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Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
42
Ricoh WG-5 GPS front
 
Sony Alpha a5100 front
Portability
89
Imaging
66
Features
74
Overall
69

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Key Specs

Ricoh WG-5 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 236g - 125 x 65 x 32mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Older Model is Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • Successor is Ricoh WG-6
Sony a5100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 283g - 110 x 63 x 36mm
  • Announced August 2014
  • Replaced the Sony a5000
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Overview

Below, we are matching up the Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100, one is a Waterproof and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by competitors Ricoh and Sony. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the WG-5 GPS (16MP) and a5100 (24MP) and the WG-5 GPS (1/2.3") and a5100 (APS-C) possess totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The WG-5 GPS was unveiled 6 months after the a5100 so they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Ricoh WG-5 GPS being a Compact camera and the Sony a5100 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple overview of how the WG-5 GPS matches up vs the a5100 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-5 GPS over the Sony a5100

 WG-5 GPS a5100 

Reasons to pick Sony a5100 over the Ricoh WG-5 GPS

 a5100 WG-5 GPS 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution922k460kSharper display (+462k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Ricoh WG-5 GPS and Sony a5100

 WG-5 GPS a5100 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015August 2014Similar generation
Focus manually More exact focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to consider its weight and measurements. The Ricoh WG-5 GPS has got exterior measurements of 125mm x 65mm x 32mm (4.9" x 2.6" x 1.3") along with a weight of 236 grams (0.52 lbs) and the Sony a5100 has proportions of 110mm x 63mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") along with a weight of 283 grams (0.62 lbs).

Look at the Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the WG-5 GPS versus the a5100.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the WG-5 GPS and a5100 is 90 and 89 respectively.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to visualise the gap between sensor sizes purely by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic here should give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the WG-5 GPS and a5100.

Clearly, both of those cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The WG-5 GPS with its tinier sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more challenging and the Sony a5100 will deliver greater detail having an extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 sensor size comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Portrait photography factors
Sony a5100 Portrait photography factors
41
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
72
you can focus manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS as a Street photography camera
Sony a5100 as a Street photography camera
59
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competition in class (236g)
82
screen tilts
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
has focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Sports photography info
Sony a5100 Sports photography info
49
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16MP)
supports tracking focus
weather proof
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (240 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
68
decent MP (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
good battery (400 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Travel photography highlights
Sony a5100 Travel photography highlights
69
weather proof
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
not so great battery power (240 per charge)
heavier than competition in class (236 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
80
good battery (400 shots)
has focus via touch
decent MP (24MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony a5100 as a Landscape photography camera
54
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
weather proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
not so great battery power (240 CIPA)
79
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
decent MP (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
good battery (400 shots)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Vlogging info
Sony a5100 Vlogging info
34
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
no mic port
heavier than competition in class (236 grams)
34
has touchscreen
offers face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
does not have microphone jack
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs Sony a5100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh WG-5 GPS and Sony a5100
 Ricoh WG-5 GPSSony Alpha a5100
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Sony
Model type Ricoh WG-5 GPS Sony Alpha a5100
Type Waterproof Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2015-02-10 2014-08-17
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 179
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Total lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 14.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.40 m (at Auto ISO) 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
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) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 236 grams (0.52 lb) 283 grams (0.62 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 65 x 32mm (4.9" x 2.6" x 1.3") 110 x 63 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 80
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1347
Other
Battery life 240 photos 400 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI92 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $500 $448