Ricoh Imaging announced the WG-80 point-and-shoot camera. It features a rugged exterior, a macro light and has been optimized to capture images in extreme conditions.
Built for toughness
The WG-80 is the successor to the WG-70. Its heavy-duty construction is the main selling point. This camera can shoot underwater up to 46 feet for two hours, equivalent to an IPX 8 rating. It is capable of underwater photography and can shoot up to 46 feet deep for up to two hours of continuous operation. This is equivalent to an IPX 6 or JIS Class 6 rating.
Ricoh claims that the protection it offers against the harshest environments makes it able to perform well even in the most challenging outdoor conditions.
The WG-80 has an underwater shooting mode. Based on data from images taken under water, the Underwater and Underwater Movie modes optimize color and contrast. Ricoh claims these modes produce sharp images that are true to life by improving the red shades, which are often lost underwater photography. The company also claims that the modes compensate for the loss in contrast due to the water’s diffusion of light. The Flash Off + Flash On option in the Underwater mode allows you to simultaneously capture two images using a single shutter release — one with flash and one without flash.
The back of the camera has a 2.7-inch LCD screen with around 230,000 dots. The camera has an anti-reflection coating that reduces glare and reflections outside. It also features an Outdoor View Setting mode, which adjusts the monitor brightness to suit current lighting conditions.
16 Megapixels but not 4K
Ricoh WG-80 has a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. The company claims that this sensor, along with the high-performance imaging engine, ensures exceptional low-light performance. It can also shoot ISO 6,400. Ricoh also claims that the camera has advanced image processing functions that will ensure sharp images.
The WG-80 has a feature called Handheld Night Snap mode that automatically captures multiple images of the same scene at night and creates a single blur-free composite image.
The camera cannot capture 4K video and is limited to Full HD video capture. Its video features are pretty basic. It can capture H.264 videos at 30 frames per second and can also shoot in 4K. Ricoh didn’t specify how many frames it can capture per second. However, the high-speed function is available. It only records at 720p. Ricoh markets the WG-80 to outdoor adventurers as well as for industrial use where 4K would be too high.
A 5x optical zoom lens is located in front of the sensor. The 28-140mm F/3.5-F/5.5 lens is equivalent to a 35mm format camera. It also features a macro mode, which allows for close-ups at a distance of just one centimeter.
The WB-80 has six built-in macro light functions to aid in macro photography. Ricoh claims they are located around the barrel’s circumference and provide uniform, bright light illumination for subjects when Digital Microscope mode has been selected. It provides lighting intensity almost twice as high as its predecessor, and can be adjusted in five steps to adjust the intensity depending on the situation.
The Instant Illumination Enhance function can be used to increase shutter speed and reduce subject shake. It automatically raises the discharge level of the Macro Lights when the shutter is released. Macro Lights have two modes: Self-Portrait Assist mode which uses an LED lamp blink to verify that the subject is properly captured within the frame; and LED Lighting mode which uses the Macro Lights in darkness.
Autofocus can detect both pets and faces. It can capture 32 faces in focus in 0.03 seconds. The “Smile Capture” feature automatically triggers the shutter whenever a smile has been detected.
Pricing and availability
The Ricoh WG-80 will go on sale in June for $330