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.
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, 2014 – Ricoh 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
|MSRP||$199.95 / £199.99|
|Max resolution||4288 x 3216|
|Other resolutions||4224 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:h||1:1, 4:3, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||14 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||15 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|White balance presets||4|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization||Digital only|
|JPEG quality levels||Best, better, good|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Autofocus assist lamp||No|
|Digital zoom||Yes (6.7x)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1500 sec|
|Flash range||4.00 m (Auto ISO)|
|Flash modes||Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye|
|Continuous drive||0.7 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30p, 15p), 640 x 480 (30p, 15p), 320 x 240 (30p, 15p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Remote control||Yes (optional infrared)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (waterproof to 10m, shockproof from 1.5m, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)|
|Battery description||D-LI92 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||260|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||164 g (0.36 lb / 5.78 oz)|
|Dimensions||114 x 58 x 28 mm (4.49 x 2.28 x 1.1″)|
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