RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the RICOH WG-M1 digital action camera. As the newest addition to the waterproof, shock-resistant WG series, this model features an ultra-wide-angle lens that lets users capture all kinds of underwater and outdoor activities in high-quality, true-to-life movies and images.
In order to provide brilliant performance in demanding, action scenes -- both in the water and in the field -- the RICOH WG-M1 is designed to be waterproof to a depth of 10 meters without requiring a protective underwater housing, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two meters, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as －10°C. With its ultra-wide-angle lens, it captures dynamic Full HD movie clips with a realistic sense of depth. Its approximately 14.0 effective megapixels means that it takes beautiful, high-resolution still images, while its high-speed continuous shooting capability records subjects in a series of images, at a speed of approximately 10 images per second. Reflecting the underlying theme of the WG series, its body features an outdoor-oriented design. It also provides a host of convenient features that allow the user to check real-time images during both still-image and movie shooting, including a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor and wireless LAN connection for operations using a smartphone. By coupling the WG-M1 with an array of camera-mount accessories, the user can respond more flexibly to a wide range of action scenes in sports and outdoor activities, and record them in dynamic, action-packed images and movies unlike anything you've seen before.
1. Effortless underwater shooting without a housing
By simply mounting the included underwater lens protector on the airtight body, the WG-M1 assures outstanding waterproof performance to a depth of 10 meters, and for up to one hour of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8). It is also designed to be shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two meters,* dustproof (equivalent to JIS Class 6), and cold-resistant against temperatures as low as －10°C. All these features make the WG-M1 a truly dependable, heavy-duty action camera in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions. Since it doesn't require a cumbersome housing to protect the body, the user can not only enjoy underwater movies and images more freely, but also record sounds more clearly without muffling.**
* Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards (from a height of two meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.
** When the image size of 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps) is selected, sound cannot be recorded.
2. Full HD movie recording with a selection of creative tools
The WG-M1 provides Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.* Thanks to its digital shake reduction mode, the user is assured of flawless, blur-free movies, with a choice of four angle-of-view settings -- Wide (approximately 137 degrees),** Medium,*** Narrow*** and Underwater. It also provides a host of creative tools to simplify complex movie-recording techniques, including "Motion detection," which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; "Loop recording," which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five- or ten-minute intervals; "High-speed Movie,"**** which records movies specifically for slow-motion playbacks; and "Time Lapse Movie," which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.
* The maximum length of a single movie clip is 25 minutes.
** The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater movie recording is approximately 90 degrees.
*** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when the image size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps) is selected.
**** The image size is fixed at 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps), while the recording duration is fixed at 60 seconds.
3. High-resolution still images captured by an ultra-wide-angle, 160-degree lens and approximately 14.0 effective megapixels
The WG-M1 delivers true-to-life, high-resolution still images, thanks to the combination of approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a CMOS image sensor with outstanding high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and high-speed data readout. During still-image shooting, it offers a choice of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (160 degrees),* Medium,** Narrow** and Underwater. It also provides a high-speed continuous shooting mode to record a series of still images at a speed of approximately 10 images per second.
* The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater still-image recording is approximately 97 degrees.
** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when image size of 10M or 14M is selected.
4. Functional, outdoor-oriented design
Inheriting the design theme of the waterproof WG series, the WG-M1 offers a functional, heavy-duty design perfect for active outdoor shooting. It comes equipped with a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor for easy confirmation of the image composition during shooting and quick review of recorded images and movies during playback. Its large control buttons facilitate camera operations -- including instant switching between still-image and movie modes -- even when the user is wearing gloves. It also features a tripod socket on the bottom for the direct attachment of various accessories. The WG-M1 offers a choice of two body colors: black and orange.
5. Wireless LAN connection to support remote operation using smartphones
By installing a WG-M1-dedicated application in a smartphone or tablet computer, the user can perform various camera functions from a distance: confirm the status of a subject or scene, release the WG-M1's shutter, and even check movie recordings in real time. The user can also browse and download images and movies recorded by the WG-M1 onto a smartphone or tablet computer for effortless editing using the tools provided by the application, then upload them to social networking and other websites to share them with friends.
6. Other features
- ･ Face Detection AE function, to automatically set exposure on the subject's face
- ･ WG adhesive mount, to attach the camera body to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape
- ･ Carabiner-equipped strap, to suspend the camera on a backpack or other object for easy carrying
- ･ Compatible with micro SD and micro SDHC memory cards
O-MA1531 WG Grip Adapter
This accessory provides a solid grip of the WG-M1 to facilitate one-handed shooting.
O-MA1532 WG Angle Adapter
With a combination of three parts, this accessory lets the user set the camera at the desired angle.
O-CM1532 WG Adhesive Mount 2
Designed to attach the camera to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape, this accessory provides a broader adhesive area than the standard WG adhesive mount included in the camera package. It also comes with a hook to attach a leash cord to prevent the accidental loss of the camera during the shooting of active sports, such as surfing and snowboarding.
O-CM1533 WG Wrist Strap Mount
Designed to attach the camera to the arm or tubular objects such as pipes, this accessory is convenient for the shooting of active sports such as surfing, snorkeling, skiing and snowboarding.
O-CM1534 WG Peg Mount
Designed to fix the camera on the ground, this accessory simplifies still-image/movie recording of golf swings and interval shooting on photo-shooting treks.
O-CM1535 WG Magnet Mount
Designed to attach the camera to metal objects with a powerful magnet, this accessory makes it easy to install and remove the camera.
O-CM1536 WG Helmet Strap Mount
Designed to attach the camera to a helmet using a strap, this accessory assists active movie shooting of road racing and mountain biking.
RICOH WG-M1 Specifications
|Lens||RICOH lens, 6 elements in 6 groups (2 aspherical elements)|
|(in 35mm format equivalent)||Approx. 16.8mm|
|Maximum field of view||Still image : Approx. 160°(4:3 wide)
Movie : Approx. 137°(1280x960)
|Focus||Type||Fix focus length|
|Focus Range||In air (Lens protector O-LP1531, Underwater lens protector O-LP1532) : 60cm-∞
Underwater (Underwater lens protector O-LP1532) : 80cm-∞
|Field of view (FOV)||Wide, Medium, Narrow, Underwater|
|Motion Blur Reduction||Electronic image stabilization (movie only)|
|File format||Still||JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF2.0|
|Audio||PCM system, stereo sound|
|Number of Recorded pixels||Still||(4:3) 14M : 4320x3240, 5M : 2592x1944
(16:9) 10M : 4320x2432
|Movie||1920x1080(30fps), 1280x960(50fps), 1280x960(30fps), 1280x720(60fps), 1280x720(30fps), 848x480(60fps), 848x480(120fps)|
|Number of Effective pixels||Approx. 14 megapixels|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3 inch CMOS|
|Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)||Automatic (ISO 100-800)|
|White Balance||AWB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Underwater|
|Display||1.5 inch LCD, approx. 115,000 dots|
|Exposure Control||Metering System||AiAE, Face AE (not switchable)|
|Face detection||10 people's faces|
|Shooting modes||Still, Movie, Time Lapse, Loop recording, Motion detection|
|Playback modes||Photo playback, Movie playback|
|Drive modes||Still||Single, Burst Shot|
|Storage Media||Built-in memory (approx. 100MB)
microSD / microSDHC Memory Card
|Power Source||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery DB-65|
|Battery life||Still : Approx. 350 pictures (using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery) *1
Movie recording : Approx. 150 minutes (using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery) *2
Playback : Approx. 400 minutes (using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery) *2
|Interfaces||USB2.0 (high-speed compatible), HDMI port (Type D)|
|WireLess interface||Standard : 802.11b/g/n
Frequency : 2.4GHz band
Security : WPA2
|Dimensions||Approx. 66.5（W）×42.5（H）×89.5（D)mm (excuding operating or protruding parts)|
|Weight||Approx. 190g (including battery, microSD memory card, and Lens protector O-LP1531)
Approx. 151g (excluding battery, microSD memory card, and Lens protector O-LP1531)
|Accessories||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Power adapter, USB cable, Carabiner strap, Quick start guide, Operating Manual (CD-ROM), WG Flat Adhesive Mount, Lens protector, Underwater lens protector|
*1 Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
*2 According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.
•The maximum length is 25 minutes for movie.
•The maximum time which can be recorded as 848x480 120fps Movie mode is 60 seconds per file. (The movie will be played 4 times longer(4min.))
RICOH WG-M1 System Requirements
|Windows®||Windows Vista®||Windows® 7||Windows® 8||Windows® 8.1|
|Macintosh||Mac OS X 10.6||OS X 10.7||OS X 10.8||OS X 10.9|
Supported OS must be pre-installed in PC and updated to the latest version. USB port must be standard equipped.
Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.