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Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38
Ricoh WG-30W front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R front
Portability
79
Imaging
71
Features
58
Overall
65

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Key Specs

Ricoh WG-30W
(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
  • 194g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Launched October 2014
Sony RX1R
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Announced June 2013
  • Replacement is Sony RX1R II
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Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Ricoh WG-30W versus Sony RX1R, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Large Sensor Compact by companies Ricoh and Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the resolutions of the WG-30W (16MP) and RX1R (24MP) and the WG-30W (1/2.3") and RX1R (Full frame) possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The WG-30W was brought out 16 months later than the RX1R making the cameras a generation apart from one another. The two cameras come with different body type with the Ricoh WG-30W being a Compact camera and the Sony RX1R being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before we go through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple overview of how the WG-30W grades against the RX1R when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-30W over the Sony RX1R

 WG-30W RX1R 
AnnouncedOctober 2014June 2013More recent by 16 months

Reasons to pick Sony RX1R over the Ricoh WG-30W

 RX1R WG-30W 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k230kClearer display (+999k dot)

Common features in the Ricoh WG-30W and Sony RX1R

 WG-30W RX1R 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera, you need to consider its weight and size. The Ricoh WG-30W offers outer dimensions of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Sony RX1R has specifications of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") having a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the WG-30W against the RX1R.

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the WG-30W and RX1R is 91 and 79 respectively.

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its tough to envision the gap in sensor measurements simply by seeing specs. The visual underneath may offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the WG-30W and RX1R.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The WG-30W due to its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF more challenging and the Sony RX1R will show greater detail having its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more modern WG-30W will have an edge in sensor tech.

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh WG-30W Portrait photography advice
Sony RX1R Portrait photography advice
36
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
82
focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/4,000s)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-30W Street photography advice
Sony RX1R Street photography advice
62
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
66
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
very good ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (482g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Ricoh WG-30W
Sports photography with Sony RX1R
45
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
54
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
fixed focal length (35mm)
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery (270 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh WG-30W Travel photography highlights
Sony RX1R Travel photography highlights
71
weather sealing
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
62
MP count good (24MP)
built-in flash
very good max aperture (f2.0)
lack of Timelapse recording
not so great battery (270 per charge)
more heavy than competitors (482g)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-30W
Landscape photography with Sony RX1R
43
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
67
focusing manually
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery (270 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Ricoh WG-30W
Vlogging with Sony RX1R
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no external microphone socket
34
very good max aperture (f2.0)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (482 grams)
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Ricoh WG-30W vs Sony RX1R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-30W and Sony RX1R
 Ricoh WG-30WSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
General Information
Make Ricoh Sony
Model Ricoh WG-30W Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
Category Waterproof Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-10-09 2013-06-26
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 35mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/2.0
Macro focus range 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic and Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.90 m (Auto ISO) 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 194g (0.43 lb) 482g (1.06 lb)
Dimensions 123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 91
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.6
DXO Low light score not tested 2537
Other
Battery life 300 pictures 270 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI92 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $280 $2,798