Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
14
Overall
27
Canon PowerShot A3100 IS front
 
Ricoh WG-6 front
Portability
89
Imaging
49
Features
46
Overall
47

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Key Specs

Canon A3100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 165g - 97 x 58 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2010
Ricoh WG-6
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 246g - 118 x 66 x 33mm
  • Introduced February 2018
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh WG-5 GPS
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Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Canon A3100 IS versus Ricoh WG-6, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Waterproof by manufacturers Canon and Ricoh. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the A3100 IS (12MP) and WG-6 (20MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The A3100 IS was manufactured 9 years before the WG-6 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief overview of how the A3100 IS matches up vs the WG-6 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3100 IS over the Ricoh WG-6

 A3100 IS WG-6 

Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-6 over the Canon A3100 IS

 WG-6 A3100 IS 
IntroducedFebruary 2018January 2010More recent by 98 months
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)

Common features in the Canon A3100 IS and Ricoh WG-6

 A3100 IS WG-6 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you should consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon A3100 IS enjoys physical dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) whilst the Ricoh WG-6 has dimensions of 118mm x 66mm x 33mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 246 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using during that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the A3100 IS versus the WG-6.

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the A3100 IS and WG-6 is 94 and 89 respectively.

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 top view buttons comparison

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to envision the difference between sensor measurements simply by looking at a spec sheet. The visual here might give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A3100 IS and WG-6.

Clearly, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Ricoh WG-6 to resolve extra detail due to its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older A3100 IS is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 sensor size comparison

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Portrait photography information
Ricoh WG-6 Portrait photography information
21
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
46
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
provides face detect focusing
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Street photography features
Ricoh WG-6 Street photography features
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
60
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (246g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Sports photography highlights
Ricoh WG-6 Sports photography highlights
26
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
55
has image stabilization (Digital)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery life (340 CIPA)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A3100 IS as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh WG-6 as a Travel photography camera
51
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
70
good battery life (340 shots)
environment proofing
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
more heavy than competition in class (246 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A3100 IS
Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-6
28
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
57
focusing manually
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Digital)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
environment proofing
good battery life (340 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Vlogging advice
Ricoh WG-6 Vlogging advice
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
no microphone support
32
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (246 grams)
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Canon A3100 IS vs Ricoh WG-6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3100 IS and Ricoh WG-6
 Canon PowerShot A3100 ISRicoh WG-6
General Information
Company Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot A3100 IS Ricoh WG-6
Category Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Revealed 2010-01-05 2018-02-21
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-140mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.7-5.6 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m 5.50 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Flash on, flash off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840x2160
Highest video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Supports FlashAir SD cards
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) DB-110 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None Built-in
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165 gr (0.36 lb) 246 gr (0.54 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") 118 x 66 x 33mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 340 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-8L -
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $159 $271