If you’re looking for a camera that you can drop, dunk underwater, and take it to places with extreme temperatures, you might be interested to learn that Ricoh has recently announced two new rugged cameras in the form of the WG-30 and the WG-30W. Both cameras are essentially the same device except that the WG-30W will feature WiFi functionality and an accompanying app that lets users control it remotely.
Other than that, both cameras will be water resistant as deep as 12 meters, shockproof from drops of heights as high as 1.5 meters, and will be able to withstand cold temperatures as cold at -10C. The cameras will sport a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and will max out at ISO 6,400. There will be triple anti-shake protection so that users will be able to record videos and take photos without any blur.
Interestingly enough there is a macro mode that comes with six macro lights around the lens to help assist with close-up shooting, along with a self-portrait assist mode. The cameras will also be accompanied by a 2.7-inch LCD display and will be able to capture video in 1080p resolution at 30fps.
In terms of pricing and availability, the WG-30 will be priced at £229.99 and will be made available early November. As for the WG-30W, it will retail at £259.99 and will be available in the US come December, and in the UK come January 2015.
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