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Ricoh WG-50

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Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh WG-50
Ricoh WG-50
Ricoh WG-50
Ricoh WG-50
Ricoh WG-50
Ricoh WG-50

The Ricoh WG-50 is an entry-level compact waterproof digital camera that succeeds the previous WG-40 (Japanese market) / WG-30w (international) models. While the camera has received numerous software tweaks, its core design and image sensor dates back to the Pentax Optio WG-2 launched in 2012.

Key highlights include:
  • Waterproof to 14m, crushproof to 1.6m, coldproof to -10 degrees C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote control and image transfer via Image Sync
  • Underwater shooting mode
  • Digital microscope mode
  • 5x optical zoom (28-140mm F3.5-5.5 eqv.)
  • 2 colors: orange or black

New features:
  • Upgraded underwater shooting mode with flash bracketing and optimized white balance
  • Report Mode with low-resolution scaled images
  • Vibrant and Slide Film image tones added (similar to DSLR presents)

US MSRP $279.95, shipping to start on June 23, 2017.

The WG-50 is rated as waterproof to 14 meters (46 feet) and shockproof from heights up to 1.6 meters, similar to the WG-40.

Camera nameWG-50
Sensor16 MP 1/2.3 inch backlit CMOS
Recorded PixelsStill: 16M(4608 x 3456), 12M(1:1)(3456 x 3456), 12M(16:9)(4608 x 2592), 7M(3072 x 2304), 5M(16:9)(3072 x 1728), 5M(2592 x 1944), 4M(16:9)(2592 x 1464), 3M(2048 x 1536), 2M(16:9)(1920 x 1080), 1024(1024 x 768), 640(640 x 480)
ISO rangeAuto and manual, 125 - 6400
Aspect ratio16:9, 4:3, and 1:1
Shake reductionSoftware based (Digital SR)
Exposure modesAuto Picture, Program, HDR, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, High Speed Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Underwater, Mermaid, Underwater Movie, Mermaid Movie, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Digital SR, Report, Flash Off+On, Green Mode
Exposure compensation+/- 2 EV (1/3EV steps)
Expanded dynamic rangeHighlight and shadow
Light meterMulti-segment, center weight, spot
ShutterMechanical and electronic
Shutter speeds1/4s to 1/4000s. Night scene mode up to 4s
Shutter lag0.008 sec
Drive modesSingle, continuous (1.08 fps), burst (10 frames at 8 FPS), self timer, remote control, auto bracketing
Lens5x optical zoom, 5 - 25 mm F3.5 - F5.5 (28 - 140 mm eqv.)
Optics11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements), protective cover with SP coating
Digital zoom7.2x digital zoom for a combined zoom range of 36x
Auto focus9 point contrast detect AF, spot, auto tracking, focus lock
Manual focusInfinity, pan focus, manual focus
Closest focus distanceStandard: 50 cm/1.64 ft (entire zoom range)
 Macro: 10 cm/0.33 ft (entire zoom range)
 Super macro: 1 cm/0.03 ft (middle zoom position)
White balanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light(D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: White Light), Manual
Digital filtersB&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature
In-camera picture editingYes: Resize, crop, rotate, copy, frame, digital filters
FlashBuilt-in: Range up to 3.9m/13 ft (wide angle), 2.5m/8.2 ft (telephoto)
MovieFull HD (1920 x 1080) at 30 fps,
 HD (1280 x 720) at 60 and 30 fps
Movie shake reductionYes, software based
In-camera movie editingYes, herunder save a frame as still, split a movie, and adding a title picture
LCD monitor2.7 inch, 230,000 dots
Storage mediamicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, 68 MB built-in
File formatStill: JPG, Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/h.264
ConnectivityUSB2.0, PC/AV, HDMI, Wi-Fi (WG-30w only)
BatteryD-LI92 lithium-ion, optional AC adapter K-AC117
Battery life300 images, 90 min movie recording, 260 min playback time (130 min recharge)
Special featuresWaterproof to 14 meters/46 feet (JIS 8), dustproof (JIS 6), 1.6m shock proof, crush proof, cold proof to -10 degrees C/14 degrees F
 Digital microscope mode, built-in macro lights, voice memo,
 face detect up to 32 faces,
 smile capture, blink detection, self portrait assist,
 pet detection,
 date stamp,
 clock display
Size (W x H x D)122 x 61.5 x 29.5 mm / 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.
Weight193g / 6.8 oz (with battery and card), 173g/6.1 oz empty
ConnectivityUSB Micro B, Micro HDMI, Wi-Fi, Pentax IR remote, Eye-Fi card support
AccessoriesIncluded: Macro stand, AC adapter
 Optional: Various mounting accessories
Megapixels: 16
ISO Range: Yes, 1080/30p
Weight: 193g
FPS: 5x
LCD: 2.7", 230k dots
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Registered: January, 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 45
Review Date: January 31, 2020 I can recommend the Ricoh WG-50: Yes | Price: $255.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Video and photos are sharp
Cons: none
New or Used: New   

This was bought to replace my old LS465. The LS465 and the WG-50 both are 16MP but the quality of the photos is much better. The LS465 had 1280X720P video and the WG-50 has 1920X1080P.

I have put 2 videos test on this camera on youtube.
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