Top-of-the-line waterproof digital compact cameras, capable of underwater shooting to a depth of 14 meters

and featuring an array of creative shooting modes


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RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the RICOH WG-4 and RICOH WG-4 GPS digital compact cameras. Developed as the high-end models of the renewed WG-series lineup, these models assure exceptional waterproof and shock-resistant performance and high-quality shooting in the outdoors and in the water.

The WG-4 and WG-4 GPS offer outstanding waterproof performance -- down to 14 meters underwater--and shock resistance against a fall from heights up to two meters. While inheriting the easy-to-hold, non-slip design of the previous lineup, they provide a choice of new body colors that stand out in the outdoors. They also feature such state-of-the-art developments as a large-aperture, four-times optical zoom lens (with the maximum aperture of F2.0 at the wide-angle end) and a high-sensitivity, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver high-quality, low-noise images -- even in the water, at night and at indoor sports events where the subject is poorly illuminated. Other significant improvements have been made to upgrade the camera's operation and performance, including faster AF operation in macro shooting, improved image quality in underwater shooting, and the addition of the USER mode for instant recall of the user's favorite settings. An array of optional accessories are available to accommodate active outdoor photography. For instance, an adhesive mount and a handlebar mount are designed to securely fix the camera for hands-free shooting, allowing the photographer to take advantage of such movie recording features as a dual shake reduction system and Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels).
The RICOH WG-4 GPS model also comes equipped with an advanced GPS unit to record position data and travel log data onto captured images, and provide such GPS-related functions as a pressure/altitude/depth gauge and a digital compass to further facilitate outdoor shooting.

Major Features

1. Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting to 14 meters deep, and up to two continuous hours

Thanks to their fully watertight construction, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS assure outstanding waterproof performance to a depth of 14 meters, and for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8). They are also designed to be shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two meters,* dustproof (equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6),** cold-resistant against temperatures as low as -10°C,** and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force).** All these features make them truly dependable, heavy-duty digital imaging partners in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.

* Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards (from a height of 2.0 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.
** Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards.

2. Exceptional image description, thanks to a large-aperture zoom lens and latest imaging technologies

The high-performance optical zoom lens offers a maximum aperture of F2.0 (at wide-angle end) to capture bright, clear images with minimal noise, even in dimly lit locations. With its four-times zoom coverage from 4.5mm to 18mm (equivalent to approx. 25mm wide angle to approx. 100mm medium telephoto in the 35mm format), this versatile zoom lens accommodates a wide range of applications, from macro shooting of flowers to wide-angle photography of sweeping landscapes. Thanks to the upgraded AF algorithm, the focusing speed in macro shooting has been greatly increased to facilitate close-up applications.
In the Underwater and Underwater Movie modes, the color rendition and contrast of a captured image are automatically optimized based on the original image data: Red tints and shades, which tend to be lost in underwater photography, are enhanced for true-to-life color rendition, while the loss of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in the water is effectively compensated for sharper, clearer images.

3. A comprehensive selection of shooting modes

Including the Shutter Priority and USER modes, which are installed for the first time in the WG series, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS provide a total of 29 shooting modes. In the Shutter Priority mode, the camera automatically sets the aperture and ISO sensitivity for a user-selected shutter speed to assure optimum exposure. In the USER mode, the photographer can instantly recall preprogrammed settings for more personalized camera operation. In addition, the Auto Picture mode automatically selects one of 16 different scene modes for a given scene or subject. With a wide choice of shooting modes, the user can always find the ideal mode for every subject and occasion.

4. High-performance, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor

The WG-4 and WG-4 GPS come equipped with a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which excels in high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics, and assures high-speed readout of image data signals. Coupled with a high-performance imaging engine, this image sensor delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and super-high-resolution images with 16.0 effective megapixels. These models also provide advanced image processing functions made possible by the latest super-resolution technology to assure sharp, clear, high-resolution images. They even offer such innovative features as a Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures multiple images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single blur-free, composite image from them.

5. Dual anti-shake protection for sharp, blur-free images

The WG-4 and WG-4 GPS's dual shake reduction system combines an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake in shake-prone conditions, such as when photographing a poorly lit subject using ambient light only, or when shooting sunset scenes.

6. Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting

With six LED Macro Lights positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS provide brighter, more uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.*** With the Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of a microscopic world often unseen by the naked eye on the camera's LCD monitor and effortlessly capture eye-catching images. In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, the instant illumination enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the illumination level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. In addition, the Macro Lights can provide other user-friendly features, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode to check if the subject's face is safely captured within the picture frame using the blink of an LED lamp, and an LED Lighting mode that uses the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.

*** When the Digital Microscope mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

7. Full HD movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies

The WG-4 and WG-4 GPS provide Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. They also feature a high-speed camera function**** for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips and a fast-forward movie function***** to simplify creative movie techniques. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on their camera body for simultaneous output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.

**** When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 1280 x 720 pixels.
*****When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 640 x 360 pixels.

8. Extra-large, high-resolution, wide-frame 3.0-inch LCD monitor

These WG-series models incorporate an extra-large, high-resolution 3.0-inch color LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 460,000 dots. The AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image, even under the harsh sunshine often found in outdoor shooting. The wide-view design offers a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it possible to check an image from different angles.

9. Built-in GPS functions and pressure/altitude/depth gauge to facilitate outdoor shooting (WG-4 GPS only)

The WG-4 GPS comes equipped with a sophisticated GPS module, which automatically records position data and travel log data onto captured images and adjusts the built-in clock to local time. Its pressure sensor and digital compass also allow the user to check the pressure, altitude/underwater depth and direction of a shooting location on the camera's LCD monitor.

10. Other features

  • ・Sub-display on the front panel to indicate time and GPS data (WG-4 GPS only)
  • ・Two remote control receptors (one in front and another on the back) to widen signal coverage
  • ・Digital level to check the camera's horizontal/vertical inclination
  • ・O-CC135 Camera Case with belt loop (optional accessory)
  • ・O-CC1352 Protector Jacket (optional accessory) to protect the camera from scratches and dirt
  • ・O-LA135 Lens Adapter (optional accessory) to broaden the wide-angle coverage to 22mm in the 35mm format using the DW-5 RICOH Wide Conversion Lens (optional accessory; now available)
  • ・O-ST1352 Float Strap (optional accessory) to prevent the loss of the camera in the water
  • ・Carabiner strap (included) for hooking the camera to a backpack or other outdoor gear
  • ・12 digital filters
  • ・Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

Optional Accessories

O-CM1471 WG Adhesive Mount

A camera mount with a powerful adhesive tape to fix the camera body to an intended object, such as a canoe, helmet and bicycle.

O-CM1472 WG Handlebar Mount

A pinch-type camera mount to fix the camera body to a pipe of a bicycle or hang glider.

O-CM1473 WG Suction Cup Mount

A camera mount with a suction cup, easily removable for repeated use, to fix the camera body to an intended object, such as a canoe or bicycle. Also usable as a handy substitute for a tripod.

O-CH1470 WG Holder

A camera holder usable on all WG-series models.****** By mounting this holder on the camera body, the user can attach another optional accessory******* to the camera body.

****** Mountable camera body: WG-1, WG-2, WG-3/WG-3 GPS, WG-10, WG-4/WG-4 GPS, WG-20
******* Usable accessory: O-CM1471, O-CM1472, O-CM1473

RICOH WG-4/WG-4 GPS Specifications

Lens RICOH lens, 9 elements in 7 groups (4 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 4.5 - 18mm
(in 35mm format equivalent) Approx. 25 - 100mm
Maximum Aperture F2.0(W)~F4.9(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom Approx. 7.2x
Intelligent Zoom Approx. 6x at 7M, approx. 28.8x at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur Reduction Still Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR), High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lens face)
Standard:0.4m - infinity / 1.31 ft. - infinity(entire zoom range)
Macro:0.1 - 0.5m / 0.33 - 1.64ft. (entire zoom range)
1cm Macro:0.01 - 0.3m / 0.03 - 0.98ft. (Mid-zoom to telephoto)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Face detection Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assist, Self-portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Blink Detection
Pet detection Detect up to 1 pet's face(auto)
Number of Effective pixels Approx. 16 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Number of Recorded pixels Still 16M、12M(1:1)、12M(16:9)、7M、5M(16:9)、5M、4M(16:9)、3M、2M(16:9)、1024、640
Movie 1920, 1280
Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) AUTO, Manual (ISO 125 - 6400)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade,Tungsten light, Fluorescent light(D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:White Light), Manual
Display 3.0" wide-LCD, Wide viewing angle, approx. 460K dots, AR Coating(LCD Cover only)
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot AE metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene modes Auto Picture, Program, Shutter Priority, USER, HDR, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie, Time-Lapse Movie, 1cm-Macro Movie, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Report, Green
Playback modes Slidshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter(B&W/Sepica, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Movie Edit, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 1/4sec.(Mechanical and electronic shutter)
1/2000 - 4 sec.(Shutter Priority, Night Scene)
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge.
Flash Range Wide:approx. 0.2 - 10.4m / 0.66 - 34 ft. (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.2 - 4.2m / 0.66 - 14 ft. (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage Media Built-in memory (approx. 70 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI92, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: approx. 240 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approx. 200 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces USB2.0(Hi-Speed): USB/AV terminal, HDMI terminal(Type D)
Video Output NTSC/PAL
Water proof / Dust proof Equivalent to JIS Class 8 waterproof and JIS Class 6 dustproof capabilities.
Dimensions Approx. 125(W) × 64.5(H) × 32(D)mm / 4.9(W) x 2.5(H) x 1.3(D) inches
Weight With battery & SD card RICOH WG-4 GPS: Approx. 236g / 8.3 oz. (loaded and ready)
RICOH WG-4: Approx. 229g / 8.1 oz. (loaded and ready)
Body RICOH WG-4 GPS: Approx. 216g / 7.6 oz.(without battery and SD memory card)
RICOH WG-4: Approx. 209g / 7.4 oz.(without battery and SD memory card)

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. conditions.
Actual performance may vary depending on operating
** According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.

WG-4 GPS / WG-4 Number of recorded images and recording time (approximate)

Still 16M
7M(3072×2304) 5M[16:9](3072×1728)
Quality ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
Built-in Memory 13 23 39 15 31 47 23 44 71 28 54 78
1GB 182 321 535 214 419 643 321 598 959 385 737 1060
2GB 370 653 1078 435 853 1307 653 1205 1921 778 1499 2119
4GB 727 1284 2117 856 1676 2568 1284 2366 3771 1527 2943 4162
6GB 1105 1952 3219 1301 2548 3904 1952 3598 5734 2323 4476 6328
8GB 1479 2613 4309 1742 3411 5226 2613 4816 7675 3109 5990 8470
12GB 2231 3941 6499 2627 5145 7882 3941 7264 11577 4689 9036 12775
16GB 2977 5257 8670 3505 6863 10515 5257 9690 15443 6255 12053 17041
32GB 5972 10546 17392 7030 13768 21092 10546 19438 30979 12548 24179 34184
48GB 8673 15178 24285 10119 20238 30357 15178 28021 45535 18214 33116 45535
64GB 11766 20591 32947 13727 27455 41183 20591 38015 61775 24716 44927 61755
Still 4M[16:9](2592×1464) 3M(2048×1536) 2M[16:9](1920×1080)
Quality ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
Built-in Memory 37 71 101 44 87 128 64 117 172
1GB 508 959 1374 598 1185 1727 876 1591 2325
2GB 1024 1921 2794 1205 2364 3415 1756 3235 4728
4GB 2011 3771 5486 2366 4642 6705 3448 6352 9284
6GB 3058 5734 8341 3598 7058 10195 5243 9658 14116
8GB 4093 7675 11165 4816 9447 13646 7018 12927 18894
12GB 6174 11577 16840 7264 14249 20583 10585 19499 28499
16GB 8236 15443 22463 9690 19007 27455 14120 26010 38015
32GB 16522 30979 45061 19438 38129 55075 28324 52176 76258
48GB 24285 45535 60714 28021 52040 72856 40476 72856 91071
64GB 32947 61775 82367 38015 70600 98841 54911 98841 123551
Still 1280(1280×960) *CALS 1024(1024×768) 640(640×480)
Quality ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
Built-in Memory 101 186 263 154 263 344 320 497 560
1GB 1374 2519 3556 2084 3556 4650 4318 6717 7557
2GB 2794 5122 6830 4098 6830 8782 8782 12295 15368
4GB 5486 10058 13411 8046 13411 17243 17243 24140 30175
6GB 8341 15293 20390 12234 20390 26216 26216 36703 45879
8GB 11165 20469 27292 16375 27292 35090 35090 49126 61407
12GB 16840 30874 41166 24699 41166 52927 52927 74098 92623
16GB 22463 41183 54911 32947 54911 70600 70600 98841 123551
32GB 45061 82613 110150 66090 110150 141622 141622 198271 247839
48GB 60714 121428 121428 91071 121428 182142 182142 182142 354284
64GB 82367 164735 164735 123551 164735 247102 247102 247102 494205
Movie 1920(1920×1080) 1280(1280×720) 640(640×360)
Frame 30fps 120fps 60fps 30fps 15fps
Built-in Memory 0:00:26 0:00:22 0:00:34 0:00:41 0:03:31
1GB 0:07:57 0:05:13 0:08:05 0:12:39 0:05:10
2GB 0:16:21 0:10:39 0:16:29 0:26:00 1:42:14
4GB 0:32:16 0:20:55 0:32:24 0:51:18 3:20:57
6GB 0:49:09 0:31:50 0:49:17 1:18:09 5:05:36
8GB 1:05:51 0:42:37 1:05:59 1:44:42 6:49:03
12GB 1:39:25 1:04:17 1:39:33 2:38:03 10:16:59
16GB 2:12:40 1:25:46 2:12:49 3:30:55 13:43:00
32GB 4:26:19 2:52:04 4:26:26 7:03:20 27:30:55
48GB 6:31:30 4:12:55 6:31:37 10:22:20 40:26:35
64GB 8:51:19 5:43:12 8:51:25 14:04:34 54:52:53

*approx. 97.0 MB
The maximum length is 25 minutes for movie.

System Requirements for RICOH WG-4/WG-4 GPS

USB interface

Windows® Windows Vista® Windows® 7 Windows® 8 Windows® 8.1
Macintosh Mac OS X 10.6 Mac OS X 10.7 Mac OS X 10.8

Supported OS must be pre-installed in PC and updated to the latest version. USB port must be standard equipped.

RICOH WG-4/WG-4 GPS Working environment for "MediaImpression 3.6.2 LE(Windows) / MediaImpression 2.2 LE (Macintosh)" packaged software
Windows® Macintosh
OS Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1 Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
CPU Intel® Pentium® IV 1.6 GHz , AMD Athlon™ XP 1800+ , or equivalent
(Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6300, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5000+ , or higher recommended)
Power PC G4 800 MHz, or equivalent
(Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, or higher recommended)
Memory 512MB (2GB or higher recommended) 512MB (1GB or higher recommended)
HDD volume 300 MB available hard disk space
(1GB or higher recommended)
300 MB available hard disk space
(1GB or higher recommended)
Graphics Intel® GMA X3100/NVIDIA GeForce® MX440/ATI Radeon™ 9200, with 128MB video memory, or equivalent
(Intel® GMA 4500HD/NVIDIA GeForce® 8600GT/ATI Radeon™ HD 3800, with 256MB video memory, or higher recommended)
NVIDIA GeForce® FX 5200 Ultra with 64MB video memory, or equivalent
(Intel® GMA 950/NVIDIA GeForce® 7300GT/ATI Radeon™ X1600, with 128MB video memory , or higher recommended)
Monitor 1024x768 pixels, 16-bit color or higher recommended 1024x768 pixels, 16-bit color or higher recommended

* Supported OS should be pre-installed in PC and updated to the latest version.
* Working status is not guaranteed for all PCs.
* System requirements mentioned here are the minimum for playing or editing movies.

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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