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Ricoh WG-4 Digital Camera

£330.23
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16.79MP 4x Feb 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Heavy-duty Construction For Underwater Shooting To 14 Metres Deep, And Up To Two Continuous HoursThanks to its fully watertight construction, the WG-4 assures outstanding waterproof performance to... More
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31 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

This camera has an average owner rating of 83% based on 23 owner reviews.

Robust

A few customers who bought it reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. A C Williams mentioned on Amazon “It works fine underwater, no leaks at all”. In November last year Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “This camera was simply not waterproof, though it is advertised specifically as such” in their Ricoh WG-4 review nonetheless they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Andrew Duncan Sharp mentioned in his review of the Ricoh WG-4 on Amazon two years ago “The camera when working is great and waterproof functioning appears to be spot on”.

A few Ricoh WG-4 owners concluded that the Ricoh WG-4 was strong and durable. A C Williams said on Amazon two years ago “A robust and handy little camera” in their review of the Ricoh WG-4. One Ricoh WG-4 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was well made. Paul Dowthwaite mentioned “A pleasing solid feel and so far reliable for use underwater”.

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Good Video Capture

Several people who bought the Ricoh WG-4 considered that it was good for video recording. James Nelson said on Amazon “Great Videos and Stills - even underwater!”. James Nelson also said “Shoots great video”.

Easy to Use

Some people considered that it was easy to use. Andrew Price said on Amazon “Simply did not need to use on this holiday” in his review and scored it 5 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One Ricoh WG-4 reviewer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was cheap. Two years ago Andrew Price gave the product a very good review score and he wrote in his review on Amazon “Was on special offer (coloured versions - blue, purple, red etc - where more expensive”.

Good Technical Features

One customer thought it had good features. Two years ago Andrew Price wrote in his review “Nice 'mode' features - mainly used 'auto' which does everything for you.” and rated the product as excellent.

Good Size

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a good depth. Two years ago Andrew Price said “I chose this one over some others due to it stating it was a sturdy unit which can take a bashing, had a good water depth” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Ricoh cameras and also specifically for Ricoh waterproof cameras and found that in both cases Ricoh had good reviews.

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Price Drop of £50.56

The price of the WG-4 dropped by £50.56 in the last couple of weeks.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4, the Ricoh WG-4 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabiliser which you might also want to consider including the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Ricoh WG-4 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-4 also support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which has better reviews.

Alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at include the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Ricoh WG-4 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 also are waterproof.

Other waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

Digital cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-4 is 5.8x. The Ricoh WG-4 has one of the bigger digital zooms (7.2 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price].

If this Ricoh camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] (16x).

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

Across all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago the megapixel counts range from 5MP to 23MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. With a megapixel count of 16.79 megapixels, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite high megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4.

We compared all the other 16.79MP cameras to this camera and we think the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite High Maximum Waterproof Depth

The Ricoh WG-4 has one of the higher maximum waterproof depths (14 meters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and spec the maximum waterproof depths range from 3m to 60m.

We compared all the other 14m waterproof digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a higher maximum waterproof depth then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], or the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price].

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly High JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the WG-4 is 25fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 37fps. The Ricoh WG-4 has one of the higher JPEG frame rates (60 frames per second) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Ricoh WG-4 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Ricoh camera have still image resolutions of 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536 and 1920 x 1080 and 1024 x 768.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-4.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this Ricoh camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

Comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-4 have maximum apertures of between 2.7 and 22. With a maximum aperture of 18.5, the Ricoh WG-4 has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Has Four Playback Modes

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Ricoh digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-4. The playback modes "Single image", "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Ricoh camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Ricoh WG-4 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Ricoh digital camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-4.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4 range from 4.5mm to 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 25mm. At only 25 millimeters, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-4.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The average minimum aperture of waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4 is 3.4.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One person who bought this digital camera thought it did not have good technical guidance. Paul Dowthwaite said on Amazon “Only disappointment was lack of any basic instructions in English (the ones supplied were French)Re”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not support video recording. The Ricoh WG-4 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Ricoh WG-4 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this age and spec are not 3D compatible. The Ricoh WG-4 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Ricoh WG-4 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-4 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_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-4 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Ricoh camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-4. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF" and "PRINT Image Matching III" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modes

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of shooting modes than most waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Ricoh camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The shooting modes "Manual", "Movie", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Ricoh camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The smallest minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of this type and age is 50 and the biggest is 200. At 125, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Start-Up Time

The Ricoh WG-4 has one of the longer start-up times (1,800 millisecond) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The start-up times of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-4 range from 1ms to 2,000ms, and the average start-up time is 880ms.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh WG-4

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Ricoh WG-4 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Average Weight

With a weight of 216 grams, the Ricoh WG-4 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly average optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4.

There are a number of alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
Protection Feature
Shock Resistant Case
Freeze Resistant
Dust Resistant Case
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
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
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Sharpness Level
Custom Colour
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Barometer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Certificates
Certification
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

(2)
26 December 2014

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Wide aperture lens
Tough, waterproof design
Built-in macro ring light
Shutter priority shooting mode
Noisy images
On the slow side
Lacks Wi-Fi
Doesn't include dedicated charger
GPS model costs extra
15 March 2015

Der in der Pentax WG-4 GPS (Datenblatt) verbaute Bildwandler besitzt die bei Kompaktkameras üblichen Abmessungen von 1/2,3 Zoll. Er wird rückwärtig belichtet, löst 15,9 Megapixel auf und...

Good image quality
Exceptional closeup bokeh
Fastest aperture in class ( 2.0)
Wideangle lens
Rugged and waterproof
Only 4x zoom (compared to the W 2's 5x)
No quickaccess status screen make some settings hard to locate
Black bars in 16megapixel mode live view
Noticeable loss of detail (smudging) above ISO 125
Live view briefly freezes after focusing

User Reviews

(25)
Reviewed 6 February 2016 by Cleopatra browne
(Verified Purchase)

Hit and miss with this model. I've had one for months, with no issues. They get taken on watersports adventures in the sea daily. Others have leaked or just failed mechanically.

Reviewed 4 December 2015 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

This camera was simply not waterproof, though it is advertised specifically as such. I bought it for snorkelling. The result, however, was to be left with no photos as memories of two great trips.... Read more…

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Mattchandler@hotmail.com
(Verified Purchase)

Takes great photos and is packed with user friendly features but sadly - like numerous other reviews - after just 4 days use in shallow, calm waters - water was making its way inside the case and... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2015 by Imago
(Verified Purchase)

I've had several of the Pentax waterproof cameras in this range as well as the WG-1 that was the the first in this line. Pentax have been taken over by Ricoh and so the cameras have been... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Just returned from holiday and used camera for underwater videos. Camera v.good not so the cameraman. Only disappointment was lack of any basic instructions in English (the ones supplied were... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh c6289, ricoh 08550, ricoh c6288, ricoh 08581
Barcodes 00027075230101, 00027075275324, 00027075275416, 00027075275430, 00027075275522, 00027075275546, 00027075275645, 00027075275669, 00027075275768, 04549212275340, 05054230628904, 05054230865538, 05054230865545, 05054230902486

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