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Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Portability
65
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Pentax X-5 front
 
Ricoh WG-4 GPS front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Key Specs

Pentax X-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-580mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 595g - 119 x 86 x 107mm
  • Announced August 2012
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 235g - 124 x 64 x 33mm
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Refreshed by Ricoh WG-5 GPS
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Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Pentax X-5 versus Ricoh WG-4 GPS, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof by companies Pentax and Ricoh. The image resolution of the X-5 (16MP) and the WG-4 GPS (16MP) is relatively close and both cameras have the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The X-5 was announced 17 months prior to the WG-4 GPS which makes them a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Pentax X-5 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh WG-4 GPS being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summation of how the X-5 grades against the WG-4 GPS in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax X-5 over the Ricoh WG-4 GPS

 X-5 WG-4 GPS 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-4 GPS over the Pentax X-5

 WG-4 GPS X-5 
RevealedFebruary 2014August 2012Newer by 17 months

Common features in the Pentax X-5 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS

 X-5 WG-4 GPS 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Pentax X-5 comes with physical measurements of 119mm x 86mm x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") having a weight of 595 grams (1.31 lbs) whilst the Ricoh WG-4 GPS has specifications of 124mm x 64mm x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 235 grams (0.52 lbs).

Take a look at the Pentax X-5 versus Ricoh WG-4 GPS in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the X-5 compared to the WG-4 GPS.

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the X-5 and WG-4 GPS is 65 and 90 respectively.

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS top view buttons comparison

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by viewing a spec sheet. The image here will help give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the X-5 and WG-4 GPS.

As you can see, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same exact MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of photographs but you might want to consider the production date of the cameras into account. The more aged X-5 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS sensor size comparison

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax X-5
Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-4 GPS
44
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
provides face detection autofocus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
41
focusing manually
MP count decent (16MP)
features face detection autofocus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax X-5 Street photography info
Ricoh WG-4 GPS Street photography info
50
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than average (595 grams)
59
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competitors (235g)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax X-5 Sports photography info
Ricoh WG-4 GPS Sports photography info
53
incredible zoom range (22-580mm 26.4 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
environment proof
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery (240 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax X-5 Travel photography details
Ricoh WG-4 GPS Travel photography details
54
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (22mm)
very long reach (580mm)
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than average (595 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
69
environment proof
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
low battery (240 shots)
heavier than competitors (235 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax X-5
Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-4 GPS
47
you can focus manually
quite wide (22mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
54
focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
environment proof
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
low battery (240 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax X-5 as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh WG-4 GPS as a Vlogging camera
27
quite wide (22mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external mic support
heavier than average (595g)
34
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
missing external mic port
heavier than competitors (235 grams)
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Pentax X-5 vs Ricoh WG-4 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax X-5 and Ricoh WG-4 GPS
 Pentax X-5Ricoh WG-4 GPS
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Ricoh
Model type Pentax X-5 Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Announced 2012-08-22 2014-02-05
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 22-580mm (26.4x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 230 thousand dot -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 10.00 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings - Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 595 gr (1.31 pounds) 235 gr (0.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 119 x 86 x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2") 124 x 64 x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 330 images 240 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $230 $210