The Ricoh WG-6 is a model new waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof and crushproof robust compact digicam that is been up to date with a lot of signifcant enhancements.
The even harder WG-6 is now waterproof to a depth of 20 metres, shockproof towards falls from a top of two.1 metres, dustproof and freeze-proof to temperatures as little as -10°C.
It additionally incorporates a new 20 megapixel back-illuminated 1/2.Three inch CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, 3.0-inch LCD monitor, 4K film recording, a GPS module, and 6 LED Macro Lights positioned across the lens barrel for macro capturing.
Obtainable in black and orange, the Ricoh WG-6 retails for £379.99 / $399.95.
Ease of Use
|Entrance of the Ricoh WG-6|
If there’s one factor you’ll be able to depend on the Ricoh model for, it’s a brand new toughened motion digicam compact yearly. This yr it’s the flip of the 20-megapixel decision, 5x optical zoom, WG-6, initially introduced alongside the Ricoh GR III premium mannequin and which arrives within the wake of the older WG-60.
Whereas earlier fashions have, it’s honest to say, featured some fairly wacky designs to enchantment to youngsters, sports activities fanatics and motion junkies, desirous to seize their exploits with out worry of trashing their image-capture machine within the course of, the most recent WG-6 reigns it in considerably. There’s much less of the go-faster stripes on its fascia this time round, and it’s additionally barely much less angular and brutalist in look than its many predecessors. Ricoh claims this ‘improved’ and ‘renewed’ design isn’t only a beauty element nonetheless, however permits for improved usability and operability with it, significantly when utilizing gloves.
That mentioned, the back-lit 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor-incorporating WG-6 nonetheless manages to give off that reassuringly industrial really feel that signifies such an possibility is a minimize above some extent and shoot compact, or your smartphone, in terms of its destruction-proof qualities. As soon as once more there’s an internally stacked zoom that at no level protrudes from the digicam physique, plus screws on the faceplate – right here colored a metallic orange within the case of our overview pattern. A extra sober-looking black/gray different can also be obtainable if the WG-60 appeals. Advised retail value for the UK market is £379.99, which feels pretty normal for a digicam of this ilk.
|Rear of the Ricoh WG-6|
As ever, with a toughened digicam you need one thing that does the job with out it being prohibitively weightier or bulkier compared with a non-toughened different – admittedly today there aren’t many unfortified point-and-shoots; the smartphone and pill having killed off such primary choices. Whereas feeling reassuringly stable within the hand, then, the WG-6 resists resembling a lead weight. It’s heavy responsibility, as its producer describes it, with out truly feeling heavy. This can be a digicam that you might slip into your jacket pocket, ski outfit, summer season shorts or man bag with out nary a second thought. Dimensions are 118.2×65.5×33.1mm with a weight of 246g when the offered lithium ion rechargeable battery and optionally available detachable SD media card are inserted.
Clearly with such a digicam, pixel rely and, finally, picture high quality is much less a key concern than with the ability to obtain a picture you wouldn’t in any other case be capable to. The WG-6 arrives this yr with the fanfare of it being probably the most sturdy waterproof digicam within the historical past of its producer’s collection, with the ability to face up to a dunking to a claimed depth of 20 metres, repeatedly for as much as two hours. The remainder of the core spec consists of the truth that it’s shockproof towards falls from a top of as much as 2.1 metres, proof against temperatures as little as minus 10 levels, plus in a position to face up to crushing strain of as much as 100 Kgf. Whether or not that’s value your paying the £379 producer’s asking value, we’ll discover.
Like its predecessors we additionally get the occasional advantage of a hoop gentle association of LED’s across the 28mm to 140mm equal extensive angle lens on the entrance, plus, in addition to built-in GPS amenities, there may be the power to shoot 4K video on the WG-6 additionally at as much as a good 30fps with its specialist Film SR+ anti shake mode claiming to ape the consequences of utilizing a gimbal. In any other case you’ll be able to fall again on the power to bump up the sunshine sensitivity settings when required to aim to attain blur free outcomes; right here the Ricoh’s ISO maxes out at ISO6400.
|Prime of the Ricoh WG-6|
With no separate standalone charger supplier, the offered battery is charged inside the digicam through a equipped USB lead and mains plug adapter, an indicator lamp on the highest plate blinking to suggest the battery is definitely being replenished. Battery life is claimed to be good for as much as 340 photographs, which whereas not revolutionary by any means, for this class of digicam remains to be fairly good.
As soon as you’re up-and-running, within the anticipated absence of an optical viewfinder, stills and movies are composed and reviewed through the help of a 3-inch LCD display screen with respectably clear 1,040,000 dots decision, and which swallows up the majority of the actual property on the digicam’s backplate. With an precise Outside View Setting offered, brightness ranges may be adjusted to hopefully permit for higher readability of viewing. An additional helpful assist is an digital spirit stage, equipped in order that customers can examine they’ve their horizons straight and stage earlier than loosing off a shot. Unusually for a digicam that accepts the usual SD media, there’s 27MB of inbuilt reminiscence additionally offered. Although, because it permits customers to shoot a mere three highest high quality JPEG photos straight out of the field, you may surprise why Ricoh bothered.
Regardless of its nearly destruction-proof qualities, there are a few further equipment that consumers of the WG-6 can choose up if they’ve the money – for instance a protecting jacket (ought to additional safety be wanted!) made out of silicon and/or a separate digicam case, the latter of which is a holder-type affair with a belt loop on the again.
|Entrance of the Ricoh WG-6|
From the entrance of the digicam then, the WG-6 appears usually ‘sporty’, particularly our model with the intense orange faceplate. You’re unlikely to lose this one if you drop it within the pool, or on the ski slopes – the place it’s going to stick out like a sore thumb. And there may be the actual chance of it flying from our grip, as a result of there’s not a lot offered in the way in which of an precise handgrip – we simply get a touch raised ridge to the entrance that’s nearly invisible front-on, plus a roughened leather-based impact patch on the again subsequent to a rocker change for working the zoom that routinely falls underneath the thumb and offers a spot to relaxation it.
Sticking on the entrance for a second, the digicam’s most dominant function is these six sq. LEDs ranged across the lens in ring flash like array (a carry-over from earlier generations of this mannequin), the latter boasting an internally stacked zoom mechanism, as anticipated, meaning at no level does it truly protrude from the physique and presumably into hurt’s manner. Moreover flanking the lens is a pair of stereo microphones, a speaker, and an AF help/ self-timer lap, which, unusually, is under the lens, moderately than above it. Putting the lens centrally signifies that it’s much less doubtless for stray fingertips to get in the way in which and partially obscure the ensuing picture, although it’s nonetheless potential to get caught up in your topic and have that often occur anyway.
As one would anticipate, like its equally pocket sized toughened rivals from Olympus, Nikon and Panasonic, with the Ricoh WG-6, if you happen to don’t need to faff round with the restricted settings, operation is level and shoot all the way in which.
|The Ricoh WG-6’s LED Lights|
The digicam powers up from chilly in a few seconds, the rear LCD blinking into life. A half squeeze of the shutter launch button and we are able to witness the digicam’s AF visibly regulate earlier than a central level illuminates in inexperienced to sign focus has been achieved. Squeeze the shutter launch to take the shot and it’s dedicated to reminiscence within the blink of an eye fixed, the picture very briefly showing on display screen earlier than the LCD refreshes to point out the topic earlier than the lens. All just about what we’d anticipate from the efficiency of any level and shoot.
On the highest plate of the Ricoh WG-6 is a simple structure that contains a raised dime sized capturing mannequin wheel, with a ridged circumference that falls readily underneath the thumbnail for improved buy, together with ahead positioned shutter launch button and recessed on/off button that illuminates with a inexperienced operational gentle when the digicam is lively.
With both sides of the digicam providing lugs for attaching a wrist strap (offered), and one facet offering a bigger loop for attaching a thicker carabiner-style strap (not offered), there may be an additional technique of stopping the digicam flying out of your grasp when on the ski slopes, within the pool, or making an attempt images or video in circumstances by which one wouldn’t in any other case think about.
|Facet of the Ricoh WG-6|
The again of the digicam, which homes a well-known 3-inch LCD, continues the easy strategy, our consideration zero-ing in on a 4 manner management pad with a self explanatory OK button at its centre, round that are ranged means of activating or adjusting the flash, self timer, macro mode or switching-on the GPS facility. We additionally get a crimson report button for video, a playback button and a rocker change for activating the zoom, which adjusts by means of its modest vary from most wideangle to telephoto setting inside all of two seconds. A inexperienced button offers a way of calling up on-screen knowledge, such because the digital spirit stage, when in seize mode. When in playback mode, nonetheless, the identical button doubles up as a useful technique of deleting photos. The final button on the again is once more self explanatory, in being marked ‘menu’. Stated screens are as soon as once more an simply navigated if barely quaint affair, divided into folders for stills capturing, video, customized settings and arrange. What you see is just about what you get right here.
The base of the digicam options an off-centre screw thread for a tripod and a catch-operated slide and open compartment housing the Indonesian manufactured digicam’s battery and media card, as beforehand detailed.
So, shifting alongside, how do the Ricoh WG-6’s photographs match as much as the specification and efficiency? Are we getting photos right here that transcend the digicam’s level and shoot origins, or do they very a lot point out it is a machine for taking photographs the place digital gadgets in any other case worry to tread first, with picture high quality coming second?