Meet Ricoh’s very cool looking and powerful new WG-M2 4K ultra HD action cam
Stephan Jukic – February 23, 2016
The Ricoh WG-M2 4K UHD action cam throws some great looking design at us right off the bat. This is an action cam that flat out looks like it’s been built to handle all the rugged conditions you can throw at it while on the go in your outdoor adventures.
Furthermore, behind this cool and enticing look, the WG-M2 also delivers some seemingly excellent core specs, which include 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, waterproofing down to a certified depth of 20 meters (about 85 feet) and a fairly reasonable price that’s roughly comparable to that of the already very popular GoPro Hero 4 Black 4K action camera.
Ricoh has already previously released rugged action cameras such as the Full HD WG-M1 but this latest model is the first from the company to deliver its users some very decent 4K recording capacity. And in addition to its waterproofing and UHD chops, the camera offers shock resistance under water to a depth of 2 meters and can also work at temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius. Almost needless to say the WG-M2 is also dust and dirt resistant. In other words, it has truly been built with serious outdoor adventure enthusiasts in mind.
Ultra-wide angle shooting to a width of 204 degrees is possible with the WG-M2 but if you prefer a less fish eye-like video capture effect, this wide angle can also be restricted down to just 151 degrees in narrow mode.
Furthermore, going back to that 4K recording capacity, it’s for 4K Ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels at a rate of 30fps (the average for most non-professional 4K cameras) and is accompanied by recording capacity in other resolutions, such as Full HD at a very reasonable and smooth 60 frames per second.
The WG-M2’s bitrate capture is set at 100Mbps, which we also rather like.
In addition to the above, the WG-M2 offers up time lapse shooting, fast forward shooting at 30, 60 or 150 times normal recording speed and an endless recording mode which is designed to capture video files at 5 10 and 25 minute intervals.
Finally, the WG-M2 comes with a 1.5 inch LCD monitor for shot composing and other menu controls, and the action cam can also be wirelessly controlled from a smartphone or tablet through dedicated apps available from Ricoh for both iOS and Android devices.
As for availability and pricing, the Ricoh WG-M2 will be hitting the shelves at the end of March and is expected to retail for £269.99 in the U.K and $299.98 USD in the US from the company website www.ricohimaging.com. We can’t yet confirm availability for all markets beyond these.
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