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Ricoh WG-4 GPS Digital Camera

£475.00
Compact Camera 16.79MP 4x CMOS Sep 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Easy to use
Reasonably priced
32 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
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Reviews

One Industry Award

This Ricoh camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites PhotographyBlog.com who thought that this camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, digitallife.se and pentaxforums.com this camera has an average expert rating of 71%.

Good User Reviews

On average, WG-4 GPS owners rated this digital camera 81 out of 100. Over 80% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Ricoh Has Good Camera Reviews

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

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Reasonably Priced

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product was expensive. Two years ago website Mattchandler@hotmail.com said “Pretty expensive for a limited life camera” in their review of this digital camera. Helpless mentioned three years ago “There are better cameras and more expensive cameras”.

Three customers who reviewed it wrote that it was good value for money. Ellyblue wrote “I guess this is the price you pay for it all to be sealed inside the waterproof” in their review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS and rated it 80 out of 100. Helpless mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The plastics felt cheap”. They also wrote “Unfortunately the buttons have a not very nice plastic feel to them and they look cheap, made of grey hatched plastic” in their review.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Mattchandler@hotmail.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Takes great photos and is packed with user friendly features” although they scored it 2 stars out of 5.


Design

Easy to Use

Four people who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. Soo Broo said “The screen is a really decent size - as someone who never takes their glasses or wears their contact lenses, this is important - and it's dead easy to use” . She also wrote “I wanted something I could have handy in my pocket.” in her review. Ayjay mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Plus the shape and texture of the outer casing is easy to get a good grip on - even under water!Fortunately the Pentax WG-4 is very easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Four customers said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Soo Broo said “The menu system is easy to use”. Ayjay wrote on expert website Amazon in the same month “I've not encountered any problems navigating the settings and shooting with the WG-4”. Helpless said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Not when using slow motion settings”.

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Good Image Quality

Five people reckoned that it was good quality. Website Pentaxforums.com wrote three years ago “Good image quality” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5. W. Rodick mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon also three years ago “It was not until I transferred its pictures to computer that I realised this camera's best quality”. In the same month Ellyblue wrote in their review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS on expert website Amazon “As with the previous model, photo quality is pretty good, sharp well exposed images”.

Has a Shock Resistant

The WG-4 GPS has a shock resistant, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Rugged and Waterproof

Nine owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Website Pentaxforums.com wrote three years ago “Rugged and waterproof” . Expert website Photographyblog.com said “There's no doubt that the Ricoh WG-4 makes a very good rugged camera” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote three years ago “The Ricoh WG-4 GPS is a tough looking, action orientated waterproof digital camera, with a provided carabiner strap making it easy to strap onto your trousers or bag” in their review of this digital camera.

Seven customers wrote that this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress. Three years ago Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “The latest model is waterproof down to 14m”. Soo Broo gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and she mentioned in her review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon also three years ago “The fact that it's shockproof, waterproof and coldproof is useful when out on the hills”. Ellyblue wrote on expert review site Amazon “Another good waterproof camera from Ricoh (previously Pentax branded”.

Three owners who bought the Ricoh WG-4 GPS agreed that it was well made. W. Rodick mentioned on expert review site Amazon three years ago “And remember this Ricoh is built for underwater”. Ellyblue wrote on expert review site Amazon “It's built with a rugged robustness which suggests that it will cope well with the great outdoors, come rain (because it's waterproof) or shine”.

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Waterproof

The WG-4 GPS is waterproof. Most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to this camera are not waterproof.

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Nice Design

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. Ellyblue wrote in their review of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS on expert review site Amazon three years ago “It is pretty similar to the Pentax WG-3”. They also said “Shutter lag drives me crazy!) The HD video looks pretty good too” in their review.

Dustproof

The WG-4 GPS is dustproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also are dustproof.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers who purchased it concluded that it had a good screen. Two years ago Imago mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The TG-860, meanwhile, has an excellent flip up screen that is a real boon” but even so they only gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Helpless said “The screen is easy to read in sunlight” and rated it 80 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Eleven people thought it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pentaxforums.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Photographers who enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, diving, hiking, climbing, camping”. Soo Broo gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she mentioned in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The quality of the photos is really good too”. W. Rodick said on expert review site Amazon three years ago “Stunning pictures” and gave the Ricoh WG-4 GPS a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Quality Lens

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Two owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four owners mentioned that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Soo Broo said in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon three years ago “I like the chunky strap and the karabiner which is sturdy”. Ayjay wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “I know [from using my first digital camera] that bulky camera designs make for shaky hands, which in turn means blurry pictures”. Two years ago Imago said “Firstly they have become steadily bigger and heavier over the years; which undermines the main reason I use them - compactness” but even so they gave this digital camera a score of 40 out of 100.

Two people who bought the product thought it was compact. Soo Broo wrote three years ago “It looks pretty rugged and it's nicely compact”. Helpless said on expert website Amazon “The function buttons on the back are the usual basic layout that you would find on most compact cameras” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Very Light

The weights of cameras of this spec and age range from 180g to 740g, and the average weight is 340g. With a weight of only 216 grams, the WG-4 GPS is one of the lighter similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The WG-4 GPS supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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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 typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 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

This digital camera has been on the market since September 2014.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include the Leica X2 which has better reviews.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Pentax K-5 (£776), the Nikon Coolpix P7800 (£491.57), or the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 460,000 pixels, the WG-4 GPS has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the WG-4 GPS has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera is 2x, the biggest is 330x, and the average digital zoom is 23x.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the WG-4 GPS has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one 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 this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus 1S (£530) (10.7x and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99) (30x and higher rated).

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 18.5, the WG-4 GPS has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera. The average maximum aperture number of similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera is 9.5, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The WG-4 GPS has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 EK-GC200 (£599.99) which has better reviews.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a custom colour. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have a custom colour.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The WG-4 GPS features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Calendar

The WG-4 GPS features calendar, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The WG-4 GPS has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The WG-4 GPS has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a batteries included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The WG-4 GPS has a hand strap. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The WG-4 GPS has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Features Voice Recording

The WG-4 GPS features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

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

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This camera also 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.

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

A 480 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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16.79 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.79 megapixels camera.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Sigma DP3 Quattro (£726.95) (29MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075275416, 00027075275430, 00027075275522, 04549212275340

Ricoh WG-4 GPS Review Sources

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