Ricoh G900

 
Ricoh G900 front
 
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 247g - 118 x 66 x 33mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
89
Imaging
49
Features
46
Overall
47

Ricoh G900 summary

Ricoh G900 is Ricoh's Waterproof camera initially revealed on February of 2018. It has got a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5184 x 3888.

The G900 stands at #1 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras and over all #444 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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Ricoh G900 family

The Ricoh G900 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Ricoh-G900 front thumbnailRicoh G90028-140mm
F3.5-5.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Ricoh-G700SE front thumbnailRicoh G700SE
G900 vs G700SE
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
12MP1/2.3"2010
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Ricoh G900 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Ricoh G900 based on factors which are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Digital)
built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (28mm)
good battery life (340 CIPA)
good MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes HDMI socket
manual focus
offers face detect focusing
offers tracking focus
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dots)
screen size is good (3 inch)
weather proof
display isn't selfie friendly
external flash not possible
fixed screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
more heavy than competitors (247 grams)
no aperture priority
no headphone socket
no microphone socket
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.5)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Ricoh G900 Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor on the Ricoh G900 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 125 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the G900's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The G900 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh G900 dimensions

Ricoh G900 weighs around 0.54 pounds (247 grams or 8.71 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 118mm x 66mm x 33mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 196 grams and the Ricoh G900 is heavier when compared to various rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Ricoh G900 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.

Ricoh G900 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the G900.

Ricoh G900 topview buttons dials

Ricoh G900 Lens specifications

The G900 houses a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all very good but it will be valuable in a few scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 which is fairly slow and not good in low light occasions and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You could also need to raise the ISO resulting in noisy photographs. At the tele end, 140mm comes with f5.5 which is really slow and you will need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Ricoh G900 Connectivity

The G900 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer photos and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Ricoh G900 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Ricoh G900 is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p offers an excellent resolution for video recording. You will be able to crop to 1080p to get cleaner results. Beware of the massive file sizes and make sure you have got decent SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket so you get little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get a different model should you need better audio in your video clips.

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Ricoh G900 Weather Sealing

Ricoh G900 comes with weather proofing making it a fantastic option to use during tricky places. This can be particularly helpful in case you are unsure about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.

Ricoh G900 Display and Viewfinder

The Ricoh G900 has got a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Ricoh G900 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful during sunny outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Ricoh G900 Shutter specifications

The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Ricoh G900 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Ricoh G900 has got only in-built flash with missing external flash support.

Ricoh G900 Autofocus specifications

Ricoh G900 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it useful for people photography.

The AF system has got 9 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Ricoh G900 includes manual focus in case it is required during low light or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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Ricoh G900 Battery life

The battery life in the Ricoh G900 is built to last for 340 clicks according to the CIPA measurements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 offers the best (380) battery life within this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras that come with the best battery life:

Ricoh G900 for specific categories of photography

The following diagram presents a outline of the Ricoh G900 for specific categories of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.

Ricoh G900 Portrait photography info

The Ricoh G900 receives a points tally of 46 which is reasonable, and means the camera is relatively appropriate to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
good MP (20MP)
has face detect focusing
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Ricoh G900 Street photography features

Having a moderate rating of 60, the Ricoh G900 is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
heavier than average (247 grams)

Sports photography with Ricoh G900

A modest sports photography points tally of 55 means the Ricoh G900 is somewhat appropriate for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (20MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proofing
good battery (340 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Ricoh G900 Travel photography details

Portability is really important in getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Ricoh G900 gets a above average 70 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent option to take with you on your vacations.

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better than average battery (340 per charge)
weather proof
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
heavier than competition in class (247 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Ricoh G900 as a Landscape photography camera

When you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Ricoh G900 and it's average rating of 57 for a landscape camera is reasonably suitable in the current market.

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manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (20 megapixels)
weather proof
good battery (340 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Ricoh G900 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Ricoh G900 is not good for vlogging as it comes to a bad score of 32.

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fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
features face detect focusing
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (247g)

Ricoh G900 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the G900, here is a list of the top placed cameras that fall under the category of Waterproof.

The chart below shows you a bird's eye view of the G900 versus it's highest ranking competitors listed previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may consider as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Ricoh
Model
Ricoh G900
Class
Waterproof
Announced
2018-02-21
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4s
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.50 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Flash on, flash off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840x2160
Highest video resolution
3840x2160
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Supports FlashAir SD cards
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
DB-110 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS
Built-in
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
247 gr (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions
118 x 66 x 33mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.3")
Other
Battery life
340 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Single
Price at release
$752