Source: Pentax Rumors
Ricoh has announced the WG-7 rugged compact camera for the Japanese market. However, its predecessor, the WG-6, became available internationally, so there’s every chance that this new model will too.
The WG-7 has plenty in common with the model that came before it. As well as being dust-proof and freeze-proof down to 14°F/–10°C, the “high-grade” tough camera can survive drops of up to 2.1m (6.9ft), sustain up to 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds) of force, and is also waterproof down to 65ft/20m. Keep in mind, however, that like its predecessor, the WG-7 can only cope with being submerged for up to two hours.
Also unchanged are the 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO of 6400, the 28–140mm f/3.5–5.5 (equivalent) lens, the built-in ring light for close-ups, and the 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot rear LCD. The sensor is stabilized and can capture 4K video at up to 30fps—something else that hasn’t changed compared to the WG-6.
In fact, you may be wondering what exactly has changed in the new model? Well, from what we can gather, two things: One, instead of being offered in black or yellow, it now comes in black or red. Two, it’s now possible to use the camera as a webcam. So, yes, after your snorkeling adventure, you can hook up to Zoom, Skype or Facebook Messenger (plus a few others), and tell your buddies how awesome it all was…
The Ricoh WG-7 is listed at ¥49,800, which is around $450, but note that the WG-6’s U.S. launch price was $400 and that model is now listed at $300.
PRESS RELEASE (TRANSLATED)
RICOH WG-7: A waterproof compact digital camera capable of continuous 2 hours of underwater photography at a depth of 20m
High-grade model with a new webcam function that can also use high-intensity ring lights
Ricoh Imaging Co., Ltd. (President: Shinobu Takahashi) has made it possible to use it as a new Web camera in addition to its well-established high waterproof performance, and it can be used not only outdoors but also in everyday business scenes. We are pleased to announce the release of the high-grade model “RICOH WG-7” of digital cameras.
This product is a high-grade model with the highest toughness performance of the waterproof compact digital camera “WG” series, such as waterproof performance at a depth of 20m, drop impact resistance from a height of 2.1m, and cold resistance at –10°C. You can enjoy ultra-high-definition still images with 20 million effective pixels and high-quality video with 4K resolution even in harsh environments, and you can also record location information on images taken with the built-in GPS unit and log recording when moving. In addition, it has a new function that can be used as a high-quality Web camera by connecting to a PC, and it is very handy due to the built-in large-light variable ring light and the shortest 1cm close-up shooting function, as well as the display of participating users during a Web conference. It is easy to take magnified shots of small parts while illuminating them brightly, and explain and display them online.
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