Ricoh NEW WG-30w Rugged Camera


After the announcement of WG-M1, Ricoh came out with another “adventure” camera: the WG-30w which costs $276.95. The main features of the camera are mentioned below:

Durable and strong construction for underwater use down to 40 feet deep, for a continuous time of two hours and is shockproof against a fall of 5 feet. It is even dustproof, freezeproof at temperature as low as 10°C and crushproof against a weight of 220 pound.

It features 16.0MP newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and imaging engine. The new sensor and processor assures high sensitivity and low noise images with top ISO sensitivity of 6400. While working together the sensor and processor delivers high quality photographs with sharp and clear images. Unique features are supported such as Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures four images of the same night-time scene and produces a single blur-free composite image from them.

It offers WI-FI connectivity feature in order to get accessed by smartphones. Linked devices can control the function of the camera as well as it can share images with them.

The WG-30w feature a five-times optical zoom lens with a focal-length coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm wide angle to approx. 140mm medium telephoto in the 35mm format)  to capture a wide view. Several shooting modes are available with WG-30w to make it easy to use at different conditions. The lens barrel of WG-30w includes six LED Macro Lights for close up shooting.

The WG-30w provides Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. A micro-HDMI port is provided on the camera body to let the user connect it with other devices for playback.

It features an innovative triple shake protection to deliver sharp blur-free images.

1} Pixel Track SR mechanism

While taking still shots its advanced shake reduction mechanism digitally processes shake affected images and delivers sharp and crisp images.

2} Digital SR mode

While shooting in low-lightning situations it automatically raises the ISO sensitivity up to 6400.

3} Movie SR mode

while recording videos, this mode effectively compensates for the misalignment of images caused by camera shake by using exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.

The WG-30w is built with a on body, 2.7-inch LCD display with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dot for live monitoring.


Others specs. At a glance:

・ A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional) to accommodate diverse camera setups
・ Two remote control receptors (one in front and another on the back) to widen signal coverage
・ Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimeter 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 to display the time on the LCD monitor, using an extended push of the OK button when the camera’s power is turned off
・ Delay-free, pushbutton start of the playback mode, using an extended push of the playback button
・ 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



Denver, Colorado October 8, 2014   RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the launch of the new Ricoh WG-30W. Building on the heritage of  the amazing adventure proof cameras in the WG series, the WG-30w comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and advanced smartphone support functions so one can easily browse through and  download their adventures to share with family and friends. Designed to capture outdoor activities effortlessly, the WG-30w has a durable construction and a variety of outstanding features that make it ideal for those with an active lifestyle.

The WG-30w is outfitted with a new state-of-the-art, back illuminated CMOS sensor and 16 effective megapixels. This rugged camera assures brilliant images with low noise, even in dimly lit situations. In keeping with the tradition of the WG line, this new addition is lightweight and compact, yet it is tough enough to perform under a variety of outdoor conditions. The solid, airtight body is not only waterproof to an impressive depth of approximately 40 feet, but also shockproof from a height of 5 feet, crushproof against weights up to 220 pounds, and coldproof to temperatures as frigid as -10 degrees C. This new model includes the WG original Digital Microscope mode allowing the user to capture even the slightest detail, like a pebble in a mountain stream,  while six Macro lights positioned around the lens allow the subject to be more illuminated.

Thanks to its Full HD movie recording, the user is able to capture high-quality, extended movie clips at a frame rate of 30 frames per second while its enhanced underwater mode achieves better imagery for those hard to capture underwater shots.

The WG-30W comes available in two striking colors, Carbon Grey and Flame Orange and has 10 optional accessories available including a handle bar mount, a helmet mount, and a magnet mount.

Pricing and Availability

The WG-30 will be available at retailers nationwide and at in December 2014 for a suggested retail price of $299.95.”

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