Ricoh has announced the WG-30W and WG-30, expanding its rugged compact camera lineup. The WG-30W provides Wi-Fi connectivity while the WG-30 doesn't, but outside of that the two cameras are identical. Offering a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, the WG-30W is waterproof to a depth of 40ft / 12m, shockproof to 5ft / 1.5m, crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf and coldproof down to +14F/-10C. Also included is a 2.7 inch LCD with 230k dots and 1080/30p HD video recording.

The WG-30W will be available in December (US) / early January (UK) for $299.95 / £259.99. No US pricing or availability was provided for the WG-30; in the UK it's expected to debut in early November for £229.99.

Press Release:

Meet the RICOH WG-30 and RICOH WG-30W

The latest digital compact cameras for underwater photography, including a Wi-Fi-compatible model with smartphone-support functions

Looking for the perfect underwater camera, or rugged model to help capture your next adventure?  Then look no further than the RICOH WG-30 and WG-30W, the latest digital compact cameras to join the WG-series from RICOH IMAGING UK, LTD. Boasting an array of advanced features these compact, lightweight cameras with waterproof bodies are able to hold their own in the field, ensuring you are free to capture every moment through high-quality images and Full HD movies. 

Both the RICOH WG-30 and WG-30W deliver outstanding durability under demanding conditions – including being waterproof to a depth of 12 metres, shockproof against falls from 1.5 metres, and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C.

Better still, the RICOH WG-30W, available from December, also comes equipped with a host of Wi-Fi functions. Users can release the camera’s shutter and set various shooting functions from a distance, browse and download recorded images and movies, and even share them with friends by uploading them to social networks and other websites – all via their smartphone. 

Thanks to the combination of a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and a newly designed imaging engine, these new members of the WG-series promise  brilliant, low-noise images, even when the user takes pictures of poorly illuminated scenes – like nightscapes and indoor sports events — using a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. The triple anti-shake protection also prevents blurred images, while six macro lights assist close-up shooting, with a Self-Portrait Assist mode.

With high-quality, high-resolution images with approximately 16.0 effective megapixels and Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie recording capability, the new WG-series models deliver  effortless imaging– making them the outdoor companions!

Other features include:

  • A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional) for a variety of  camera setups
  • Two remote control receptors (both front and back) to widen signal coverage
  • Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimetre to the subject during extended observation and shooting
  • High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds (minimum); Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject’s smile is detected
  • Outdoor-friendly Style Watch function displaying the time on the LCD monitor
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
  • A choice of 12 digital filters
  • Pet detection function to automatically detect the face of a cat or dog

Pricing and availability:

Availability: early November

Availability: early January

Ricoh WG-30 / WG-30W Specifications

 Ricoh WG-30Ricoh WG-30W
MSRP£229$299 / £259
Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialComposite, metal
Max resolution4608 x 3456
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 typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 125-6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationDigital only
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsBest, better, good
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–140 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF3.5–5.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Digital zoomYes (7.2x)
Manual focusNo
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 speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto Picture
  • Program
Scene modes
  • HDR
  • Handheld Night Snap
  • Movie
  • High Speed Movie
  • Digital Microscope
  • Landscape
  • Flower
  • Portrait
  • Underwater
  • Underwater Movie
  • Interval Shot
  • Interval Movie
  • Surf & Snow
  • Kids
  • Pet
  • Sport
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Fireworks
  • Food
  • Digital SR
  • Report
  • Green
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.90 m (Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye
Drive modes
  • One-shot
  • Self-timer
  • Continuous
  • Burst
  • Remote control
  • Auto bracketing
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage included68MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 12m/40ft, shockproof from 1.5m/5ft, crushproof to 100kgf/220lbf, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
DurabilityWaterproof, Shockproof
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionD-LI92 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)192 g (0.42 lb / 6.77 oz)194 g (0.43 lb / 6.84 oz)
Dimensions123 x 62 x 30 mm (4.84 x 2.44 x 1.18)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes