May 15, 2014

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Review

Introduction

The Ricoh WG-4 is a rugged waterproof digital camera launched by the Ricoh Imaging Corporation (formerly Pentax Ricoh Imaging) in February, 2014 to serve as a direct replacement for the Pentax WG-3.  It represents the company's 17th generation of rugged "adventure proof" compacts.

Ricoh WG-4 with BoxBlack WG-4 GPS with Box

Highlights of the WG-4 include waterproofing down to 14 meters (45 feet), cold-, shock-, and crush-resistance, mechanical image stabilization, and a bright lens with a wide field of view.  The camera is small, easy-to-hold, and durable, which means that it can not only swim with it, but also take it to places where you wouldn't dare venture with a DSLR or cell phone.  It is also the first Pentax outdoor point-and-shoot to feature a shutter priority mode, meaning that you can control its shutter speed manually if desired.

The WG-4 is available in two versions: the standard model and a GPS-enabled model.  In the US, the former is available for $279, while the latter carries a $50 premium at $329 (both prices are reflect a $50 instant rebate).  This makes both WG-4 models $70 cheaper than the WG-3 at launch.  Each variant is available in two different colors for a total of four.

Ricoh WG-4 ColorsSilver WG-4, Lime Yellow WG-4, Blue WG-4 GPS, Black WG-4 GPS

If you're looking for a compact camera that can withstand the elements, the WG-4 may be right for you.  Read on to see how it performs.


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