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I bought the camera a month ago and am still learning all the features. It takes practice to take good photographs. I purchased the camera because I liked the close up features, specifically the light emitting diodes around the lens. This is only camera I know that has lights around the lense. A great idea. They work as advertised. I take a lot of close ups of aluminum parts. Unfortunately taking pictures of aluminum is like taking a picture of a mirror. The lights really stand out. Normally I can shoot from the side and try and get a reflection of a white sheet of paper. When taking close ups you typically do not have much depth of field. I am taking close up photographs of fractured surfaces. I think this camera really excels at taking pictures of flat objects like coins and stamps.
At work our parts are leak tested under water. I used the camera under water to photographs the bubbles. It takes practice but it worked.
The altitude works. I am still working on the GPS.
The worst feature is that you have to plug in the camera to charge the battery. The camera only comes with a 925 mAh battery. You can buy 1500 mAh batteries (Halcyon) from Amazon. You get 50% more run time! Amazon sells three 1500 mAh batteries with a charger and some stuff for only $20.
For the price I think a memory should be included. They are pretty cheap. The camera does have some internal memory so you can take a few pictures with out memory card.
It comes with a clip to attach the camera to your belt, purse, or what ever. The camera does not have a cover for the lense. The camera is rated as being drop proof. Having a camera swing on your belt or back pack seems like an opportunity to always smak the camera into things. Good pictures need a clean lense. While I do not clean my camera lenses very often I do try and keep dirt and finger prints off them. I got a bag to keep my camera in.
I like the camera and I am enjoying it.
UPDATE: Camera does not seem to need a lense cover. The lense stays clean!. I bought the camera because of the light emitting diodes around the lense for close ups. There are other cameras that have image stacking for close ups. The camera takes multiple images varying the focus. Then combines the sharpest features. WOW. I wish Ricoh had included image stacking.
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Initial post: Nov 22, 2014 10:36:51 AM PST
Thank you for your detailed review! The fact that there is no lens cover is a deal-breaker for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2015 9:52:03 AM PST
Lloyd Hayes says:
I had a WG-2 since it came out and really abused it all over the USA. I never saw any scratches on the lens. The camera is very tough, but my WG-2 finally died due to me accidentally putting it under some serious weight which no camera would have stood up to. Up until it died, it produce nice images. I expect no less from my new WG-4.
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