- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 125 - 6400
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
- 230g - 124 x 64 x 33mm
- Announced February 2014
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- Size Comparison
Ricoh WG-4 summary
Ricoh WG-4 is Ricoh's Waterproof camera initially announced on February of 2014. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The WG-4 is ranked #16 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #622 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your customized factors.
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Ricoh WG-4 family
The Ricoh WG-4 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range below.
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Ricoh WG-4 Gallery
You can check the WG-4 from different angles in the gallery here.
Ricoh WG-4 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Ricoh WG-4 based on features that are typically regarded as necessary in a camera.
Ricoh WG-4 Sensor specifications
The size of the sensor in the Ricoh WG-4 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and features a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so you have less margin for error.
The picture below shows the WG-4's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The WG-4 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Ricoh WG-4 dimensions
Ricoh WG-4 is 0.51 pounds (230 gr or 8.11 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 124mm x 64mm x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195 gr so the Ricoh WG-4 is more heavy when compared to various competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The following is a visual of the Ricoh WG-4 alongside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the WG-4.
Ricoh WG-4 Lens specifications
The WG-4 comes with a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be very good however it can be handy in a few scenarios.
At the widest 25mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.0 which will be awesome for low light conditions and getting good bokeh. It would also allow you to choose a much lower ISO to capture more clean files. On the tele end, 100mm comes at f4.9 making it very sluggish and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Ricoh WG-4 Connectivity
The WG-4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send pictures and at times adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Ricoh WG-4 Video specifications
The highest possible video resolution in the Ricoh WG-4 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance for quality vs file sizes but 1080p will not give you any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket so you get little control over the sound. It is probably best to get a different camera should you need better sound for your video clips.
Ricoh WG-4 Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-4 has got environment proofing which makes it a fantastic option for use for challenging climates. This is particularly valuable in case you are not sure about the elements you may face for outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-4 Display and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-4 includes a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.
Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Ricoh WG-4 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be very useful.
Ricoh WG-4 Shutter specifications
Ricoh WG-4 is able to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Ricoh WG-4 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Ricoh WG-4 has only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.
Ricoh WG-4 Autofocus specifications
Ricoh WG-4 has just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it valuable for portraits.
It includes 9 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Ricoh WG-4 has the ability to use manual focusing in case it is required for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on focusing.
Ricoh WG-4 Battery life
The battery life (D-LI92) on the Ricoh WG-4 is designed to last for 240 images with respect to the CIPA measurements which is less when compared to it's rivals. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 features the best (380) battery life for this group of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Waterproof cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Ricoh WG-4 for different kinds of photography
The following graph shows a rundown of the Ricoh WG-4 for different kinds of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section below.
Ricoh WG-4 Portrait photography factors
The Ricoh WG-4 gets a rating of 41 which is lousy, meaning that it is just not acceptable to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the potential to use off-camera flash.
Street photography with Ricoh WG-4
Getting a very good points total of 61, the Ricoh WG-4 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Ricoh WG-4
A lousy sports photography points tally of 45 means the Ricoh WG-4 is just not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Ricoh WG-4 Travel photography info
Weight is pretty important in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Ricoh WG-4 gets a nice 72 for a travel camera which makes it a fine pick to take on your vacations.
Ricoh WG-4 Landscape photography factors
For those who are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Ricoh WG-4 and it's reasonable grade of 54 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Ricoh WG-4
A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Ricoh WG-4 is just not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a lousy score of 36.
Ricoh WG-4 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the WG-4, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall under the family of Waterproof.
The diagram below offers you a bird's eye view of the WG-4 compared to it's top scored competitors listed above.
Here are a few more cameras you might look into as alternative options. To see a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.