Ricoh WG-M1 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 14 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS Sensor
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • F2.8 16.8mm (35mm equivalent) fixed lens
  • Fixed focus system
  • 1.5” LCD
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • ISO sensitivity 100-800
  • Available modes: still, movie, time lapse, loop recording, motion detection
  • Burst shots up to 10 fps for stills
  • Waterproof to 32 feet (for up to one hour)
  • Cold resistant to -10 degrees C
  • Shock resistant to six feet
  • Takes micro SD cards
  • Wi-fi
  • Li-ion battery rated at 150 minutes recording time (350 still images)
  • Weighs 5.3 ounces
  • Release Date: 2014-10-10
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended


Ricoh WG-M1
Preview of the Ricoh WG-M1.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 11/24/2014

Coming from a manufacturer with a history of rugged cameras, the Ricoh WG-M1 looks to compete with the likes of the Go Pro and Sony action cams. The WG-M1 has an unusual design to say the least, but unlike most action cams, it still manages to find enough space for an LCD screen. It's at the top when most camcorders keep them at the back and small at 1.5", but it's there nonetheless.

The WG-M1 can head underwater down to 32 feet for up to an hour, plus it can also withstand drops of up to six feet and perform in the cold down to -10 degrees C. Operating without housing means you don't have to purchase an underwater kit, plus sounds won't be muffled by the extra bulk.

The WG-M1 records 1080p HD video at 30 fps on a 1/2.3" sensor. The f2.8 lens is fairly bright (a plus for shooting underwater); it's a fixed lens, but offers a wide 16.8mm angle that works well for action shots. A regular movie recording mode is available, or you can shoot a time lapse. A loop recording mode will delete footage if you don't save it after 5/10 minutes, making it useful for when you don't know when the action is going to get good. There's also a motion detection mode available.

Unlike most action cams, Ricoh spent some time making sure the WG-M1 would take decent stills, too. It can snap 14 megapixel images, shooting at speeds of up to 10 fps.

Wi-fi is quickly becoming a must for action cams, and Ricoh didn't neglect that feature. Wi-fi allows you to start and stop recording remotely--which is useful when you have it mounted in such a way that the LCD screen is not visible.

Since Ricoh/Pentax already has an established line of action still cameras, there's a good amount of different accessories and mounting brackets available as well.

Selling for a list price of $299.95, the price is likely to make it an enticing option along with the feature list.


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