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WG-6 and G900 are 4K shooting rugged digital cameras from Ricoh

Alongside the announcement of the GR III, Ricoh also announced the rugged G900 and WG-6 digital cameras, which can both shoot 4K video in extreme conditions.

Both the G900 and WG-6 are waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and can shoot 4K video. While the WG-6 is built with photographers in mind, the G900 targets construction, civil engineering and disaster relief efforts.

Let’s take a look at both cameras:

Ricoh WG-6

The compact Ricoh WG-6 camera is waterproof and shockproof and can produce high-res 4K videos and photos. The camera is paired with a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage and a wide-frame LCD monitor.

The WG-6 uses a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with 20 effective megapixels. There’s also an improved Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode. Ricoh says this Movie SR+ mode assures “high-quality shooting with more active, fast-action outdoor activities.”

Ricoh WG-6
Ricoh WG-6

Also, the camera has a six-LED ring light unit that’s positioned around the lens. This should allow for faster shutter speed to minimize camera shake and subject shake in macro and close-up photography. It will also allow photographers to choose specific LEDs to illuminate a subject more three-dimensionally.

Durability

As said above, this camera is waterproof. But how waterproof is it? Ricoh claims the WG-6 has the most “dependable waterproof body” in WG-series. It’s capable of shooting at up to 65 feet underwater for two continuous hours. Plus, the camera’s body is shockproof against drops from up to 6.5 feet and stays operational in temperatures as low a -10 degree Celsius.

Pricing and availability

The Ricoh WG-6 is open for pre-sale and is priced at $399.

Ricoh G900

About 26 percent more compact than its predecessor, the Ricoh G800, the Ricoh G900 is waterproof, dustproof and shock and chemical-resistant. This camera seems to be built for those working in industrial environments: construction, civil engineering, disaster relief and healthcare.

Ricoh G900
Ricoh G900

This camera runs on a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with about 20 effective megapixels. It features a 5X optical zoom, which is equivalent to 28 – 140 mm in 35 mm format. It also has a six-LED ring light.

Additionally, the Ricoh G900 offers 6.5 GB of built-in memory.

Durability

Similar to the WG-6, the Ricoh G900 is waterproof up to 65 feet for up to two hours of continuous shooting. Also, it can withstand a fall from 6.5 feet.

Features for shooting in industrial environments

The camera offers a GPS system and an electronic compass that Ricoh claims records accurate position and direction data. Plus, the company says the camera has “easily accessible controls; a comfortable, contoured grip; and the wide neck strap of its predecessor” making it easier to carry and handle.

Pricing and availability

The Ricoh G900 is open for pre-sale for $799.

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