Ricoh WG-M2 Officially Announced
4K-capable action camera
By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Feb 23, 2016
Ricoh Imaging has officially announced the Ricoh WG-M2, the first-ever camera to offer 4K video support from either Ricoh or Pentax. This second-generation Ricoh waterproof action camera promises to be a compelling alternative to GoPro's popular offeings.
The new WG-M2 is without question a tremendous improvement over its predecessor, the WG-M1, which was already technologically dated at the time of its late 2014 debut. The WG-M2 appears to be developed from scratch, rather than being a re-brand of an existing product. It will be available in orange and silver.
Among the WG-M2's highlights are 4K/30p, 1080/60p, and 720/120p video support, waterproofing to 20 meters, built-in Wi-Fi, an ultra-wide 204 or 151 degree selectable field of view, and reduced size and weight. The camera weighs 136g loaded and ready to use; this is over 20% lighter than the WG-M1.
WG-M2 handle mount
The WG-M2 is compatible with a host of mounting accessories though its standard 1/4" tripod mount.
WG stands for "Wild Gear" and builts on the extensive product line established by Pentax over half a decade ago.
We expected the WG-M2 to start shipping in mid-April at a US launch price of $299.
WG-M2 Specifications vs. WG-M1
|Sensor Resolution||8 MP||14 MP|
|Effective Pixels||3840 x 2160
(note: native 4K)
|4320 x 3240|
|ISO Range||200 - 6400||100 - 800|
|Still burst||8FPS for 10 frames||10FPS for 10 frames|
|Optics||8 elements / 8 groups||6 elements / 6 groups|
|Shutter Speeds||1/24,000s - 1/4s (Still max. 1/2400s)|
|Angle of View||Video:
204° (wide) 151° (narrow)
202° (wide) 150° (narrow)
|Focus||20cm - Infinity (fixed)||60cm - Infinity (fixed)|
|Video Mode||4K: 30p (100Mbps)
1080: 60p, 30p
720: 120p, 60p, 30p
720: 60p, 50p, 30p
480: 120p (no sound)
|Max Duration||25 minutes|
|Video Sound||Built-in stereo microphone|
|Metering||Multi, Spot||Multi, Face|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2EV||N/A|
|LCD||1.5-inch, 150,000 dot|
|Waterpoof||Yes (20m)||Yes (10m)|
|Media Slot(s)||1 Micro SDXC Slot||1 Micro SDHC Slot|
||USB (micro B), HDMI out (type D), Wi-Fi|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||34.1 x 57.4 x 77.8 mm||42.5 x 66.5 x 89.5mm|
||136g / 4.8oz||190g / 6.7oz|
|US Launch Price||$299||$299|
Full specifications can be found in our camera database.
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