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Save $50 on the new Pentax WG-3!
Posted By: Adam, 05-01-2013, 01:21 PM

Need a rugged outdoor compact? The Pentax WG-3 is available for $50 off ($249) this month thanks to an instant rebate from Pentax!

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nice price! very tempted.
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Thanks for the heads up
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Need a rugged outdoor compact? The Pentax WG-3 is available for $50 off ($249) this month thanks to an instant rebate from Pentax!

wg-3| B&H Photo Video
pentax wg-3 : Buy or Learn at Adorama
Is this only through B&H? I don't see any mention of rebates anywhere else.........

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleRed Quote
Is this only through B&H? I don't see any mention of rebates anywhere else......
There's a link to Adorama's page for this camera right below the B&H link. Tip: buy the "bundled" deal at Adorama to get a free Lowepro carrying case ($15) and Lexar Class 10 16GB SDHC card ($17) for same $247 price as the camera alone.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
There's a link to Adorama's page for this camera right below the B&H link. Tip: buy the "bundled" deal at Adorama to get a free Lowepro carrying case ($15) and Lexar Class 10 16GB SDHC card ($17) for same $247 price as the camera alone.
Good find! We Pentaxians need all the help with costs that we can find these days......
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Of course, there's the little matter of whether I really "need" this camera or not... I have a 5-year-old Olympus Tough camera that is still going strong and serves me well at the beach or poolside with pretty decent image quality in sunny conditions, although I am very interested in the f/2.0 lens (at 25mm wide angle), and 1080p video of the WG-3... just not sure it would worth spending $250 on that upgrade...
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I just saw that they have it at the pentax web store for $200. I think the deal is today only.
PentaxWebstore.com: GMA

"PENTAX WG-3 - w/ Case, 8 GB SD Card & Extended Warranty"

You have to enter promocode GMA at checkout.
(The website was kind of going down before but seems ok now)

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That's a great deal for $200 if you want the WG-3 for the fast f/2.0 lens and waterproof/crushproof/dropproof construction. Still, I've read some mixed online reviews about the WG-3's image quality as well as video capability. I'm actually more tempted by an older Olympus Tough TG-820 that I found on sale for $148 on ebay (via Beach Camera), although it's a manufacturer refurbished model with what appears to be a 90-day limited warranty. The Olympus gets very good reviews on its image quality, although it's not a fast lens (f/3.9) and it's 12 megapixels versus the Pentax's 16 megapixels. But the Olympus has a much sharper LCD screen (1 million dots) versus the Pentax LCD (460,000).

Olympus Tough TG 820 IHS 12 0 MP Digital Camera Red 050332182219 | eBay
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
That's a great deal for $200 if you want the WG-3 for the fast f/2.0 lens and waterproof/crushproof/dropproof construction. Still, I've read some mixed online reviews about the WG-3's image quality as well as video capability. I'm actually more tempted by an older Olympus Tough TG-820 that I found on sale for $148 on ebay (via Beach Camera), although it's a manufacturer refurbished model with what appears to be a 90-day limited warranty. The Olympus gets very good reviews on its image quality, although it's not a fast lens (f/3.9) and it's 12 megapixels versus the Pentax's 16 megapixels. But the Olympus has a much sharper LCD screen (1 million dots) versus the Pentax LCD (460,000).

Olympus Tough TG 820 IHS 12 0 MP Digital Camera Red 050332182219 | eBay
Hmm ya good points. I read anything above ISO 200 is noisy on the WG-3. I guess it's designed to be an outdoor camera.
What I'm looking for: Small take-it-anywhere, Waterproof for underwater shots, cheap. Decent Image quality. Good video quality.

It seems that these cameras "true resolution" are both around 9.7 Megapixels. (I didn't realize this at first)
http://snapsort.com/compare/Olympus-TG-820-vs-Pentax-WG-3/specs

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I was going to buy this anyways to replace my Olympus TG-1. So this saved me $50. :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by devorama Quote
I was going to buy this anyways to replace my Olympus TG-1.
Curious-- What didn't you like about the TG-1? I thought it's basically very similar to the WG-3?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douge Quote
What I'm looking for: Small take-it-anywhere, Waterproof for underwater shots, cheap. Decent Image quality. Good video quality.
Looks like the Olympus Tough TG-820 fits the bill for you-- more compact, lighter than WG-3, and $50 cheaper. possibly better video quality too. If the WG-3's image quality is apparently noisy above ISO 200, and thus the camera is best used outdoors in sunny weather, what's the point of having an f/2.0 lens? I doubt there's much depth of field to be had such a small sensor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
Looks like the Olympus Tough TG-820 fits the bill for you-- more compact, lighter than WG-3, and $50 cheaper. possibly better video quality too. If the WG-3's image quality is apparently noisy above ISO 200, and thus the camera is best used outdoors in sunny weather, what's the point of having an f/2.0 lens? I doubt there's much depth of field to be had such a small sensor.
Ya I think you're right. Too bad it's sold out at this local store.
Olympus Tough 12MP 5X Optical Zoom Waterproof Digital Camera (TG-820) - Blue : Compact Cameras - Future Shop

I'll keep an eye out for a deal on it, as I don't need it until the summer

http://gearpatrol.com/2013/04/12/adventure-proof-5-best-rugged-compact-cameras/

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Funny you guys should mention the TG-820 its on a 1 day sale right now (for another few hours) for $199 + FS
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