In an effort to appeal to the avid outdoor enthusiast and extreme sports thrill seekers, Ricoh is introducing a new line of three different digital cameras that are classified as “rugged” and highly durable. The WG-4, WG-4 GPS, and the WG-20 are the latest upgrade of the Pentax WG line and are said to be durable and tough enough to withstand the most extreme temperatures and weather conditions in addition to their ability to be used in deeper underwater photography.
They can even endure being subjected to enormous shocks due to falls or drops from up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) in height. Coupled with a new and innovative mounting system for action-oriented photography, the new Ricoh digital camera line is attracting a great deal of attention.
Ricoh purchased the Pentax brand back in 2011, but has since decided to transform the line into this new rugged design. From this point forward, cameras with the Pentax name will be synonymous with interchangeable lenses, lens cameras, and other sports optics while the Ricoh brand name will be assigned to the more portable, compact sized cameras.
The WP-4 and WP-4 GPS are the top-of-the-line digital cameras, offering a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and a F2-F4.9 camera lens which provides a 35 mm platform with a focal distance that is equivalent to 25-100 mm. Pre-installed with sensor shock resistant technology and the ability to shoot full HD video at an impressive 30 fps, the new Ricoh cameras are living up to their rugged reputation.
Of course, the major difference between these two models is the GPS abilities that can be used to capture and record coordinates and travel log information for each of the pictures taken. On the front of the WP-4 GPS is a display feature that shows the GPS data and time. These new Ricoh digital cameras even come with a highly advanced digital compass and a customized waterproof gauge that measures and displays altitude, barometric pressure, and water depth. Pictures can be taken for up to 14 meters (45 feet) underwater.
All three of the WG series offer large and easy to manipulate buttons for those who are wearing extra thick gloves in the colder climates. A 3″ LCD display on the back of the cameras even have extra anti-reflection technology for easier use in extremely bright lighting conditions. All three new rugged Ricoh digital cameras are being offered in March 2014 and are expected to be priced in the $330 to $380 USD range.