Ricoh has announced its latest ultra-rugged compact camera, the WG-70. Nearly identical in design to its predecessors, the compact camera is specifically made for trying environments and features dedicated shooting modes for underwater and macro photography.

At the center of the WG-70 is a 16 Megapixel 1/2.3” backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400. In addition to stills, the camera captures 1080p (Full HD) video. The onboard lens features a 28–140mm 35mm-equivalent focal length, has an aperture range of F3.5-F5.5 depending on the focal length and is constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups. In addition to the optical zoom, the camera also offers an additional 7.5x zoom when using the onboard ‘Intelligent Zoom’ feature (which is limited to 7 Megapixel).

Composing and reviewing media is done on the 2.7-inch ‘outdoor-friendly’ LCD display that has an anti-reflective coating. A ring of six LEDs around the lens of the camera offers a unique means of capturing macro images. To make the most of the unique LED array, Ricoh has included a new ‘Digital Microscope’ mode that enlarges the subject being captured. A standard Macro mode is also included, in addition to the underwater shooting mode, which compensates for the color shift that happens when snapping underwater shots.

The WG-70 is waterproof down to 14m (46ft), shockproof from falls up to 1.6m (5ft) and freezeproof down to -10ºC (14ºF). The WG-70 works with Ricoh’s lineup of WG-series mount accessories, which allow you to mount the camera much like you would an action camera.

The Ricoh WG-70 will be available in mid-March at participating retailers for $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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