Ricoh WG-4 Overview

Announced Feb 5, 2014 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 100 mm (4×)
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Reviewed Jun 17, 2014
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Ricoh WG-4 Silver 16Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Silver)
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Announced Feb 5, 2014

Manufacturer description: Continuing the rugged heritage of the WG series of cameras, the Ricoh WG-4 is waterproof to 45 feet, shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet, cold proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot-pounds of force. In addition, the Ricoh WG-4 features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a thoughtfully designed folded optical 4X zoom lens, enabling its pocketability while also ensuring its optics are not exposed dust and moisture like those of a protruding lens barrel.

Finally, the adventure-prone explorer need not worry about blurry images. Thanks to the WG-4’s fast F2.0 maximum aperture and dual shake reduction system, which combines an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Digital SR mode, to guarantee clear, sharp images even in shake-prone conditions.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 125-6400
Focal length (equiv.) 25–100 mm
Max aperture F2–4.9
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 230 g (0.51 lb / 8.11 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 64 x 33 mm (4.88 x 2.52 x 1.3)
GPS None

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Our review

Adventurous photographers who want a camera that can survive the elements AND be stepped on will like what the WG-4 has to offer. Image quality is among the best in the rugged camera class and there are a plethora of features available, including a shutter priority mode. The WG-4 is marred by mediocre underwater photo quality, lousy battery life, and the lack of Wi-Fi.

Good for: Those seeking a rugged camera where underwater photos aren't the highest priority.

Not so good for: Serious underwater shooters, connected photographers, and those who need the battery to last a full day.

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