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Ricoh has announced the WG-20, a rugged compact that's waterproof to 10 meters/33 feet, freezeproof to -10C/+14F and able to survive a 1.5m/5ft drop. Bearing a 14 megapixel CCD sensor, it provides a 28-140mm 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD movie recording. It's a continuation of Pentax's WG-line minus the 'Pentax' logo, presumably a WG-10 replacement though the cameras appear to share the same sensor, lens and rugged specifications.

As the WG-series' entry-level model the WG-20 offers basic hardware like a 2.7-inch 230k-dot LCD, and digital-only image stabilization However, it's offered at a very attractive $199.95 price point. Available in March, it will be sold in white or red.

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Press Release:

Ricoh Imaging Announces Ricoh WG-20 Marking the 16th Generation of Adventure-Ready Compact Cameras

Waterproof, Coldproof, Dustproof and Shockproof Compact is the Ideal Device for the Dynamic, On-the-Go Photographer

DENVER, CO, February 5, 2014Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) today announced the 16th generation in its lineup of weather and adventure-ready compact cameras, the Ricoh WG-20. Ideal for the active family or consumer, the Ricoh WG-20 combines a variety of user-friendly features and durable construction to capture important moments effortlessly and without worry.

Despite its compact, lightweight body, the Ricoh WG-20 offers outstanding specifications that outperform standard digital cameras and smartphones under a variety of demanding outdoor conditions. Empowering consumers to focus on the moment, the Ricoh WG-20 is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from drops of up to five feet, coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot-pounds of force. For the individual that desires additional creative flare, the Ricoh WG-20 is equipped with a host of advanced functionality and 25 shooting modes, including the Ricoh Imaging-original Digital Microscope mode. Using this mode, consumers can focus on subjects as close as one centimeter from the lens, capturing rich, and often overlooked, details. Whether it’s a day on the beach or a snowy weekend on the slopes, the WG-20 accommodates a broad range of shooting applications, from outdoor adventures to everyday snapshots and everything in between.

"The Ricoh WG-20’’s easy-to-use modes and convenient specifications keep up with the on-the-go consumer," said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging. "The WG-20 enables users to capture important moments without having to worry about rain, sand or snow and instead concentrate on recording important memories."

Thanks to a 14-megapixel sensor, the Ricoh WG-20 is capable of producing high-quality images ideal for printing and sharing. Powered by a state-of-the-art image processing engine and digital shake-reduction system, the Ricoh WG-20 creates sharp, blur-free images even in low-light or shake-prone conditions. Finally, capturing rich, detailed video is simple with the WG-20’s HD movie recording mode which offers a variety of movie editing functions, such as extracting a still image from movie data and inserting titles at the beginning and end of a movie clip.

Also new to the WG-family of products are a series of mounting accessories that extend the ability to capture action from new perspectives and vantage points. This mounting solution consists of a camera base which uses a flexible ball and socket system to maintain compatibility with three new mounts; a flat surface camera mount, handlebar camera mount and suction cup camera mount.

Pricing and Availability
Offered in white and red, the WG-20 will be available in March 2014 for a price of $199.95.

The WG series mounting accessories are compatible will all WG-series cameras and will be available at retailers nationwide and online in February 2014 and are priced as follows:

- Camera holder - $19.99
- Adhesive mount - $44.99
- Handle bar mount - $39.99
- Suction cup mount - $42.99

Additional information including product specifications and press images are available at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

Ricoh WG-20 specifications

Price
MSRP$199.95 / £199.99
Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution4288 x 3216
Other resolutions4224 x 2376, 3216 x 3216, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 80-6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationDigital only
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsBest, better, good
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–140 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Digital zoomYes (6.7x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1500 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto Picture
  • Program
Scene modes
  • Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye
Drive modes
  • One-shot, self-timer, continuous, burst, remote control, interval, auto bracketing
Continuous drive0.7 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30p, 15p), 640 x 480 (30p, 15p), 320 x 240 (30p, 15p)
FormatMotion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage included97MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (optional infrared)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 10m, shockproof from 1.5m, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionD-LI92 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)260
Weight (inc. batteries)164 g (0.36 lb / 5.78 oz)
Dimensions114 x 58 x 28 mm (4.49 x 2.28 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone