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Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25
Pentax Optio E85 front
 
Ricoh WG-30W front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Key Specs

Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Introduced September 2009
Ricoh WG-30W
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 194g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Introduced October 2014
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Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Overview

Following is a complete overview of the Pentax E85 versus Ricoh WG-30W, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Waterproof by manufacturers Pentax and Ricoh. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the E85 (12MP) and WG-30W (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The E85 was introduced 6 years prior to the WG-30W which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the E85 scores against the WG-30W with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Ricoh WG-30W

 E85 WG-30W 

Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-30W over the Pentax E85

 WG-30W E85 
IntroducedOctober 2014September 2009More modern by 61 months

Common features in the Pentax E85 and Ricoh WG-30W

 E85 WG-30W 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size2.7"2.7"Same screen size
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Pentax E85 comes with outer dimensions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Ricoh WG-30W has proportions of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the E85 compared to the WG-30W.

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the E85 and WG-30W is 95 and 91 respectively.

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W top view buttons comparison

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes only by looking at specs. The image underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E85 and WG-30W.

As you can plainly see, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Ricoh WG-30W to resolve greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged E85 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W sensor size comparison

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax E85
Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-30W
21
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
36
megapixel count good (16MP)
has face detect focus
no manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax E85 as a Street photography camera
Ricoh WG-30W as a Street photography camera
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
62
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment sealing
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax E85
Sports photography with Ricoh WG-30W
17
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
45
has image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
low fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax E85 Travel photography details
Ricoh WG-30W Travel photography details
51
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
71
environment sealing
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax E85
Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-30W
23
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
43
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count good (16MP)
environment sealing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax E85 Vlogging advice
Ricoh WG-30W Vlogging advice
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external mic jack
33
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
has face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have microphone port
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Pentax E85 vs Ricoh WG-30W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E85 and Ricoh WG-30W
 Pentax Optio E85Ricoh WG-30W
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Ricoh
Model type Pentax Optio E85 Ricoh WG-30W
Type Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Introduced 2009-09-17 2014-10-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 32-96mm (3.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.9-5.2 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range 10cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 2.7"
Display resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 2 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options - Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 145g (0.32 pounds) 194g (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") 123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 300 images
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI95 D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $0 $280