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.
|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)|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization||Digital only|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (7.2X)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||No|
|Flash range||5.50 m (at Auto ISO)|
|Flash modes||On, off|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, remote)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wireless)|
|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″)|