Ricoh WG-6 Firmware Update Adds Webcam Functionality

WG-6 firmware version 1.06

By wadge22 in Firmware Updates on May 6, 2022
Ricoh WG-6 Firmware Update Adds Webcam Functionality

Ricoh Imaging released a new firmware update for the Ricoh WG-6 (firmware v1.06) on April 21, 2022.

This update adds an exciting new capability to the WG-6, allowing the camera to be used as a USB web camera when connected to a PC. This webcam function includes the ability to utilize the camera's macro feature to focus as close as 1 cm, unusual for a webcam. The camera's ring lights are also available in webcam mode at nine different intensity levels, useful both for the macro function as well as for videoconferencing in poorly lit environments. The webcam mode shoots in Full HD (1080p) at 30 fps, and relies on the camera's internal battery for power.

With this new webcam functionality, the WG-6 adds to its already impressive list of capabilities. The WG-6 is rugged and weather-proof, rated as waterproof down to 20 meters (65.6 feet), freeze-proof down to -10 °C (14 °F), and for drops from 2.1m (6'10"). It has a 20 MP, 1/2.3" sensor, and is capable of 4k in video mode (1080p in webcam mode). The camera features a 5mm-25mm zoom lens (approximately 28-140mm in 35mm equivalent), with minimum focusing distance of 1cm. It is available in either black or orange.  The Ricoh WG-6 currently retails for US$346.95

Ricoh WG-6 orange and black

Firmware Release Notes for WG-6 version 1.06

A new Firmware [ Version 1.06 ] for the RICOH WG-6 has just been released which adds an exciting enhanced feature and functionality.

With this firmware update, the RICOH WG-6 is now equipped with Webcam Functionality that enables you to use wide-angle, telephoto ring light and macro functions of the camera.

The RICOH WG-6 can now be used as a webcam by connecting it to a computer with Full HD Streaming and, unlike traditional webcams, the wide-angle and telephoto functions can also be used.  Need to share fine details of small objects? No problem, we’ve got you covered! With the RICOH WG-6 Webcam Functionality, you can share fine details of small objects by combining the Ring Light with the Macro Shooting Function which allows images to be taken as close as up to 1 cm from the subject.

  • The camera firmware must be updated to the version 1.06
  • Supported apps: Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, Facebook Messenger
  • The Optional accessory Extension AdapterTE-2 is required to enable the camera to be used with a tripod

Evolving New Enhanced Feature

Added Web camera function. (Added “UVC” to USB connection settings.)

Evolving Improved Content

Improved stability for general performance.

Click here to download the update from the official Ricoh firmware website. Update instructions are included at the bottom of the page. Like all firmware updates, this update is cumulative and includes everything added in prior updated firmware versions.

For more information on the webcam features of the WG-6, visit the Ricoh features page.

To discuss the update or the WG-6, visit our Pentax Compact Cameras forum.

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