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Pentax WG-8 And WG-1000 Waterproof Cameras Announced

Ricoh announce the release of two new waterproof cameras, the higher specification Pentax WG-8 and the Pentax WG-1000 which is an entry level waterproof camera aimed at more casual underwater photographers.

Posted: 08/06/2024 - 11:51

Pentax WG-8

A top-of-the-line digital compact camera, featuring outstanding waterproof performance with up to two hours of continuous underwater shooting; high-power, discharge-adjustable Ring Light; and webcam function.

Developed to be the toughest of the PENTAX WG series of waterproof digital compact cameras in handling harsh environments, this top-of-the-line model is waterproof to a depth of 20 meters, shockproof against a fall from heights of 2.1 meters, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C. Even in demanding conditions, it captures super-high-resolution still images at approximately 20 effective megapixels and high-quality 4K-resolution movie clips. When connected to a computer, it also functions as a web camera. Using its high-power, discharge-adjustable Ring Light unit and macro shooting capability from a minimum focusing distance of one centimeter, the user can deliver a well-illuminated, enlarged view of a small item to an audience during online business meetings.

As for the current PENTAX WG-90, the PENTAX WG-8 will be marketed under the PENTAX brand, because this top-of-the-line model provides a host of functions highly useful under demanding outdoor conditions, just like those featured by the PENTAX brand of digital SLR cameras, which are well received and highly respected by many users.

Key Features of the Pentax WG-8

  • Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting down to a depth of 20 meter, for up to two hours of continuous operation
  • 4K-resolution movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies
  • High-quality, high-resolution images
  • Five-times optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage
  • Webcam function for live-streaming of high-quality, high-resolution images
  • High-power, discharge-adjustable, six-bulb Ring Light unit
  • 3.0-inch, wide-frame LCD monitor for wide-angle viewing
  • Advanced GPS functions and built-in digital compass

For further information please visit Ricoh

The PENTAX WG-8 will be available to order from SRS Microsystems shortly.

Pentax WG-1000

Entry-class, waterproof digital compact camera, designed for casual underwater photography to a depth of 15 meters, for up to one hour of continuous operation.

Despite its compact, lightweight body, the WG-1000 is designed to be waterproof down to a depth of 15 meters, dustproof against dirt and stains, and shockproof against a fall from a height of two meters. It also comes equipped with a carabiner strap and a protector jacket, which protects the camera body from scratches. Thanks to its outdoor-friendly features, this model can be used in a wide range of scenes and activities for casual outdoor and underwater photography.

Key Features of the Pentax WG-1000

  • A solid, all-weather body for protection against dust and water
  • Sharp, clear images
  • 4X optical zoom lens with a 27mm wide-angle coverage
  • A choice of seven capture modes
  • A selection of Color modes to personalize the visual expressions
  • Full HD Movie recording

For further information please visit Ricoh

The PENTAX WG-1000 will be available to order from SRS Microsystems shortly.

Credit: Ricoh Japan

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Posted 12/06/2024 - 06:48 Link
The only different camera here is the Pentax (Optio) WG-1000....
But the WG-8 is a Ricoh WG-6 masquerading as a new Pentax model... the specifications are virtually identical**!!
Lovely to see it being called a Pentax again... and the GREEN colour could be useful to me, as a big, black spaceship wouldn't be hovering over a subject but a possible large leaf.... and they've removed the rather useful microscope function.
** See removal of a microscope function!!
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"

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