Denver, CO—Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. announced the Ricoh WG-M2. The compact, shockproof and waterproof action camera employs an ultra-wide 204º lens to capture 4K Ultra HD video.
Lighter and approximately 40% smaller than previous WG models, the WG-M2 boasts new features designed to ensure performance in extreme condition. The action cam is waterproof to a depth of 65 feet, shock resistant against a fall from 6.5 feet and freezeproof down to 14°F. It also offers video orientation, a new function added to ensure video is recorded upright if the camera is mounted sideways or upside down.
“This camera is simply best in class, both in terms of image quality and ease of use,” said Jim Malcolm, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “The WG-M2 is one of the smallest and lightest cameras in the market. It’s more than an action camera. The WG-M2 is compact and durable; with a large color LCD to frame and enjoy top-quality images and 4K Ultra HD video. It also comes with a host of features that make the camera extremely easy to use, which is critical when you’re capturing life.”
Large control buttons were incorporated to make the cam easy to operate. A new start-stop control mechanism vibrates to confirm when recording is started or stopped. And a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor makes it possible to view the action during recording or to playback video on the go.
The WG-M2 records 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per sec, Full HD 1080p video at up to 60 fps, and 720p HD video at up to 120 fps. It also captures 8 megapixel still images. The camera has seven video effect modes to add distinctive visual effects: bright, natural, monochrome, shading, bleach bypass, bold monochrome and high contrast. Also provided are simple video-editing functions.
For remote control and image/video transfer, the WG-M2 is controllable via Wi-Fi from a smartphone or tablet using the free Ricoh ImageSync app.
Ricoh offers an array of mounts and accessories that allow the camera to be mounted on helmets and handlebars for use during sports and outdoor activities. Included in the accessory offerings are a case and silicone protective skin specifically designed for the WG-M2.
The Ricoh WG-M2 action camera will be available late April for a suggested retail price of $299.95. ricohimaging.com