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Ricoh WG-4 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.79MP 4x CMOS Oct 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Good user reviews
Robust
Good video capture
11 Reviews

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Reviews

Good User Reviews

WG-4 owners on average rated this camera 86%. 6 reviewers (90% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Ricoh Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 491 owner and expert reviews (including 107 verified purchases), Ricoh has good ratings for its cameras. Ricoh also has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range compared to other brands. 88% of those that bought a Ricoh camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Video Capture

Two owners who bought it said that it was good for video recording. James Nelson mentioned on expert website Amazon “Great Videos and Stills - even underwater!”. He also said “Shoots great video” in his review.


Design

Robust

Four people said in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. A C Williams said in their Ricoh WG-4 review “It works fine underwater, no leaks at all”. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “This camera was simply not waterproof, though it is advertised specifically as such”. Andrew Duncan Sharp said on expert website Amazon “The camera when working is great and waterproof functioning appears to be spot on”.

Three owners concluded that it was strong and durable. A C Williams scored it 80 out of 100 and said three years ago “A robust and handy little camera”. Andrew Price gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert website Amazon “I chose this one over some others due to it stating it was a sturdy unit which can take a bashing”.

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Has a Shock Resistant

The Ricoh WG-4 has a shock resistant, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Easy to Use

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the Ricoh WG-4 was easy to use. Andrew Price gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert website Amazon “Simply did not need to use on this holiday”.

Waterproof

The Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera are not waterproof.

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Dustproof

The Ricoh WG-4 is dustproof, as are most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Ricoh WG-4 supports video recording, as do most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was October 2014 when Ricoh released the WG-4.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Ricoh WG-4 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including the Leica X2 which has better reviews.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Pentax K-5 (£776), the Sony DSC-RX1 (£2,098.97), or the Canon G15 (£389).

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 EK-GC200 (£599.99) (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 460,000 pixels, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The display resolutions (numeric) of cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

With a weight of only 216 grams, the Ricoh WG-4 is one of the lighter cameras that came out around the same time as this camera amongst cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the weights range from 180g to 740g, and the average weight is 340g.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Ricoh WG-4 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 EK-GC200 (£599.99) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Ricoh WG-4 has a custom colour, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Ricoh WG-4 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Ricoh WG-4 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Calendar

The Ricoh WG-4 features calendar. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature calendar.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Ricoh WG-4 has a pretty typical digital zoom (7.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Sony RX100 III (£559.68) (11x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-4 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the X10 (£469), or the FinePix X20 (£439) both from Fujifilm.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the PowerShot G7 (£342.99) (4.2x and higher rated), or the PowerShot G1 X Mark II (£394) (5x and higher rated) both from Canon or the Olympus Stylus 1S (£530) (10.7x and higher rated).

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

Similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 9.5. The maximum aperture number of the Ricoh WG-4 of 18.5 is one of the smallest amongst compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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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 a similar age and type to this digital camera. The average minimum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and type is 2.6, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 4.5.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Ricoh WG-4 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Ricoh WG-4 has a batteries included, as do most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Ricoh WG-4 has a hand strap, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Ricoh WG-4 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Ricoh WG-4 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Ricoh WG-4 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 320, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Ricoh camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Ricoh WG-4 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536 and 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

The worst still image resolution amongst similar types of camera is 480 x 480.

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16.79 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.79 megapixels camera.

If this Ricoh camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Sony RX100 III (£559.68) (20.1MP and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99) (20.2MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh ricohwg4limeyellow
Barcodes 00027075230101, 00027075275324, 00027075275416, 00027075275430, 00027075275522, 00027075275546, 00027075275645, 00027075275669, 00027075275676, 00027075275768, 04549212275340, 05054230628904, 05054230865538, 05054230865545, 05054230902486, 05269692855823

Ricoh WG-4 Review Sources

To prepare this Ricoh WG-4 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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