Camera maker Ricoh, which recently purchased the better known Pentax, has just announced three new rugged compact cameras. All three cameras are continuation of the Pentax 'WG' line and all of them are also water, shock, and freeze-proof to varying degrees.
So, what of the new cameras?
For starters, there's the entry-level WG-20. As for the headline features, this camera is waterproof to 33 feet, shock proof to a 5 foot drop, crush-proof to 220 foot pounds of force, and freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to the toughness, there's more to like. On the imaging front, the camera has a 14Mp CCD chip, digital stabilization, and 720p video capability. Optically, the camera has a 28-140mm (5x) f3.5-5.5 equivalent zoom lens. Want one? The camera will ship in March for $199.95.
Next up: the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS.
As for these cameras, they are aimed at higher-level shooters than the WG-20. Features? These cameras are waterproof to 45 feet, shock proof to a 6.6 foot drop, crush-proof to 220 foot pounds of force, and freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to the toughness, there's more to like. On the imaging front, the camera has a 16Mp CMOS chip and 1080p video capability. Optically, the camera has a 25-100mm (4x) f2-4.9 equivalent zoom lens. More features to like: slow-motion video capture, in-camera HDR, and close focus to a mere 1cm. Want one? The camera will start to ship in March for $329.95.
As for the WG-4 GPS model, it adds built-in GPS (duh) and adds a front-side LCD display. This camera will also ship in March at a cost of $379.95.
A final feature: an all-new mounting system that allows the owner to mount and of the new cameras to a bike via the handler bars or to anything else by way of suction cups or adhesives. The accessories will start shipping later this month ranging from $19.99 to $44.99.
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