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Ricoh Announces New Wireless Enabled WG-30w Adventure Cam

By Anthony Thurston on October 9th 2014

Hot on the heels of the newly announced GoPro editions, today, Ricoh announced the latest addition to their competing line of WG “adventure” cameras, the WG-30w.



The biggest feature additions here being the wireless connectivity, and a brand new imaging sensor that should give the WG-30w some good low light performance.

As with any action or “adventure” camera, you expect things like waterproofing and shockproofing, and the WG-30w doesn’t disappoint. The Ricoh WG-30w is not only waterproof up to 40 feet deep, but is also shockproof up to 5 feet, as well as dust and freeze proof. This is also all possible right out of the box, no special cases or anything required, which is a nice advantage over other systems which require special cases and such for underwater use.


Ricoh WG-30w Specifications

  • 16MP 1/2.3″ Backlit CMOS Sensor
  • Ricoh 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5 (35mm Equivalent)
  • Water, Dust, Crush, Shock, and Coldproof
  • 2.7″ 230k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Pixel Track and Digital Shake Reduction
  • Digital Microscope Mode & Built-In LEDs
  • High-Speed Continuous Shooting: 10 fps

Another really neat feature of the WG-30w is the 28-140mm equivalent lens. Most action cameras are a single focal length, so having the ability on the WG-30w to actually change your field of view is pretty awesome. The F/3.5-5.5 aperture range could leave a lot to be desired in low light situations, but that is what the built in LED lights are meant to help with.


I am pretty impressed with these little Ricoh adventure cameras. I can see myself getting some fun use out of them. I mean, they still don’t touch the top end GoPro cameras with 4K and other features, but for the cost savings, these still look like great little cameras that would serve someone well.

The WG-30w comes in two colors, Carbon Gray and Flame Orange, and are going to be sold for $276.95. If you are interested, you can pre-order them now, and be the first to get one once they start shipping around December 15th.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. tamás száraz

    I bought the earlier version of this model, (it’s called by us Pentax though…) the WG-10. It’s horrible. The design looks cool, but nothing else for sorry… The quality of pictures are not worth to mention it. I was sending it back to the service, as it has also sensor problem, stripes all over the LCD. The service said, it’s totally normal, it will not show o the picture. Maybe not seen on the pictures, but hard to compose like that, and it’s for sure visible on videos. For sorry, I can not attach picture here. Hope that this version is much better, and the menu system also bit easier made.

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    • Arnold Ziffel

      I also have the Pentax version, however mine has had zero problems. Sure, the IQ isn’t on par with my 5DIII, but it is what it’s supposed to be. A waterproof point and shoot. That it does pretty well.

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    • tamás száraz

      Yes sure, I didn’t expect the quality either that I have on my 6D, hope that the service will repair it this time, and can at least use it for some summer-underwater-fun. Good to hear, though, that it’s not the normal way of working for the camera, so I have a chance to use it for what it was meant to :-)

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    • tamás száraz

      Well, good news. The second time I brought the camera to the service, they finally really took a closer look, and admitted, that it has a broken sensor. So I got a brand new WG-30 instead of the old WG-10. Not the wireless one, but still great :-)

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  2. Peter Nord

    Every now and then I think under water photos of my grandchildren playing in the pool would be fun. Then the equipment seems such a pain. Maybe this is it.

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