Pentax has quietly announced the Pentax WG-90, a waterproof and shock-resistant compact camera, that is a continuation of the Ricoh line of compact, waterproof cameras.

Notably, this is the return of the Pentax brand to Pentax’s compact waterproof cameras, being  previously sold under the Ricoh name, since 2014, with the Ricoh WG-20. Prior to the Ricoh WG-20, the waterproof cameras were sold under the Pentax name.

Pentax say “This product line-up will be further expanded in the future, while marketed under the PENTAX brand, beginning with the PENTAX WG-90.” which means future waterproof cameras will also feature the Pentax branding. 

This leaves the Ricoh GR III, Ricoh GR IIIx, and Ricoh Theta cameras as the only Ricoh branded compact cameras.

The Pentax WG-90 replaces the Ricoh WG-80, and is waterproof down to 14m / 45ft, as well as featuring 6 ring-LED lights around the lens for extreme macro close-up photography. Surprisingly for a compact camera released in 2023, it does not feature 4K video recording, but maxes out at 1080p at 30fps. It will be available in black or blue, priced at £380. 

Pentax WG-90 in blue. Image: Pentax

Pentax WG-90 in blue. Image: Pentax

The Pentax WG-90 Key features:

  • 5x optical zoom lens, 28-140mm equivalent
  • 1cm macro mode
  • 16MP 1/2.3inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • Full HD video recording
  • 2.7inch LCD screen, 230K
  • 300shot battery life
  • USB2.0 – Type-C
  • 122.5×61.5×29.5mm
  • 194g (including battery and SD card)
Pentax WG-90 rear. Image: Pentax

Pentax WG-90 rear. Image: Pentax

From Pentax: Heavy-duty construction assuring underwater shooting down to 14 meters, for up to two hours of continuous operation

“The Pentax WG-90’s solid, airtight body is not only waterproof down to a depth of 14 meters for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX 8 or JIS Class 8), but is also shockproof against a fall from a height of 1.6 meters,* and dustproof (equivalent to IP6X or JIS Class 6), freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force).** Thanks to this heavy-duty construction, the WG-90 performs superbly and dependably even in harsh, demand-ing outdoor conditions.”

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