Ricoh WG-6 overview
Ricoh WG-6 is Ricoh's Waterproof digital camera initially revealed on February of 2018. The camera features a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.
The WG-6 stands at #2 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras and all around #444 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personal criteria.
Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Ricoh WG-6 history
The Ricoh WG-6 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.
Ricoh WG-6 Gallery
You can check the WG-6 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Ricoh WG-6 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Ricoh WG-6 based on factors which are usually seen as important in a digital camera.
Ricoh WG-6 Sensor specifications
The sensor size in the Ricoh WG-6 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Digital). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 125 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath displays the WG-6's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The WG-6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Ricoh WG-6 dimensions
Ricoh WG-6 weighs 0.54 pounds (246 gr or 8.68 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 118mm x 66mm x 33mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 196 gr so the Ricoh WG-6 is weightier when compared to other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a shot of the Ricoh WG-6 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the WG-6.
Ricoh WG-6 Lens specifications
The WG-6 includes a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be outstanding but it will definitely be convenient in some situations.
At the widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.5 and that's fairly slow and not great in low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to up the ISO setting which results in noisy photos. On the tele end, 140mm comes at f5.5 making it quite sluggish and you will need to use slower shutter speeds.
Ricoh WG-6 Connectivity
The WG-6 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and oftentimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Ricoh WG-6 Video specifications
The highest video quality in the Ricoh WG-6 is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p delivers a great quality for video recording. You will be able to crop to Full HD in order to get better results. Be mindful of the huge file sizes and ensure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speeds. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone port which means that you have got little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to order a different model if you want good audio in your videos.
Ricoh WG-6 Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-6 provides weather sealing making it a excellent selection to use during tricky places. This is especially helpful any time you are not sure about the conditions you might encounter during outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-6 Screen and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-6 features a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details regarding Ricoh WG-6 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Ricoh WG-6 Shutter specifications
The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Ricoh WG-6 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Ricoh WG-6 boasts only built in flash without external flash ability.
Ricoh WG-6 Autofocusing specifications
Ricoh WG-6 boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which can be useful for portrait photography.
The AF system features 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Ricoh WG-6 boasts manual focus if needed during low light or you want to have more exact control on focus.
Ricoh WG-6 Battery life
The battery power on the Ricoh WG-6 is fashioned to last for 340 photographs based on the CIPA requirements making it higher than average in comparison to its class. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 has got the highest (380) battery life within this class of cameras.
Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras with the strongest battery life:
Ricoh WG-6 for various forms of photography
The following bar chart displays a summation of the Ricoh WG-6 for various forms of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-6
The Ricoh WG-6 gets a points total of 46 which is average, and means the camera is relatively adequate for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support and option to work with external lighting.
Ricoh WG-6 as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a modest points total of 60, the Ricoh WG-6 is somewhat suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Ricoh WG-6 Sports photography info
A modest sports photography rating of 55 means the Ricoh WG-6 is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera must have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Ricoh WG-6 Travel photography information
Weight is really important in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Ricoh WG-6 gets a above average 70 for a travel camera which makes it a good fit to take with you on your travels.
Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-6
When you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Ricoh WG-6 and it's reasonable score of 57 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate compared to it's rivals.
Ricoh WG-6 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging should really have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Ricoh WG-6 is not good for vlogging as it receives a low rating of 32.
Ricoh WG-6 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the WG-6, here is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall into the category of Waterproof.
The diagram followed below shows you an overview of the WG-6 compared to it's top ranking competitors mentioned above.
There are more cameras you might look at as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.