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Ricoh WG-20 Waterproof Digital Camera Announced

Ricoh WG-20 Waterproof Digital Camera Announced - Ricoh has launched the WG-20, a rugged camera with a compact lightweight body.

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Product : Ricoh WG-20
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Ricoh has announced the WG-20 compact rugged camera.

It is waterproof, crushproof and cold-resistant, and is aimed at those who want to capture outdoor activities with ease. 

There are a range of camera mounting accessories available to allow users to attach the camera securely to a bike or even a boat, to capture action images from a new angle or viewpoint. 

The camera features a 14 megapixel sensor and can capture HD video. 

The WG-20 will be available at the end of February 2014 in black, red and white for £199.99.

From Ricoh:
RICOH IMAGING UK, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the RICOH WG-20 digital compact camera. This new model features a compact, lightweight body for outstanding portability and a waterproof, crushproof and cold-resistant construction to ensure trouble-free shooting in a variety of outdoor scenarios.

This waterproof digital compact camera is designed so that anyone can capture outdoor activities with ease. Despite its compact, lightweight body, the WG-20 offers outstanding basic specifications, outperforming ordinary digital cameras and smartphones under demanding outdoor conditions. It is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres; shock resistant against falls from 1.5 metres; and cold resistant against temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a host of advanced functions, including the RICOH IMAGING-original Digital Microscope mode that magnifies the subject and captures a microscopic world often unnoticeable with the naked eye, in eye-catching images. The WG-20 is fully equipped to accommodate a broad range of applications, from outdoor shooting, to everyday snapshots and business use.

A range of optional camera-mounting accessories will be launched simultaneously with the WG-20, allowing users to securely fix the camera on a bicycle or watercraft. Using the camera’s creative shooting functions, such as interval shooting and HD movie recording, users can also capture unique images seen from a totally different angle or viewpoint.
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Major Features


Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting to 10 metres deep, for up to two (continuous) hours
The WG-20’s airtight body is not only waterproof to a depth of 10 metres and for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8), but also shock-resistant against a fall from  1.5 metres, dustproof (equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6), cold-resistant against temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force). Thanks to its dependable, heavy-duty construction, it performs superbly and dependably in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.

Digital Microscope mode for microscopic observation
The WG-20 features the innovative Digital Microscope mode, which magnifies the subject on the LCD monitor for the observation and photography of a microscopic world unseen by the naked eye. Thanks to five LED Macro Lights positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel, the subject is illuminated more brightly and uniformly than in ambient light to facilitate macro shooting. In order to minimise camera shake and subject shake, its instant illumination enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the illumination level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. A macro stand is also included as a standard accessory to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimetre to the subject during extended observation and shooting.

High-quality images made possible by the latest super-resolution technology
In addition to super-high resolution by approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a state-of-the-art imaging engine, the WG-20 also offers advanced image processing functions made possible by the latest super-resolution technology to deliver sharp, clear, high-resolution images. Because of this, users can effortlessly produce sharp, high-resolution prints with well-depicted details, even when images are enlarged to poster size.
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HD movie recording
The WG-20’s HD movie recording function makes it easy to capture high-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9 proportions, 30 frames per second). It also offers a variety of movie editing functions, such as extracting a still image from movie data and inserting titles at the beginning and end of a movie clip. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is provided on the camera body for simultaneous output of HD movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.

Large, 2.7-inch LCD monitor
The WG-20 comes equipped with a large, 2.7-inch colour LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dots. The RICOH IMAGING-original AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimises annoying glare and reflections to assure sharp, clear on-screen images even under the harsh sunshine often encountered in outdoor shooting.

5X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage
Within its compact body, the WG-20 features a five-times optical zoom lens with a focal-length coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm wide angle to approx. 140mm medium telephoto in the 35mm format). This versatile zoom lens comes in handy for a wide variety of scenes and subjects, from wide-angle photos of breathtaking scenery to family/group snapshots, and even dramatic telephoto images of distant subjects.

Triple anti-shake protection to compensate different types of shake

(1) Pixel Track SR mechanism
When recording still images, this sophisticated shake-reduction mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake by digitally processing affected images.

(2) Digital SR mode
When the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, it automatically raises the sensitivity as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed to effectively minimise adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.

(3) Movie SR mode
During movie recording, this digital shake-reduction mode effectively compensates for the misalignment of images caused by camera shake through the use of exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.
 
Other features
  • High-speed Face Detection function, with Self-Portrait Assist mode.
  • 50282 Protector Jacket (optional accessory) to protect the camera body from scratches and dirt.
  • O-ST1352 Float Strap (optional accessory) to prevent loss of the camera in the water.
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes.
  • 12 digital filters for creative expression.
  • Digital Wide mode to compose an extra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to approx. 21mm wide angle in the 35mm format) from two separate images.
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards.
For more information, take a look at the Ricoh website

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