Pentax launches him also in the race for sports with his cameras Ricoh WG-M1, a crude model, muscular, far from minimalist and sleek codes from competitors. Its technical characteristics are relatively conventional, with a Full HD mode and Wi-Fi, but also a built-in display and sealing at 10m depth without adding subwoofer
I must admit that being overweight in the WG-M1 and its design does not go unnoticed. For regulars, solid construction – as on compact fighters of the brand – is required. Gross stripping design does not appeal to lovers of minimalist and refined products, such as HTC Re. You will however be more reassured if it should be brought to fall. Indeed, while some cameras require a waterproof case for dives underwater, the WG-M1 advantage of its robust body structure to reach up to 10 m deep, withstand drops from a height of 2 m and support -10 ° C. However, we are disappointed not to find GPS on this type of product.
The WG-M1 is the largest sports camera market and weighs about 190g. With buttons on each side, the grip of the Ricoh WG-M1 is not instinctive. At first glance, it’s hard to know which way to take, but we find our bearings by fixing the tripod is logically positioned on the underside. The screen (1.5 “with 115 000 points) is the central element of the camera. The color reproduction is faithful. It must nevertheless be placed in the eye to properly view the scene because the viewing angles are . limited, which may become quickly annoying sunlight Once activated recording, the screen is very little time under tension – probably to save battery from the camera – which is not always convenient for visualization and do not check the time of filming.
Found control buttons on each side of the WG-M1; left, the On / Off button and Rec, right, the Menu, display settings and arrows. The menus work as icons and are very simple to use.
To dive underwater, Pentax-Ricoh provides a second type of lens cap to limit the effects of refraction and aberrations, like the Kodak SP1. We did the test and the difference is obvious. Better to encourage the lens cap adapted that promotes the development and sharpness of the image.
We regret the lack of complementary accessories including fasteners barouder with the camera at all times.
In the case where access to the screen of the camera becomes difficult, you can connect your smartphone to your camera via Wi-Fi and GPS for remote control and remote transfer your pictures and videos. The application is simple, fluid and can manage the important parameters such as video quality, white balance and the field of view.
The WG-M1 armed himself with a CMOS sensor 14MP, an optical 137 ° f / 2.8 and films in Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames / s. As the HTC Re, we regret not being able to access the format 60 i / s still too rarely found on sports cameras, apart from GoPro and Sony. However, it has access to conventional slowed formats.
Rendering image of the WG-M1 is generally denser and hotter than other board cameras and the white balance quickly tendency to turn to orange. Be careful to set the function according to the general atmosphere. The dynamics is good but less than that of the GoPro Hero4 Silver, for example; making it lose detail. So it is a shame not to be able to set the exposure to readjust this detail, because overall, the picture is of good quality. The sound is of good quality and proves well above its competitors, although it will raise a little voice to be heard.