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Ricoh outs new ruggedized cameras and action mounts

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The WG-4 GPS is the new top-of-the-range tough camera from Ricoh
The WG-4 GPS is the new top-of-the-range tough camera from Ricoh
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The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS feature a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with sensor-shift shake reduction
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The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS feature a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with sensor-shift shake reduction
The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS have a 4.5-18-mm F2-F4.9 lens, which gives a 35-mm-format equivalent focal length of 25-100mm
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The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS have a 4.5-18-mm F2-F4.9 lens, which gives a 35-mm-format equivalent focal length of 25-100mm
The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS are waterproof down to 14 meters (45 ft) and shock resistant against drops from up to two meters (6.6 ft)
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The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS are waterproof down to 14 meters (45 ft) and shock resistant against drops from up to two meters (6.6 ft)
Chunky and easy-to-grip, the 125 x 64.5 x 32 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches) Ricoh WG-4 cameras have clearly been designed with action use in mind
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Chunky and easy-to-grip, the 125 x 64.5 x 32 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches) Ricoh WG-4 cameras have clearly been designed with action use in mind
The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS can operate in temperatures down to -10°C (14°F), and are crushproof to 100 kg (220 lb)
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The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS can operate in temperatures down to -10°C (14°F), and are crushproof to 100 kg (220 lb)
A sub-display on the front of the WG-4 GPS is used to indicate time and GPS data
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A sub-display on the front of the WG-4 GPS is used to indicate time and GPS data
The WG Series handlebar mount uses a pinch structure to fasten to your bike, motorcycle or hang glider
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The WG Series handlebar mount uses a pinch structure to fasten to your bike, motorcycle or hang glider
The WG Series suction cup mount can be use for positioning a WG camera onto a car, boat, helmet, or anything with a solid surface
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The WG Series suction cup mount can be use for positioning a WG camera onto a car, boat, helmet, or anything with a solid surface
The WG Series adhesive mount gives a semi-permanent solution, and is held in place by powerful adhesive tape
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The WG Series adhesive mount gives a semi-permanent solution, and is held in place by powerful adhesive tape
On the rear of the Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS there's a 3-inch LCD display with 460k dots
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On the rear of the Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS there's a 3-inch LCD display with 460k dots
The buttons on the Ricoh WG cameras are big enough that they can be operated while wearing gloves
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The buttons on the Ricoh WG cameras are big enough that they can be operated while wearing gloves
The WG-4 GPS is the new top-of-the-range tough camera from Ricoh
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The WG-4 GPS is the new top-of-the-range tough camera from Ricoh
The Ricoh WG-20 will be available in red or white and sell for $200
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The Ricoh WG-20 will be available in red or white and sell for $200
The WG Series Mounting System consists of a camera holder and a series of ball-and-socket system mounts
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The WG Series Mounting System consists of a camera holder and a series of ball-and-socket system mounts
The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS will come in a range of colors
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The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS will come in a range of colors
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Ricoh has revealed a trio of new ruggedized cameras that are designed to cope with the demands of thrill-seeking photographers. In addition to being tough enough to use in extreme conditions – whether that's underwater, in very cold temperatures, or being subjected to shocks – the new WG-4 GPS, WG-4 and WG-20 cameras will also work with a new action-oriented mounting system.

If the new Ricoh cameras look familiar, that's because they're the successors to the Pentax WG line-up. After purchasing Pentax in 2011, Ricoh Imaging has now decided to use its name on the new rugged cameras. Going forward, the Pentax brand will be used on interchangeable lens cameras, lenses and sport optics, while the the Ricoh name will be reserved for compact cameras.

Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS

The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS will come in a range of colors
The Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS will come in a range of colors

The new top-of-the-range rugged cameras from Ricoh are the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS (we bet you can guess the difference). Both cameras feature a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CMOS sensor with sensor-shift shake reduction and a 4.5-18-mm F2-F4.9 lens, which gives a 35-mm-format equivalent focal length of 25-100mm. They have an ISO range of 125 to 6,400 and can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps.

Showing their tough-as-nails credentials, the cameras are waterproof down to 14 meters (45 ft), shock resistant against drops from up to two meters (6.6 ft), can operate in temperatures down to -10°C (14°F), and are crushproof to 100 kg (220 lb). Chunky and easy-to-grip, the 125 x 64.5 x 32 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 in) cameras have clearly been designed with action use in mind, and have big buttons which can be pressed even when wearing gloves.

On the rear of the cameras there's a 3-inch LCD display with 460k dots, which also features an anti-reflection coating for use in bright conditions. Meanwhile, a ring of six LED macro lights around the lens barrel should come in handy for use with the Digital Microscope mode, though there's also a traditional built-in flash.

The WG-4 GPS, quite obviously, boasts a GPS unit to record position data and travel log data for captured images. A sub-display on the front of the WG-4 GPS is used to indicate time and GPS data, and the camera also has a pressure/altitude/depth gauge and a digital compass.

Due to be released in March, the Ricoh WG-4 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS will sell for US$330 and $380 respectively. The WG-4 GPS will come in blue or black, while the WG-4 will be offered in silver or lime yellow.

Ricoh WG-20

The Ricoh WG-20 will be available in red or white and sell for $200
The Ricoh WG-20 will be available in red or white and sell for $200

The WG-20 is the little brother to the WG-4 models and, as such, features similar styling but isn't quite as tough or powerful. It's waterproof to 10 meters (33 ft); shock resistant against falls from 1.5 meters (5 ft), though it's still cold resistant to -10°C (14°F) and crushproof to 100 kg (220 lb). Measuring 115.5 x 58.5 28.5 mm (4.5 x 2.3 x 1.1 in) and weighing 164 g (5.8 oz), it's also smaller and lighter than the WG-4.

Inside there's a 14-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor which is paired with a 5-25-mm F3.5-F5.5 lens (equivalent to 28-140-mm in 35-mm-format). Sensor-shift shake reduction is omitted for a less capable digital shake-reduction system, and the WG-20 can only shoot HD video at 720p 30 fps. The rear LCD measures 2.7 inches and has 230k dots.

Available in white or red, the Ricoh WG-20 will hit shelves in March for a price of $200.

WG Series Mounting System

The WG Series Mounting System consists of a camera holder and a series of ball-and-socket system mounts
The WG Series Mounting System consists of a camera holder and a series of ball-and-socket system mounts

Allowing adventure-loving photographers to use the WG cameras in more situations than they might have previously – and no doubt influenced by the success of GoPro cameras and accessories – is the new action-orientated WG mounting system. This consists of a camera holder and a series of ball-and-socket system mounts.

A handlebar mount uses a pinch structure to fasten to your bike, motorcycle or hang glider, with the ball and socket system making it easy to adjust. A suction cup mount can be used for positioning a WG camera onto a car, boat, helmet, or anything with a solid surface, and can easily be removed or repositioned. Meanwhile, an adhesive mount gives a more semi-permanent solution, and is held in place by powerful adhesive tape.

The WG Series Mounting System will be available this month. The camera holder will cost $20, while the handlebar mount will set you back $40, the suction cup mount $43 and the adhesive mount $45.

Product pages: WG-4, WG-4 GPS, WG-20, WG Mounting System

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Those lenses needs to be much wider to be useful as an action cam. 25mm equivalent gives about 80° FOV.
"with the ball and socket system making it easy to adjust"... and guaranteeing it flops out of position the first bump you hit.
Nice otherwise.