Ricoh WG-M1

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WG-M1The Ricoh WG-M1 digital action camera is the latest addition to the waterproof, cold proof, and shock resistant WG series.

The diminutive camera is WiFi enabled, waterproof to a depth of 10 m without requiring a protective housing, shock-resistant against a fall from 2 m, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C. With an ultra-wide-angle lens, this camera captures Full HD movies (H.264 recording format, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, with a realistic sense of depth.

The camera features digital shake reduction mode and a choice of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (approximately 137 degrees), Medium, Narrow, and Underwater. It also provides “Motion detection,” which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; “Loop recording,” which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five or 10-minute intervals; “High-speed Movie,” which records movies specifically for slowmotion playbacks; and “Time Lapse Movie,” which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.

The WG-M1 also offers multi-tasking, allowing the user to check real-time images during both still and movie recording, and a 1.5-inch colour LCD monitor.

Approximately 14.0-megapixels (effective) capture vibrant, high-resolution still images, while its high-speed, continuous shooting capability records subjects at a speed of roughly 10 images per second. Its lightweight body features an outdoor-oriented design and large control buttons.

By installing a WG-M1-dedicated app in a smartphone or tablet computer, the user can perform various camera functions from a distance: confirm the status of a subject or scene, release the WG-M1’s shutter, and even check movie recordings in real time. The user can also browse and download images and movies recorded by the WG-M1 onto a smartphone or tablet for editing using the tools provided by the app, then upload them to social networking and other websites.

The WG-M1 comes with a carabiner-equipped strap for easy carrying, and a WG adhesive mount to attach the camera to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape. In addition, there are numerous optional accessories available including a wrist strap mount, a helmet mount, and a magnet mount.

The WG-M1 will be available in October, in two body colours (black and orange), for a suggested retail price of $319.99.

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