If some of you had an impression that the look of a new "armored” compact Ricoh camera is familiar, then it's very probable that you were right. WG-60 closely resembles its older brother, WG-50, whose premiere took place in the previous year. Not much has changed inside since the camera can still be immersed up to 14 m, dropped from 1.5m, squeezed and used in low temperature.
Ricoh WG-60 is a camera which has been created having in mind lovers of intense experiences. The camera can be immersed up to 14m, where it can remain for 2h (the same as IPX 8 or JIS Class 8), and it is resistant to dust (the same as IPX 6 or JIS Class 6). "The armored" body of the camera also provides resistance to vibrations, falls from 1.6m and squeezing with the pressure of around 100kg. WG-60 works within the temperature range up to -10° C.
The heart of the camera is the BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sensor with the resolution of 16 megapixels. When it comes to the optical side, we will find a lens with 5× optical zoom with the equivalent of 28 - 140mm. Around the lens, there are diodes which additionally illuminate the photographed objects, mainly in the "microscope” mode. The camera works within the ISO range of 125 – 6400 and the video can be recorded in Full HD 30p (H.264).
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At the back wall of the camera, there is the 2.7'' LCD screen with the resolution of 230,000 pixels. The screen has been covered with the anti-reflective coating and there is also a possibility of regulating the screen brightness. The shape and the ergonomy have remained unchanged in comparison to WG-50.
The novelties of the camera can be found in its functionality. A new mode of underwater photographs optimizes colors and contrast based on the data of images actually caught under water. During taking photographs under water, WG-60 is to compensate the loss of red shades and contrast caused by light diffusion in water. The "Flash Off + Flash On" option enables taking 2 photographs under water – one with the use of the flash and one without the flash at single press of the shutter button. Pixel Track SR, Digital SR and Movie SR are modes which support taking sharp, still photographs.
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The properties which are also worth mentioning include: advanced "super-resolution” image processing functions, which give photographs the effects of sharpness and high clarity, as well as the manual night photography mode in which the camera records several images of the same scene and then it creates one complex image out of them.
Ricoh WG-60 will be available in 2 color versions: red and black. The camera will appear on sale next month. The expected price is $280