Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20

Ricoh WG-30 front
Samsung GX-20 front

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Key Specs

Ricoh WG-30
(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
  • 192g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Revealed October 2014
Samsung GX-20
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 72mm
  • Launched January 2008
  • Older Model is Samsung GX-10
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Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Overview

On this page, we are analyzing the Ricoh WG-30 versus Samsung GX-20, one being a Waterproof and the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Ricoh and Samsung. The image resolution of the WG-30 (16MP) and the GX-20 (15MP) is very close but the WG-30 (1/2.3") and GX-20 (APS-C) offer different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The WG-30 was launched 6 years later than the GX-20 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Ricoh WG-30 being a Compact camera and the Samsung GX-20 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief summation of how the WG-30 grades against the GX-20 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-30 over the Samsung GX-20

 WG-30 GX-20 
LaunchedOctober 2014January 2008Fresher by 82 months

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-20 over the Ricoh WG-30

 GX-20 WG-30 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing

Common features in the Ricoh WG-30 and Samsung GX-20

 WG-30 GX-20 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display sizing
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry your camera frequently, you will need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Ricoh WG-30 has external dimensions of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs) and the Samsung GX-20 has dimensions of 142mm x 101mm x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") having a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Take a look at the Ricoh WG-30 versus Samsung GX-20 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at the time. Below is a front view proportions comparison of the WG-30 against the GX-20.

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the WG-30 and GX-20 is 91 and 58 respectively.

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to imagine the gap in sensor sizing merely by researching technical specs. The photograph here will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the WG-30 and GX-20.

As you can tell, both of the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The WG-30 due to its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field trickier and the Ricoh WG-30 will provide you with more detail utilizing its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The younger WG-30 should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-30
Portrait photography with Samsung GX-20
resolution is good (16MP)
features face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
has manual focus
MP count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-30 Street photography features
Samsung GX-20 Street photography features
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment sealing
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh WG-30 Sports photography information
Samsung GX-20 Sports photography information
built in image stabilization (Digital)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
weather proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh WG-30 Travel photography information
Samsung GX-20 Travel photography information
environment sealing
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
weather proofing
MP count decent (15MP)
has built in flash
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh WG-30 Landscape photography advice
Samsung GX-20 Landscape photography advice
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
resolution is good (16MP)
environment sealing
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh WG-30 Vlogging details
Samsung GX-20 Vlogging details
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone socket
lack of video recording
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Ricoh WG-30 vs Samsung GX-20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-30 and Samsung GX-20
 Ricoh WG-30Samsung GX-20
General Information
Brand Ricoh Samsung
Model type Ricoh WG-30 Samsung GX-20
Class Waterproof Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2014-10-09 2008-01-24
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS 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 16MP 15MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4688 x 3120
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 11
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.5-5.5 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Total lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Lowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.90 m (Auto ISO) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180s
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format H.264 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 192g (0.42 lb) 800g (1.76 lb)
Physical dimensions 123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") 142 x 101 x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 68
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 714
Battery life 300 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI92 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $428 $850