Ricoh WG-4 vs Sony DSC-RX1

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Ricoh WG-4
Sony DSC-RX1

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Sony DSC-RX1 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Waterproof Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof, whereas the Sony DSC-RX1 is not. Read more

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you. Make sure to check the depth the camera can be used to if you intend to use it underwater at greater depths of for extended periods of time.

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you.

50% higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 60fps. That's 30fps higher than the Sony DSC-RX1 (30fps).
237g lighter Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has a weight of 216g, however the Sony DSC-RX1 is a 453g digital camera (237g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

1.37h longer battery life (max) Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has a battery life (max) of 3.2h, however the Sony DSC-RX1 is only a 1.83h battery life digital camera (1.37h shorter). Read more

The maximum battery life is the maximum length of time that the camera could run for if not excessively using the playback features.

A longer battery life allows you use the camera for more days before you need to change the battery or recharge it.

Cheaper by £2,270
The Ricoh WG-4 is £2,270 cheaper than the Sony DSC-RX1.
9 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 is a 24.3MP digital camera. That's 7.51MP higher than the Ricoh WG-4 (24.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

21% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 is a 9.1x digital zoom digital camera. That's 1.9x bigger than the Ricoh WG-4 (9.1x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

3.5 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 3.5 smaller than the Ricoh WG-4 (22).
Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600. That's 19,200 higher than the Ricoh WG-4 (25,600).
Smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Sony DSC-RX1 is 100 minimum ISO speed. That's 25 smaller than the Ricoh WG-4 (100).
87% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-RX1 is 30s maximum shutter speed. That's 26s longer than the Ricoh WG-4 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony DSC-RX1 is 1,229,000 pixels display resolution. That's 769,000 pixels higher than the Ricoh WG-4 (1,229,000 pixels).
2 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-RX1 is 93% based on 91 reviews, however the average rating of the Ricoh WG-4 is 86% (based on 10 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
45% lower megapixel Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 is a 16.79MP digital camera. That's 7.51MP lower than the Sony DSC-RX1 (24.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 is a 7.2x digital zoom digital camera. That's 1.9x smaller than the Sony DSC-RX1 (9.1x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Ricoh WG-4 is only 18.5 maximum aperture. That's 3.5 bigger than the Sony DSC-RX1 (22).
Significantly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 19,200 lower than the Sony DSC-RX1 (25,600).
20% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125. That's 25 bigger than the Sony DSC-RX1 (100).
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 4s. That's 26s shorter than the Sony DSC-RX1 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

769,000 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Ricoh WG-4 has a display resolution (numeric) of 460,000 pixels. That's 769,000 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-RX1 (1,229,000 pixels).
Fewer sellers
The Ricoh WG-4 is only stocked by 2 retailers, but the Sony DSC-RX1 is stocked by 4 shops. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Ricoh WG-4 is 86%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony DSC-RX1 is 93% (based on 91 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 does not have an image stabilizer, but the Ricoh WG-4 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Not waterproof Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 is not waterproof, but the Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof. Read more

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you. Make sure to check the depth the camera can be used to if you intend to use it underwater at greater depths of for extended periods of time.

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you.

Lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Sony DSC-RX1 is only 30fps JPEG frame rate. That's 30fps lower than the Ricoh WG-4 (30fps).
237g heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-RX1 has a weight of 453g, but the Ricoh WG-4 is a 216g digital camera (237g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Significantly shorter battery life (max) Edit
Sony DSC-RX1 is only 1.83h battery life, but the Ricoh WG-4 is a 3.2h battery life digital camera (1.37h longer). Read more

The maximum battery life is the maximum length of time that the camera could run for if not excessively using the playback features.

A longer battery life allows you use the camera for more days before you need to change the battery or recharge it.

More expensive by £2,270
The Sony DSC-RX1 is £2,270 more expensive than the Ricoh WG-4.
Older by over one year
The Sony DSC-RX1 is 13 months older than the Ricoh WG-4.

Awards

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
16.79MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3072 x 2304
 3072 x 1728
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1464
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 1024 x 768
 640 x 480
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 3872 x 2160
 2640 x 1760
 2640 x 1488
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3072 x 2304
 3072 x 1728
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1464
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 1024 x 768
 640 x 480
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 3872 x 2160
 2640 x 1760
 2640 x 1488
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 RAW
 JPEG XR
BEST
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 35.8 x 23.9
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 24.7MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 3:2
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 1
BEST
 1

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
BEST
 Waterproof
Colour of Product
 Silver
 Silver
Waterproof Up to
14m Unknown - Click to provide data
Freezeproof Up to
-10°C Unknown - Click to provide data
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shock Resistant
 Shock resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
Freezeproof
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Crash Proof
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
7.2x 9.1x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
18.5 22
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2 2
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
100mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 18 Unknown - Click to provide data
Fixed Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 35mm
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
9/7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Combined Zoom
28.8x Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 9
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 49mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 spot
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Normal Focusing Range
0.4 - ∞ 0.24 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.1 ‐ 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
0.01 ‐ 0.3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 shutter priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
BEST
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 64
 80
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 50
 100
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 12800
 25600
 16000
 Auto
 64
 80
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 50
 100
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 12800
 25600
 16000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 25,600
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
125 100
BEST
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
4s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Fill-in
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Fill-in
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
0.2 - 4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (wide)
0.2 - 10.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Internal Memory
70MB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,000 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Sepia
Self-Timer Delay
2,3,10 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Sharpness Levels
 Normal
 Normal
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Contrast
 Colour depth
 Brightness
 Contrast
 Colour depth
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
Multi Burst Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi burst mode
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Start-Up Time
1,800ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Rotation
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Underwater
 Surf
 Pet
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Underwater
 Surf
 Pet
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
216g
BEST
453g
Height
64.5mm 65.4mm
Depth
32mm 69.6mm
Width
125mm 113.3mm
Weight (including Battery)
236g
BEST
482g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
D-LI92 NP-BX1
Battery Life (max)
3.2h
BEST
1.83h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
240 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
MediaImpression 3.6.2 LE, MediaImpression 2.2 LE PlayMemories Home (Lite)
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Certificates

Certification
FCC Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI ports quantity
Panorama
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.14 - 0.29
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