Ricoh is continuing their budget-friendly waterproof compacts with the WG-50. The $280 camera is waterproof down to 45 feet -- and is designed to withstand drops, cold and dirt too.
The WG-50 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor that's backlit, which isn't bad for the camera's price point. While full specifications aren't yet available, the WG-50 likely keeps the budget price with a less-than-ideal lens, which isn't as bright as the pricer WG-5. Speed is also sacrificed, with 8 fps only available by lowering the resolution and full resolution shots only around 1 fps.
Despite those shortfalls, the WG-50 does include a number of perks considering the lower price tag. The camera can shoot macro photos as close as a centimeter from the lens, and that's paired with a ring-style flash system. The durability is also hard to find at the lower price point, with a camera that's designed to withstand a variety of conditions.
Cameras like the Olympus TG-5 offer a brighter lens for better low light shots, as well as faster speed for keeping up with the action. But, if you're looking for a durable camera that can go places you can't take your smartphone, the Ricoh WG-50 is not a bad choice for the lower price point.