Ricoh WG-20 overview
Ricoh WG-20 is Ricoh's Waterproof camera first launched on February of 2014. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The WG-20 places at #40 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all round #830 out of 1453 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom requirements.
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Ricoh WG-20 family
The Ricoh WG-20 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can find all previous and brand new models alongside key specs.
Ricoh WG-20 Gallery
You can view the WG-20 from different angles in the gallery below.
Ricoh WG-20 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Ricoh WG-20 based on aspects that are typically viewed as crucial in a camera.
Ricoh WG-20 Sensor specs
The sensor size in the Ricoh WG-20 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Digital). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture below shows the WG-20's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The WG-20 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Ricoh WG-20 dimensions
Ricoh WG-20 is 0.36 pounds (164g / 5.78 oz) & has outside measurements of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 195g so the Ricoh WG-20 is lighter compared to various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a visual of the Ricoh WG-20 alongside a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the WG-20.
Ricoh WG-20 Lens details
The WG-20 comes with a built-in lens giving a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be amazing but it might be very helpful in a few circumstances.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.5 and that is kind of sluggish and not good for low light events and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. Towards the long end, 140mm comes with f5.5 which is pretty slow and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Ricoh WG-20 Connectivity
The WG-20 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy photos and usually change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Several apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Ricoh WG-20 Video details
The maximum video resolution in the Ricoh WG-20 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should target at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to purchase another camera should you want better sound for your video clips.
Ricoh WG-20 Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-20 has weather sealing making it a very good choice for use in tough places. This is particularly useful whenever you are unsure about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-20 Display and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-20 has got a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specs for Ricoh WG-20 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be quite helpful.
Ricoh WG-20 Shutter details
Ricoh WG-20 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500s.
Ricoh WG-20 Flash and Hot shoe details
Ricoh WG-20 has just built-in flash with no external flash ability.
Ricoh WG-20 Autofocus details
Ricoh WG-20 has only Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is handy for portraits.
It has got 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Ricoh WG-20 can use manual focusing in case it is required in low light conditions or you require more exact focusing control.
Ricoh WG-20 Battery life
The battery (D-LI92) in the Ricoh WG-20 is made to last for 260 pictures according to the CIPA benchmarks which is on par with it's competition. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has the highest possible (380) battery life in this range of cameras.
Following is a collection of Waterproof cameras having the strongest battery life:
Ricoh WG-20 for different types of photography
The following chart shows a overview of the Ricoh WG-20 for different types of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section below.
Ricoh WG-20 as a Portrait photography camera
The Ricoh WG-20 receives a points tally of 40 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not suitable to use for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support together with the capability to work with external lighting.
Ricoh WG-20 Street photography advice
With a very good rating of 62, the Ricoh WG-20 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Ricoh WG-20 Sports photography highlights
A really bad sports photography points tally of 44 indicates the Ricoh WG-20 is just not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Ricoh WG-20 Travel photography features
Portability is extremely critical when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Ricoh WG-20 gets a nice 71 as a travelling camera which is a fine choice to buy for your travels.
Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-20
If you are planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Ricoh WG-20 and it's average rating of 47 as a landscape camera is reasonably adequate within the current market.
Ricoh WG-20 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Ricoh WG-20 is just not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a really bad rating of 31.
Ricoh WG-20 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the WG-20, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Waterproof.
The line chart just below provides you a summary of the WG-20 compared to it's top ranked rivals suggested earlier.
Following are several cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.