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Ricoh launches new WG-30 and WG-30W underwater cameras

Ricoh Imaging has announced a pair of rugged cameras designed for underwater and cold weather use.

The new WG-30 and WG-30W are waterproof to depths of 12 meters, making them perfect for swimming, snorkelling or shallow scuba diving.

The 16-megapixel pair, which shoot video at Full HD 1080p, can also withstand low temperatures and are freeze proof to -10 degrees Celsius.

For those photographers operating in outdoor environments, Ricoh says the cameras will be shockproof against falls from 1.5 meters.

The only difference between the two cameras is the Wi-Fi connectivity on the WG-30W model. This allows users to release the camera’s shutter, set shooting functions, browse the photo and video library and share photos from their smartphones.

The company wrote in its press release: “Thanks to the combination of a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and a newly designed imaging engine, these new members of the WG-series promise  brilliant, low-noise images, even when the user takes pictures of poorly illuminated scenes – like nightscapes and indoor sports events — using a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. The triple anti-shake protection also prevents blurred images, while six macro lights assist close-up shooting, with a Self-Portrait Assist mode.”

The company also boasts of high speed face detection, able to capture and focus on up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds. There’s a choice of 12 digital filters and auto selection of 16 scene modes.

The Ricoh WG-30 will be available in early November for £229, while the Wi-Fi enabled model doesn’t arrive until early January at a cost of £259.

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