Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh WG-50 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 193g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Released May 2017
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Ricoh WG-50 summary

Ricoh WG-50 is Ricoh's Waterproof digital camera initially revealed on May of 2017. The camera uses a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The WG-50 ranks at #24 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #686 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Here is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Ricoh WG-50 history

The Ricoh WG-50 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can find all older and latest models as well as key specifications.

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Ricoh WG-50 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Ricoh WG-50 based on criterias that are often considered essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
features tracking autofocus
focusing manually
has built in flash
has HDMI support
in built lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
rather wide (28mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
weather proofing
cannot use external flash
does not have selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW files
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
missing external mic jack
missing headphone jack
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Ricoh WG-50 Sensor information

The sensor specification on the Ricoh WG-50 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 125 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the WG-50's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The WG-50 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh WG-50 dimensions

Ricoh WG-50 weighs 0.43 lbs (193 gr or 6.81 ounces) & has external proportions of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 195 gr and the Ricoh WG-50 is very much the same compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Ricoh WG-50 besides a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Ricoh WG-50 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button arrangement on the WG-50.

Ricoh WG-50 topview buttons dials

Ricoh WG-50 Lens information

The WG-50 offers an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing nevertheless it will surely be convenient in some conditions.

At it's widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.5 which will be rather sluggish and not great for low light situations and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to up your ISO producing noisy photos. For the long end, 140mm comes with f5.5 making it really sluggish and you might have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Ricoh WG-50 Connectivity

The WG-50 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer images and usually change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Ricoh WG-50 Video information

The max video quality on the Ricoh WG-50 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance between video quality versus file size but 1080p won't leave you with any room to crop. The body does not have a microphone and headphone socket so you have zero control over the sound. It is probably best to order another camera if you want better sound for your videos.

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Ricoh WG-50 Weather Sealing

Ricoh WG-50 provides weather proofing making it a very good choice for use during challenging climates. This can be especially useful whenever you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Ricoh WG-50 Screen and Viewfinder

The Ricoh WG-50 houses a 2.7" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Ricoh WG-50 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Ricoh WG-50 Shutter information

Ricoh WG-50 continuous shooting speed is 8.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Ricoh WG-50 Flash and Hot shoe information

Ricoh WG-50 comes with just built-in flash with missing external flash support.

Ricoh WG-50 Autofocusing information

Ricoh WG-50 comes with only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and exact compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be valuable for taking portraits of people.

The AF system boasts 9 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Ricoh WG-50 features manual focusing if needed during low light situations or you require more precise focusing control.

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Ricoh WG-50 Battery life

The battery pack (D-LI92) in the Ricoh WG-50 is fashioned to last for 300 images according to the CIPA standards making it about average when compared to it's rivals. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has got the maximum (380) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Below is a collection of Waterproof cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Ricoh WG-50 for varying kinds of photography

The following illustration indicates a outline of the Ricoh WG-50 for varying kinds of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Ricoh WG-50 Portrait photography advice

The Ricoh WG-50 has a points tally of 42 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not suitable for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has face detection focusing
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Ricoh WG-50 Street photography details

Getting a nice rating of 62, the Ricoh WG-50 is a fine option for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Sports photography with Ricoh WG-50

A average sports photography score of 49 means the Ricoh WG-50 is relatively adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
environment proof
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Ricoh WG-50

Portability is pretty crucial in buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Ricoh WG-50 gets a nice 71 for a travel camera which makes it a fine option to purchase for your travels.

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environment proof
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)

Ricoh WG-50 Landscape photography info

For those who are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Ricoh WG-50 with it's decent score of 48 as a landscape camera is fairly suited within the current market.

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focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (16MP)
environment proofing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Ricoh WG-50 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should really posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Ricoh WG-50 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 33.

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decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic support

Ricoh WG-50 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the WG-50, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall within the category of Waterproof.

The chart below shows you a summary of the WG-50 compared to it's top scoring rivals shown above.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Ricoh WG-50
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
On, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Yes (Wireless)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
193 grams (0.43 lbs)
Physical dimensions
123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery life
300 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, remote)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at release