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Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5

Portability
93
Imaging
38
Features
36
Overall
37
Ricoh WG-20 front
 
Samsung NX5 front
Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
50
Overall
53

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

Ricoh WG-20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 164g - 114 x 58 x 28mm
  • Released February 2014
Samsung NX5
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Released June 2010
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Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Ricoh WG-20 and Samsung NX5, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by competitors Ricoh and Samsung. The resolution of the WG-20 (14MP) and the NX5 (15MP) is relatively close but the WG-20 (1/2.3") and NX5 (APS-C) offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The WG-20 was unveiled 3 years later than the NX5 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Ricoh WG-20 being a Compact camera and the Samsung NX5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a quick summation of how the WG-20 scores against the NX5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-20 over the Samsung NX5

 WG-20 NX5 
ReleasedFebruary 2014June 2010Fresher by 45 months

Reasons to pick Samsung NX5 over the Ricoh WG-20

 NX5 WG-20 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Ricoh WG-20 and Samsung NX5

 WG-20 NX5 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera often, you have to factor in its weight and volume. The Ricoh WG-20 offers exterior dimensions of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs) while the Samsung NX5 has sizing of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") having a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

Contrast the Ricoh WG-20 and Samsung NX5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the WG-20 and the NX5.

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the WG-20 and NX5 is 93 and 80 respectively.

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizing only by viewing specs. The visual here may provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the WG-20 and NX5.

All in all, the two cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The WG-20 with its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field more challenging and the Samsung NX5 will render greater detail having an extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The newer WG-20 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh WG-20 Portrait photography features
Samsung NX5 Portrait photography features
39
manual focus
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
73
focusing manually
good megapixels (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-20 Street photography advice
Samsung NX5 Street photography advice
62
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather proof
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
60
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than competition (499 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh WG-20 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung NX5 as a Sports photography camera
44
built in image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
comes with tracking focus
weather proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
52
good megapixels (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (400 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh WG-20 Travel photography info
Samsung NX5 Travel photography info
71
weather proof
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
63
better than average battery life (400 shots)
good megapixels (15 megapixels)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (499g)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh WG-20 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung NX5 Landscape photography highlights
47
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
weather proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
68
focusing manually
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good megapixels (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (400 shots)
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh WG-20 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung NX5 as a Vlogging camera
30
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detect focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic port
24
provides face detect focus
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than competition (499 grams)
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Ricoh WG-20 vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-20 and Samsung NX5
 Ricoh WG-20Samsung NX5
General Information
Company Ricoh Samsung
Model Ricoh WG-20 Samsung NX5
Category Waterproof Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2014-02-05 2010-06-01
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - DRIM Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 15
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Samsung NX
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.5 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 32
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (Auto ISO) 11.00 m
Flash settings Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p, 15p), 640 x 480 (30p, 15p), 320 x 240 (30p, 15p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 164 gr (0.36 lb) 499 gr (1.10 lb)
Physical dimensions 114 x 58 x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
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 260 pictures 400 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI92 BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/SDHC
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $370 $499