Ricoh WG-30 summary
Ricoh WG-30 is Ricoh's Waterproof camera originally launched on October of 2014. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The WG-30 places at #33 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over all #769 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your customized requirements.
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Ricoh WG-30 family
The Ricoh WG-30 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all previous and more recent models along with key features.
Ricoh WG-30 Gallery
You can see the WG-30 from several angles in the gallery here.
Ricoh WG-30 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Ricoh WG-30 based on criterias that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a camera.
Ricoh WG-30 Sensor details
The sensor measurement on the Ricoh WG-30 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Digital). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 125 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below displays the WG-30's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The WG-30 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Ricoh WG-30 dimensions
Ricoh WG-30 weighs around 0.42 pounds (192g or 6.77 oz) & has outer proportions of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 196g and the Ricoh WG-30 is similar as compared with various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a pic of the Ricoh WG-30 next to a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the WG-30.
Ricoh WG-30 Lens specs
The WG-30 houses an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not very good however it will be handy in some scenarios.
At the widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f3.5 making it quite slow and not good for low light situations and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to raise the ISO which causes noisy photographs. At the tele end, 140mm comes with f5.5 which is really slow and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Ricoh WG-30 Connectivity
The WG-30 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
A few applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Ricoh WG-30 Video specs
The highest possible video quality on the Ricoh WG-30 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance for quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port so you get no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to take a look at another camera should you want better sound for your video clips.
Ricoh WG-30 Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-30 features environment proofing which makes it a good selection for use for tough conditions. This can be especially handy whenever you are uncertain about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-30 Display and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-30 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder details for Ricoh WG-30 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be pretty useful.
Ricoh WG-30 Shutter specs
Ricoh WG-30 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Ricoh WG-30 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Ricoh WG-30 has only built in flash without external flash support.
Ricoh WG-30 Autofocus specs
Ricoh WG-30 has just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and exact compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it handy for portraits.
It supports 9 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Ricoh WG-30 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful for low light situations or you require more precise depth of field control.
Ricoh WG-30 Battery life
The battery life (D-LI92) in the Ricoh WG-30 is built to last for 300 images with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is similar to it's rivals. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 comes with the best (380) battery life for this category of cameras.
Following is a number of Waterproof cameras which have the best battery life:
Ricoh WG-30 for different types of photography
The following graph provides a rundown of the Ricoh WG-30 for different types of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section below.
Ricoh WG-30 as a Portrait photography camera
The Ricoh WG-30 gets a rating of 36 which is terrible, and means the camera is just not good for portrait images. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the flexibility to work with external flash.
Ricoh WG-30 Street photography info
Coming in at a above average points tally of 62, the Ricoh WG-30 is a good option for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Ricoh WG-30 Sports photography features
A decent sports photography points total of 46 means the Ricoh WG-30 is somewhat acceptable for shooting sports. A camera should have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Ricoh WG-30 as a Travel photography camera
Size is extremely crucial when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Ricoh WG-30 gets a very good 71 as a travel camera which is a very decent option to take with you on your trips.
Ricoh WG-30 Landscape photography info
In case you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Ricoh WG-30 with it's terrible grade of 44 for a landscape camera is just not good in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Ricoh WG-30
A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Ricoh WG-30 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible score of 33.
Ricoh WG-30 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the WG-30, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Waterproof.
The diagram here offers you a summary of the WG-30 compared to it's highest scored rivals mentioned above.
Following are additional cameras you might see as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.