Ricoh WG-50 Announced

New waterproof compact camera

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on May 25, 2017
Ricoh WG-50 Announced

Ricoh Imaging has officially announced the Ricoh WG-50, a new 16-megapixel entry-level waterproof compact camera complete with Wi-Fi and the latest imaging features.  This camera succeeds the Ricoh WG-40w (launched in Japan only) and the WG-30w in international markets.  It is designed to be a tough "go anywhere" camera for outdoor activities and underwater adventures.

Highlights of the WG-50 include:

  • Waterproof to 14m, crushproof to 1.6m, coldproof to -10 degrees C
    (up from 12m on the WG-30w)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote control and image transfer via Image Sync
  • Underwater shooting mode
  • Digital microscope mode
  • 5x optical zoom (28-140mm F3.5-5.5 equivalent lens)
  • 2 colors: orange or black

New features include:

  • Upgraded underwater shooting mode with flash bracketing and optimized white balance
  • "Report Mode" with low-resolution scaled images for quick use
  • Vibrant and Slide Film image tones added (inspired by DSLR presents)

Because only these minor tweaks set the WG-50w apart from its predecessors, you can get a good sense for it by in-depth review of the Ricoh WG-30w.  

Full specifications of the WG-50 are available in our camera database.

The WG-50 is launching at $279.95 in the US and is expected to start shipping on June 23, 2017.

About the WG Camera Series

The Pentax / Ricoh WG line is designed for active outdoor use, and dates back over a decade to early Pentax WP waterproof models.  More information can be found in our camera database.

Ricoh Imaging has previously offered a higher-end waterproof model: the Ricoh WG-5.  While the WG-50 now has the same waterproofing rating as the WG-5, the WG-50 lacks features such as GPS, mechanical shake reduction, and the wide F2.0 lens found on the WG-5.  The latter is now discontinued, however, and we do not know if the line will be continued or if Ricoh Imaging only plans to maintain a single WG compact.

The other current member of the WG camera line is the Ricoh WG-M2, a 4K-enabled action camera which we reviewed several months ago.

Product Photos

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Optional Accessories

The WG-50 is compatible with a host of adventure-friendly mounting accessories (available for purchase separately):



Press Release

25 May 2017

RICOH WG-50
Standard-class waterproof digital compact camera, offering 14-meter waterproof and 1.6m shock resistance, perfect for casual outdoor shooting

TOKYO, May 25, 2017 -RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. announced the launch of the RICOH WG-50 digital compact camera. This new model features a compact, lightweight body design, they assure exceptional waterproof and shockproof performance.

Developed as standard-class waterproof digital compact cameras, the RICOH WG-50 provide dependable operation and outstanding operability in demanding outdoor conditions : the WG-50 designed to be waterproof to a depth of 14 meters, shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 meters, and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C. They also provide a range of features to facilitate all types of still-image and movie shooting, including approximately 16.0 effective megapixels and Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie recording capability. It also comes equipped with an outdoor-friendly LCD monitor whose brightness level can be instantly adjusted to the lighting level of a shooting situation.

A range of optional camera-mounting accessories allowing the user to securely fix the camera on a bicycle or watercraft. Using the camera's creative shooting functions, such as interval shooting and Full HD movie recording, the user can capture unique images seen from a totally different angle or viewpoint.


Main Features

1. Heavy-duty construction assuring underwater shooting down to 14 meters, for up to two hours
The solid, airtight body common to the WG-50 is not only waterproof down to a depth of 14 meters 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,* 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 cameras perform 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.

2. Exceptional image quality

The WG-50 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 16.0 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 Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single, blur-free composite image from them. Some upper-class features have also been added to these models to facilitate and upgrade scenic photography: white-balance optimization in the Landscape shooting mode reproduces brilliant greens of trees.

3. 5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage

The WG-50 feature a high-performance, five-times 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. They also provide other convenient shooting functions, such as a macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images from a minimum focusing distance of a mere 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.

4. 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 actually 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. During 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.

5. Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting, and a Self-Portrait Assist mode

Ideally positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, six LED Macro Lights allow the WG-50 to provide bright, uniform illumination on a subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.*** Thanks to these Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world undetectable by the naked eye on the camera's LCD monitor, and effortlessly capture eye-catching, close-up 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 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.

*** When this mode is selected, the image size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

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

The WG-50 provide 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, they also feature 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.

7. 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.

8. 2.7-inch LCD monitor with the Outdoor View Setting mode

The WG-50 come equipped 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.

9. Other features
    ・ A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional) to accommodate diverse camera setups
    ・ 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
    ・ Pet detection function to automatically detect the face of a cat or dog

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