Ricoh WG-5 GPS

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Ricoh-WG-5Hamlet railed against the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” Ricoh suggests you consider its “adventure-proof” WG-5 GPS, with a new underwater mode and enhanced interval shooting settings that allow multiple images to be taken over a pre-set time in both still and video modes.

The WG-5 GPS is waterproof to a depth of 14 meters, has an upgraded shock-resistance against a fall of 2.2 meters, dustproof and cold-resistant against temperatures as low as -10 degrees C, and crushproof against weights up to 100 kgf (kilogram force).

It features a 4x optical zoom lens (4.5-18 mm, equivalent to approximately 25-100 mm), offering a maximum aperture of f/2.0 and 25 mm wide-angle coverage.

The 16-megapixel CMOS sensor assures superior image quality whether images are taken underwater or on land, says the company.

Six LED macro lights are arranged around the circumference of the lens barrel, allowing for brighter, more uniform illumination on a subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected – such as droplets of water, snow on the tip of your ski, or grains of sand at the beach.

Thanks to a high resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor, and anti-reflection (AR) coating, light reflection is suppressed to reduce glare so that it is easy to use outdoors even in strong sunlight.

Capturing rich, detailed video is said to be made simple with the HD movie recording mode, which offers H.264 recording at 30 frames per second.

Handheld Night Snap mode automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single blur-free composite image from them. When shooting in the Landscape scene mode, it is programmed to optimize the white balance to depict woods and forests in brilliant shades of green.

Along with an assortment of mounting accessories such as a flat surface camera mount, handlebar mount and suction cup camera mount, users can capture images with hand-free enjoyment.

The camera is programmed to reproduce vivid shades of red, which are often lost in underwater photography, by optimizing the colour and contrast of images recorded underwater in the Mermaid and Mermaid Movie modes, using actual image data of those underwater scenes. It is also designed to produce sharp, clear images by effectively compensating for the degradation of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in the water. The aperture and shutter-speed regulation program has been also reviewed to minimize camera shake in underwater shooting. In the Mermaid mode, a (Flash Off + Flash On) mode has been newly added to the list of flash modes to consecutively capture two images of the same scene (one without flash and another with it) with a single shutter release.

As the camera’s name implies, it offers GPS functions, pressure/altitude/depth gauge and digital compass to facilitate outdoor shooting.

The WG-5 GPS will be available in March for a suggested retail price of $379.99.


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