Ricoh WG-M1

Ricoh WG-M1 front
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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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 #61 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all-around #1029 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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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 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.

good min ISO (100)
good MP (14 megapixels)
great battery power (350 shots)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes HDMI support
weather proof
can't use external flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
fixed focal length ((1×)mm)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (115 thousand dot)
max ISO too low (800)
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
screen is fixed
small screen (1.5")
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a picture of the Ricoh WG-M1 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Ricoh WG-M1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the WG-M1.

Ricoh WG-M1 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

Photography Glossary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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resolution is good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

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.

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weather proofing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
max ISO too low (800)

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.

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sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
weather proof
great battery pack (350 shots)
focal length is fixed ((1×)mm)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

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.

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good battery pack (350 shots)
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
no Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

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.

Photography Glossary
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
weather proofing
good battery (350 CIPA)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length ((1×)mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (1.5 inch)
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low maximum ISO (800)
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording

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.

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good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
lack of microphone port

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.

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General Information
Ricoh WG-M1
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
Maximal aperture
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
115 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Continuous shooting speed
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 960 (50p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 848 x 480 (60p, 120p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
190 grams (0.42 lbs)
66 x 43 x 89mm (2.6" x 1.7" x 3.5")
Battery life
350 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
microSD/microSDHC, internal
Storage slots
Cost at launch