Ricoh WG-30W summary
Ricoh WG-30W is Ricoh's Waterproof camera initially announced on October of 2014. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The WG-30W places at #29 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over-all #761 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.
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Ricoh WG-30W family
The Ricoh WG-30W has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can find all previous and more recent models alongside main features.
Ricoh WG-30W Gallery
You can look at the WG-30W from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Ricoh WG-30W Pros and Cons
Here is a list of pros and cons of the Ricoh WG-30W based on criterias that are usually considered essential in a camera.
Ricoh WG-30W Sensor features
The sensor specification on the Ricoh WG-30W is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 125 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below illustrates the WG-30W's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The WG-30W sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Ricoh WG-30W dimensions
Ricoh WG-30W weighs around 0.43 lbs (194g or 6.84 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 196g and the Ricoh WG-30W is very much the same as compared with various rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Listed below is a pic of the Ricoh WG-30W next to a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will show the button arrangement on the WG-30W.
Ricoh WG-30W Lens features
The WG-30W comes with an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional but it is going to be invaluable in a few conditions.
At it's widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 which will be quite sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to raise your ISO which results in noisy photographs. At the long end, 140mm comes with f5.5 which is quite slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Ricoh WG-30W Connectivity
The WG-30W has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Ricoh WG-30W Video features
The max video quality on the Ricoh WG-30W is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality and file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to buy another camera should you need good sound for your video clips.
Ricoh WG-30W Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-30W provides weather proofing making it a good pick for use in tough environments. This can be especially useful whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-30W Display and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-30W has a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details for Ricoh WG-30W are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be rather valuable.
Ricoh WG-30W Shutter features
Ricoh WG-30W continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Ricoh WG-30W Flash and Hot shoe features
Ricoh WG-30W features just inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.
Ricoh WG-30W Autofocusing features
Ricoh WG-30W features only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detect making it handy for portrait photography.
The AF system has 9 focus points to choose from. It also comes with Tracking AF for objects on the move. Ricoh WG-30W doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good in low light or you need to have more precise control on depth of field.
Ricoh WG-30W Battery life
The battery pack (D-LI92) in the Ricoh WG-30W is built to last for 300 photographs according to the CIPA specifications making it similar to it's competition. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 has got the maximum (380) battery life in this range of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Waterproof cameras with the highest battery life:
Ricoh WG-30W for various categories of photography
The following diagram indicates a summary of the Ricoh WG-30W for various categories of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-30W
The Ricoh WG-30W has a points tally of 36 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to utilize external flash.
Ricoh WG-30W Street photography factors
Getting a very good score of 62, the Ricoh WG-30W is a fine pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Ricoh WG-30W Sports photography features
A moderate sports photography score of 46 means the Ricoh WG-30W is fairly adequate for photographing sports. A camera should have great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Ricoh WG-30W as a Travel photography camera
Size is very crucial in picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Ricoh WG-30W gets a above average 71 for a travel camera which makes it a fine fit for your trips.
Ricoh WG-30W Landscape photography factors
If you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Ricoh WG-30W and it's really bad grade of 44 as a landscape camera is just not very good among it's competition.
Ricoh WG-30W as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera really should posses a moving display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Ricoh WG-30W is just not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad rating of 33.
Ricoh WG-30W Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the WG-30W, below is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Waterproof.
The graph underneath will give you an overview of the WG-30W compared to it's top ranked competitors mentioned above.
Following are several cameras you might see as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.