Ricoh WG-30 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 46
Size 85
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 123 x 62 x 30 mm
  • Weight: 192 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Ricoh WG-30 Summary

This review is devoted to WG-30 that Ricoh has first introduced to the public in Oct 09, 2014. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #41 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #597 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Ricoh WG-30 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Ricoh WG-30 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Ricoh WG-30 With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Ricoh WG-30. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Ricoh WG-30

Ricoh WG-30 has the following external dimensions 123 x 123 x 30 mm (48.43 x 24.41 x 11.81″) with the weight of 192 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Ricoh WG-30, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Ricoh WG-30 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 30mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Ricoh WG-30 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Ricoh WG-30 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Ricoh WG-30 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Ricoh WG-30 — 300 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Ricoh WG-30 — 30 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Ricoh WG-30 — 192 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Ricoh WG-30’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.

Unfortunately, Ricoh WG-30 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Ricoh WG-30 Photo and Sensor Features

Ricoh WG-30 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Ricoh WG-30 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Ricoh WG-30. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Ricoh WG-30 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Ricoh WG-30 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Ricoh WG-30 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Ricoh WG-30

LCD and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-30 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Ricoh WG-30 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, WG-30 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, WG-30 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Ricoh WG-30, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Ricoh WG-30 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Ricoh WG-30 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Ricoh WG-30 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect WG-30 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Ricoh WG-30 provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Ricoh WG-30 offers the highest battery life that reaches 300 shots.

How Good is Ricoh WG-30 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Ricoh WG-30’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Ricoh WG-30’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the WG-30 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Ricoh WG-30 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-30 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-30 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Ricoh WG-30 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-30 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-30 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (123 x 62 x 30 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Ricoh WG-30 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-30 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-30 can be called a 50 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (300 shots)
  • Small size (123 x 62 x 30 mm)

Ricoh WG-30 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-30 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (192 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Ricoh WG-30 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-30 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-30 can be called a 60 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Ricoh WG-30 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Ricoh
Model WG-30
Announced Oct 09, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.9
Flash Modes Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof Yes
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 192 g
Physical Dimensions 123 x 62 x 30 mm
Battery Life 300 shots
Battery Type 300 shots
Battery Model D-LI92
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage Slots 1

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