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Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS

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Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS

Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS
Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS
Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS
Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS
Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS

The Ricoh WG-4, successor to the Pentax WG-3, is a rugged compact waterproof camera.

New to the WG-4 is a shutter priority and USER mode, allowing the user to have more control over the exposure than with previous models. A new mounting system specially designed for action photography will also be available for purchase separately.

The camera is waterproof to 45 feet and shockproof.

The Ricoh WG-4 GPS is available in Black and Blue for $379 MSRP. The standard WG-4 is available in Silver and Lime Yellow for $329 ($50 less).

Camera nameWG-4 / WG-4 GPS
Sensor16 MP (4608 x 3456), 1/2.3 inch back-lit CMOS
ISO rangeAuto and manual, 125 - 6400
Aspect ratio16:9, 4:3, and 1:1
Shake reductionSensor-shift, pixel tracking, and High-ISO anti-shake (Digital SR)
Exposure modesAuto Picture, Program, Shutter Priority, USER, HDR, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap (ISO 125-1600), Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope (2M), Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, High Speed Movie (VGA, 120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback), Time-Lapse Movie, 1CM Macro Movie, Digital SR, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Food, Digital Wide (5M), Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Report (1280x960, ISO 125-1600), Green (ISO 125-1600)
Exposure compensation+/- 2 EV (1/3EV steps)
Expanded dynamic rangeHighlight and shadow correction
Light meterMulti-segment, center weight, spot
ShutterMechanical and electronic
Shutter speeds1/4s to 1/4000s. 4s to 1/2000s in Shutter Priority and Night Scene mode
Shutter lag0.016s
Drive modesOne shot, Self-timer (2s and 10s), remote control (immediate or 3s), continuous shooting (1.5 fps), burst shooting (12-14 fps for up to 30 frames in 5MP and 4MP resolution, respectively), auto bracketing, interval shooting, HDR (3 images combined into one)
Lens4x optical zoom, 4.5 - 18 mm F2.0 - F4.9 (25 - 100 mm eqv.)
Optics9 elements (4 aspherical) in 7 groups, SP coating
Digital zoom7.2x
Auto focus9 point contrast detect AF, spot, auto tracking, macro, 1cm macro, focus lock, AF assist lamp
Manual focusInfinity, pan focus, manual focus (10 cm to infinity)
Closest focus distanceStandard: 40 cm/1.31 ft
 Macro: 10 cm/0.33 ft
 Super macro: 1 cm/0.4 in. (at mid-zoom)
Live ViewYes
White balanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light (Daylight Color, Daylight White, White Light), Manual
Digital filtersB&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish- eye, Brightness, Miniature, HDR
In-camera picture editingYes
FlashBuilt-in: Range up to 10.4m/34 ft (wide angle), 3.5m/14 ft (telephoto)
MovieFull HD (1920 x 1080) at 30 fps,
 HD (1280 x 720) at 120, 60 and 30 fps.
Movie shake reductionMovie SR (software based)
SoundWAV (PCM), 32KHz, 16bit stereo. High Speed Movie: 8 KHz, 16bit, stereo
In-camera movie editingSave as still, movie divide, add title picture
LCD monitor3 inch, 460,000 dots
Storage mediaSD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi compatible, 70 MB built-in
File formatStill: JPG, Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/h.264
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, USB/AV out, HDMI
BatteryD-LI92 lithium-ion, optional AC adapter K-AC117
Battery life240 images, 65 min movie recording, 200 min palyback time
Special featuresFace detection (up to 32 faces), pet detection, smile capture, blink detection, self-portrait assist.
 Digital wide mode, 19 mm eqv. (stitched from two images).
 Focus assist lamp. High speed movie (120 fps), time lapse movie. Digital level.
 Water proof to 14 m / 45 ft, shock proof (2 m / 6.6 ft drop), cold proof (-10 C / 14 F), crush proof, dust proof
Size (W x H x D)125 x 64.5 x 32 mm / 4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.
Weight229 g / 8.1 oz (WG-4 with battery), 235 g / 8.3 oz (WG-4 GPS with battery)
Megapixels: 16.0
ISO Range: Yes, Full HD at 30p
Weight: 230g (WG-4), 235g (WG-4 GPS)
FPS: 4x
LCD: 3.0" (460,000 dots)
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Junior Member

Registered: January, 2010
Location: Jakarta
Posts: 43
Review Date: January 20, 2015 I can recommend the Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Build Quality, sharp, nice BW, Thick body
Cons: No thumb rest or extra grip to capture moment, no RAW, battery easily drained
New or Used: New   

actually i bought this camera to use in swimming pool.

the sharpness of this camera very excellent,
the build quality is very good, all port and SD card access in 1 hole
lately i love to learn more about the B/W photo, using this camera make me very surprise for the result

all the photo below using P mode, and little adjust in snapseed

City by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Passing through by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Building by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Playing around by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Building by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Floor by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Old building by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Commuter line by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

this is for color version

Colorful by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Cups by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Waiting for customer by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Thinking of you by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Texture by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Grass by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Foot locker by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr

Waiting for you by Henry Sudarman, on Flickr
New Member

Registered: March, 2014
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posts: 13
Review Date: January 19, 2015 I can recommend the Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS: Yes | Price: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: electronic level, waterproof, sharp image, sturdy
Cons: no viewfinder, does not shoot RAW
New or Used: New   

I use this camera for taking photos while kayaking and am very happy with the results. The photos are sharp and the colours vibrant. I also like shape and size and raised grips on the body--it is easy to hold on to with wet hands.

Registered: February, 2008
Location: Hawkesbury
Posts: 962
Review Date: December 27, 2014 I can recommend the Ricoh WG-4 / WG-4 GPS: Yes | Price: $370.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Good macro, decent images in good light, keeps the water out
Cons: Poor battery life and occasional charging glitches
New or Used: New   

Early days for me with this camera. I'll try and remember to update the review when I'm a bit better at using it. So far I have been using it mostly under default settings but it is clear that you have to venture away from these to get the best images. The decisions made by the camera in "P" mode are clearly not always ideal.
The WG4 feels like a solid little camera. The strap mount on the trigger end gives it a robust feel which so far has held true. I have been a bit concerned about the risk of having an aluminium and steel snap hook on the end of the provided strap. I can just see what will happen if that is constantly rubbing against the screen or lens while in my pocket. The lens adapter/macro stand is pretty flimsy and I think I have already misplaced mine: A pity because I think it would have been useful to fit a polarising filter.
Shooting macro shows what the camera is capable of. The camera seems to make better choices for ISO/shutter speed tradeoffs and images are saved with plenty of detail and minimal noise reduction smear (so long as the image enhancement is turned off).
The GPS seems to start-up quite quickly in open areas, however, in heavy vegetation it is much slower, sometimes seemingly giving up. The barometer is accurate and well implemented at least for above water use. Depths when in underwater mode are quite often wildly inaccurate. Maybe they represent some local forces on the sensor?
I have only rated the camera a "7" representing very good. However, it is a long way from excellent. Once I have mastered it's finer points I may up it to an 8 or 9. The small battery will always prevent it being a 10 in my estimation. You can carry more batteries but you can't change them when the camera is wet.
It would be nice to see this camera's GPS included in the SLR range. Surely it would fit without having to remove the flash unit like they have on the K3II and K1.
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