Your Adventure Just Went Wireless: The New WG-30W Tough Camera from Ricoh


Updating its WG series of adventure-ready, waterproof, shockproof, and cold-proof point-and-shoot cameras, Ricoh has introduced the WG-30W Digital Camera in Carbon Gray and Flame Orange. The WG-30W finds a home between the WG-20 and the top-of-the-line WG-4, but adds something that neither of those models offers—built-in Wi-Fi. Despite its naming convention falling in line with the second-tier WG-10 and WG-20 “tough” cameras, some of the main specs of the WG-30W have been brought up the ladder and more closely match those of the WG-4.

For example, the WG-30W features a 16MP 1/2.3” backlit CMOS sensor and brings with it full HD 1080p video at 30 fps and improved low-noise capture, especially when working in low-light conditions. Its ISO range runs from 125-6400 and it provides triple Anti-Shake protection to further improve images shot in dim light. With Pixel Track image stabilization combined with a Digital SR mode and Movie SR mode, stills and video taken while moving or at longer shutter speeds will demonstrate less blur and shake.

The lens on the WG-30W however provides the same 35mm focal-length equivalency as the WG-20, which is a versatile 28-140mm for effective wide-angle and telephoto perspectives. Five aspherical lens elements minimize aberrations for sharp, color-accurate capture.

A contrast-detection autofocus system with 9 AF points and a Pan Focus mode will bring your shots into focus quickly and accurately and, like the other cameras in the WG series, a Digital Microscope macro mode enables focusing as close as 0.4". To help facilitate shooting at such close range, 6 LEDs surround the lens and automatically illuminate when in DM macro mode. The lights can also serve as general illumination for video and stills, and complement the camera’s built-in flash unit. A 2.7" 230k-dot LCD enables image composition and playback and has an anti-reflective coating for the bright light of a sunny day at the beach or on the slopes. Images are stored to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and 68MB of internal memory is available.

The built-in Wi-Fi connectivity of the WG-30W enables instant wireless transfer of your images and videos to your smartphone or tablet. Camera images viewable on your device can be easily browsed, selected and shared via social media sites letting you immediately show off your latest exploit to friends and family. Built-in Wi-Fi also allows you to use your smartphone as a monitor and remote control for your camera.

Special shooting modes such as Handheld Night Snap mode and Mermaid mode take advantage of the camera’s new sensor and updated image processor for clear imaging in tough light and Face Detection AF, Blink Detection, Smile Capture modes and Interval Shooting mode are all supported. At full resolution, the WG-30W can continuously shoot at 1.08 fps, but in High-Speed Continuous mode, the shooting rate can reach 10 fps at a reduced resolution for up to 30 frames for capturing fast-moving subjects. Its shutter-release lag is an impressive 0.008 seconds, which means when you push the shutter button, the shot is taken. Virtually eliminating the shutter delay is another reason this camera is so effective for action and adventure photography

The WG series is built to be used in environments where other cameras cannot go. Its unique form factor, made of reinforced polycarbonate plastic, is shockproof to a drop of 5' and crushproof to 220 lbf. It can also operate in freezing conditions down to 14°F and shoot underwater to a depth of 40' for up to 2 hours. Other touches, such as protective SP coating on the lens, dustproof design, and the ergonomic, easy-grip design of the body, make this a camera that’s ideal for shooting at the beach and in the water, as well as on top of your favorite mountain. Numerous optional mounting accessories are available to fit your adventuring, but the WG-30W is also a compact camera made to withstand the abuse that every family can impart on just a day-to-day basis.

Image Sensor 1/2.3" backlit CMOS
Effective Pixels 16.00MP
Total Pixels 16.76MP
Maximum Resolution 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 1:1, 16:9, 
Still Image File Format JPEG
Storage Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD
Lens Type RICOH zoom lens with SP coating
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 5-25mm (28-140mm)
Optical Zoom 5x
Aperture Range f/3.5-5.5 to f/4.2-6.6
Lens Construction 11 elements / 9 groups (5 aspheric elements)
Minimum Focusing Distance Normal: 1.6' / 0.5 m
Macro: 0.3' / 0.1 m
1 CM Macro: 0.4" / 1 cm
Digital Zoom 7.2x
Image Stabilization Pixel Track and Digital Shake Reduction
Shutter Type Mechanical and electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night mode)
Drive Modes One shot, self-timer, contrinuous shooting, burst shooting, remote control, auto bracketing
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 1.1 fps at full resolution
Self-Timer 10 sec., 2 sec. (3 sec. with remote control)
Exposure Metering System TTL
Metering Method Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-6400
Autofocus System TTL contrast detection autofocus
Number of Focus Points 9
Focus Modes 9-point AF, spot AF, auto tracking AF, infinity-landscape, pan focus, macro, 1 cm macro
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Modes On, off, red-eye reduction
Flash Range Wide: 0.7-13.0' / 0.2-3.9 m
Telephoto: 0.7-8.2' / 0.2-2.5 m
External Flash Interface N/A
White Balance Modes Auto, daylight, shade, tungsten, fluorescent (daylight, daylight white, white light), manual
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps, 60 fps, 120 fps
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Yes, with video
Audio File Format WAV (PCM), monaural
Monitor 2.7" / 6.9 cm 230k-dot wide LCD screen with AR coating
Interface USB 2.0 (Micro-B)
HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n
Power Source 1 x D-LI92 rechargeable Li-ion battery
Battery Life 300 images
260 minutes of playback
90 minutes of movie recording
Waterproof Submersible to 40' / 12.2 m for 2 hours (JIS Class 8 / IPX8)
Dustproof JIS Class 6 / IPX6
Crushproof 220 lbf / 100 kgf
Shockproof 5' / 1.5 m
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Dimensions 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2" / 12.2 x 6.1 x 3.0 cm
Weight 6.8 oz / 193 g with battery and memory card