Ricoh has announced a new action camera designed to replace the WG-M1. It is called WG-M2 and it is lighter, tinier, tougher than its predecessor, while being capable of shooting 4K videos.
The Photokina 2014 event was the perfect place for Ricoh to enter the action camera industry. WG-M1 was the company’s first ruggedized action camera and it offered a decent specs list that included WiFi technology.
As the summer is quickly approaching in the northern hemisphere, it is the right time to reveal the successor to the WG-M1. The Ricoh WG-M2 action camera is now official with improved capabilities, such as the ability to record videos at 4K resolution.
Ricoh announces WG-M2 rugged action camera
The new Ricoh WG-M2 is said to be one of the smallest and lightest action camera on the market. The manufacturer says that it is roughly 40% tinier and lighter than the WG-M1, which is a great accomplishment.
Despite the smaller size and weight, the WG-M2 packs more punch. It can be taken underwater to depths down to 19.8 meters / 65 feet, it can be dropped from 2 meters / 6.5 feet without breaking, and it can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius / 14 degrees Fahreinheit.
Another improvement is the start-stop button. The system now includes a mechanism that vibrates in order to let the users know when a recording has begun or when it has stopped.
Framing the movies will not be a problem as the action camera has a built-in 1.5-inch LCD that can be used as a Live View mode. Moreover, the screen can be used for reviewing the multimedia content stored on the SD card.
Ricoh WG-M2 shoots 4K videos at up to 30fps
In addition to its ruggedness and design improvements, Ricoh WG-M2 features an improved sensor that can capture footage at 4K resolution and at a frame rate of up to 30fps.
Videographers who do not need to shoot such high-res videos can also record full HD movies at up to 60fps as well as 720p clips at 120fps. Those who want to shoot stills can do so at a quality of 8 megapixels.
This action camera also boasts a total of seven video effects that can add something extra to one’s adventures. Furthermore, videos can be edited directly within the camera and can be shared on the web via WiFi.
The WiFi technology can be used for remotely controlling the WG-M2 using a mobile device and the Ricoh ImageSync application. Ricoh will release the WG-M2 at the end of April for $299.95.