CR Kennedy has announced Ricoh’s first action cam, the waterproof, shock-resistant and extremely compact Ricoh WG-M1.
The WG-M1 features a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f2.8 ultra-wide-angle lens (aproximately 17mm). It is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres without an underwater housing, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of 2 metres, and can operate in temperatures as low as – 10°C.
It can shoot stills at 10 frames per second and video at Full HD. The body features a 1.5-inch LCD monitor and wireless LAN connection for operations using a smartphone. It comes with an adhesive mount, to attach the camera body to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape, and has an array of optional camera-mount accessories including wrist strap mounts, helmet mount, and magnet mount.
The WG-M1 shoots Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at 30 frames per second.It can be set to a selection of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (approximately 137 degrees); Medium; Narrow; and Underwater.
It also provides a host of creative tools including motion detection, which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; Loop recording, which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five- or ten-minute intervals; High-speed Movie, which records movies specifically for slow-motion playbacks; and Time Lapse Movie, which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique.
A micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audiovisual devices.
When shooting stills it also offers the choice of four angle-of-view settings.
It has large control buttons to facilitate camera operation in outdoor and underwater situations even when wearing gloves. It also features a tripod socket on the bottom for the direct attachment of various adaptors and mounts.
By installing the WG-M1 app the user can perform a full range of camera functions remotely from a smartphone or tablet. Images and movies can also be browsed and downloaded, edited using the tools provided by the application, then uploaded to social networking and other websites.
The WG-M1 offers a choice of two body colors: black and orange.
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