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Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
42
Ricoh WG-5 GPS front
 
Samsung GX-20 front
Portability
58
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Key Specs

Ricoh WG-5 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
  • 236g - 125 x 65 x 32mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • New Model is Ricoh WG-6
Samsung GX-20
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 72mm
  • Launched January 2008
  • Previous Model is Samsung GX-10
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Ricoh WG-5 GPS versus Samsung GX-20, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by companies Ricoh and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the WG-5 GPS (16MP) and the GX-20 (15MP) is pretty similar but the WG-5 GPS (1/2.3") and GX-20 (APS-C) come with different sensor sizes.

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The WG-5 GPS was introduced 7 years after the GX-20 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Ricoh WG-5 GPS being a Compact camera and the Samsung GX-20 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a simple summary of how the WG-5 GPS grades against the GX-20 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-5 GPS over the Samsung GX-20

 WG-5 GPS GX-20 
LaunchedFebruary 2015January 2008Newer by 86 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-20 over the Ricoh WG-5 GPS

 GX-20 WG-5 GPS 

Common features in the Ricoh WG-5 GPS and Samsung GX-20

 WG-5 GPS GX-20 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Ricoh WG-5 GPS provides outer measurements of 125mm x 65mm x 32mm (4.9" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 236 grams (0.52 lbs) while the Samsung GX-20 has measurements of 142mm x 101mm x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Examine the Ricoh WG-5 GPS versus Samsung GX-20 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using during that time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the WG-5 GPS against the GX-20.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the WG-5 GPS and GX-20 is 90 and 58 respectively.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be difficult to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing specs. The pic underneath may offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the WG-5 GPS and GX-20.

All in all, the 2 cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The WG-5 GPS using its tinier sensor is going to make getting bokeh more difficult and the Ricoh WG-5 GPS will deliver greater detail using its extra 1MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more modern WG-5 GPS should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Portrait photography features
Samsung GX-20 Portrait photography features
41
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
72
you can focus manually
good resolution (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS as a Street photography camera
Samsung GX-20 as a Street photography camera
59
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than average in class (236 grams)
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Sports photography highlights
Samsung GX-20 Sports photography highlights
49
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (240 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
has phase detect AF
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Travel photography highlights
Samsung GX-20 Travel photography highlights
69
environment proofing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
terrible battery pack (240 per charge)
heavier than average in class (236g)
does not posses selfie friendly display
64
environment sealing
good resolution (15MP)
flash built-in
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Landscape photography with Samsung GX-20
54
focusing manually
fairly wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
terrible battery pack (240 per charge)
71
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Vlogging info
Samsung GX-20 Vlogging info
34
fairly wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly display
missing external mic support
heavier than average in class (236 grams)
9
no video
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Samsung GX-20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-5 GPS and Samsung GX-20
 Ricoh WG-5 GPSSamsung GX-20
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Samsung
Model type Ricoh WG-5 GPS Samsung GX-20
Class Waterproof Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2015-02-10 2008-01-24
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 15MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4688 x 3120
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 14.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.40 m (at Auto ISO) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 236g (0.52 pounds) 800g (1.76 pounds)
Dimensions 125 x 65 x 32mm (4.9" x 2.6" x 1.3") 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
Other
Battery life 240 photos -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI92 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $500 $850