Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Waterproof category, introduced by Ricoh. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are WG-6 and WG-5 GPS. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - BSI-CMOS. However, they have different resolution. Thus, Ricoh WG-6 comes with a 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor, while the Ricoh WG-5 GPS features a 16.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS.
Ricoh WG-6 Key Features:
Ricoh WG-5 GPS Key Features:
Being a newer model, Ricoh WG-6 substituted Ricoh WG-5 GPS.
|Wireless Connectivity||Supports FlashAir SD cards vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 460k dots||55.8% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||340 shots vs 240 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||14 fps vs No fps||14 fps faster|
|Flash Range||10.4 vs 5.5||4.9 better flash range|
|Weight||236 g vs 246 g||10 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|External Flash Shoe||No | No||No Flash Shoe|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Ricoh WG-5 GPS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 10g less than the Ricoh WG-6. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Ricoh WG-6 features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Ricoh WG-5 GPS, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS by the size of their sensors.
Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Ricoh WG-6||Ricoh WG-5 GPS|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Ricoh WG-6 or Ricoh WG-5 GPS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-5 GPS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Ricoh WG-5 GPS deserves a higher Total Score than the Ricoh WG-6. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Ricoh WG-6||Ricoh WG-5 GPS|
|Announced||Feb 21, 2018||Feb 10, 2015|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||125||125|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||fps||14.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Flash on, flash off||Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye|
|Video Resolutions||3840x2160||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB DB-110 lithium-ion battery & USB charger||USB 2.0|
|Weight||246 g||236 g|
|Physical Dimensions||118 x 66 x 33 mm||125 x 65 x 32 mm|
|Battery Life||340 shots||240 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card||SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal|