Ricoh has a new compact camera that doesn't mind getting a bit wet, rough, or cold - so it's perfect for outdoor extremists.

Or, as Ricoh said, for underwater photography.

Called the WG-50, it's described as a digital compact camera with a lightweight body design and "exceptional waterproof and shockproof performance". More specifically, it's waterproof to a depth of 14 metres and shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 metres. It's even "freezeproof" to temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees celsius.

Other than that, it can do still-image shooting and movie recording like any other camera. It offers 16.0 effective megapixels and full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie-recording capability. It also comes with an LCD screen and works with a range of optional camera-mounting accessories. For instance, it can be secured to a bicycle or watercraft.

So, to recap, here are a few key specs:

  • Waterproof (equivalent to IPX 8 or JIS Class 8)
  • Shockproof (equivalent to IPX 6 or JIS Class 6)
  • Freezeproof (to temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees C)
  • Back illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Approximately 16.0 effective megapixels
  • Top sensitivity of ISO 6400
  • Five-times optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage
  • Focal-length coverage from 5mm to 25mm
  • Full HD movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies
  • Records at 1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions (frame rate of 30fps)
  • "Triple anti-shake protection"
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting
  • Digital SR mode, Movie SR mode
  • Outdoor View Setting mode, Underwater shooting mode
  • WG-series mount accessories (optional) for a range of shooting situations

There are of course other features, such as an included Macro stand, a high-speed Face Detection function to capture up to 32 faces in focus, a choice of 12 digital filters, and a pet-detection function to auto-detect the face of a cat or dog. If any of this interests you, the WG-50 will be available from end of June for £249.99 in orange or black.

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