This review is devoted to WG-4 GPS that Ricoh has first introduced to the public in Feb 05, 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 BSI-CMOS sensor.
Ricoh has replaced this product with their most recent
model WG-5 GPS.
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
following this link:
Ricoh WG-4 GPS vs. WG-5 GPS
In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #15 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #463 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Ricoh WG-4 GPS 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.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Ricoh WG-4 GPS. 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.
Ricoh WG-4 GPS has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 33 mm (48.82 x 25.2 x 12.99″) with the weight of 235 g.
The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Ricoh WG-4 GPS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Ricoh WG-4 GPS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Ricoh WG-4 GPS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Ricoh WG-4 GPS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Ricoh WG-4 GPS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Ricoh WG-4 GPS’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.
Unfortunately, Ricoh WG-4 GPS 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-4 GPS boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Ricoh WG-4 GPS has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Ricoh WG-4 GPS. 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-4 GPS 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.
Ricoh WG-4 GPS 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-4 GPS with other standard sensor sizes.
Ricoh WG-4 GPS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Ricoh WG-4 GPS are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, WG-4 GPS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, WG-4 GPS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Ricoh WG-4 GPS, 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-4 GPS allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Ricoh WG-4 GPS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Ricoh WG-4 GPS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect WG-4 GPS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Ricoh WG-4 GPS provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Ricoh WG-4 GPS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Ricoh WG-4 GPS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Ricoh WG-4 GPS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the WG-4 GPS to the average Waterproof camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-4 GPS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-4 GPS can be called a Strong 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-4 GPS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-4 GPS can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-4 GPS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-4 GPS can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-4 GPS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-4 GPS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-4 GPS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-4 GPS can be called a 61 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.
|Announced||Feb 05, 2014|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 64 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||240 shots|
|Battery Type||240 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal|