Ricoh has announced the new Pentax WG-90. And true to form, it’s pretty much identical to its predecessor. In fact, I can’t see a single difference in the specs. The only change is that it has a Pentax logo instead of a Ricoh one.
The camera that’s been largely unchanged since 2017’s Ricoh WG-50 and sees no upgrades from the Ricoh WG-80 (buy here) whatsoever. It comes in either black or blue and will become available in early 2024.
The same old camera
Ricoh Imaging has posted some sample footage from the “new” Pentax WG-90 to their YouTube channel. It still looks exactly like footage from the Ricoh WG-50. And there’s no reason why it shouldn’t. The cameras share the same sensor, lens, and internal processing tech.
The Ricoh WG-60 did add support for Toshiba FlashAir WiFi SD cards, but those haven’t been a thing for a while now. The release of the Ricoh WG-70 did see an updated firmware over the WG-60, but that was about it.
The Ricoh WG-80 introduced a slightly new design to the exterior. When we first saw images of the WG-80, we hoped that its exterior redesign was the result of an interior one, too. But no. It appears that everything is essentially the same, except with a slightly brighter LED ring light.
Now, the Pentax WG-90’s revolutionary new feature is a different company logo stamped on the front of it.
According to Ricoh, it’s simple brand recognition. They want to leverage the Pentax reputation. Or bolster it to help promote their upcoming film cameras.
The WG series all-weather adventure cameras will now be offered under the PENTAX brand which is regarded industry-wide for developing dustproof, waterproof and weather-resistant products.
The WG-90 appears to be identical to the WG-80 in every single way except for the company logo. I’m not sure why Ricoh keeps doing this, but it’s certainly not an upgrade over the WG-80.
Pentas WG-90 Specs
|Sensor||~16-megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS|
|Focal length||5-25mm (28-140mm FF equivalent)|
|Focus||9 point AF, spot AF, auto tracking AF|
|Face detection||Face detection, Smile Capture, Self-portrait Assistant, Blink Detection|
|Pet detection||Detect up to one pet’s face (auto)|
|LCD||2.7″ 239K-dot LCD|
|Video resolution||1920×1080 @~ 30fps|
|Waterproof||IPX8 – Waterproof to 14m (46ft)|
|Shockproof||Shockproof against falls from up to 1.6 metres|
|Crushproof||Up to 100kgf (kilogram force)|
|Dimensions||122.5 x 61.5 x 29.5mm|
|Weight||194g (with battery & SD card)|
Price and Availability
Ricoh has not yet released a price for the Pentax WG-90 but they say it will become available in “early 2024”. Until then, the Ricoh WG-80 will still be available. The Ricoh WG-80 is currently available to buy now for $296.95.