Ricoh WG-4 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f2-4.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • Shutter priority and user modes
  • Contrast detection autofocus
  • Super macro mode focuses as close as 1 cm from lens
  • 3” LCD
  • Waterproof to 45.9 feet
  • Shockproof to 6.5 feet
  • Crushproof (220 LBF)
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees F
  • Sensor-shift shake reduction
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 240 shots
  • Compatible with mounting systems
  • Part Number: 8557
  • UPC: 027075275447
  • Release Date: 2014-05-31
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

Ricoh WG4
Solid waterproof performance.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 2/16/2015

Hey! You should know that Pentax/Ricoh has released a newer version of this product: the Ricoh WG-5.

The WG-4 officially drops the Pentax name for point-and-shoots, but there's not too much else that's new about this camera. The 2014 model offers the same sensor and lens, though there's a few additional modes that allow for manually adjusting more settings. The bright f2 lens is worth mentioning though, since bright lenses are a big plus when you're heading underwater. Perhaps more exciting than the mediocre update is the addition of accessories that will allow the WG4 to be used more like a GoPro, with a new handlebar mount, adhesive mount and suction cup mount for easier capture of action video.

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Pentax/Ricoh Reviews

Pentax, who just recently merged with Ricoh, has long been a sort of underdog—but not necessarily in performance or quality. Pentax/Ricoh offers some quirky cameras, but for the most part, we've found that to be a good thing.

The Pentax/Ricoh DSLR’s are mostly weather-sealed, giving them a unique advantage over competing manufacturers that don't offer anything similar. When we tried out models like the K-50, we were quite impressed with the image quality. The autofocus was a bit noisier than a Nikon, but the weather-sealing and often better price is hard to resist when the image quality is so good. Pentax continued to add in innovations by adding an anti-aliasing filter that can be turned on and off to the 2013 K-3.

Pentax hasn't jumped into the mirrorless battle too much, but they do offer the tiny and colorful Q7. With a smaller sensor and a smaller price point, the Q7 and similar models are more of a consumer mirrorless than one for the enthusiasts, but it's an extremely small camera with a whole lot of color options.

Pentax has a few solid compact models out too. The Pentax MX-1 earned our Best Budget Advanced Compact for 2013 for its advanced features yet small price tag. They offer a waterproof line that includes macro ring lights built in, something unique to the WG cameras.

Pentax/Ricoh may be a bit quirky, but many of their cameras are well worth a look and offer excellent image quality for the price.

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