Ricoh WG-M1 Preview

Ricoh is launching a new digital action cam. Dubbed the the WG-M1, this digicam can swim to depths of 32 feet (10 meters), survives falls up to 6 feet (2 meters), and live in temperatures down to -10°C. On the still photo front, you get a 14MP CMOS image sensor capable of 10 frames per second continuous shooting, and an ultra wide-angle (160 degrees) fixed lens that offers four angle-of-view settings: Wide, Medium, Narrow, and Underwater. Basically, these modes crop downwards from 160 degrees.

The WG-M1 can record Full HD 1080p videos at up 30 frames per second. Video mode also has four angle-of-view settings from which to choose, starting with the 137-degrees Wide, down to Medium, Narrow, and Underwater. Recording modes include Motion Detection (records when motion is, wait for it, detected), Loop Recording (records continuously in a 5 or 10 minute loop), High-speed Movie (up to 120fps slow motion, but not at full 1080p), and Time Lapse Movie (for creating... well, you've probably already guessed the answer. The WG-MI has a built in Micro-HDMI terminal for using an external monitor (the onboard 1.5" LCD display is for basic framing and menu settings only) or to output both audio and video to and external recording device.

In addition to Face Detection and two supplied mounting options, the WG-M1 is also Wi-Fi enabled, allowing this little action cam to sync up with compatible smartphones or tablets running a free app. Once synced, you have the option to control the WG-M1 remotely -- release the shutter, adjust settings, even using your phone as an external display -- or download your image and movie files onto your smartphone or tablet to upload to your favorite social networking sites... where you can show friends and family how action packed your action cam life has become!

Ricoh WG-M1 Features
  • Waterproof to 32ft (10m)
  • Shock-resistant against falls from 6ft (2m)
  • Cold-resistant down to -10°C
  • Dustproof
  • 14MP CMOS image sensor
    • 4 angle-of-view settings
      • Wide (160 degrees)
      • Medium
      • Narrow
      • Underwater
    • 10fps Continuous High Speed Shooting
  • 1.5-inch LCD monitor
  • Full 1080p HD Videos @ 30fps
    • 4 angle-of-view settings
      • Wide (approximately 137 degrees)
      • Medium
      • Narrow
      • Underwater
    • Motion detection
    • Loop Recording
    • High-speed Movie
    • Time Lapse Movie,
    • Micro-HDMI terminal (type D)
  • Face Detection AF & AE function
  • WG adhesive mount
  • Carabiner-equipped strap
  • Compatible with micro SD and micro SDHC memory cards
  • Wi-Fi enabled

Optional WG-M1 Accessories
  • O-MA1531 WG Grip Adapter
  • O-MA1532 WG Angle Adapter
  • O-CM1532 WG Adhesive Mount 2
  • O-CM1533 WG Wrist Strap Mount
  • O-CM1534 WG Peg Mount
  • O-CM1535 WG Magnet Mount
  • O-CM1536 WG Helmet Strap Mount

The WG-M1 will be available in October (2014) at a $299.95 MSRP.

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