Ricoh WG-5 GPS
- 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
- 236g - 125 x 65 x 32mm
- Announced February 2015
- Superseded the Ricoh WG-4 GPS
- Updated by Ricoh WG-6
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Ricoh WG-5 GPS summary
Ricoh WG-5 GPS is Ricoh's Waterproof camera initially released on February of 2015. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Ricoh introduced this camera in order to replace the previous Ricoh WG-4 GPS (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the fresher Ricoh WG-6 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this camera.
The WG-5 GPS ranks at #13 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & overall #614 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS family
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS Gallery
You can look at the WG-5 GPS from different angles in the gallery below.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Ricoh WG-5 GPS based on factors that are often regarded as important in a camera.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Sensor features
The dimension of the sensor in the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the WG-5 GPS's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The WG-5 GPS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS dimensions
Ricoh WG-5 GPS is 0.52 lb (236g or 8.32 oz) & has outer measurements of 125mm x 65mm x 32mm (4.9" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195g so the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is heavier as compared to various rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Listed below is a visual of the Ricoh WG-5 GPS next to a soda so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view below will show the button layout on the WG-5 GPS.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Lens features
The WG-5 GPS features a built-in lens offering a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not huge but it will be useful in a few cases.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.0 making it awesome for low light conditions and getting good bokeh. It will also make it easier to set a much lower ISO in order to get crisper photographs. With the long end, 100mm comes with f4.9 which is quite slow and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Connectivity
The WG-5 GPS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Many apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Video features
The highest possible video resolution in the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance for quality and file size but 1080p is not going to give you any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone port which means that you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at another camera should you want better sound for your video clips.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-5 GPS has got weather proofing making it a fantastic selection for use for challenging environments. This is particularly useful any time you are not sure about the elements you may encounter for outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Display and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-5 GPS is equipped with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 460k dots.
Please note that the screen has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specs for Ricoh WG-5 GPS are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really handy for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Shutter features
Ricoh WG-5 GPS continuous shooting speed is 14.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Flash and Hot shoe features
Ricoh WG-5 GPS comes with just built-in flash lacking external flash support.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Autofocusing features
Ricoh WG-5 GPS comes with only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and accurate as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it valuable for portrait photography.
The Sensor supports 9 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Ricoh WG-5 GPS features manual focusing in case it is required for low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focusing.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Battery life
The battery life (D-LI92) in the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is built to last for 240 pictures according to the CIPA standards making it lower in comparison with it's competition. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 features the best (380) battery life for this range of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Waterproof cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Ricoh WG-5 GPS for various forms of photography
The following diagram indicates a summary of the Ricoh WG-5 GPS for various forms of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-5 GPS
The Ricoh WG-5 GPS gets a points tally of 41 which is really bad, meaning that it is simply not appropriate to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos in addition to the option to use off-camera flash.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Street photography information
Having a modest score of 59, the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is reasonably suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Sports photography advice
A moderate sports photography points tally of 49 means the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is somewhat acceptable for photographing sports. A camera must have great autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Size is very important in choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Ricoh WG-5 GPS gets a nice 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent fit to take on your vacations.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS as a Landscape photography camera
If you find yourself looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Ricoh WG-5 GPS and it's moderate score of 54 for a landscape camera is somewhat suitable among its competitors.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Ricoh WG-5 GPS is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a really bad score of 34.
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the WG-5 GPS, here is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Waterproof.
The diagram below gives you a summary of the WG-5 GPS compared to it's top rated competitors suggested earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you may consider as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.