Ricoh WG-70

Ricoh WG-70 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 193g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Launched February 2020
  • Successor is Ricoh WG-80
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Ricoh WG-70 summary

Ricoh WG-70 is Ricoh's Waterproof camera originally launched on February of 2020. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Ricoh brought out the updated Ricoh WG-80 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this camera.

The WG-70 is positioned #14 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over-all #643 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Ricoh WG-70 family

The Ricoh WG-70 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all earlier and new models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Ricoh-WG-6 front thumbnailRicoh WG-6
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Ricoh-WG-5-GPS front thumbnailRicoh WG-5 GPS
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Ricoh-WG-30W front thumbnailRicoh WG-30W
WG-70 vs WG-30W
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Ricoh-WG-30 front thumbnailRicoh WG-30
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WG-70 vs WG-M1
Ricoh-WG-4-GPS front thumbnailRicoh WG-4 GPS
WG-70 vs WG-4 GPS
Ricoh-WG-4 front thumbnailRicoh WG-4
WG-70 vs WG-4
Ricoh-WG-20 front thumbnailRicoh WG-20
WG-70 vs WG-20
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Ricoh WG-70 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Ricoh WG-70 based on criterias which are generally regarded as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
environment proofing
fairly wide (28mm)
good MP (16MP)
has HDMI socket
has image stabilization (Digital)
has manual focus
offers face detect autofocus
offers tracking focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
external flash not possible
lack of manual exposure
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW format
no shutter priority
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Ricoh WG-70 Sensor specifications

The size of the sensor in the Ricoh WG-70 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Digital). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the WG-70's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The WG-70 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh WG-70 dimensions

Ricoh WG-70 weighs around 0.43 lbs (193g or 6.81 oz) & the volume of the camera is 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195g so the Ricoh WG-70 is similar when compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Ricoh WG-70 besides a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Ricoh WG-70 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the WG-70.

Ricoh WG-70 topview buttons dials

Ricoh WG-70 Lens specifications

The WG-70 offers a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all great however it would certainly be convenient in certain circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 which is very slow and not good for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost the ISO resulting in noisy files. For the tele end, 140mm comes to f5.5 which is quite slow and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Ricoh WG-70 Connectivity

The WG-70 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and usually adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

Photography Glossary

Ricoh WG-70 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution in the Ricoh WG-70 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket which means that you get little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get another model if you need good audio for your video clips.

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Ricoh WG-70 Weather Sealing

Ricoh WG-70 comes with environment proofing which makes it a excellent selection for use during rough locations. This is particularly beneficial whenever you are not sure about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.

Ricoh WG-70 Display and Viewfinder

The Ricoh WG-70 has got a 2.7" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Ricoh WG-70 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really useful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Ricoh WG-70 Shutter specifications

The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Ricoh WG-70 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Ricoh WG-70 features only in-built flash with no external flash support.

Ricoh WG-70 Autofocus specifications

Ricoh WG-70 features just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is helpful for people photography.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to select from. It also features Tracking AF for moving things. Ricoh WG-70 features manual focus if required during low light occasions or you need more precise control on focus.

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Ricoh WG-70 Battery life

The battery life for the Ricoh WG-70 is made to last for 300 clicks based on the CIPA requirements which is comparable with it's rivals. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 offers the best (380) battery life within this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras which have the highest battery life:

Ricoh WG-70 for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration displays a rundown of the Ricoh WG-70 for specific kinds of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-70

The Ricoh WG-70 has a points total of 42 which is awful, meaning that it is just not good to use for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and ability to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports face detect focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Ricoh WG-70 as a Street photography camera

Getting a very good score of 62, the Ricoh WG-70 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Ricoh WG-70 Sports photography info

A reasonable sports photography points total of 50 indicates the Ricoh WG-70 is somewhat suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Ricoh WG-70 Travel photography info

Size is extremely critical when selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Ricoh WG-70 gets a nice 71 as a travelling camera which is a good pick for your trips.

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weather sealing
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)

Ricoh WG-70 Landscape photography information

If you are planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Ricoh WG-70 at it's decent rating of 49 for a landscape camera is somewhat suited amongst its rivals.

Photography Glossary
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
good megapixels (16MP)
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Ricoh WG-70 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Ricoh WG-70 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a awful rating of 33.

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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
features face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic support

Ricoh WG-70 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the WG-70, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Waterproof.

The line chart here gives you a bird's eye view of the WG-70 versus it's top rated rivals suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you may check out as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Ricoh WG-70
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options
On, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Yes (Wireless)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
193g (0.43 lbs)
123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery life
300 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, remote)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Retail pricing