Ricoh announced a new Pentax WG-90 waterproof shock-resistant digital compact camera

Ricoh Imaging announced a new Pentax WG-90 all-weather, rugged, waterproof, shock-resistant digital compact camera. Please note that in the past this adventure camera line was under the Ricoh brand and is now being sold under the Pentax brand. The Pentax WG-90 will start shipping in early 2024. Pre-orders are not open yet (check B&H Photo).

The Pentax WG-90 effectively replaces the current Rioch WG-80 model, which will continue to be available through the holidays and into the new year.

The Ricoh WG-80 waterproof camera is out of production

Additional information:

TOKYO, November 15, 2023 -RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX WG-90 digital camera, featuring outstanding waterproof and shock-resistant performance and a host of user-friendly shooting functions in a compact, lightweight body.

Despite its compact, lightweight body, this standard-class, waterproof digital compact camera is designed to be waterproof down to a depth of 14 meters, shockproof against a fall from a height of 1.6 meters, and freeze-proof against temperatures as low as -10°C. It assures outstanding reliability and operability even under harsh conditions where ordinary compact cameras and smartphones often become unusable. It comes equipped with an outdoor-friendly monitor, which swiftly optimizes the image brightness level to improve the visibility of a scene in bright outdoor locations. It also features the PENTAX-original Digital Microscope mode, which allows the user to capture clear, vivid images of a microscopic world normally undetectable with the naked eye. This model can be used for a wide range of scenes and subjects, ranging from casual snapshots to outdoor and underwater photography, and even in specialized worksite applications.
Over the years, PENTAX has developed and marketed dustproof, waterproof or weather-resistant products, all of which have been well received and highly respected by many users. This product lineup will be further expanded in the future, while marketed under the PENTAX brand beginning with the PENTAX WG-90 — just like the PENTAX digital SLR lineup, in which all models are designed to be dustproof and weather-resistant.

Main Features of the new PENTAX WG-90

1. Heavy-duty construction assuring underwater shooting down to 14 meters, for up to two hours of continuous operation

The WG-90’s solid, airtight body 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 a fall from a height of 1.6 meters,* and 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).** Thanks to this heavy-duty construction, the WG-90 performs superbly and dependably even in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.

* Measured using RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards — from a height of 1.6 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood — conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.
** Measured using RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards.

2. Exceptional image quality

The WG-90 is 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. It also provides advanced image processing functions, made possible by super-resolution technology, to deliver sharper, clearer, higher-resolution images. It even offers such innovative shooting features as Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically produces a single, blur-free composite image using several images of the same nighttime scene.

3. Six Macro Lights to assist close-up photography

Ideally positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, six LED Macro Lights provide bright, uniform illumination on a subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected to magnify a given subject on the LCD monitor, closely observe the microscopic world undetectable with the naked eye, and capture the subject in a high-resolution macro image. In the Macro Lighting mode,***the camera even allows the user to adjust the illumination intensity in five levels, and optimize the close-range flash photography based on the subject or the photographer’s creative intention.
In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, the Instant Illumination Enhance function lets the photographer use a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the discharge level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. The Self-Portrait Assist mode uses the blink of an LED lamp to check if the subject’s face has been safely captured within the picture frame, while the LED Lighting mode makes the Macro Lights function as a lighting device in the dark.

*** The Macro Lights can be used in Program, Movie and Report modes.

4. 2.7-inch LCD monitor with Outdoor View Setting mode

The WG-90 comes equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD monitor with horizontally expanded 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dots. Thanks to the AR (Anti-Reflection) coating applied to its surface, the monitor 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 provides the Outdoor View Setting mode, which automatically optimizes the monitor’s brightness level for a given lighting condition to improve the visibility of the on-screen image.

5. Underwater-exclusive shooting modes

Based on the data of images actually captured underwater, the WG-90 provides the Underwater and Underwater Movie shooting modes, both of which are programmed to effectively compensate for the loss of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in the water, while enhancing the reddish hues which fade away in the water. These underwater-exclusive modes allow the user to capture sharp, clear images of underwater scenes.
In the Underwater mode, the Flash Off + Flash On option allows the user to consecutively capture two images with a single shutter release — one without flash and another with flash.

6. 5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage

The WG-90 features 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. It also provides other user-friendly shooting functions such as: the Intelligent Zoom function that extends the zoom range by approximately 36 times**** (equivalent to 1008mm in the 35mm format) for super-high-magnification telephotography without compromising image quality; and an interval shooting mode that comes in handy for fixed point photography.

**** This function is available when the recorded size of 640 is selected.

7. 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-light conditions in still-image shooting, this mode automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed and effectively minimize the adverse effect of camera shake and subject shake in 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.

8. Full HD Movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies

The WG-90 provides Full HD movie recording using the H.264 recording format, letting the user 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, it also features 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.

9. Other features

  • Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimeter to the subject during extended observation and shooting of macro images
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
  • High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds (minimum); Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject’s smile is detected
  • Outdoor-friendly Style Watch function to display the current time on the LCD monitor, using an extended push of the OK button when the camera’s power is turned off
  • Delay-free, pushbutton start of the playback mode, using an extended push of the playback button while the camera’s power is turned off
  • Compatibility with the optional O-RC1 Remote Control unit***** to facilitate wireless, remote shooting at such locations as beaches and ski slopes and in the rain
  • Compatibility with the optional O-CC1252 Protector Jacket to protect the camera from stains and scratches


Lens PENTAX lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 5 – 25 mm
(in 35mm format equivalent) Approx. 28 – 140mm
Maximum Aperture F3.5(W) – F5.5(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 5X
Digital Zoom approx. 7.2X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 7.5X at 7M, approx. 36X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur Reduction Still Pixel Track SR
Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lens face)
Standard: 0.5m – infinity / 1.64ft. – infinity (entire zoom range)
Macro:0.1 – 0.6m / 0.33 – 1.97ft. (entire zoom range)
1cm Macro:0.01 – 0.3m / 0.03 – 0.98ft. (middle zoom position)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Number of Effective pixels Approx. 16 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS
Image Tone Bright, Natural, Vibrant, Slide Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Number of Recorded pixels Still 16M, 12M(1:1), 12M(16:9), 7M, 5M(16:9), 5M, 4M(16:9), 3M, 2M(16:9), 1024, 640
Movie 1920, 1280
Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) AUTO, Manual (ISO 125 – 6400)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light(D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:White Light), Manual
Display 2.7″ Wide LCD, approx. 230K dots, AR Coating(Cover only)
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ± 2EV ( 1/3EV steps)
Scene modes Auto Picture, Program, HDR, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, High Speed Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Digital SR, Report, Green
Face detection Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assist, Self-portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Blink Detection
Pet detection Detect up to 1 pet’s face(auto)
Playback modes Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter(B&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature), HDR Filter, Original Frame, Movie Edit, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, Start-up Screen
Shutter Speed 1/4000 – 1/4sec.(Mechanical and electronic shutter), 4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. “Red-eye” compensation function employs a pre-discharge.
Flash Range(Except Ring Light Mode) Wide:approx. 0.2 – 5.5m / 0.66 – 18 ft. (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.2 – 3.5m / 0.66 – 11 ft. (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage Media Built-in Memory (approx. 68MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source Rechargeable D-LI92 lithium-ion battery
Battery life Still*: approx. 300 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approx. 260 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces USB2.0(Micro-B), HDMI output terminal(Type D)
Water proof / Dustproof Equivalent to JIS Class 8 waterproof and JIS Class 6 dustproof capabilities
Dimensions Approx. 122.5 (W) x 61.5 (H) x 29.5 (D)mm /4.8 (W) x 2.4 (H) x 1.2 (D) inches (including lens depth)
Weight With battery & SD card Approx. 194g / 6.8 oz. (loaded and ready)
Body only Approx. 173g / 6.1 oz.(without battery and SD memory card)

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
** According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.

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