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Ricoh WG-4 Digital Camera

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16.79MP 4x Oct 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Heavy-duty Construction For Underwater Shooting To 14 Metres Deep, And Up To Two Continuous HoursThanks to its fully watertight construction, the WG-4 assures outstanding waterproof performance to... More
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25 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

Owners have rated this Ricoh digital camera on average 86%.

Robust

Four Ricoh WG-4 reviewers thought it was good at resisting water ingress. A C Williams mentioned “It works fine underwater, no leaks at all”. Two years ago Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “This camera was simply not waterproof, though it is advertised specifically as such” in their review of this digital camera. Andrew Duncan Sharp rated this digital camera 5 stars and he said on Amazon three years ago “The camera when working is great and waterproof functioning appears to be spot on” in his Ricoh WG-4 review.

A few Ricoh WG-4 owners thought it was strong and durable. One Ricoh WG-4 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Two years ago Paul Dowthwaite mentioned on Amazon “A pleasing solid feel and so far reliable for use underwater”.

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Good Video Capture

Some Ricoh WG-4 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good for video recording. James Nelson mentioned on Amazon “Great Videos and Stills - even underwater!” in his review of the Ricoh WG-4. James Nelson also wrote “Shoots great video”.

Easy to Use

A number of customers who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. A C Williams wrote “A robust and handy little camera”. Andrew Price said “Simply did not need to use on this holiday” in his Ricoh WG-4 review and scored it 5 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was cheap. Andrew Price gave the product an excellent review score and he said in his Ricoh WG-4 review “Was on special offer (coloured versions - blue, purple, red etc - where more expensive”.

Good Technical Features

One Ricoh WG-4 owner reckoned that it had good features. Andrew Price wrote on Amazon “Nice 'mode' features - mainly used 'auto' which does everything for you.” in his review of the Ricoh WG-4 and scored it 5 stars.

Good Size

One Ricoh WG-4 owner said in their reviews that the product was a good depth. Andrew Price said on Amazon “I chose this one over some others due to it stating it was a sturdy unit which can take a bashing, had a good water depth”.

Good Brand

We checked 178 expert and owner reviews for Ricoh cameras and found that on average Ricoh has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Ricoh has good reviews specifically for its waterproof cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Ricoh WG-4 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-4 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which is cheaper; or the Pentax WG-3[plb_2680803_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at including the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Ricoh WG-4 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-4 also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Pentax WG-3[plb_2680803_price] which has better reviews; or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4, the Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which is cheaper; or the Pentax WG-3[plb_2680803_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is waterproof then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price].

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Quite High Megapixel

Digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have megapixels of between 5MP and 19MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP. With a megapixel of 16.79 megapixels, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite high megapixel compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16.79MP digital cameras currently available including the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a similar type and age to it.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price].

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 25fps and the highest is 240fps. At 60 frames per second, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the WG-4.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of photo effects than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. This Ricoh digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-4. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Ricoh WG-4 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536 and 1920 x 1080 and 1024 x 768.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the WG-4.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 18.5, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average maximum aperture number of waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-4 is 6.8.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Ricoh camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Ricoh WG-4 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of digital cameras of this type and age range from 4.5mm to 35mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 25 millimeters, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of power sources than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the minimum aperture numbers range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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15 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One customer wrote in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Paul Dowthwaite said two years ago “Only disappointment was lack of any basic instructions in English (the ones supplied were French)Re” although he still gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

£40.00 Price Increase

In the last 10 days the WG-4 has increased in price by £40.00.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-4 do not support video capability. The Ricoh WG-4 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video capability including the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Ricoh WG-4 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the WG-4 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-4 do not support Full HD video. The Ricoh WG-4 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Ricoh WG-4 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4 also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the WG-4, the Ricoh WG-4 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

The lightest digital camera of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4 is 36g and the heaviest is 1.4kg. The Ricoh WG-4 is one of the heavier waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years (216 grams) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Ricoh digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-4. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF" and "PRINT Image Matching III" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The shooting modess "Manual", "Movie", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Ricoh camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-4 is 120mm. At only 100 millimeters, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-4.

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Only 1280×720@60fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Ricoh WG-4 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a 1280×720@60fps resolution at capture speed, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed. This Ricoh digital camera also have a resolution at capture speed of 1280×720@30fps and 1280×720@60fps.

A 1280×720@60fps resolution at capture speed is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-4.

Across similar types of digital camera the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@30fps.

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Only Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the WG-4 have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss, including the Ricoh WG-4 which has four number of aspheric elementss.

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Not Cheap

We checked 19 digital cameras of this spec and age and they range in price from £34 to £3,200. We think that this waterproof camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age.

6 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh WG-4

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The Ricoh WG-4 has a relatively typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the WG-4.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price], or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] which has better reviews; or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price] which is cheaper.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price], and the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus which is cheaper; or the DMC-FT5[pl_1943538_price], and the DMC-FT5[pl_1943538_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly average digital zoom (7.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3[plb_2354846_price] (16x).

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 14 meters, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly typical waterproof up to compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-4.

If this digital camera waterproof up to is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-4 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-4.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (5x and higher rated); or the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-Fi[plb_2627900_price] (5x and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
Dustproof
Shock Resistant
Freezeproof
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)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Sharpness Levels
Custom Colour
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Playback Modes
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Certificates
Certification
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

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Wide aperture lens
Tough, waterproof design
Built-in macro ring light
Shutter priority shooting mode
Noisy images
On the slow side
Lacks Wi-Fi
Doesn't include dedicated charger
GPS model costs extra

User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 6 February 2016 by Cleopatra browne
(Verified Purchase)

Hit and miss with this model. I've had one for months, with no issues. They get taken on watersports adventures in the sea daily. Others have leaked or just failed mechanically.

Reviewed 4 December 2015 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

This camera was simply not waterproof, though it is advertised specifically as such. I bought it for snorkelling. The result, however, was to be left with no photos as memories of two great trips.... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Just returned from holiday and used camera for underwater videos. Camera v.good not so the cameraman. Only disappointment was lack of any basic instructions in English (the ones supplied were... Read more…

Reviewed 30 December 2014 by David Ware
(Verified Purchase)

Fab!

(Verified Purchase)

Slight problem with apparent electrical short. Replaced free of charge using Amazon garuntee. The camera when working is great and waterproof functioning appears to be spot on. Slight problem with... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh c6288, ricoh 08581, ricoh 08550
Barcodes 00027075230101, 00027075275324, 00027075275430, 00027075275522, 00027075275546, 00027075275645, 00027075275669, 00027075275768, 05054230628904, 05054230865538, 05054230865545, 05054230902486

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