Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh WG-50 Review

The Ricoh WG-50 brand has a new action camera for your delectation – the water, dust and shock resisting WG-50. It arrives styled in much the same futuristic, rugged-camera-meets-Blade Runner manner as its predecessors and brightly coloured enough that you won’t lose it in the snow or the bottom of the pool, going by the satsuma orange version we had arrive on the Photography Blog test slab. The alternative choice of camera body is a sober black.

That said, the WG-50 is more than £100 cheaper than the W300 on release, which shouldn’t be sniffed at. Another neat feature, carried over from previous generations of the Ricoh, is six macro LED lights arranged around the lens in a circular ring-flash like array, aiming to provide extra and even illumination for macro shots, if needed.

In the wholly expected absence of any eye level electronic or optical viewfinder, images are composed via an elongated 2.7-inch LCD at the rear, on which brightness can be adjusted.  Though perfectly workable from a compositional perspective, inevitably it’s hard to determine something is pin sharp or correctly exposed just by looking at the screen alone. We found images often appeared brighter on the camera’s LCD than they did when we got back home and downloaded them to our desktop.

The result is that if you were using the camera with a mini tripod, there would be sufficient room to remove card and battery without having to unscrew the camera itself.

From the front, then, the Ricoh WG-50 continues the futuristic plaything-like design of its predecessors in the WG-3, WG-10 etc. It’s certainly a unit that looks set to stand out in the crowded action camera marketplace. The slanted faceplate design both resembles a ‘go faster’ pair of teenage boy’s trainers/sneakers and provides a slightly roughened surface to grip, to boot. The whole of the camera, save for the flat, shiny LCD at the rear, is eminently grip-able.

Ricoh WG-50

Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
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 Digital only
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–140 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F3.5–5.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (7.2X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
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 No
Manual exposure mode No
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.50 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes On, off
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x720 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes (Wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Durability Waterproof, Shockproof
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI92 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 300
Weight (inc. batteries) 193 g (0.43 lb / 6.81 oz)
Dimensions 123 x 62 x 30 mm (4.84 x 2.44 x 1.18)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None


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