Ricoh announces new WG-80 point and shoot camera

New rugged and waterproof adventure camera in the WG series

By wadge22 in Pentax Announcements on May 20, 2022
Ricoh announces new WG-80 point and shoot camera

Ricoh has announced a new rugged and waterproof point and shoot camera, the Ricoh WG-80. This camera is the newest member of the WG series of fully waterproof adventure cameras, sharing many features with the currently still available WG-70, but with some updates in styling and features.

The WG-80, like its predecessor, is a highly durable camera designed to withstand the elements, including full submersion for underwater photography. It is rated as waterproof to 14m (45.9 ft.) for up to two hours, shockproof for drops from as 1.6m (5.2 ft.), freezeproof down to -10ºC (14ºF), and crushprrof under forces of 100kgf. These specs make the camera suitable both for unpredictable adventures as well as demanding worksite scenarios. The camera will be available in either black or orange.

The camera is also a very capable imaging system, boasting a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor paired with a 5-25mm zoom lens (approximately 28-140mm in 35mm format equivalent). The lens is also capable of extreme close focusing, with a macro mode getting as close as 1cm, and 10cm across the entire zoom range. To aid in macro shots as well as in poorly lit environments, there are six  variable output LED lights surrounding the lens to create a Ring Light. These lights have been updated to be about twice as bright as the previous model at maximum brightness.

The camera interface is designed to be both easy to use as well as very versatile, with 25 shooting modes and many creative digital filters. There are specific underwater still and movie modes designed to get pleasing color and contrast in underwater captures. There are also clever new features to assist with portraits and selfies; such as smile capture, which automatically releases the shutter when the subject smiles, blink detection, which helps prevent shots with the subject's eyes closed, and a self portrait assist mode that illuminates one or more of the six front LEDs to indicate where in the frame a face or faces are located.

The Ricoh website has a nice overview of all of the features.

The official press release from Ricoh:

Ricoh announces rugged, waterproof WG series digital compact camera for underwater, outdoor and industrial photography

RICOH WG-80 features a new exterior design, built-in macro lighting and enhanced functionality to make capturing images and video of outdoor adventures and industrial job sites effortless

PARSIPPANY, NJ, May 18, 2022 Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the RICOH WG-80, a durable, lightweight and waterproof compact digital camera that produces super-high-resolution photos and high-definition (HD) video and is optimized for use in rugged conditions. Equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens providing coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approximately 28mm to 140mm in the 35mm format) and a large, outdoor-friendly wide-frame LCD monitor, the new camera makes it easy to capture photos and video of adventures on land, under the sea or in the challenging environment of an industrial job site.

The RICOH WG-80 features its own built-in ring light with adjustable illumination levels. Six LED macro lights positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel provide twice the illumination intensity of its predecessor, the WG-70, making the camera ideal for low-light and macro photography, enabling extreme close-ups of coral while snorkeling as well as detailed shots of small parts and components on job sites. The ring light can also be activated for taking selfies with the help of a self-portrait assist mode.

For underwater photos and videos, the RICOH WG-80’s enhanced underwater modes deliver sharp, true-to-life imagery by enhancing shades of red which are typically lost in underwater photography, while effectively compensating for the loss of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in water. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 46 feet (14 meters) for up to two hours of continuous operation.

The RICOH WG-80 is equipped with a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 16 effective megapixels and a high-performance imaging engine, delivering super-high-resolution still images and HD video clips. It features triple anti-shake protection to prevent blurred images and videos in all applications.

The rugged construction of the RICOH WG-80 makes it ideal for capturing images and video in challenging conditions of all kinds. It is shockproof against a fall from a height of five feet (1.6 meters) and freeze-proof in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). It also comes equipped with an outdoor-friendly LCD monitor with a brightness level that can be instantly adjusted to the lighting level of a shooting situation.

| Pricing and Availability |

Available in black or orange, the RICOH WG-80 will be available mid-June 2022 at Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399.99.

| Main Features of the RICOH WG-80 |

  1. Heavy-duty construction assuring underwater shooting down to 14 meters (46 feet), for up to two hours

The solid, airtight body of the WG-80 is not only waterproof down to a depth of 14 meters (46 feet) for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX 8 or JIS Class 8), but is also shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 meters (five feet),* dustproof (equivalent to IPX 6 or JIS Class 6), freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force). ** Thanks to this heavy-duty construction, the camera performs superbly and dependably even in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.

* Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards — from a height of 1.6 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.


  1. Exceptional image quality

The WG-80 comes equipped with a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which assures excellent high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and 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 approximately 16 effective megapixels. This model also provides advanced image processing functions, made possible by the latest super-resolution technology, to assure sharp, clear, high-resolution images. It even offers such innovative features as Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single, blur-free composite image from them.


  1. Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting, with various functions

Ideally positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, six LED Macro Lights allow the WG-80 to provide bright, uniform illumination on a subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected. Providing the maximum illumination intensity almost twice that of its predecessor and a five-step intensity adjustment function, this six-light unit enables the photographer to effortlessly optimize the close-range flash photography based on the subject or creative intention. 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 discharge level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. The Macro Lights also provide other useful functions, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode, which uses the blink of an LED lamp to check if the subject’s face has been safely captured within the picture frame, and the LED Lighting mode, which uses the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.


  1. Underwater shooting mode

Specifically designed for underwater photography, the Underwater and Underwater Movie shooting modes are programmed to optimize color and contrast, based on the data of images captured under the water. These modes deliver sharp, true-to-life images by enhancing shades of red which are lost in underwater photography, while effectively compensating for the loss of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in water. In the Underwater mode, the Flash Off + Flash On option allows the user to consecutively capture two images with a single shutter release — one without flash and another with flash.


  1. 5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage

The WG-80 features a high-performance, 5x optical zoom lens with a focal-length coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm to 140mm in the 35mm format) to accommodate a wide range of scenes and subjects, including sweeping landscapes. It also provides other convenient shooting functions, such as a macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images from a minimum focusing distance of one centimeter; an Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom range to approximately 36 times (equivalent to 1008mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality, for superior telephoto photography; and an interval shooting mode, which comes in handy for fixed-point observation.


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

The WG-80 provides Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format. Users can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. To add some creative touches to movie recording, it also features a high-speed camera function*** for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips, and an interval movie function. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the 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.

  1. Triple anti-shake protection to prevent blurred images in all applications

(1) Pixel Track SR mechanism

When recording still images, this advanced shake-reduction mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake by digitally processing affected images.

(2) Digital SR mode

When the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, this mode automatically raises the sensitivity up to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed and effectively minimize the adverse effect of camera shake and subject shake when dealing with poor lighting conditions.

(3) Movie SR mode

During movie recording, this mode effectively compensates for the misalignment of images caused by camera shake through the use of exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.

  1. 2.7-inch LCD monitor with the Outdoor View Setting mode

The WG-80 comes equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dots. The monitor’s AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even in the harsh sunshine often encountered during outdoor shooting. It also comes equipped with such convenient features as: the Outdoor View Setting mode, which easily sets the optimum monitor brightness level for a given lighting condition.

  1. Other features

・Two remote control receptors (one in front and another in the back) to widen signal coverage

・Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimeter to the subject during extended observation and shooting of macro images

・High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds (minimum); Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject’s smile is detected

・Outdoor-friendly Style Watch function to display the time on the LCD monitor, using an extended push of the OK button when the camera’s power is turned off

・Delay-free, pushbutton start of the playback mode, using an extended push of the playback button

・Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes

・A choice of 12 digital filters


All other brands or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Designs and specifications are subjects to change without notice. 

Major Specifications

Lens RICOH lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 5 – 25 mm
(in 35mm format equivalent) Approx. 28 – 140mm
Maximum Aperture F3.5(W) – F5.5(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 5X
Digital Zoom approx. 7.2X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 7.5X at 7M, approx. 36X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur Reduction


Still Pixel Track SR
Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)





Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range Standard: 0.5m – infinity / 1.64ft. – infinity (entire zoom range)
(From lens face) Macro: 0.1 – 0.6m / 0.33 – 1.97ft. (entire zoom range)
1cm Macro: 0.01 – 0.3m / 0.03 – 0.98ft. (middle zoom position)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Number of Effective pixels Approx. 16 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS
Image Tone Bright, Natural, Vibrant, Slide Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
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 2.7″ Wide LCD, approx. 230K dots, AR Coating (Cover only)
Exposure Control


Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ± 2EV (1/3EV steps)
Scene modes


Auto Picture, Program, HDR, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, High Speed Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Digital SR, Report, Green
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)
Playback modes


Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W / Sepia, 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, Start-up Screen
Shutter Speed


1/4000 – 1/4sec. (Mechanical and electronic shutter), 4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Built-in flash



Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes.  “Red-eye” compensation function employs a pre-discharge.
Flash Range Wide: approx. 0.2 – 5.5m / 0.66 – 18 ft. (ISO Auto)
(Except  Ring Light Mode) Tele: approx. 0.2 – 3.5m / 0.66 – 11 ft. (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes


One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage Media


Built-in Memory (approx. 68MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source Rechargeable D-LI92 lithium-ion battery
Battery life Still*: approx. 300 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approx. 260 min.  (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces USB2.0(Micro-B), HDMI output terminal (Type D)
Waterproof / Dustproof Equivalent to JIS Class 8 waterproof and JIS Class 6 dustproof capabilities
Dimensions Approx.  122.5 (W) x 61.5 (H) x 29.5 (D)mm /4.8 (W) x 2.4 (H) x 1.2 (D) inches (including lens depth)
Weight With battery & SD card Approx. 194g / 6.8 oz. (loaded and ready)
Body only Approx. 173g / 6.1 oz. (without battery and SD memory card)


* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.

  Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

** According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.


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