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Ricoh announces the WG-70, a new rugged camera with a "microscope" function

The new Ricoh WG-70. (Source: Ricoh)
The new Ricoh WG-70. (Source: Ricoh)
Ricoh - which currently markets the cameras formerly known under the PENTAX brand - has launched a new camera with a durable, waterproof casing. The WG-70 also has a "digital microscope mode", which enables effective close-ups that is further enhanced with its ring of 6 LEDs that are also intended for macro photography.

Ricoh has unveiled the latest in its line of WG cameras. This series has durable casings for action-type or outdoor pursuits. Its new variant is also resistant to water ingress to a depth of 14 meters, and is also shockproof against drops of up to 1.6 meters. It is also rated to withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

The WG-70 also features an advanced underwater shooting mode that can tune color, contrast and whites to suit the relevant environment. Ricoh also asserts that it can generate microscopy-like close-ups, although it didn't provide details on the zoom or other specs responsible for delivering this feature. The DSLR is also slated to approximate on-device digital cross processing.

In any case, the company claims that the resulting close-ups may be further enhanced by the ring of 6 LEDs found around the camera's 16MP lens. These lights may also facilitate macros on the new rugged camera. The Ricoh WG-70 will be available from the OEM's US site from mid-March 2020 and currently has a recommended price of US$279.95.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02- 5 (Update: 2020-02- 5)
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