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Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
42
Ricoh WG-4 front
 
Samsung HZ50W front
Portability
70
Imaging
38
Features
44
Overall
40

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Key Specs

Ricoh WG-4
(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
  • 230g - 124 x 64 x 33mm
  • Released February 2014
Samsung HZ50W
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 426g - 116 x 83 x 91mm
  • Announced May 2010
  • Alternative Name is WB5500
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Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Ricoh WG-4 versus Samsung HZ50W, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Ricoh and Samsung. The image resolution of the WG-4 (16MP) and the HZ50W (14MP) is relatively comparable and they feature the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The WG-4 was released 3 years later than the HZ50W and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Ricoh WG-4 being a Compact camera and the Samsung HZ50W being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief overview of how the WG-4 scores vs the HZ50W with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-4 over the Samsung HZ50W

 WG-4 HZ50W 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014May 2010More recent by 46 months
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ50W over the Ricoh WG-4

 HZ50W WG-4 

Common features in the Ricoh WG-4 and Samsung HZ50W

 WG-4 HZ50W 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera regularly, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Ricoh WG-4 comes with outer dimensions of 124mm x 64mm x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") and a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) and the Samsung HZ50W has measurements of 116mm x 83mm x 91mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs).

Take a look at the Ricoh WG-4 versus Samsung HZ50W in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the WG-4 compared to the HZ50W.

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the WG-4 and HZ50W is 90 and 70 respectively.

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements merely by checking out technical specs. The visual below will provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the WG-4 and HZ50W.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Ricoh WG-4 to provide more detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots a little more aggressively. The more modern WG-4 is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 Portrait photography info
Samsung HZ50W Portrait photography info
41
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
46
you can focus manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 Street photography info
Samsung HZ50W Street photography info
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung HZ50W as a Sports photography camera
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
max fps low (2.0 fps)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (240 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
49
amazing zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Ricoh WG-4
Travel photography with Samsung HZ50W
72
environment sealing
MP count good (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
not so great battery pack (240 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
58
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (26mm)
long reach (676mm)
no Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung HZ50W as a Landscape photography camera
54
you can focus manually
relatively wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
environment sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
not so great battery pack (240 shots)
52
you can focus manually
decently wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh WG-4 Vlogging details
Samsung HZ50W Vlogging details
36
relatively wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic port
24
decently wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone support
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Ricoh WG-4 vs Samsung HZ50W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-4 and Samsung HZ50W
 Ricoh WG-4Samsung HZ50W
General Information
Manufacturer Ricoh Samsung
Model type Ricoh WG-4 Samsung HZ50W
Also Known as - WB5500
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-02-05 2010-05-03
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 125 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 26-676mm (26.0x)
Max aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.8-5.0
Macro focusing distance 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 16 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 10.00 m (Auto ISO) 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 H.264
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 None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 230g (0.51 lbs) 426g (0.94 lbs)
Dimensions 124 x 64 x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3") 116 x 83 x 91mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6")
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
Other
Battery life 240 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI92 SLB-11A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
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