Ricoh Unveils the WG-M2 4K Action Camera

Ricoh WG-M2 4K Action Camera Angle View
Ricoh is the latest company to get in on the 4K action camera market with their new WG-M2

The WG-M2 packs a ton of features into a package costing just $300, including UHD 4K up to 30fps, 1080p up to 60fps, and 720p up to 120fps. One of the interesting features of the WG-M2 is its incredibly wide lens with an angle of view of 204° in the widest mode, and 151° in the Narrow mode. What might be the nicest feature of the camera is its durability, and the fact that you don't need an external housing to take it underwater. It's waterproof down to 65', shockproof up to 6.5', and freezeproof to a chilly 14°F, and with the built-in 1.5" LCD on top, you'll be able to monitor the whole time. 

Ricoh WG-M2 Side

Since the camera has built-in WiFi, it's able to be operated remotely with the Ricoh ImageSync app, very similar to the way current GoPro models can be operated from afar. Another handy feature is the ability to rotate the image 90° depending on the orientation and how you've mounted it — allowing you to get a level horizon even if the camera is on its side or upside down. 

Ricoh 4K WG-M2 Top

Unfortunately, as far as specs are concerned, the camera does have one huge downside: it can't shoot 23.98 at any resolution.

Check out the intro video from Ricoh:

And here's some footage:

The specs:

Ricoh WG-M2 4K Action Camera Bottom
  • 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • Ultra HD 4K video at 30 fps (4K S.Fine mode offers 100 Mbps average bit rate)
  • MPEG4-AVC/H.264: 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps)
  • 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps / 30 fps
  • 1280 x 720p / 120 fps / 60 fps / 30 fps
  • ISO 200-6400
  • Ultra-wide-angle lens with 204° Wide and 151° Narrow angle of views
  • 8MP photos in burst up to 8 fps for 10 frames
  • JPEG: 8 MP 3264 x 2448 (4:3), 6 MP 3264 x 1840 (16:9), 6 MP 2448 x 2448 (1:1)
  • Stereo PCM Audio
  • Waterproof to depths of 65' for up to 2 hours
  • Shockproof from drops up to 6.5'
  • Freezeproof to 14°
  • 1.5" LCD
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote monitoring and control via Ricoh ImageSync App
  • Records to microSD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Micro-USB and micro-HDMI connectivity
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 80 minutes of continuous 4K recording (2.17 hours charging time)
  • Lens protectors for dry-land and underwater use included
  • Time-Lapse Movie mode for 30x, 60x, and 150x speed movies
  • Video Capture Orientation Correction - adjust image orientation in relation to camera position to maintain a level horizon without having to rotate the image in post. Select from 0, 90, 180, and 270° body orientations
  • 1/4" - 20 Mount on Bottom
  • Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.3 x 3.1" / 57.4 x 34.1 x 77.8 mm
  • Weight: 4.80 oz / 136 g including battery, microSD card, and O-LP1631 lens protector
  • Availability: April 2016
  • Price: $300 for Orange or Silver Body

The Photo Buyer Guy has a great first look at the WG-M2:

There are a whole bunch of accessories (you can see them all here), but this will probably stay a more consumer model until they add frame rates like 23.98, which can be used to intercut with more cinematic footage. Certainly slow motion could be conformed to 24 without too much issue, but the lack of narrative frame rates is a bit of an oversight.

Ricoh WG-M2 4K Action Camera Back

You can pre-order the WG-M2 right now here    

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The only downside I see is the poor image quality. I have a Xiaomi yi and it looks way nicer than this.

February 25, 2016 at 5:28AM, Edited February 25, 5:28AM

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AvdS
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Agreed - gopro with pro tune and the sony rx100 iv with image stabilization and slog2- don't know if this is the best tool for filmmakers.

February 25, 2016 at 5:33AM

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Ed David
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Not to mention: "it can't shoot 23.98 at any resolution."

What a joke. That's inexcusable.

February 29, 2016 at 11:41PM, Edited February 29, 11:41PM

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David Gurney
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The sensor looks like the Hero2 from 2011. GoPro is still king

February 25, 2016 at 11:58AM

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Pierce Hodges
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Down side because It doesn't do 23.98? I could care less for that frame rate! Cinematic wow... The heck with that! Move on already, I'd rather watch at 30fps or higher and see a very crisp image. I'm sorry to all "film makers" out there but when I look around, my environment doesn't look dull as a 24fps movie so I appreciate and like this camera's specs 100%. All film makers have been conditioned into the 23.98 frame rate thinking it's the best but that's antiquated thinking.

February 25, 2016 at 4:09PM, Edited February 25, 4:09PM

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Do you sell t.v's at Best Buy?

February 25, 2016 at 6:28PM

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Stephen Herron
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I'm sorry, but if wanting your films to look like a daytime telenovela is modern thinking then by all means, yes! I'm down with that antiquated thinking...

February 26, 2016 at 10:00AM, Edited February 26, 10:00AM

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Oscar Stegland
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You COULD care less? Because that means you DO care.

DUH.

February 29, 2016 at 11:42PM

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David Gurney
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What is sad to me is that this cheap little action cam has a way better codec than any of Ricoh/Pentax's DSLR's.

February 26, 2016 at 6:43PM, Edited February 26, 6:43PM

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Scrolled down here to say the same thing,....
And I'd bet that none of the non-action-cam footage in there was shot on a Pentax/Ricoh camera.
I love my K-01, but it's long past due for Ricoh-Pentax to pull their head out of the sand on the firmware mistakes they've made to HDMI, CoDec, and turning off the sensor shift in Video.

February 29, 2016 at 7:45AM

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Stewart Fairweather
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