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Ricoh Announces WG-70 Waterproof and Shockproof Compact
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 5, 2020 @ 08:00 PM (EST)
Source: PetaPixel

Ricoh has unveiled the WG-70, the company’s latest rugged compact camera. Very similarly designed to its predecessors, the WG-50 and WG-60, the new camera is built around the same 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor and 28–140mm (full-frame equivalent) f/3.5–5.5 lens. As before, the camera captures 1080p video and features a 2.7-inch 230K-dot LCD.

The WG-70’s “ultra-rugged” specs also remain the same: It’s shockproof from falls up to 5 feet (1.6m), freezeproof down to 14ºF (–10ºC), and waterproof down to 46 feet (14m)—though only up to 2 hours! Along with the built-in ring of LEDs for shooting macro, there’s an advanced underwater shooting mode that “optimizes color, contrast and white balance to deliver sharp, true-to-life images.”

Available in mid-March, the Ricoh WG-70 will be priced at $280.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Ricoh announces newest ultra-rugged digital compact camera in its acclaimed WG series
RICOH WG-70 features advanced shooting modes for underwater and macro photography, high-definition video

PARSIPPANY, NJ, February 4, 2020 - Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the RICOH WG-70, a durable, lightweight and waterproof compact digital camera that produces super-high resolution photos and high-definition (HD) video. Equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage and a large, outdoor-friendly wide-frame LCD monitor, the new model in the rugged WG series makes it easy to capture a range of images – from eye-catching close-ups to sweeping landscapes – in extreme conditions, both on land and under the sea.

The RICOH WG-70 adds a number of newly designed features including a digital microscope mode that, when coupled with the use of the camera’s six-LED macro lights, enables the user to clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world and effortlessly capture eye-catching close-up images. It also features an advanced underwater shooting mode that optimizes color, contrast and white balance to deliver sharp, true-to-life images. Ricoh has also added a new digital Cross Processing effect option, allowing the user to give an artistic, altered color finish to images, similar to result of cross-processing film images.

The RICOH WG-70 camera’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 16 effective megapixels and a high-performance imaging engine delivers super-high-resolution still images and HD video clips. It features triple anti-shake protection to prevent blurred images and videos in all applications.

The RICOH WG-70 is waterproof to a depth of 46 feet (14 meters), shockproof against a fall from a height of five feet (1.6 meters) and freeze-proof in temperatures as low as 14°F (–10°C). It also comes equipped with an outdoor-friendly LCD monitor with a brightness level that can be instantly adjusted to the lighting level of a shooting situation. The camera is 4.8 inches wide by 2.4 inches high by 1.2 inches deep and weighs approximately 6.8 ounces (including battery and SD memory card).

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