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Ricoh WG-5 GPS rugged camera launched with Mermaid mode

Ricoh WG-5 GPS rugged camera launched with Mermaid mode

After introducing some Pentax-branded products, Ricoh has decided to reveal the WG-5 GPS rugged compact camera which bears its own brand name.

In anticipation of the CP+ 2014 event, Ricoh has launched the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS compact cameras, premium and rugged models aimed at adventurers.

Just before the start of the CP+ 2015 show, the company is replacing the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS models with a single version: the WG-5 GPS.

The differences between the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS were the built-in GPS and a secondary LCD in the front available in the latter. Now, the Japan-based maker has launched only one version, which comes packed with GPS support and a front display.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS front
Ricoh WG-5 GPS features a 16-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens.

Ricoh introduces only one premium, rugged compact camera: WG-5 GPS

The new Ricoh WG-5 GPS rugged compact camera is an easy-to-hold device, which is a must when dealing with extreme conditions.

This shooter is dustproof, waterproof to depths down to 14 meters / 45 feet, shockproof to falls from 2.2 meters / 6.6 feet, freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius / 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and crushproof to forces of 100kgf.

The compact camera features multiple underwater modes, such as Mermaid, which captures two photos by pressing the shutter button once: one photo with the flash turned on and another one with the shutter turned off.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS features a dual shake reduction technology in order to make sure that photos will turn out blur-free, while videos will be stabilized.

A digital level is available, too, allowing users to see if the camera is inclined vertically or horizontally.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS back
Ricoh WG-5 GPS comes packed with a 3-inch LCD screen on the back.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS comes packed with six LED lights for macro photography

On the Ricoh WG-5 GPS’ specs list, users will find a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type image sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6,400.

The compact camera features a 4x optical zoom lens with a 35mm focal length equivalent of 25-100mm and a maximum aperture of f/4.9.

The company has added a macro mode into the shooter, which allows it to focus on subjects located at a distance of just one centimeter. The macro mode will get help from six macro LED lights located in a circle around the lens.

The new Ricoh WG-5 GPS camera is capable of shooting full HD videos at up to 30fps with time-lapse video recording support. Both stills and movies can be framed via a 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD screen in Live View Mode.

Its shutter speed will range between 4 seconds and 1/4000th of a second. Only JPEG photos are supported and this series still does not offer RAW shooting support.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS top
Ricoh WG-5 GPS offers a Mermaid mode that captures two photos (one with flash, one without flash) by pressing the shutter button once.

Release date and price details revealed

As stated above, the rugged camera employs a built-in GPS. In addition to this, it supports Eye-Fi cards in order to send files to other devices via wireless connectivity.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS measures 125 x 65 x 32mm / 4.92 x 2.56 x 1.26-inches, while weighing 236 grams / 8.32 ounces including the batteries. Speaking of which, the shooter will offer a battery life of 240 shots on a single charge.

This model will be released for $379.95 in gunmetal gray and orange colors this March. B&H PhotoVideo is already offering the WG-5 GPS for pre-order.

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