Ricoh WG-5 GPS Review

Overall 44
Imaging 11
Features 50
Size 84
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 14.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 125 x 65 x 32 mm
  • Weight: 236 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Ricoh WG-4 GPS. Compare

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Summary

This review is devoted to WG-5 GPS that Ricoh has first introduced to the public in Feb 10, 2015. 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.

This is an upgraded model that Ricoh released to replace their older product WG-4 GPS. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Ricoh WG-5 GPS vs. WG-4 GPS

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #18 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #471 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Ricoh WG-5 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.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-4.9
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 14.0 fps
  • 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

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Complete Comparison of Ricoh WG-5 GPS 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-5 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Ricoh WG-5 GPS has the following external dimensions 125 x 125 x 32 mm (49.21 x 25.59 x 12.6″) with the weight of 236 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Ricoh WG-5 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-5 GPS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 32mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Ricoh WG-5 GPS 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-5 GPS 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-5 GPS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Ricoh WG-5 GPS — 240 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Ricoh WG-5 GPS — 32 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Ricoh WG-5 GPS — 236 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Ricoh WG-5 GPS’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.

Unfortunately, Ricoh WG-5 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-5 GPS Photo and Sensor Features

Ricoh WG-5 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-5 GPS has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Ricoh WG-5 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-5 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Ricoh WG-5 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-5 GPS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Ricoh WG-5 GPS

LCD and ViewFinder

Ricoh WG-5 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.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Ricoh WG-5 GPS are its 14.0 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-5 GPS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, WG-5 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.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Ricoh WG-5 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-5 GPS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS 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-5 GPS 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-5 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-5 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.

How Good is Ricoh WG-5 GPS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Ricoh WG-5 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-5 GPS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the WG-5 GPS to the average Waterproof camera.

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

Ricoh WG-5 GPS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-5 GPS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-5 GPS 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-5 GPS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-5 GPS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-5 GPS can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (125 x 65 x 32 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Ricoh WG-5 GPS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-5 GPS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-5 GPS can be called a 83 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (14.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (240 shots)

Ricoh WG-5 GPS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-5 GPS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-5 GPS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (236 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-5 GPS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh WG-5 GPS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh WG-5 GPS 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-5 GPS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Ricoh
Model WG-5 GPS
Announced Feb 10, 2015
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
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 3″
Screen Resolution 460k 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 14.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 10.4
Flash Modes Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + 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 BSI-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 (60p, 30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, 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 236 g
Physical Dimensions 125 x 65 x 32 mm
Battery Life 240 shots
Battery Type 240 shots
Battery Model D-LI92
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage Slots 1

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