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Ricoh WG-4 Digital Camera

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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26 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 86 out of 100.

Robust

Some Ricoh WG-4 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. A C Williams wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It works fine underwater, no leaks at all”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “This camera was simply not waterproof, though it is advertised specifically as such” but even so they only rated the Ricoh WG-4 1 stars. Three years ago Andrew Duncan Sharp scored it very highly and he said in his review “The camera when working is great and waterproof functioning appears to be spot on”.

A number of Ricoh WG-4 reviewers concluded that it was strong and durable. A C Williams said in their Ricoh WG-4 review “A robust and handy little camera” and rated the Ricoh WG-4 4 stars. Andrew Price mentioned on Amazon “I chose this one over some others due to it stating it was a sturdy unit which can take a bashing” in his review of this digital camera.

One Ricoh WG-4 reviewer who purchased it thought it was well made. Paul Dowthwaite said “A pleasing solid feel and so far reliable for use underwater” in his Ricoh WG-4 review and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

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Good Video Capture

Some Ricoh WG-4 owners who purchased this digital camera thought it was good for video recording. Three years ago James Nelson mentioned in his review of the Ricoh WG-4 “Great Videos and Stills - even underwater!”. James Nelson also said “Shoots great video”.

Easy to Use

Two Ricoh WG-4 reviewers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use. Andrew Price rated it 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Simply did not need to use on this holiday”.

Good Technical Features

One person reckoned that it had good features. Andrew Price said “Nice 'mode' features - mainly used 'auto' which does everything for you.” in his review and rated it as excellent.

Good Size

One customer who reviewed the Ricoh WG-4 thought it was a good depth.

Ricoh Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Waterproof cameras manufactured by Ricoh have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just waterproof cameras) and found that Ricoh also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Stylus Tough TG-830, or the Stylus TG-3 both from Olympus.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) is also worth considering.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Stylus Tough TG-830, or the Stylus TG-3 both from Olympus.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the WG-4, the Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof.

We compared this digital camera to all the other waterproof digital cameras and we think the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the Stylus Tough TG-830, or the Stylus TG-3 both from Olympus.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4. The average digital zoom of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 is 5.9x.

Alternative 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85).

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (16x).

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Quite High Megapixel

The average megapixel of cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-4 is 14MP. With a megapixel of 16.79 megapixels, the Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly high megapixel compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the WG-4.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16.79MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Ricoh WG-4 GPS.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85), and the Canon PowerShot D30 ($299.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4.

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly high motion JPEG frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-4. The motion JPEG frame rates of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4 range from 25fps to 240fps.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This Ricoh digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Ricoh WG-4 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Ricoh 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 camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

Waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the WG-4 have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.7 and 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.3. The Ricoh WG-4 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (18.5) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently 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 digital 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 a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the WG-4. 1280 x 720 pixels 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of this type and age have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 4.5mm and 35mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm. The Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 25 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Ricoh digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the minimum aperture numbers range from 2 to 8.5. At only 2, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the WG-4.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One customer concluded that this digital camera did not have good technical guidance. Paul Dowthwaite mentioned in his review of the Ricoh WG-4 on Amazon “Only disappointment was lack of any basic instructions in English (the ones supplied were French)Re”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the WG-4, the Ricoh WG-4 does not support video capability.

Alternative cameras which also support video capability that you might want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) 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 keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the WG-4 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Ricoh WG-4 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-4 are not 3D. The Ricoh WG-4 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Ricoh WG-4 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The smallest optical zoom of comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the WG-4 is 3x and the biggest is 10x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) is also worth considering.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30 ($299.00) (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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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 this age and type. This Ricoh digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the WG-4. 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 waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Ricoh digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time 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 Ricoh WG-4 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras of this type and age. The shooting modess "Manual", "Movie", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-4 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 4mm and 270mm. At only 100 millimeters, the Ricoh WG-4 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the WG-4.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Ricoh WG-4 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the WG-4.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The Ricoh WG-4 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) (125) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the cameras of a comparable age and type to the WG-4 the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 130, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 100.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh WG-4

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Ricoh WG-4 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95), or the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85).

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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 around 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.

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think the DMC-FT5 ($309.95), and the DMC-FT5 ($309.95) both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this Ricoh digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Waterproof Up to

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

Alternative 14m waterproof digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Pentax WG-3 ($903.85) which has better reviews.

If this camera waterproof up to is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30 ($299.00) (25m) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 216 grams, the Ricoh WG-4 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh c6288, ricoh 08581, ricoh 08550
Barcodes 00027075230101, 00027075275324, 00027075275416, 00027075275430, 00027075275522, 00027075275546, 00027075275645, 00027075275669, 00027075275768, 04549212275340, 05054230628904, 05054230865538, 05054230865545, 05054230902486

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