Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Ricoh WG-5 GPS

The Ricoh WG-5 GPS , like other Pentax / Ricoh rugged cameras that have come before it has quite a distinctive look, and your initial impression of it is that it certainly could withstand quite a few knocks and scrapes. It’s quite a thick camera, but it’s still possible to fit into a fairly loose trouser pocket.

If you press the down button, you’ll be presented with all the different shooting options which are available. Here you’ll find mainly an array of scene modes, as well as the standard automatic shooting mode. For those that like to take a little more control, you’ll also find a Program mode and a Shutter Priority mode. Considering that the camera’s lens has a maximum wide aperture of f/2.0, it would have been nice if there was also an aperture priority mode.

You’ll notice that the aperture the camera selects to correspond to the shutter speed is displayed on the screen. Using the red button to do this means that first you’ll need to press the green button to enter video mode, then use the red button as normal.

Within the Mode options, you’ll also see a User setting. This is useful if you want to save a group of settings, such as a particular white balance setting with a particular metering setting, so you can come back and use it again whenever you need to.

Ricoh WG-5 GPS Review

Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 125-6400
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Excellent, very good, good
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–100 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Maximum aperture F2–4.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (7.2x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 10.40 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye, on + redeye
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage included 70MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 14m, shockproof from 2.2m, crushproof to 100kgf, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
Durability Waterproof, Shockproof
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI92 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 240
Weight (inc. batteries) 236 g (0.52 lb / 8.32 oz)
Dimensions 125 x 65 x 32 mm (4.92 x 2.56 x 1.26)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Built-in

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