Ricoh WG-60

Ricoh WG-60

16MP, 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor | 28-140mm equiv. F3.5-5.5 lens | Waterproof to 14m (46ft)

What we like:

  • Good value for the money
  • Built-in macro ring light
  • Easy to use

What we don't:

  • No image stabilization
  • Fine detail smudged away by noise reduction
  • 16:9 LCD not suited for still shooting
The WG-60 is Ricoh's entry-level rugged camera. It features a 16MP, 1/2.3" sensor and an unstabilized 28-140mm equivalent lens. The camera is waterproof to 14m (46ft), shockproof from heights of 1.6m (5.3ft), and freezeproof to -10°C (+14°F). Despite being introduced in late 2018, the WG-60 lacks Wi-Fi.
The WG-60 is an unusually shaped camera made largely of composite materials. It's easy to hold, though the grip is a bit slippery and the controls cluttered. It has many scene modes but little in the way of manual control. The rear screen is low resolution and its wide aspect ratio leaves a lot of unused space when shooting stills. It offers a single customizable button that opens a shortcut menu and the design of the main menu is very dated.
The lack of image stabilization makes the Ricoh WG-60 a less than ideal choice
The WG-60's autofocus performance is average in good light and sluggish in low light. The camera has a subject tracking mode, but it doesn't 'stick' to its subjects very well. The WG-60 can take 300 shots per charge - average for this class - and can be charged over USB.
The WG-60's image quality isn't great, but it's fine for sharing on social media. Colors are pleasant, though noise reduction is strong, smudging away fine detail. Not surprisingly, this inexpensive camera does not support Raw shooting.
The WG-60 can capture Full HD video at up to 30 fps. From what we've seen thus far, video quality is decent, but a bit soft. If you want a high speed 120 fps mode you'll need to drop down to 1280 x 720. There aren't any video capture aids on the camera, and it's worth noting that it only records mono sound.
The Ricoh WG-60 is one of many low-cost rugged cameras, with specs and performance that mirror those of its peers. Image and video quality will be just like your smartphone, except your smartphone can't function 14m underwater. Something that makes the WG-60 a less-than-ideal choice is the lack of image stabilization and Wi-Fi, which can be found on most other cameras in its price range.

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