Ricoh WG-4 GPS Rugged Camera With New POV Mounting System & Manual Control

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I like this. I like this a lot. Nice work, Ricoh. Along with their new rugged outdoor point-and-shoot camera, the WG-4 GPS, Ricoh is introducing a “modular camera mount system” that allows you to use the WG-4 as a POV action camera. This is a great development for outdoor enthusiasts who’ve had to carry both a POV camera and point-and-shoot, or choose one over the other. Now you can carry one camera and have it all.
Ricoh WG4 Rugged P&S With New Modular Mounting System

Pentax WG-4 GPS Key Features And Specs:

  • 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 4x 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9 optical zoom lens
  • Dual shake reduction system combines sensor-shift and Digital SR image stabilization
  • Full HD video (1920 x 1080 30 FPS and 1280 x 720 60/30 FPS)
  • Interval modes (for time lapse) and High Speed Movie mode(120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 125-6400
  • New: shuter-priority manual exposure control
  • Waterproof to 45 feet (13.7m)
  • Shockproof from 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Freezeproof to 14 F (-10 C)
  • Crushproof – 220 pounds of force
  • 3-inch 460k-dot LCD display
  • Electronic level
  • Built-in GPS with dedicated LCD display, compass, altimeter and depth meter (WG-4 GPS)
  • Digital Microscope mode with 6 LED lights

The new 16-megapixel WG-4 GPS is built for outdoor adventure. It’s waterproof to 45 feet, it can withstand drops of over 6 feet, it can handle 220 pounds of crushing force and it’s freezeproof down to 14F. As the name implies, it has built-in GPS with a digital compass. The GPS tags your photos with location data, tells you altitude and underwater depth, and even records track data like a proper dedicated GPS unit. If the Ricoh brand is confusing, that’s because this is the first WG outdoor point-and-shoot to get the Ricoh name. Previously, the WG cameras were under the Pentax name and the WG-4 GPS is the 17th generation of that camera line. However, Ricoh acquired Pentax in 2011 and is re-branding all compact cameras with the Ricoh name. Digital SLRs, however, will still carry the Pentax name.

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Ricoh WG4 Rugged P&S With New Modular Mounting System

Ricoh WG4 Rugged P&S With New Modular Mounting System





Spec-wise, little has changed with the new WG-4 GPS. It appears to use the same 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor as the WG-3 and the waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freezeproof ratings are all the same. There is one important change, though. Ricoh added shutter-priority manual exposure control. This makes perfect sense for a camera like the WG-4 GPS, which will be used by lots of outdoor adventurers for all kinds of action photos. Shutter priority allows you to choose a fast shutter speed to make sure you freeze the action in snowboard, surf, bmx or any other kind of sports photo. It’s a feature that’s been sorely missed with rugged point-and-shoot cameras until very recently. It’s good to see Ricoh bring some manual control to a camera that’s sure to end up in the hands of lots of outdoor action sports junkies.

To summarize, the important updates with the new Ricoh WG-4 GPS rugged point-and-shoot camera are the new shutter-priority shooting mode, and the new modular mount system. The mount system includes a camera holder and three types of mounts to accommodate different kinds of activities. There’s a standard adhesive mount that is commonly used to attach POV cameras to helmets; a handlebar mount for bicycles; and a suction cup mount that can be used on car bodies, windows, etc. The Ricoh WG-4 doesn’t have the same super-wide view as most POV cameras. However, it does have optical zoom and that allows you to capture a different perspective than you can with a fixed-lens POV camera.

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS will be available in black or blue in March of 2014. The suggested retail price for the WG-4 GPS is US $379.95. For $50 less ($329.95) you can get the WG-4 without GPS in either silver or “lime yellow.” The mounting system is sold a la carte. The camera holder costs $19.99, the adhesive helmet mount costs $44.99, the handlebar mount is $39.99 and the Suction cup mount is $42.99.

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