February turned out fertile for Ricoh as well, as that company exhibited major innovations. The world market welcomed a new DSLR Pentax K-S2, a rugged compact Ricoh WG-5 GPS, and a Pentax HD DA 18-50mm f/4.0-5.6 DC WR RE lens.
The Pentax K-S2, a successor to the astonishing Pentax K-S1, is characterized by the same 20MP CMOS sensor and PRIME MII processor, but in contrast to it, the new model is dustproof and weather-resistant, and it also brings built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, which is the first such case in Pentax's K-series. While the predecessor featured the dial on the rear side, on the K-S2 it is positioned on the traditional spot, on the top panel.
The K-S2 also brings a SAFOX X AF module with 11 focusing points, 9 of which are cross-type. The important internal features that this DSLR exhibits are in-body Shake Reduction and Pentax's AA filter simulator, while on the outside, there are a 3" 921,000-dot variable-angle TFT LCD screen, as well as an optical viewfinder. Video recording takes place in Full HD resolution. The colors that the Pentax K-S2 will be available in are black, white, and black and orange.
Ricoh also broadened its series of rugged cameras with a new Ricoh WG-5 GPS. The WG-5 is equipped with a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, GPS (as its name suggests), while as far as its optical performances are concerned, it boasts a lens with 25-100mm equivalent range. It records videos in Full HD, and you can keep track of the action on a fixed 3" 460,000-dot TFT LCD screen. This rugged compact sports dual anti-shake protection (Image-Sensor-Shift SR (Shake Reduction) in combination with a digital SR mode), which brings tremendous image quality.
What is the most important aspect when it comes to rugged models is their durability in extreme conditions, and the Ricoh WG-5 GPS has got plenty of reasons to show off - it is waterproof to 14m/45ft, it can endure pressure up to 100kgf/220lbf, falls from 2.2m, as well as temperatures of -10C/+14F degree. Another significant innovation on this camera is an upgraded Mermaid underwater mode labeled Flash Off + Flash On, which enables the user to capture two images with one shutter press - one is accompanied with flash, and one is not.
As for the new lens, it is a standard zoom lens Pentax HD DA 18-50mm f/4.0-5.6 DC WR RE, which is currently the world's shortest lens when it is its stored position. It is weather-resistant, which is ideal for shooting in rain or mist, and it is equipped with Pentax's multi-layer HD coatings so that flares would be kept to a minimum. It features 11 elements in 8 groups, the filter is 58mm, while its weight is only 158g.
The Pentax K-S2 will appear in March, and it will be shipped in package with the Pentax HD DA 18-50mm f/4.0-5.6 DC WR RE lens at a price of $799.95. The said lens will be sold separately for $354.89. The Ricoh WG-5 GPS also arrives next month, and it will be available for $379.95.
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