Ricoh is jumping into the action camera pool with the new WG-M1. Part of the WG-series (formerly of Pentax) of rugged cameras, the WG-M1 is a waterproof, freeze-proof, and shockproof POV cam for shooting videos in inclement weather conditions.
While previous WG-series cameras can record Full HD video, the WG-M1 is designed to be a camcorder first, camera second. The WG-M1 has a form-factor that’s similar to Garmin’s VIRB action cams, but with a design shared by other WG-series cameras. It can dive down to 32 feet of water, sustain drops from 6 feet, and resist cold temperatures of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also dust-proof. Like most action cams, the WG-M1 has an ultra-wide-angle lens (160 degrees for stills, 130 degrees for video). On the top is a 1.5-inch color LCD for framing your shots, reviewing content, and adjusting settings. The camera uses a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor for stills and Full HD videos at 30 frames per second, and can handle continuous still-image shooting at 10 fps. There are also various video modes available, like motion detection, high-speed movie, and time-lapse movie.
There’s also built-in Wi-Fi for transferring and uploading content via a smartphone or tablet, as well as conduct remote operation. Content is stored onto Micro SD cards.
The WG-M1 is available in black or orange, and will cost $300. It comes with a carabiner strap and an adhesive mount. Other optional mounting accessories are also available. Expect it to hit stores in October 2014.
In related news, Ricoh also announced the WG Watch. No, it’s not a smart wearable, but a regular timepiece that embodies the rugged qualities of a WG camera. It’s waterproof, and has an LED light to illuminate the face. Available in black, orange, and blue, the WG Watch is made of stainless steel with a rotating bezel and sapphire glass front. The nylon “NATO strap” completes that rugged, outdoors look. The WG Watch uses inductive charging that gives the battery a full charge of one month. The watch will also be available in October 2014, for $300.