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    Ricoh’s new WG-70 ultra-rugged compact camera is basically a WG-60 with new firmware

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  • Ricoh has announced its new . All outward appearances suggest that the WG-70 is largely identical to its predecessor, the WG-60 (which was also just a minor update to the WG-50). So, not much seems to have changed. Ricoh says, though, that the WG-70 does come with a few new features including a “digital microscope mode”, and a more advanced underwater shooting mode for better colour, contrast and white balance.

     
    Sensor~16-megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
    Focal length5-25mm (28-140mm FF equivalent)
    Max aperturef/3.5-5.5
    Optical Zoom5x
    Digital zoom7.2x
    StabilisationElectronic
    Focus9 point AF, spot AF, auto tracking AF
    Face detectionFace detection, Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assistant, Blink Detection
    Pet detectionDetect up to one pet's face (auto)
    ISO125-6400
    LCD2.7" 239K-dot LCD
    Built-in flashYes
    Video resolution1920x1080 @500vip彩票安卓下载官网~ 30fps
    WaterproofIPX8 - Waterproof to 14m (46ft)
    ShockproofShockproof against falls from up to 1.6 metres
    CrushproofUp to 100kgf (kilogram force)
    FreezeproofTo -10°C
    Dimensions122.5 x 61.5 x 29.5mm
    Weight193g (with battery & SD card)

    As well as the two new features mentioned above, the WG-70 also features a digital “Cross Processing” effect, which is essentially just a built-in filter that attempts to simulate the result you500vip彩票安卓下载官网’d see from cross-processing a roll of film. But I don’t see why these new features necessitate a whole new camera model.

    Like the WG-60, the WG-70 only shoots 1080p HD video, which is a little disappointing. It appears to have the same resolution sensor, same ISO performance, same lens, same autofocus, same everything really. Couldn’t they have added these features via a firmware update?

    I mean, they don’t mention a newly designed lens, sensor, faster processor, or anything in the . And the lack of 4K video in any new camera today is more than a little disappointing.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the WG-70 is a fine camera, as it’s essentially a WG-60 with a bit of a software update, and the WG-60 was a decent camera. It’s waterproof to 14 metres (46 feet), crushproof against weight forces up to 100kg, freeze-proof down to -10°C, and all the rest of it. But there just doesn’t really seem to be much point to it.

    It’s certainly doesn’t seem an upgrade to the WG-60 to me. I wouldn’t recommend anybody go sell their WG-60 to replace it with a WG-70. And even those looking to buy their first, I’d probably suggest they save $50 and get the instead.

    The Ricoh WG-70 is available to or and is expected to ship in mid-March.

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