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The Ricoh WG-4 and WG-4 GPS update the previously Pentax-branded rugged WG-series as step-up models featuring a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 25-100mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens and sensor-shift image stabilization. The two models are identical with the exception of the WG-4 GPS' built-in location tagging capability and front-facing display.

Both cameras bear a strong family resemblance to the previous-generation Pentax WG-3/WG-3 GPS, also rated as waterproof to 14 meters/45 feet, coldproof to -10 degrees Celsius/+14 Fahrenheit and shockproof to a 2 meter/6.6 foot drop. The new models offer shutter priority mode and a 'User' mode that stores custom settings.

Available in March, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS will sell for $329.95 and $379.95 respectively. They're introduced alongside mounting accessories including a camera holder and an adhesive mount, handle bar mount and suction cup mount. 

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Press Release:

Ricoh Imaging Extends the Adventure with Debut of WG-4 GPS & WG-4 Rugged Cameras, Complete with New Mounting System

Advanced Features, Durable Construction and Versatile Mounting System Deliver the Ideal Imaging Solution for the Ultimate Explorer

DENVER, CO, February 5, 2014 – With over 20 years of experience in pioneering the design and development of adventure-ready cameras, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) is pleased to introduce the Ricoh WG-4 series of rugged compact cameras and new modular mounting system. Taking usability and flexibility to the next level, the Ricoh WG-4 series of cameras and its versatile mounting accessories outfit even the most extreme adventurers with an action-ready system that is primed for the most inclement weather conditions and thrilling adventures.

Building on the outstanding ergonomics and sturdy design the WG series is known for, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS and WG-4 offer consumers a form factor ideal for the rough-and-tumble lifestyle of any explorer. When combined with the new WG mounting accessories, adventures become hands-free; extending the ability to capture action from new perspectives and vantage points ensuring that the once-in-a-lifetime shot is never missed. Consisting of a camera base which uses a flexible ball and socket system, these new mounting accessories maintain compatibility with three new mounts; an adhesive camera mount, handlebar camera mount and suction cup camera mount.

"As the 17th generation in our lineup of ruggedized compact cameras, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS and WG-4 represent the culmination of years of experience in manufacturing products that can withstand the elements," said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging. "Using our expertise in the category, Ricoh Imaging has developed an adaptable mounting solution that continues to build our offering for the active photographer while delivering on consumer demand."

Inside its rugged body, the Ricoh WG-4 series houses a variety of photographic tools to bring inspired adventure to life! Advanced shooting modes like HDR mode produce beautifully accurate scenery depicted true to memory, while Slow-Motion Video captures and enhances even the quickest action with details regular video can miss. Other user-friendly features include Panoramic mode and Digital Microscope mode, which uses six LED lights to focus on subjects as close as one centimeter from the lens bringing tiny worlds to life.

Much like Ricoh Imaging’s popular line of PENTAX DSLRs, the Ricoh WG-4 series now provides enhanced flexibility and creative control with the inclusion of USER and Shutter Priority modes. The newly-incorporated USER mode enables quick recall of frequently used settings while the shutter priority mode allows the photographer to obtain the desired creative effect by setting the shutter speed and allowing the camera to adjust the aperture and ISO for the optimum exposure.

Continuing the rugged heritage of the WG series of cameras, the Ricoh WG-4 and WG-4 GPS are waterproof to 45 feet, shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet, cold proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot-pounds of force. In addition, the Ricoh WG-4 series features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a thoughtfully designed folded optical 4X zoom lens, enabling its pocketability while also ensuring its optics are not exposed dust and moisture like those of a protruding lens barrel. Finally, the adventure-prone explorer need not worry about blurry images. Thanks to the WG-4’s fast F2.0 maximum aperture and dual shake reduction system, which combines an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Digital SR mode, to guarantee clear, sharp images even in shake-prone conditions.

Pricing and Availability
Updated to match the most current color trends in the outdoor industry, the new WG-4 GPS is available in a choice of blue or black for a price of $379.95. The WG-4 is available in silver or lime yellow for a price of $329.95. Both models will be available at retailers nationwide and online in March 2014.

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-4 and WG-4 GPS specifications

 Ricoh WG-4Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Price
MSRP$329.95 / £279.99$379.95 / £329.99
Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–100 mm
Optical zoom4×
Maximum apertureF2.0 - F4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (7.2x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto Picture
  • Program
  • Shutter Priority
  • User
Scene modes
  • Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight
Built-in flashYes
Flash range10.00 m (Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye
Drive modes
  • One-shot, self-timer, continuous, burst, remote control, auto bracketing
Continuous drive1.5 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
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage included70MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 14m, shockproof from 2m, crushproof to 220 lbf, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionD-LI92 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)230 g (0.51 lb / 8.11 oz)235 g (0.52 lb / 8.29 oz)
Dimensions124 x 64 x 33 mm (4.88 x 2.52 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNoneBuiltIn