Cold-proof Ricoh action cam has Wi-Fi remote control

The WG-M1 is fine underwater or down to minus 10 degrees Celsius

Ricoh Imaging's WG-M1 action cam works underwater, in cold conditions and with smartphones and tablets.

Ricoh Imaging's WG-M1 action cam works underwater, in cold conditions and with smartphones and tablets.

If you fancy photographing Arctic wildlife, Ricoh Imaging has a new Wi-Fi action camera that works in frigid conditions and underwater.

The palm-sized WG-M1, announced Thursday in Japan, brings a few handy features for outdoor photography in a rugged package.

It's waterproof to a depth of 10 meters, shock-resistant from heights of up to 2 meters and can withstand temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.

The 14-megapixel sensor and the wide-angle, 160-degree, F2.8 lens can capture full HD 1080p video or high-speed photos at up to 10 images per second. Images can be displayed on the camera's 1.5-inch color LCD monitor.

The unit also has Wi-Fi connectivity for smartphones and tablets. An associated app turns a linked mobile device into a remote control for the camera so photos can be taken from a distance.

That can be useful for wildlife photography, especially when combined with the camera's motion detection feature, which automatically starts recording video when the WG-M1 detects a moving object in its field of view.

It's the first time Ricoh Imaging, which also produces high-end Pentax digital single-lens reflex cameras, has featured Wi-Fi in its line of WG sports cameras.

Weighing 190 grams, the camera has a lithium-ion battery that can take about 350 images or 150 minutes of video before it needs to be recharged. The camera has 100MB of built-in memory, and takes microSD or microSDHC memory cards.

Available in orange or black, the WG-M1 comes with a flat adhesive mount and fits with a variety of other mounts for attaching to a wrist or helmet. It will be available in the U.S. and other countries from October with a suggested price of US$299.95.

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