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Ricoh WG-20 Digital Camera

14MP 5x Feb 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Uncompromising Outdoor Camera - Waterproof to 10m, Shockproof to 1.5m- Coldproof to -10C, Crushproof to 100kg- 14 MP- 5x wide-angle optical zoom- Macro shooting to 1cm, 5 LEDS placed around the... More
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Expert Reviews Are Average

Expert review site PhotographyBlog.com scored this Ricoh camera 70%.

User Reviews Are Average

Based on 27 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 73%.

Robust

Several Ricoh WG-20 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. A R Hartley said on Amazon “A rugged, hard wearing camera” but they only rated the product 3 stars. A R Hartley also wrote “The WG series of rugged cameras from Ricoh or Pentax as it was once called, are the company's stab at a more sporty camera lover”. Mr. C. Street wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Shockproof it appears fine as well”.

A few Ricoh WG-20 reviewers concluded that this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress. M. Hadfield wrote “Great if all you want is a waterproof point and shoot”. Mr. C. Street said “As a waterproof camera it excels, I have no worries about that” in their review of the Ricoh WG-20. Sassy mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The Ricoh WG20 is fully waterproof” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Good Size

A number of people who purchased it reckoned that it was compact. M. Hadfield wrote “Nice little compact”. M. Hadfield also wrote “The last time I owned a compact digital camera was around 12 years ago”. Two years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “Since Ricoh acquired Pentax from Hoya, they're releasing cameras under the Ricoh name that bear an uncanny resemblance to Pentax compact cameras”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good structurally.

One Ricoh WG-20 owner who reviewed the Ricoh WG-20 considered that it was a good height. In October last year Mr. C. Street wrote in their Ricoh WG-20 review “You cand rop it from shoulder height so it's probably good enough for everything that most people need”.

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Good Product Quality

Several people who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Mr. C. Street said in their Ricoh WG-20 review on Amazon “The rubber seals appear to be of a better quality”. Mr. C. Street also wrote “The video quality is good”. Tan Y Ddraig mentioned on Amazon “They own Pentax who make high quality lenses so how bad can it be?Pros-Simple intuitive User interface built inPlastic” in their review and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Good Video Capture

Several customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good for video recording. Two years ago A R Hartley mentioned in their review “Go record some great video or take pictures in difficult enviroments” yet they only rated the Ricoh WG-20 3 stars. A R Hartley also said “It features a 14mp camera, HD video recorder, waterproofing for around 30 feet”.

Easy to Use

A few Ricoh WG-20 owners who bought it considered that it was easy to use. In October last year Mr. C. Street said on Amazon “Intuitive to navigate, you will have to refer to the manual (which is comprehensive and easy to use) a couple of times” in their Ricoh WG-20 review. Two years ago Sassy wrote on Amazon “This is rather handy to take out with you without fear of breakage, since it has been tried” in their review of the Ricoh WG-20. Sassy also mentioned “Looks more practical for adventurous types who want to take their cameras on all sorts of expeditions without fear of breaking it all the time”.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Ricoh WG-20 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Mr. C. Street wrote “The still images are better” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only scored it 60 out of 100. Tan Y Ddraig mentioned on Amazon “Shoot option for the beach where you wouldn't necessarily want to take your best quality kitBetter images than most mobile phones”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Mr. C. Street mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “If you re shooting video make sure you get a fast SD card - a class 4 wont cut it”.

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Nice Design

One Ricoh WG-20 reviewer who purchased it considered that it was good looking. Mr. C. Street mentioned in their review of the Ricoh WG-20 on Amazon “It's pretty rugged and waterproof which is the main reason I got it”.

Good Support

One Ricoh WG-20 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had good technical guidance. Mr. C. Street wrote in their Ricoh WG-20 review on Amazon “There is manual and varying types of focus”.

Ricoh Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Ricoh has good average ratings for its waterproof cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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CCD Sensor Type

The Ricoh WG-20 has a better sensor type than most waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is actually the best sensor type across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-20.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type amongst comparable types of camera.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], and the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Ricoh WG-20 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the TG-620[pl_383816_price], and the Stylus Tough TG-835[pl_2292352_price] both from Olympus or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Ricoh WG-20 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the SVP AQUA-5500[plb_2109901_price], and the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Ricoh WG-20 is waterproof. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-20 also are waterproof.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Coleman C5WP[plb_2022447_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70[plb_2145009_price].

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Ricoh camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-20.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of this age and type. The photo effects "Antique" and "Sepia" are also found on this Ricoh camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the internal memory range from 7.9MB to 700MB, and the average internal memory is 88MB. The Ricoh WG-20 has one of the bigger internal memory (97 megabytes) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Has Four Playback Modes

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Ricoh digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-20. The playback modes "Single image", "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly long maximum focal length (140 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the WG-20. The average maximum focal length of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the WG-20 is 110mm.

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TFT Display

The Ricoh WG-20 has a better display than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-20 is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-20.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Short

With a height of only 58.5 millimeters, the Ricoh WG-20 is one of the shorter waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-20 amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The shortest digital camera of this spec and age is 17mm tall, the tallest is 650mm, and the average height is 80mm.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-20 is 100. At only 80, the Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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16 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Some Ricoh WG-20 owners who bought it concluded that it was not cheap. Two years ago Sassy mentioned “I am just not used to sticking such an expensive camera into water”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Ricoh WG-20 does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-20.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the TG-620[pl_383816_price], the Stylus Tough TG-630[pl_1666893_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-830 iHS[pl_2611408_price] all from Olympus which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Ricoh WG-20 does not support video recording. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video recording to this camera and we think the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price], or the Polaroid IE090[plb_2957341_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-20 do not have a GPS. The Ricoh WG-20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price], or the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Ricoh WG-20 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-20 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Ricoh WG-20 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix AW110[pl_1721867_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70[plb_2145009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-20. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this Ricoh camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-20. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF" and "PRINT Image Matching III" are also supported by this Ricoh digital camera.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Ricoh WG-20 is 320 x 240 pixels. That's 92% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Ricoh digital camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is actually the worst supported video resolution across all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is the best supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-20 is 6.5, and the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 22. At only 4.2, the Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Only Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Ricoh camera. The ISO speeds 80, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the WG-20 is 0.03s, the longest is 60s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 9.4s. The Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed (only 4 seconds) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Nine Auto Focus Points

The Ricoh WG-20 is a nine auto focus point camera. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-20 have between 9 and 255 auto focus points.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly low display resolution (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-20. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolutions of between 150,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Ricoh digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-20.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh WG-20

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over two years.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix XP60[plb_2184625_price], the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this Ricoh camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 6.7 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (7.2x), or the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] (16x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-20 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-20.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price], or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Ricoh WG-20 has a pretty standard megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-20.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 14MP cameras currently available including the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price], or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Stylus Tough TG-835[pl_2292352_price] (16MP), the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] (16MP), or the Stylus Tough TG-830 iHS[pl_2611408_price] (16MP) all from Olympus which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the Ricoh WG-20 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-20.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price], the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price], or the Coleman C5WP[plb_2022447_price].

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Stylus Tough TG-835[pl_2292352_price] (3"), or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] (3") both from Olympus or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Ricoh WG-20 has a relatively typical weight (143 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-20.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix XP50[plb_1505416_price] (155g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Dust-Resistant
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

Expert Reviews

(1)
21 November 2014

Since Ricoh acquired Pentax from Hoya, they're releasing cameras under the Ricoh name that bear an uncanny resemblance to Pentax compact cameras. One such unit is the WG-20; a 14 megapixel tough... Read more…

Wasserdicht, stofest
Schnappschusstauglich
Schwache Bildqualitt
Wenig Ausstattung
Serienaufnahme langsam
Videos nur in 720p
Veralteter VideoCodec

User Reviews

(9)
Reviewed 1 February 2015 by Mr. C. Street

This review was originally posted for my Pentax WG10 which is the same camera as the Ricoh.

First the good... it's pretty rugged and waterproof which is the main reason I got it.... Read more…

Reviewed 10 January 2015 by Digger
(Verified Purchase)

Seems good but bought as a gift so cannot comment further....

Reviewed 30 October 2014 by Mont Blanc
(Verified Purchase)

Very happy with this camera - exactly what i need for work.

Reviewed 3 October 2014 by C CARVEY
(Verified Purchase)

Very robust camera.

Reviewed 11 August 2014 by R Armstrong
(Verified Purchase)

So disappointed I sold it on eBay at a

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