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Ricoh WG-20
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Ricoh WG-20 Digital Camera

14MP 5x Feb 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Uncompromising Outdoor Camera - Waterproof to 10m, Shockproof to 1.5m- Coldproof to -10C, Crushproof to 100kg- 14 MP- 5x wide-angle optical zoom- Macro shooting to 1cm, 5 LEDS placed around the... More
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Average Expert Reviews

This Ricoh camera received a rating of 70 out of 100 from camera expert review website PhotographyBlog.com.

Average Owner Reviews

On average, based on 27 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Ricoh camera is 73 out of 100.

Robust

Several Ricoh WG-20 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. A R Hartley said on Amazon “A rugged, hard wearing camera” but they only rated the product 3 stars. A R Hartley also wrote “The WG series of rugged cameras from Ricoh or Pentax as it was once called, are the company's stab at a more sporty camera lover”. Mr. C. Street wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Shockproof it appears fine as well”.

A few Ricoh WG-20 reviewers concluded that this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress. M. Hadfield wrote “Great if all you want is a waterproof point and shoot”. Mr. C. Street said “As a waterproof camera it excels, I have no worries about that” in their review of the Ricoh WG-20. Sassy mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The Ricoh WG20 is fully waterproof” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Good Size

A number of people who purchased it reckoned that it was compact. M. Hadfield wrote “Nice little compact”. M. Hadfield also wrote “The last time I owned a compact digital camera was around 12 years ago”. Two years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “Since Ricoh acquired Pentax from Hoya, they're releasing cameras under the Ricoh name that bear an uncanny resemblance to Pentax compact cameras”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good structurally.

One Ricoh WG-20 owner who reviewed the Ricoh WG-20 considered that it was a good height. In October last year Mr. C. Street wrote in their Ricoh WG-20 review “You cand rop it from shoulder height so it's probably good enough for everything that most people need”.

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Good Product Quality

Several people who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Mr. C. Street said in their Ricoh WG-20 review on Amazon “The rubber seals appear to be of a better quality”. Mr. C. Street also wrote “The video quality is good”. Tan Y Ddraig mentioned on Amazon “They own Pentax who make high quality lenses so how bad can it be?Pros-Simple intuitive User interface built inPlastic” in their review and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Good Video Capture

Several customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good for video recording. Two years ago A R Hartley mentioned in their review “Go record some great video or take pictures in difficult enviroments” yet they only rated the Ricoh WG-20 3 stars. A R Hartley also said “It features a 14mp camera, HD video recorder, waterproofing for around 30 feet”.

Easy to Use

A few Ricoh WG-20 owners who bought it considered that it was easy to use. In October last year Mr. C. Street said on Amazon “Intuitive to navigate, you will have to refer to the manual (which is comprehensive and easy to use) a couple of times” in their Ricoh WG-20 review. Two years ago Sassy wrote on Amazon “This is rather handy to take out with you without fear of breakage, since it has been tried” in their review of the Ricoh WG-20. Sassy also mentioned “Looks more practical for adventurous types who want to take their cameras on all sorts of expeditions without fear of breaking it all the time”.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Ricoh WG-20 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Mr. C. Street wrote “The still images are better” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only scored it 60 out of 100. Tan Y Ddraig mentioned on Amazon “Shoot option for the beach where you wouldn't necessarily want to take your best quality kitBetter images than most mobile phones”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Mr. C. Street mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “If you re shooting video make sure you get a fast SD card - a class 4 wont cut it”.

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Nice Design

One Ricoh WG-20 reviewer who purchased it considered that it was good looking. Mr. C. Street mentioned in their review of the Ricoh WG-20 on Amazon “It's pretty rugged and waterproof which is the main reason I got it”.

Good Support

One Ricoh WG-20 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had good technical guidance. Mr. C. Street wrote in their Ricoh WG-20 review on Amazon “There is manual and varying types of focus”.

Ricoh Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Ricoh waterproof cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras manufactured by Ricoh.

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CCD Sensor Type

The Ricoh WG-20 has a CCD sensor type which is better than the MOS sensor type found on most cameras of a similar age and type to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This digital camera's sensor type (CCD) is in fact the best sensor type across all waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst sensor type amongst similar types of digital camera is MOS.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price], or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Ricoh WG-20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price], or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Ricoh WG-20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-20 also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the DMC-FT25[pl_1904999_price], or the DMC-FT3[pl_636880_price] both from Panasonic or the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price] which has better reviews.

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Waterproof

The Ricoh WG-20 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the TG-620[pl_383816_price], or the Stylus TG-2[pl_1721347_price] both from Olympus or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Ricoh WG-20 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The smallest closest focusing distance of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-20 is 0.01m and the largest is 0.7m.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Ricoh WG-20 has one of the bigger internal memorys (97 megabytes) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the WG-20 have internal memorys of between 7.9MB and 700MB, and the average internal memory is 80MB.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-20. The photo effectss "Antique" and "Sepia" are also found on this Ricoh camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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TFT Display

The Ricoh WG-20 has a better display than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-20 displays range from LCD (worst) to OLED (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Ricoh WG-20 is more than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds WAV are also supported by this Ricoh camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 100. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Ricoh WG-20 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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15 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Some Ricoh WG-20 owners who bought it concluded that it was not cheap. Two years ago Sassy mentioned “I am just not used to sticking such an expensive camera into water”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Ricoh WG-20 does not support video capability. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-20 also do not support video capability.

Alternative digital cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider include the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-20 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Ricoh WG-20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price], or the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Ricoh WG-20 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-20 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Ricoh WG-20 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-20 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix AW110[pl_1721867_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70[plb_2145009_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-20, the Ricoh WG-20 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price].

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-20 is 1.8" and the largest is 7.7". The Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the WG-20.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available including the 31[pl_1721874_price], or the Coolpix S32[pl_2196633_price] both from Nikon or the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Stylus Tough TG-835[pl_2292352_price] (3"), or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] (3") both from Olympus or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-20. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Ricoh camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Ricoh digital camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this type and age. This Ricoh camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-20. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF" and "PRINT Image Matching III" are also supported by this camera.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Ricoh WG-20 supports a maximum video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. That's 92% less video resolution than the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (320 x 240 pixels) is in fact the worst supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a similar spec and age to the WG-20.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the best supported video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of cameras of this age and spec range from 2.7 to 38. The Ricoh WG-20 has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 4.2) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The Ricoh WG-20 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Nine Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

The Ricoh WG-20 is a nine auto Focus (AF) points camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras of this spec and age the display resolution (numeric)s range from 460 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 490,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-20.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh WG-20

Released Over Three Years Ago

Ricoh released the WG-20 over three years ago.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the TG-620[pl_383816_price], or the TG-620[pl_383816_price] both from Olympus or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70[plb_2145009_price].

If you want a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] (MMC|SD|SDHC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 6.7 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the WG-30 Wi-Fi[pl_2627900_price] (7.2x), or the WG-4 GPS[pl_2626383_price] (7.2x) both from Ricoh or the Pentax WG-3[plb_2680803_price] (7.2x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-20 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-20.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price], or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price].

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Average Megapixel

The Ricoh WG-20 has a relatively typical megapixel (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 14MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price], or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price].

If this waterproof camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Stylus Tough TG-835[pl_2292352_price] (16MP), or the Stylus TG-3[pl_2354846_price] (16MP) both from Olympus or the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-Fi[plb_2627900_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Ricoh WG-20 has a pretty typical weight (143 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm XP50[plb_1505416_price] (155g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Dustproof
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

(1)
21 November 2014

Since Ricoh acquired Pentax from Hoya, they're releasing cameras under the Ricoh name that bear an uncanny resemblance to Pentax compact cameras. One such unit is the WG-20; a 14 megapixel tough... Read more…

Wasserdicht, stofest
Schnappschusstauglich
Schwache Bildqualitt
Wenig Ausstattung
Serienaufnahme langsam
Videos nur in 720p
Veralteter VideoCodec

User Reviews

(9)
Reviewed 1 February 2015 by Mr. C. Street

This review was originally posted for my Pentax WG10 which is the same camera as the Ricoh.

First the good... it's pretty rugged and waterproof which is the main reason I got it.... Read more…

Reviewed 10 January 2015 by Digger
(Verified Purchase)

Seems good but bought as a gift so cannot comment further....

Reviewed 30 October 2014 by Mont Blanc
(Verified Purchase)

Very happy with this camera - exactly what i need for work.

Reviewed 3 October 2014 by C CARVEY
(Verified Purchase)

Very robust camera.

Reviewed 11 August 2014 by R Armstrong
(Verified Purchase)

So disappointed I sold it on eBay at a

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Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh wg20, ricoh wg20b, ricoh wg20bk
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