Ricoh WG-M2 Waterproof action camera with 4K video
The stream of new action cameras seems to have slowed quite a bit in the last year or so (maybe because everyone was too buys making and buying drones), but Ricoh has a new waterproof action camera in the form of the WG-M2.
The big update—as you can probably guess—is the addition of 4K video capture up to 30 fps. Personally, I prefer higher frame rate capture on action cameras over lots of resolution, but 4K is very quickly becoming the standard so it only makes sense. You can also get 1080p footage at 60 fps and 720p up to 120 fps.
As for ruggedness, the WG-M2 is waterproof to 32-feet and can survive a fall from 6.5-feet.
Still images are captured at 8 megapixels, which seems a little small considering that each frame of a 4K video capture is roughly 8 megapixels in and of itself. You can review and compose shots using the 1.5-inch color LCED display, which is actually a handy feature on an action camera.
The shape of the WG-M2 is similar to the WG-M1 that came before it, but it’s considerably smaller and lighter than the original, by roughly 40%.
The WG-M2 will be available in April of 2016 for $299, which is actually a pretty competitive price considering you get many of the same capture modes offered by the top-level GoPro as well as the addition of a built-in screen.
Back in October, Ricoh showed off a preproduction sample of the much-anticipated Pentax K-1 behind a glass enclosure at Photo Plus Expo in New York. Today, the long-awaited full-frame DSLR makes its debut along with two new lenses.
The K-1 is built around a 36.4MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range up to 204,800 and a five-axis image stabilization system for which Pentax has found a variety of creative uses. Like Ricoh's flagship APS-C model, the Pentax K-3 II, by moving its sensor in 1 pixel increments, the camera is able to simulate an anti-aliasing filter to fight moiré patterns. And it can use its built in GPS in tandem with the sensor’s stabilization unit to follow the movement of stars in the night sky—a boon for stellar photographers that Pentax calls its Astro Tracer.
The K-1 is launching into a market already well-stocked with full-frame DSLRs, so it incorporates a number of novel features that help it stand out. LCD screens on DSLRs that flip and rotate are fairly common, but Pentax has included what it calls a “flexible, tilt-type” monitor on its new flagship, which is anchored to the body of the K-1 by four struts. This unique system allows the rear screen to twist and angle in new ways, with up to 44 degrees of vertical and 35 degrees of horizontal adjustment.
A newly engineered pentaprism with about 0.7X magnification and almost 100% field of view provides a bright, crisp view through the lens. An innovative array of small LEDs throughout the body, above the lens mount, within the SD card slots and behind the rear LCD screen, should make using the camera in low-light situations much simpler. Heavy-duty shooters will also be interested in an optional battery grip ($199) for the K-1, which mirrors many of the right-hand controls on the back of the camera body.
Over at Pop Photo headquarters, we were lucky enough to get to shoot with a preproduction version of the camera with a working version of the firmware. While we had the K-1 only for a few hours, we quite enjoyed the time we had with it. In particular, the heft of the camera body, which weighs in at just over 2 pounds with a battery and SD cards, appealed to those of us used to working with heavier cameras. The deep right-hand grip and rubbery coating on the body made handling the K-1 comfortable and easy.
The K-1 is significantly more imposing and beefier than Pentax’s APS-C line of DSLRs, good news for those looking for a serious workhorse. The APS-C cameras like the K-5 II were well-regarded for their durability and that certainly seems to have carried over here to the top of the DSLR line. Its form-factor and design seem inspired by the success of the brand’s 645Z medium-format camera. The aesthetics in the K-1’s branding seem point to the way that Pentax views the relationship between the two camera systems and teases at more to come.
Surprisingly, the K-1 with its many new features, hits the street today at a cool $1,799 (body only), significantly cheaper than its closest competitor, Nikon’s D810 which sell for $2,800. Launching concurrently with the K-1, Pentax has also announced two new lenses for the body, a 15-30mm f/2.8 ($1,449) and a 28–105mm f/3.5–5.6 ($499). Both lenses, for which prices are not yet available, are weather-sealed and incorporate aspherical and low-dispersion elements to fight chromatic aberration and distortion. Ten other lenses for the system will also be available, ensuring a wide range of focal length possibilities for potential Pentax shooters.
We’re always happy when camera makers shake up the status quo and we look forward to seeing how photographers take to this new full-frame DSLR.
We’ve known that Ricoh has been developing a full-frame Pentax DSLR for a while now, but today they’re announcing a new weather-resistant lens meant to go with it. The HD Pentax-D FA 24–70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR uses the K-mount and will be a key piece in Pentax’s move into the full-frame DSLR market.
The lens has three extra-low dispersion elements and four aspherical elements to fight the usual optical pitfalls like distortion and vignetting. The designers also applied a new multi-layer HD coating to cut down on ghosting and increase weather resistance. Of course, you can also use the lens on existing crop-sensor Pentax bodies, where it will act like a 37–107mm zoom.
As it stands, the new 24–70mm f/2.8 is everything you’d expect at one of the most classic focal ranges around. It’s a foundational piece of a modern full-frame DSLR system for many pros, a market Ricoh is hoping to attract with a full-frame Pentax DSLR. What’s not standard, however, is the price tag, which checks in at just $1,299. Sony, Canon, and Nikon all offer their flagship 24–70mm lenses at much higher prices.
We’ll give the new lens a full test as soon as possible, but this is promising news for the Pentax brand and its upcoming camera body. Affordable full-frame is still as desirable as ever.
With the failure of 3D cameras so fresh in our minds, it’s kind of easy to disregard 360-degree cameras as a similar novelty. But, I’ve had the chance to check out a few immersive cameras lately, and I really do think that the proliferation of virtual reality is going to make this a very sticky technology. Ricoh got out in front of the trend a while back with their Theta camera, and now they have updated it with better imaging chops and live streaming capabilities.
Rather than relying on a whole slew of capture devices, it uses a stick-like shape with individual sensors behind F/2 lenses. The final resolution has been bumped up to 14-megapixels for stills, and it can shoot 1080p video at 30 FPS.
The real improvement here, though, comes in terms of compatibility. The spherical images can now be viewed at the Ricoh site, as you’d expect, but they’re also compatible with much more popular social channels like Facebook, Google Maps, Tumblr, and Twitter.
In terms of actual image capture, Ricoh has expended the level of control you can now have over the actual camera settings. You can shoot in different manual modes and adjust settings like white balance and exposure for each side of the camera.
The Wifi has also been revamped is now a claimed four-times faster when transferring video.
The camera itself costs $349, which isn't cheap, but it's also decidedly cheaper than some of the other 360-degree solutions out there.
With cameras, sequels and follow-ups are near always better than the original. In the case of the new Pentax K-3 II, this year’s redux of the ever popular K-3 brings some notable improvements to an already noteworthy shooter.
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La Ricoh PX fue lanzada a principios de este verano (2011), y representa todo un cambio en Ricoh en términos de su oferta en cámaras resistentes al agua. En completo contraste con el diseño robusto, industrial, de las ofertas anteriores a prueba de agua de Ricoh, la PX se caracteriza por tener un cuerpo más elegante que fácilmente podría confundirse con una compacta regular de moda (no impermeable). La PX es la menos "robusta" de la cámara resistentes al agua que fuimos viendo en CamarasDigitalesOnline.com
Pasando de sus características más convencionales, la PX no se destaca en un solo ámbito. Al igual que muchos otros modelos en esta revisión se ofrece con una pantalla LDC de 2,7 pulgadas 230k-punto de resolución, un lente 28-140mm zoom de 5X, vídeo a 720p, y una variedad de disparos bastante estándar y los modos de escena. Dos de las características más comunes en esta clase de cámaras - GPS integrado y composición panorámica automática - están ausentes en la PX.
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La PX viene equipada con la mayoría de los modos de disparo estándar de las cámaras en esta clase, como paisaje, retrato, mascotas, etc, además de algunos modos más específicos como 'dulces', que rodea el postre de elección con una circular borde blanco, y el poco incongruente "subasta", que le permite combinar varias imágenes en un díptico o un tríptico, presumiblemente por los efectos de crear una galería para una web de subastas en línea.
También se incluyen varios filtros creativos que se están convirtiendo en estándar, como miniaturizar, cámara de juguete, y el proceso de cruz. Curiosamente, a pesar de la amplia gama de opciones que se incluyen, el PX carece de un modo dedicado a fotografía submarina.
- 16 megapíxeles efectivos
- Objetivo de 28-140mm equivalente con estabilización de imagen de desplazamiento del sensor
- Pantalla LCD de 2,7 pulgadas con 230.000 puntos de resolución
- 720p 30 fps de vídeo HD
- Sensibilidad ISO hasta 3200
- Resistente al agua hasta 3 metros (10 pies)
- Resistente a los golpes desde 1,5 m (5 pies)
- 24 modos de disparo
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