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Ricoh’s new WG-70 is your 2020 vacation camera

Waterproof to 14 metres, shockproof and ready for your next adventure…

Ricoh has launched the WG-70 – the brand’s latest rugged compact that takes over from the popular WG-60 and sees a number of new features that should be of interest to photographers looking for a robust camera to pack into their suitcase in time for vacation season.

Along with being waterproof to a depth of 14meters; the WG-70 is also shockproof from falls of 1.6 meters and freeze-proof against temperatures as low as -10°C, should you be heading somewhere cold on your travels. What’s more, the camera is crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force) and dustproof, so users are well covered against the elements.

The WG-70 will appeal to those ready to dive into the shallows and features special modes for both underwater stills and video shooting that aim to optimise colour, contrast, and white balance, based on the data of images captured under the water. When using the Underwater mode, the WG-70’s Flash Off + Flash On option allows photographers to consecutively capture two images — with a single shutter release — one without flash and another with flash.

Built around a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the WG-70 features a native ISO range of 100-6400 and also offers an innovative Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene before merging them together into a single, blur-free composite image.

A macro mode is enhanced thanks to the six LED lights around the lens to banish shadows and also double up as lighting for self-portraits. With a 5x optical zoom, the WG-70 offers an effective focal length of 28mm to 140mm, which should cover off landscape scenes right through to more travel-friendly close ups. The close-up credentials are improved thanks to an all-new Digital Microscope mode that enables subjects to be greatly enlarged.

Capable of shooting Full HD and offering a slow motion movie mode, the WG-70 is available in two colour options (black or orange). Images can be composed using the 2.7-inch LCD, which features a resolution of 230,000 dots and offers different levels of brightness to help you view the LCD properly in strong outdoor light.

Available from February, the Ricoh WG-70 is priced from around £280 and the brand shared some example images taken with the new compact..