- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 1.5" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 800
- 1920 x 1080 video
- (1×)mm (F2.8) lens
- 190g - 66 x 43 x 89mm
- Introduced September 2014
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Ricoh WG-M1 overview
Ricoh WG-M1 is Ricoh's Waterproof camera initially revealed on September of 2014. The camera comes with a 14MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The WG-M1 is positioned #62 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all-around #1029 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.
Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Ricoh WG-M1 family
The Ricoh WG-M1 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can take a look at all earlier and new models alongside main specs.
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Ricoh WG-M1 Gallery
You can view the WG-M1 from various angles in the gallery below.
Ricoh WG-M1 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Ricoh WG-M1 based on things which are normally seen as necessary in a camera.
Ricoh WG-M1 Sensor information
The sensor dimension on the Ricoh WG-M1 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 800. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the WG-M1's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The WG-M1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Ricoh WG-M1 dimensions
Ricoh WG-M1 weighs around 0.42 pounds (190 gr / 6.70 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 66mm x 43mm x 89mm (2.6" x 1.7" x 3.5"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 195 gr and the Ricoh WG-M1 is very similar as compared to various rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Underneath is a picture of the Ricoh WG-M1 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the WG-M1.
Ricoh WG-M1 Lens information
The WG-M1 provides a built in lens with a fixed focal length of (1×)mm meaning that you do not have the luxury to zoom.
At it's widest (1×)mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 and that is very sluggish and not good in low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise your ISO setting causing noisy files.
Ricoh WG-M1 Connectivity
The WG-M1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Ricoh WG-M1 Video information
The highest video quality on the Ricoh WG-M1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in H.264 format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance between quality vs file size but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have got zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at an alternative model if you require decent audio in your video clips.
Ricoh WG-M1 Weather Sealing
Ricoh WG-M1 has weather sealing making it a good pick to use during rough places. This can be especially beneficial if you are uncertain about the conditions you might encounter during outdoor photography.
Ricoh WG-M1 Display and Viewfinder
The Ricoh WG-M1 comes with a 1.5 inch fixed display with a resolution of 115 thousand dots.
Sadly the display is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specs regarding Ricoh WG-M1 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Ricoh WG-M1 Shutter information
Ricoh WG-M1 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second.
Ricoh WG-M1 Flash and Hot shoe information
Ricoh WG-M1 includes neither built-in flash nor external flash ability.
Ricoh WG-M1 Autofocusing information
Ricoh WG-M1 includes only Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact than Contrast Detect focusing.
Ricoh WG-M1 has no manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good during low light occasions or you need more precise control on focus.
Ricoh WG-M1 Battery life
The battery power (DB-65) in the Ricoh WG-M1 is built to last for 350 images with respect to the CIPA requirements making it higher than average for its class. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has the highest (380) battery life within this range of cameras.
Underneath is a collection of Waterproof cameras with the highest battery life:
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Ricoh WG-M1 for varying types of photography
The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Ricoh WG-M1 for varying types of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Ricoh WG-M1 Portrait photography info
The Ricoh WG-M1 receives a rating of 30 which is low, and means the camera is not very good for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Street photography with Ricoh WG-M1
Having a average score of 53, the Ricoh WG-M1 is fairly appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Ricoh WG-M1
A low sports photography rating of 38 suggests the Ricoh WG-M1 is not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Ricoh WG-M1 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is pretty important in picking a camera for travel. All round, the Ricoh WG-M1 gets a nice 64 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable choice to buy for your travels.
Ricoh WG-M1 Landscape photography info
For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Ricoh WG-M1 with it's low score of 35 as a landscape camera is not very good among its rivals.
Ricoh WG-M1 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Ricoh WG-M1 is not very good for vlogging as it receives a low score of 26.
Ricoh WG-M1 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the WG-M1, here is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Waterproof.
The line graph followed below offers you a summary of the WG-M1 vs it's top ranked competitors listed previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you may regard as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.