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Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41
Ricoh WG-4 GPS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Key Specs

Ricoh WG-4 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 235g - 124 x 64 x 33mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • New Model is Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Sony W730
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-224mm (F3.3-6.3) lens
  • 122g - 93 x 52 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Overview

In this article, we are analyzing the Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Ricoh and Sony. The image resolution of the WG-4 GPS (16MP) and the W730 (16MP) is fairly comparable and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The WG-4 GPS was introduced 14 months later than the W730 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a in depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the WG-4 GPS grades vs the W730 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-4 GPS over the Sony W730

 WG-4 GPS W730 
LaunchedFebruary 2014January 2013More recent by 14 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony W730 over the Ricoh WG-4 GPS

 W730 WG-4 GPS 
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Ricoh WG-4 GPS and Sony W730

 WG-4 GPS W730 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and proportions. The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has outside dimensions of 124mm x 64mm x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 235 grams (0.52 lbs) whilst the Sony W730 has measurements of 93mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9") having a weight of 122 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the WG-4 GPS and the W730.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the WG-4 GPS and W730 is 90 and 96 respectively.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to see the gap in sensor measurements only by seeing specifications. The visual below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the WG-4 GPS and W730.

Plainly, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of pictures but you might want to factor the age of the cameras into account. The younger WG-4 GPS will have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS as a Portrait photography camera
Sony W730 as a Portrait photography camera
41
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
35
good MP (16MP)
provides face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Street photography highlights
Sony W730 Street photography highlights
59
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competition (235 grams)
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus via touch
lighter than competition (122g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS as a Sports photography camera
Sony W730 as a Sports photography camera
45
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
environment proof
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (240 shots)
no phase detect AF
41
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
provides tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Travel photography features
Sony W730 Travel photography features
69
environment proof
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
low battery pack (240 shots)
more heavy than competition (235g)
display isn't selfie friendly
71
lighter than competition (122g)
boasts focus via touch
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Landscape photography with Sony W730
54
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
low battery pack (240 CIPA)
39
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Vlogging features
Sony W730 Vlogging features
34
relatively wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone support
more heavy than competition (235g)
34
relatively wide (25mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
lighter than competition (122g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone support
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Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs Sony W730 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-4 GPS and Sony W730
 Ricoh WG-4 GPSSony Cyber-shot DSC-W730
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Sony
Model Ricoh WG-4 GPS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-02-05 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
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 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-224mm (9.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.3-6.3
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech TFT LCD TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 2 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.00 m (Auto ISO) 2.80 m
Flash options Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 235 grams (0.52 lb) 122 grams (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 124 x 64 x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") 93 x 52 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9")
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 240 pictures 240 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI92 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $210 $138