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Ricoh WG-6

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Ricoh WG-6

Ricoh WG-6
Ricoh WG-6
Ricoh WG-6
Ricoh WG-6

The Ricoh WG-6 is a continuation of Ricoh's top models in their line of rugged weather-proof compact cameras. The WG-6 still has a 1/2.3" sensor like its predecessors, but the pixel count has been raised to 20 MP. The WG-6 is water-proof down to 20 meters (65.6 feet), where the predecessor WG-5 was rated to 16 meters (52.5 feet). The WG-6 also introduces 4K movie recording into th WG series of cameras.

The camera supports transfer of images to a smart phone through Toshiba's "FlashAir" WiFi enabled SD cards. New is also that the WG-6 optionally can imprint copyright (and other) data onto the image.

The built-in macro ring-light is powerful enough to double as lighting when recording movies. Furterhmore the LED's can be turned on and off individually, which can add shadow and depth when shooting macro. Refer the image above.

The optics is a 5x zoom lens from 5 to 25 mm (28 mm to 140 mm in full-frame equivalent terms). The lens opens up to F3.5 at the wide end and F5.5 at the long end.

A 0.8x wide angle attachment has also been announced. With this attachment the focal length becomes approximately 20 mm in full frame equivalent.

LensRICOH lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)
Focal Length5 - 25 mm (Approx. 28 - 140mm in 35mm format equivalent)
Maximum ApertureF3.5(W) - F5.5(T)
Optical Zoom5X
Digital Zoomapprox. 8.1X
Intelligent Zoomapprox. 7X at 10M, approx. 40.5X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur ReductionStill: Pixel Track SR Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
 Movie: Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range (from lens face)Standard: 0.5m - infinity / 1.64ft. - infinity (entire zoom range)
 Macro:0.1 - 0.6m / 0.33 - 1.97ft. (entire zoom range)
 1cm Macro:0.01 - 0.3m / 0.03 - 0.98ft. (middle zoom position)
 Pre-set: Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus
 Manual Focus: Available
Number of Effective PixelsApprox. 20 megapixels
Image Sensor1/2.3" CMOS
Number of Recorded PixelsStill: Up to 20 MP depending on aspect ratio (4:3, 3:2, 1:1)
 Movie: 4K, 920, 1280
SensitivityAuto, Manual (ISO 125 - 6400)
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light (Daylight Color, Daylight White, White Light), Ring light, Manual
DisplayType: 3.0" 3:2 LCD, approx. 1040K dots, Anti-reflex coating on cover
 Adjustments: Brightness, Outdoor View Setting: ±2 Steps
Exposure ControlMetering System: Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
 Exposure Compensation: ± 2EV (1/3EV steps)
Scene ModesAuto Picture, Program, HDR, Handheld Night Snap, Movie, High Speed Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Interval Shot, Interval Movie, Surf & Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Night Scene, Fireworks, Digital SR, Report, Green, Depth of field composition
Playback ModesSlideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Digital Filter(B&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature), HDR Filter, Movie Edit, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, Start-up Screen, Recover File, Auto Image Rotation
Shutter Speed1/4000 - 1/4sec.(Mechanical and electronic shutter), 4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Built-in flashModes: Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge.
 Flash Range:Wide:approx. 0.2 - 5.5m / 0.66 - 18 ft. (ISO Auto), Tele:approx. 0.2 - 3.5m / 0.66 - 11 ft. (ISO Auto)
Drive ModesOne shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting, M Continuous, S Continuous, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage MediaBuilt-in Memory (approx. 27MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, FlashAir™ Card
Power SourceRechargeable Battery DB-110, AC Adapter Kit K-AC166(Optional)
Battery lifeStill*1: approx. 340 shots
InterfacesUSB3.0(Type-C), HDMI output terminal(Type D)
Water proof / DustproofEquivalent to JIS Class 8 waterproof and JIS Class 6 dustproof capabilities
DimensionsApprox. 122.5 (W) x 61.5 (H) x 29.5 (D)mm /4.8 (W) x 2.4 (H) x 1.2 (D) inches (including lens depth)
WeightWith battery & SD card: Approx. 193g / 6.8 oz. (loaded and ready)
 Body only: Approx. 173g / 6.1 oz. (without battery and SD memory card)
Included AccessoriesRechargeable Battery DB-110, USB Power Adapter, Power Plug, USB Cable I-USB173, Hand Strap, Macro Stand
 GPS display mode: LAT/LON, UTM, MGRS
 GPS log, GPS lock, GPS time adjustment, GPS data imprint, UTC data imprint
Electronic CompassCompass heading: Cardinal, Degrees, Cardinal/Degrees
 Declination, Compass data imprint
* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
** According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.
Megapixels: 20
ISO Range: 100 - 6400
Weight: 246 g
LCD: 3 in., 3:2, 1,040,000 dots
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Review Date: September 14, 2019 Recommended | Price: $395.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Easy handling & controls, Built-in macro ringlight, microscope mode
Cons: GPS on/off only via menu (no quick-switch)
New or Used: New   

First off, this is the camera for always and everywhere, even under water.

Most used is the microscope mode with the built-in ring light. The ring light makes it possible to get super close where the camera shades off most of the natural light. It opens up a whole new world.

In general, the controls are very easy to understand and operate. If you already have a Pentax camera, it will be familiar. The dial on top lets you jump directly in to the desired mode (e.g. Auto, P, HDR, Microscope, Video, User 1 and 2).

The green button can be re-purposed as a shortcut menu to quickly change preferred settings without going into the menus. For example screen brightness, Exposure compensation and many others. One option missing here is GPS on/off. It can only be done via the menu. Same for WiFi (Flashair).

There is no raw file option. However, for challenging situations (harsh contrasty light) I sometimes use HDR and flat contrast (via quick menu) to retain more DR. Other than that, colours and exposure are always good. They can be customised to taste with three presets (natural, bright, vibrant) and additionally with sharpness, contrast and saturation controls.

Image results are great. There is nothing to compain about. Usually they don't need editing unless I want a certain look for a specific photo.

Menu control is quite easy and very similar to Pentax menus. No complaints here.

Build quality is excellent and the camera has a certain heft which makes it feel solid. It is not a super lightweight but also not too heavy.

The screen is large and has a good resolution (much better than the WG-60). Brightness is ok also on sunny days. The outdoor screen setting also helps here.

For WiFi I can recommend the Flashair SD-cards which I use. They work seamlessly between my WG-6 and my Mac. There is a tiny App called "Flashair Drive" which lets you mount the WG-6 as a regular folder on my Mac in Finder. I assume it should also be possible in Windows explorer. With that, images on the camera can be browsed as if they were in a folder on the computer (wireless). Of course, the camera can also be plugged in via the USB-C to USB-A cable or just take the SD card and put it in to a card reader as usual.

– Easy to use, everything just works
– Microscope mode
– Macro ring light enables pictures that are otherwise not possible
– Nice big screen
– Lots of options for recording and image tweaking
– Well built, can take any condition and under water
– Image results are quite good and can be set to taste from flat HDR to vibrant contrasty

– GPS can only be toggled via Menu (also Flashair WiFi)
– No Raw files

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