Waterproof, shock-resistant, freezeproof and crushproof, the WG-50 is designed for extreme situations
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors and need a camera that can withstand any of the testing conditions you may find yourself in, then Ricoh’s new WG-50 could be for you. This camera is waterproof to depths of 14m, shockproof against falls from 1.6m, crushproof against forces of up to 100kgf and freezeproof to -10°C, all without additional housing.
Built around a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor, the Ricoh WG-50 is fitted with a 5x optical zoom – a 5-25mm lens that offers a full-frame equivalent focal range of 28-140mm. With an ISO range that stretches up to 6400, it promises excellent results even when in challenging light conditions.
The WG-50’s numerous creative shooting modes include: Handheld Night Snap, which automatically captures several images of the same night-time scene and produces a single, blur-free composite image from them; Underwater mode, programmed to optimise colour and contrast under the waves; and Digital Microscope mode for close-up images, which uses six LEDs, positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel, to provide bright, uniform illumination.
The WG-50 also offers Full HD movie recording, employing the H.264 recording format and allowing users to capture high-quality movie clips at 30 frames per second.
The WG-50 comes equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD monitor that has a 230k-dot resolution and AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimise glare and reflections to ensure a sharp, clear on-screen image, even in harsh sunshine. The camera also has an Outdoor View Setting mode, which easily sets the optimum monitor brightness level for a given lighting condition.
A range of optional camera-mounting accessories will also be available separately, allowing users to securely fix the camera to things like bicycles or watercraft.
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