Ricoh WG-6

Ricoh WG-6 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 246g - 118 x 66 x 33mm
  • Introduced February 2018
  • Previous Model is Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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.

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The WG-6 stands at #2 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all around #487 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Ricoh-WG-80 front thumbnailRicoh WG-80
WG-6 vs WG-80
Ricoh-WG-70 front thumbnailRicoh WG-70
WG-6 vs WG-70
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Ricoh-WG-6 front thumbnailRicoh WG-628-140mm
Ricoh-WG-50 front thumbnailRicoh WG-50
WG-6 vs WG-50
Ricoh-WG-5-GPS front thumbnailRicoh WG-5 GPS
WG-6 vs WG-5 GPS
Ricoh-WG-30W front thumbnailRicoh WG-30W
WG-6 vs WG-30W
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Ricoh-WG-30 front thumbnailRicoh WG-30
WG-6 vs WG-30
Ricoh-WG-M1 front thumbnailRicoh WG-M1
WG-6 vs WG-M1
Ricoh-WG-4-GPS front thumbnailRicoh WG-4 GPS
WG-6 vs WG-4 GPS
Ricoh-WG-4 front thumbnailRicoh WG-4
WG-6 vs WG-4
Ricoh-WG-20 front thumbnailRicoh WG-20
WG-6 vs WG-20
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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.

comes with face detection focus
comes with tracking autofocus
flash built-in
good battery power (340 per charge)
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Digital)
has manual focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes HDMI socket
nice clear screen (1,040 k dots)
nice screen size (3")
really wide (28mm)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
weather proofing
can't use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than competition (246 grams)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual mode
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
slow at tele end (f5.5)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 195 gr so the Ricoh WG-6 is weightier when compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Ricoh WG-6 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Ricoh WG-6 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the WG-6.

Ricoh WG-6 topview buttons dials

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.

Photography Glossary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 275. 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 45 which is low, and means the camera is not good for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support and option to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

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.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than competition (246 grams)

Ricoh WG-6 Sports photography info

A modest sports photography rating of 54 means the Ricoh WG-6 is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera must have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (20MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proof
good battery power (340 per charge)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

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.

Photography Glossary
great battery (340 shots)
weather proofing
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
heavier than others in class (246g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

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 56 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate compared to it's rivals.

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has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Digital)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
weather proofing
good battery (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

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.

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rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
includes face detect focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic port
heavier than competitors in class (246g)

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.

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General Information
Ricoh WG-6
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.50 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash options
Flash on, flash off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Supports FlashAir SD cards
DB-110 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
246 grams (0.54 lbs)
118 x 66 x 33mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.3")
Battery life
340 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Launch price