Ricoh has announced its entry in the action camera industry with the launch of the WG-M1, which offers a list of specs that is more than ready to take on the GoPro Hero series.
Rugged cameras have been around for a very long time and Ricoh has been an important part of this business for years. Recently, the action camera market has been booming, with GoPro as the company grabbing most of the attention.
There are plenty of other players in this market, but Ricoh is aiming to use its vast experience in order to get a piece of the pie. Its rugged camcorder is called WG-M1 and it comes packed with an interesting set of specifications.
Ricoh enters action camera business with the rugged WG-M1
The new Ricoh WG-M1 allows users to shoot photos underwater without the need of a housing. This action camera is waterproof down to depths of 10 meters or 32 feet, but it can also be used in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius / 14 degrees Fahrenheit and can be dropped from 2-meter / 6 feet heights.
The device employs a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor that is capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps. A Digital Shake Reduction system is in place, meaning that the videos will be without any blur.
WG-M1 can also capture high-speed movies at a frame rate of 120fps. However, the duration is limited to 60 seconds, while the resolution stands at 848 x 480 pixels.
Stereo recording is supported, too, with the mention that no sound will be recorded in high-speed mode.
Ricoh WG-M1 is based on an “outdoor-oriented” design
The first thing that you notice at a device is its design. Ricoh WG-M1 is surely packing intriguing looks, but the manufacturer is claiming that the design is meant to be “outdoor-oriented”.
Nevertheless, the action cam includes a 1.5-inch LCD screen for composing and reviewing images, while also housing a tripod mount, so that users can setup the WG-M1 in a fixed place.
The camera supports autofocus and Face Detection, making sure that the subjects will always be in focus.
All action shooters should come packed with built-in WiFi. The WG-M1 does not make an exception and it allows users to control their camera remotely or to transfer files via a smartphone or tablet.
WiFi-enabled WG-M1 is coming soon with a slew of accessories
Ricoh has confirmed that the WG-M1 comes with a lens that offers an angle-of-view of 137 degrees, but there are three other modes, such as Medium, Narrow, and Underwater, the latter being limited to 90 degrees.
The dimensions of the camera are 66 x 43 x 89mm / 2.6 x 1.69 x 3.5-inches, while its weight stands at 190 grams / 6.7 ounces with the microSD card and batteries included.
A number of optical accessories will be released, too, including adapters for the grip and angle, as well as mounts for the wrist and helmet.
The release date the Ricoh WG-M1 has been scheduled for October 2014, while its price will be $299.95.