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Ricoh WG-70 Waterproof Rugged Camera Black

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Ricoh WG-70 Waterproof Rugged Camera Black

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The heavy duty RICOH WG-70 features a 16MP sensor with five times optical zoom, made for outdoor conditions. Waterproof to 14m, with facilities such as a digital microscope mode.

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  • The rock solid build quality and go anywhere design.
  • Five times optical zoom with wide-angle coverage.
  • Advanced underwater shooting modes.
  • Six macro lights for lighting any subject.
  • Triple anti-Shake system for stable stills and images.
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Ricoh WG-70 Waterproof Rugged Camera Black summary

The Ricoh WG-70 is the latest in ultra-rugged, waterproof digital compact cameras. Ideal for the toughest of environments, due to its rocksolid, waterproof outer shell. Standout features include waterproofing to a depth of 14m, shockproof from a height of 1.6 meters and freeze proof to temperatures as low as -10°C.

The back illuminated CMOS sensor provides superior low noise characteristics, along with high sensitivity to ISO 6400. Various shooting modes will ensure the correct settings for any environment. Six Macro Lights have also been included to assist with shooting close-up or macro subjects, along with better illumination for self portraits.

The camera is designed with underwater photography in mind, joining previous well received Ricoh underwater cameras such as the previous WG-60.  There are modes available to optimise white balance, contrast and colour for any underwater environment. These features are also available for video recording.

The five times optical zoom lens has a 28mm to 140mm equivalent focal length, which can cover everythang from landscapes to close-up portraits. Further enhanced with a macro mode, an intelligent zoom function and interval shooting for a varied range of applications.

Ricoh WG-70 Waterproof Rugged Camera Black in detail

Heavy-duty construction assuring underwater shooting down to 14 meters, for up to two hours

The solid, airtight body common to the WG-70 is not only waterproof down to a depth of 14 meters for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX 8 or JIS Class 8), but is also shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 meters,* dustproof (equivalent to IPX 6 or JIS Class 6), freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force).

Exceptional image quality

The WG-70 comes equipped with a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which assures excellent high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and high-speed readout of image data signals. Coupled with a high-performance imaging engine, this image sensor delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and super-high-resolution images with approximately 16.0 effective megapixels. These models also provide advanced image processing functions, made possible by the latest super-resolution technology, to assure sharp, clear, high-resolution images. They even offer such innovative features as Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene and produces a siangle, blur-free composite image from them.

Improved usability of Digital Microscope mode

The WG-70 has a Digital Microscope mode that allows the subject to be greatly enlarged. Usability is improved as the recording size can be newly selected ifrom 2M (1920 x 1080), which gives priority to enlargement with digital zoom, to a maximum of 12M (16: 9) (4608 x 2592), which is useful when printing or trimming with high resolution which further expands the field of shooting.

Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting, with various functions

Ideally positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, six LED Macro Lights allow the WG-70 to provide bright, uniform illumination on a subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.*** Thanks to these Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world undetectable by the naked eye on the camera's LCD monitor, and effortlessly capture eye-catching, close-up images. In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, the Instant Illumination Enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the discharge level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. The Macro Lights also provide other useful functions, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode, which uses the blink of an LED lamp to check if the subject's face has been safely captured with the picture frame, and the LED Lighting mode, which uses the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.

advanced underwater shooting mode

Specifically designed for underwater photography, the image processing of Underwater and Underwater Movie shooting modes optimize color, contrast, and white balance, based on the data of images captured under the water. These modes deliver sharp, true-to-life images by enhancing shades of red, which are lost in underwater photography, while effectively compensating for the loss of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in water. During Underwater mode, the Flash Off + Flash On option, allows the user to consecutively capture two images &midash; with a siangle shutter release &midash; one without flash and another with flash.

Cross Processing added to image Tone

Cross Processing is an effect popular among our products, which allows you to enjoy unique photographic expressions. With WG-70, this mode is added to image Tone, which can be selected with several shooting modes including, P (Program). The parameters of the image is adjusted to give a unique color-changed finish, like a cross-processed film ***. *** A film development technique that uses unconventional film development to create a distinctive finish with dramatic, stylized colors.

5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage

The WG-70 feature a high-performance, five-times optical zoom lens with a focal-length coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm to 140mm in the 35mm format) to accommodate a wide range of scenes and subjects, including sweeping landscapes. They also provide other convenient shooting functions, such as a macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images from a minimum focusing distance of a mere one centimeter; an Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom range to approximately 36 times (equivalent to 1008mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality, for superior telephoto photography; and an interval shooting mode, which comes in handy for fixed-point observation.

Full HD movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies

The WG-70 provides Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format. Users can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. To add some creative touches to movie recording, they also feature a high-speed camera function**** for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips, and an interval movie function. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for simultaneous output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices. **** When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 1280 x 720 pixels.

Triple anti-shake protection to prevent blurred images in all applications

(1) Pixel Track SR mechanism When recording still images, this advanced shake-reduction mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake by digitally processing affected images. (2) Digital SR mode When the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, this mode automatically raises the sensitivity up to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed and effectively minimize the adiverse effect of camera shake and subject shake when dealing with poor lighting conditions. (3) Movie SR mode During movie recording, this mode effectively compensates for the misalignment of images caused by camera shake through the use of exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.

2.7-inch LCD monitor with the Outdoor View Setting mode

The WG-70 come equipped 2.7-inch LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dots. The monitor's AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear on-screen image even in the harsh sunshine often encountered during outdoor shooting. It also comes equipped with such convenient features as: the Outdoor View Setting mode, which easily sets the optimum monitor brightness level for a given lighting condition.

what else is included in the box?

  • Reachargeable battery
  • Power adapter
  • USB cable
  • Camera strap
  • Macro stand

Optional Accessories

Ricoh WG-70 Waterproof Rugged Camera Black Specifications

Sensor Type

1/2.3" CMOS


Approx. 16 megapixels

ISO range

ISO 125 - 6400

Focus points

9-point AF

Video resolution

HD 1920p

LCD Screen

2.7" Wide LCD, approx. 230K dots,



Wireless connectivity




Lens compatibility

Built-in 5 - 25 mm Lens

Storage Type

Built-in Memory (approx. 68MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card


Approx. 122.5 (W) x 61.5 (H) x 29.5 (D)mm


Approx. 173g body only

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Our Verdict

From first holding the Ricoh WG-70, it's clear that this camera is built to go anywhere. The solid outer shell is capable of diving to 14 meters underwater, useful for most underwater situations, along with being drop proof up to a height of 1.6 meters. The camera can even be taken into the coldest of conditions, being freeze proof down to -10°C. 

The back-illuminated CMOS sensor is very capable of producing good quality prints, which are rich in contrast and definition, with an ISO top range of ISO 6400. The advanced underwater shooting modes are especially helpful to combat the usual anomalies of taking underwater images. Getting rid of the usual haze, to produce ever more clear images. We especially liked the Flash Off + Flash On option, which captures two images with one shutter press, for further exposure options.

The five times optical zoom range can cover wide-angle shots to medium telephoto images, which are perfect for the smallest of subjects to wide panoramas. Full HD movies can also be captured, with the ability for slow motion playback with a micro-HDMI terminal available for simultaneous output. Along with the triple anti-shake protection, the Ricoh WG-70 makes for an excellent go anywhere camera solution.

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Condition guide

Our used products are subject to wear and tear in comparison to brand new products. This also applies to accessories that are supplied with the camera including batteries which may have a lower optimum performance level/life expectancy.

  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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