Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30

Ricoh G700SE front
Ricoh WG-30 front

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Key Specs

Ricoh G700SE
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 307g - 117 x 68 x 32mm
  • Released October 2010
Ricoh WG-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 192g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Introduced October 2014
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Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Ricoh G700SE and Ricoh WG-30, both Waterproof cameras and they are both produced by Ricoh. There is a large difference among the resolutions of the G700SE (12MP) and WG-30 (16MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The G700SE was launched 5 years prior to the WG-30 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the G700SE grades versus the WG-30 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh G700SE over the Ricoh WG-30

 G700SE WG-30 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kClearer display (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-30 over the Ricoh G700SE

 WG-30 G700SE 
IntroducedOctober 2014October 2010Fresher by 48 months

Common features in the Ricoh G700SE and Ricoh WG-30

 G700SE WG-30 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry your camera often, you are going to need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Ricoh G700SE features outside dimensions of 117mm x 68mm x 32mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.3") with a weight of 307 grams (0.68 lbs) and the Ricoh WG-30 has measurements of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select at the time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the G700SE and the WG-30.

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the G700SE and WG-30 is 88 and 91 respectively.

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to see the gap in sensor sizing just by looking through specs. The visual below should give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G700SE and WG-30.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Ricoh WG-30 to provide you with extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The older G700SE will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 sensor size comparison

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh G700SE Portrait photography details
Ricoh WG-30 Portrait photography details
you can focus manually
no manual mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
decent MP (16MP)
features face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Ricoh G700SE Street photography features
Ricoh WG-30 Street photography features
weather proof
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than competitors (307 grams)
image stabilization (Digital)
environment sealing
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh G700SE Sports photography advice
Ricoh WG-30 Sports photography advice
weather proof
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh G700SE Travel photography advice
Ricoh WG-30 Travel photography advice
weather proof
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
more heavy than competitors (307g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
environment sealing
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh G700SE Landscape photography features
Ricoh WG-30 Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
weather proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
environment sealing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7")
manual mode not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh G700SE as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh WG-30 as a Vlogging camera
quite wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of microphone support
more heavy than competitors (307 grams)
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
features face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone jack
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Ricoh G700SE vs Ricoh WG-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh G700SE and Ricoh WG-30
 Ricoh G700SERicoh WG-30
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Ricoh
Model type Ricoh G700SE Ricoh WG-30
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Released 2010-10-13 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 125
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 9
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Slowest shutter speed 8s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed - 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.00 m (Auto ISO) 3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Auto red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480, 320 x 240 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format - H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 307g (0.68 lbs) 192g (0.42 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 68 x 32mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.3") 123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
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
Battery life - 300 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID DB-60 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
Launch price $0 $428