After introducing some Pentax-branded products, Ricoh has decided to reveal the WG-5 GPS rugged compact camera which bears its own brand name.
In anticipation of the CP+ 2014 event, Ricoh has launched the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS compact cameras, premium and rugged models aimed at adventurers.
Just before the start of the CP+ 2015 show, the company is replacing the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS models with a single version: the WG-5 GPS.
The differences between the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS were the built-in GPS and a secondary LCD in the front available in the latter. Now, the Japan-based maker has launched only one version, which comes packed with GPS support and a front display.
Ricoh introduces only one premium, rugged compact camera: WG-5 GPS
The new Ricoh WG-5 GPS rugged compact camera is an easy-to-hold device, which is a must when dealing with extreme conditions.
This shooter is dustproof, waterproof to depths down to 14 meters / 45 feet, shockproof to falls from 2.2 meters / 6.6 feet, freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius / 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and crushproof to forces of 100kgf.
The compact camera features multiple underwater modes, such as Mermaid, which captures two photos by pressing the shutter button once: one photo with the flash turned on and another one with the shutter turned off.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS features a dual shake reduction technology in order to make sure that photos will turn out blur-free, while videos will be stabilized.
A digital level is available, too, allowing users to see if the camera is inclined vertically or horizontally.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS comes packed with six LED lights for macro photography
On the Ricoh WG-5 GPS’ specs list, users will find a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type image sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6,400.
The compact camera features a 4x optical zoom lens with a 35mm focal length equivalent of 25-100mm and a maximum aperture of f/4.9.
The company has added a macro mode into the shooter, which allows it to focus on subjects located at a distance of just one centimeter. The macro mode will get help from six macro LED lights located in a circle around the lens.
The new Ricoh WG-5 GPS camera is capable of shooting full HD videos at up to 30fps with time-lapse video recording support. Both stills and movies can be framed via a 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD screen in Live View Mode.
Its shutter speed will range between 4 seconds and 1/4000th of a second. Only JPEG photos are supported and this series still does not offer RAW shooting support.
Release date and price details revealed
As stated above, the rugged camera employs a built-in GPS. In addition to this, it supports Eye-Fi cards in order to send files to other devices via wireless connectivity.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS measures 125 x 65 x 32mm / 4.92 x 2.56 x 1.26-inches, while weighing 236 grams / 8.32 ounces including the batteries. Speaking of which, the shooter will offer a battery life of 240 shots on a single charge.
This model will be released for $379.95 in gunmetal gray and orange colors this March. B&H PhotoVideo is already offering the WG-5 GPS for pre-order.