Ricoh WG-4 GPS

 
Ricoh WG-4 GPS front
 
  • 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
  • 235g - 124 x 64 x 33mm
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Replacement is Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
44
Overall
42

Ricoh WG-4 GPS overview

Ricoh WG-4 GPS is Ricoh's Waterproof camera initially revealed on February of 2014. It has a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Ricoh released the more recent Ricoh WG-5 GPS (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.

The WG-4 GPS places at #17 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & all round #604 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS family

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can find all previous and more recent models as well as important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Ricoh-WG-70 front thumbnailRicoh WG-70
WG-4 GPS vs WG-70
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2020
Ricoh-WG-6 front thumbnailRicoh WG-6
WG-4 GPS vs WG-6
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
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Ricoh-WG-50 front thumbnailRicoh WG-50
WG-4 GPS vs WG-50
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2017
Ricoh-WG-5-GPS front thumbnailRicoh WG-5 GPS
WG-4 GPS vs WG-5 GPS
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
Ricoh-WG-30W front thumbnailRicoh WG-30W
WG-4 GPS vs WG-30W
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Ricoh-WG-30 front thumbnailRicoh WG-30
WG-4 GPS vs WG-30
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Ricoh-WG-M1 front thumbnailRicoh WG-M1
WG-4 GPS vs WG-M1
(1×)mm
F2.8
14MP1/2.3"2014
Ricoh-WG-4-GPS front thumbnailRicoh WG-4 GPS25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Ricoh-WG-4 front thumbnailRicoh WG-4
WG-4 GPS vs WG-4
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Ricoh-WG-20 front thumbnailRicoh WG-20
WG-4 GPS vs WG-20
28-140mm
F3.5-5.5
14MP1/2.3"2014

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS based on factors that are normally viewed as essential in a camera.

environment sealing
flash built-in
good zoom range (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
has face detection focus
has HDMI out
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
megapixel count good (16MP)
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
bad battery (240 CIPA)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone support
doesn't have headphone support
low fps (2.0 fps)
low resolution screen (460 thousand dots)
manual mode not possible
no aperture priority
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW support
screen is fixed
slow at tele end (f4.9)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Sensor details

The spec of the sensor in the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The image below shows the WG-4 GPS's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The WG-4 GPS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh WG-4 GPS dimensions

Ricoh WG-4 GPS weighs around 0.52 pounds (235 grams / 8.29 oz) & has exterior measurements of 124mm x 64mm x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 196 grams so the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is more heavy when compared with its competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS alongside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the WG-4 GPS.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS topview buttons dials

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Lens specs

The WG-4 GPS features a built-in lens providing a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not amazing nevertheless it might be valuable in some cases.

At the widest 25mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.0 making it good for low light conditions and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also enable you to choose a much lower ISO to produce crisper photographs. At the tele end, 100mm comes at f4.9 making it very sluggish and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Connectivity

The WG-4 GPS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and at times alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Video specs

The maximum video resolution in the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you get no control over the sound. It is probably best to purchase a different camera should you need better sound for your video clips.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Weather Sealing

Ricoh WG-4 GPS has got environment sealing which makes it a excellent selection for use during tough places. This is particularly handy if you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Display and Viewfinder

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for Ricoh WG-4 GPS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Shutter specs

Ricoh WG-4 GPS is able to shoot continuously at 2.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Ricoh WG-4 GPS has only integrated flash without external flash ability.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Autofocusing specs

Ricoh WG-4 GPS has just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it handy for taking photos of people.

It has 9 focus points to select from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Ricoh WG-4 GPS can use manual focusing in case it is required during low light scenarios or you require more accurate focusing control.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Battery life

The battery (D-LI92) for the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is designed to last for 240 shutters as per the CIPA benchmarks making it lesser compared to it's rivals. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 features the highest possible (380) battery life within this class of cameras.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS for varying kinds of photography

The following bar chart shows a overview of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS for varying kinds of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Portrait photography features

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a score of 42 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the option to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has face detect autofocus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Street photography information

Having a very good points tally of 61, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is a good fit for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Ricoh WG-4 GPS as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography points total of 46 suggests the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is relatively suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
low battery power (240 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Travel photography information

Size is very critical in picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS gets a very good 72 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to take on your holidays.

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weather proof
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
low battery (240 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Landscape photography info

When you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Ricoh WG-4 GPS at it's modest rating of 54 for a landscape camera is somewhat suited among it's competitors.

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manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
low battery (240 shots)

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible rating of 36.

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rather wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic support

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the WG-4 GPS, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the category of Waterproof.

The chart listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the WG-4 GPS compared to it's highest scored rivals listed above.

Following are additional cameras you might check out as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Ricoh
Model type
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Class
Waterproof
Revealed
2014-02-05
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of display
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
4 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
10.00 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
235 gr (0.52 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 64 x 33mm (4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3")
Other
Battery life
240 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
D-LI92
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Card slots
1
Retail pricing
$210