls that are easy to use even when underwater or wearing gloves.

Although the WG-4 lacks WiFi, it includes features such as a digital compass, clock, altimeter (used to track depth underwater and altitude when climbing), and a unique digital microscope setting which easily allows for taking macro photographs. However, some drawbacks include the camera offering rather slow performance and battery life is relatively poor. Image quality is adequate but not outstanding, while video is recorded at 1080p30. Overall, the Pentax WG-4 GPS is a durable, adventure-ready camera with some unique features, but tends to be a bit expensive when put up against the competition.Rating: 4.5/5

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