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Ricoh Announces Rugged WG-6 and G900 Compact Cameras
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 22, 2019 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
Source: DPReview

Ricoh has unveiled the new flagship model in its line of rugged, waterproof compact cameras. The WG-6—which is waterproof to 65ft/20m (only for up to two hours, mind you), can survive being dropped up to 6.5ft/2.1m, and still functions down to 14°F/–10°C—boasts a 20-megapixel 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor, a 28–140mm f/3.5–5.5 (equivalent) lens, and a macro ring light. Unlike its predecessors, it can capture 4K/30p video.

At the same time, the Japanese company has released the G900, an even more-rugged version of the WG-6 designed for industrial applications. As well as sharing the WG-6’s resistance to water, cold and drops, the G900 is chemical-resistant and crushproof (to 220lbf/100kgf). All other specs are identical to the WG-6’s, but the G900 has 6.5GB of internal memory aboard, so you’re ready to shoot out of the box without using the SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. The G900 also has a few other unique add-ons, including the ability to attach text or audio memos to images, a barcode scanning function, an electronic level, and password protection.

The WG-6 is priced at $400 and is available in black and orange, while the black/silver-only G900 will set you back $800.

Check out the press releases below for more details.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Ricoh Imaging introduces top-of-the-line model in its WG series of ultra-rugged digital compact cameras
Waterproof, shockproof RICOH WG-6 camera packs 20 megapixels and 4K-resolution video functionality in a small and durable package

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, February 21, 2019-Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the RICOH WG-6, a compact, waterproof and shockproof digital camera that produces super high-resolution photos and 4K video. Equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage and a large, wide-frame LCD monitor, the new, top-of-the- line model in the rugged WG series makes it easy to capture a range of images – from eye- catching close-ups to sweeping landscapes – in the most extreme conditions.

The RICOH WG-6 adds a host of newly designed features including a multi-application ring light ideal for macro-photography and the most dependable waterproof body in WG-series history, capable of shooting to a depth of 65 feet, for up to two continuous hours. The WG-6 body is shockproof against a fall from heights of 6.5 feet and operational in temperatures as low as -10°C.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 20 effective megapixels and a high-performance imaging engine, the RICOH WG-6 delivers super-high-resolution still images and 4K-resolution video clips. In addition to the conventional Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode, it features a new Movie SR+ mode to assure high-quality shooting with more active, fast-action outdoor activities.

A six-LED ring light unit positioned around the lens allows use of a faster shutter speed to minimize camera shake and subject shake in macro and close-up photography. This feature also allows the photographer to choose specific LEDs to illuminate a subject more three- dimensionally and emphasize its delicate contours.

Additional outdoor-friendly features include a GPS module to record position data and travel log data onto captured images; an electronic compass; and the innovative Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single blur-free composite image of them.

| Pricing and Availability |

The RICOH WG-6 will be available for pre-sale at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399.95.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Ricoh Imaging announces heavy-duty industrial digital camera ideal for construction, civil engineering and disaster relief
Resistant to water, dust, shock and chemicals, the new RICOH G900 produces high-resolution images in the most challenging conditions

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, February 21, 2019-Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the RICOH G900, a heavy-duty, compact digital camera designed for capturing high-quality images and 4K video in demanding industrial environments. Waterproof, dustproof, shock- and chemical-resistant, the G900 is optimized for use in challenging conditions subject to water, rain, dust and dirt, and in industries such as construction, civil engineering, disaster relief and healthcare.

The successor to the RICOH G800, the RICOH G900 offers a new, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 20 effective megapixels that captures high-resolution images even in low-light conditions. It features a 5X optical zoom (equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm format), and a six-LED ring light unit positioned around the lens that allows use of a faster shutter speed to minimize camera shake and subject shake in macro and close-up photography.

Approximately 26 percent more compact than its predecessor, the rugged RICOH G900 is waterproof to a depth of 65 feet for up to two hours of continuous operation, and its enhanced shock-resistant body is capable of withstanding a fall from 6.5 feet.

The camera offers an array of features designed to facilitate shooting in industrial environments, including an advanced GPS system and an electronic compass that records accurate position and direction data; easily accessible controls; a comfortable, contoured grip; and the wide neck strap of its predecessor, which enables two-point, cross-shoulder suspension to make the RICOH G900 easy to carry and handle at worksites.

The RICOH G900’s unique, enhanced camera memo function mode greatly reduces the workload needed for post-shooting data management. Previously created text or audio can be easily attached to a captured image, and reference images such as plans or blueprints can be browsed on the camera’s 3-inch LCD monitor. A transparency guide allows the user to recall a previously captured image on the monitor to compare images side-by-side and measure progress of work that has been completed. Additional features include a barcode scanning function, password- protected camera lock, 6.5GB of built-in memory and an electronic level.

| Pricing and Availability |

The RICOH G900 will be available for pre-sale at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.95.

 

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