Ricoh WG-M1 Action Camera Officially Announced

Ricoh has announced its newest addition to the waterproof, shock-resistant WG series, the rugged WG-M1.

The Ricoh WG-M1 is an ultra-rugged outdoor camera with a 14.0-megapixel sensor, 160° lens and Full HD movie recording capabilities.

Te WG-M1 is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two metres, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C.

The WG-M1 sports a 14MP CMOS sensor, super-wide lens with a 160° field-of-view, 1.5″ LCD, 1080/30p as well as high speed video, and Wi-Fi.

Ricoh WG-M1 Action Camera Officially Announced

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Ricoh WG-M1 Price and Availability

The release date the Ricoh WG-M1 has been scheduled for October 2014. The action camera will be available in black or orange at an MSRP of $299.95 / £199.99.

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Ricoh WG-M1 Specifications

Sensor Type: CMOS w primary color filter
Size: 1/2.3 inch CMOS
Effective pixels: 14MP
Recorded Resolutions Still: (4:3) 14M (4320×3240), 5M (2592×1944), (16:9) 10M (4320×2432) Movie: 1920×1080(30fps), 1280×960(50fps), 1280×960(30fps), 1280×720(60fps), 1280×720(30fps), 848×480(60fps), 848×480(120fps)
Lens Type/construction: RICOH lens, 6 elements in 6 groups (2 aspherical elements)
Focal length: FIXED 3mm 16.8mm (35mm equiv)
Maximum FOV: Still: 160° (4:3) Movie 137° (1280 x 960)
Aperture: F2.8
LCD / Viewfinder LCD screen: 1.5 inch LCD
LCD resolution: 115,000 dots
Viewfinder: n/a
Focus Fixed
Focus Range With O-LP1531, O-LP1532 – (in air): 23.6″ to infinity
With O-LP1532 (underwater): 31.5″ to infinity
Zoom None
Field of View Wide, Medium, Narrow, Underwater (selectable)
Flash None
Storage Internal memory: approx. 100MB
Removable memory: micro SD, micro SDHC
Ports USB2.0 (Hi-Speed)
HDMI port (Type D)
Image Stabilization Movie only: Electronic – Motion Blur Reduction
Metering System Type: TTL – AiAE, Face AE (not switchable)
ISO Sensitivity Automatic (ISO 100-800)
White Balance AWB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Underwater
Shutter Type: Programmed AE mechanical and electronic shutter mechanism
Capture Modes Mode selection: Still, Movie, Time Lapse, Loop recording, Motion detection
Face Detection: (up to 10 faces)
Drive Modes Mode selection: Still: Single, Burst Shot (10 fps)
Movie: High Speed Movie (120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback)
Playback Modes Mode selection: Single-frame, Movie
File Formats Still: JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF2.0
Movie: MOV/H.264, 30fps / 50fps / 60fps / 120fps
Sound: PCM system, stereo sound (sound recording not available at 848 x 480 120 fps)
Number of Stills on 4GB Memory Card 14MP: 911
10MP: 1208
5MP: 2391
Movie Recording Time on 4GB Memory Card HD 1080p 30 FPS: 30 min
HD 720p 30 FPS: 60 min
(max single continuous movie clip is 25 min)
Computer System Requirements WINDOWS: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 USB port
Mac: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 USB port
Wi-Fi Standard : 802.11b/g/n
Frequency : 2.4GHz band
Security : WPA2
Language Support English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Indonesia, Vietnamese, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Croatian, Czech, Arabic, Hindi
Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion battery DB-65 (included)
Battery Charge Time 200 min
Battery Time Recordable images: approx. 350 (CIPA)
Playback time: approx. 400 min (RICOH tested)
Movie recording time: approx. 150 min (RICOH tested)
Ruggedized Features Waterproof: 32.8′ (10m) JIS 8
Shockproof: 6.6′ (2m)
Coldproof: 14°F (-10°C)
Dustproof: JIS 6
Construction Reinforced polycarbonate plastic w aluminum accents
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 1.7 x 3.5″ (66 x 43.2 x 88.9mm)
Weight 6.7 oz (189.9g)



Building on their legendary adventure series, Ricoh Imaging announces the newest extreme model in the WG line-up

The inspired Adventure-in-motion Ricoh WG-M1 with built-in WiFi

Denver, Colorado September 10, 2014 RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the launch of the RICOH WG-M1 digital action camera. From the creators of the original adventure camera the newest addition to the waterproof, cold proof, and shock resistant WG series is equipped to capture life’s moving adventures. The WG-M1 is the must have adventure camera for capturing your life in motion.

The RICOH WG-M1 is WiFi enabled, waterproof to an impressive depth of 32 feet without requiring a  protective housing, shock-resistant against a fall from 6 feet, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C. With its ultra-wide-angle lens, this extraordinary camera captures dynamic Full HD movies with a realistic sense of depth. The WG-M1 provides a host of advantageous features including multitasking that allows the user to check real-time images during both still and movie recording, and a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor.

Approximately 14.0 effective megapixels captures vibrant, high-resolution still images, while its high-speed, continuous shooting capability records subjects at a speed of roughly 10 images per second. In keeping with the rugged theme of the WG series, its lightweight body features an unparalleled outdoor-oriented design and large control buttons that make operating the camera a breeze in any condition.  Combining the WG-M1 with an array of newly introduced camera-mount accessories opens many options and creative solutions in capturing adventure-packed images and movies.

“With the WG-M1 we’re building on the foundation of the adventure-proof, WG World.” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “By combining WiFi connectivity and dynamic image quality the WG-M1 captures life’s adventures in motion, from the top of a mountain to your own backyard.”

The WG-M1 comes complete with a carabiner-equipped strap for easy carrying, and a WG adhesive mount to attach the camera to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape. In addition, there are numerous optional accessories available including a wrist strap mount, a helmet mount, and a magnet mount. Create and capture your own adventures with the Ricoh WG-M1.

Pricing and Availability

The WG-M1 will be available at retailers nationwide and at in October 2014 for a suggested retail price of $299.95.

Main Features

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 AF & AE function, to automatically optimize focus and 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

Optional Accessories

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.