Action Cameras

Object of Desire: Ricoh WG-M2

June 24, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

While Ricoh may not be the first name you think of when you think “action camera,” they were one of the first camera makers to catch on to the potential of ultra-durable digicams. Their newest is the 4K-capable WG-M2, which boasts one of the widest angle f/2 lenses of any action camera on the market at 204 degrees. You’re not locked into this ultra wide format, however. You can reduce the field of view to 150 degrees. And, unlike a GoPro Hero 4, the WG-M2 is waterproof to a depth of 65 feet without a housing. It’s shock-resistant, too, capable of surviving a fall from 6.5 feet and able to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C.  The WG-M2 can now automatically re-orient video if the camera is mounted sideways or upside down, so you always have the proper orientation. The WG-M2 is controllable via Wi-Fi and also has a 1.5-inch color display for live view and menu navigation. In addition to the camera’s large buttons (the better for gloved hands to operate), there’s also haptic feedback—the on/off switch will vibrate to indicate when recording has started or stopped. You’ll enjoy 4K recording at 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps, 1080p recording up to 60 fps and 720p video at 120 fps. Digital image stabilization is available when filming in HD. There’s also a selection of seven image effects, such as monochrome and bleach bypass, to give your video an Instagram-friendly filtered look.

PRICE: $300

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