Ricoh WG-50 Brief Review



  • Weight : 6.8 oz.
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 300 shots
  • Weather Sealing : Waterproof down to 45 feet for up to two hours, dust, drop and freeze resistant
  • Screen : 2.7" LCD
  • GPS : Yes
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Yes, ring-type
  • Video : 1080p at 30 fps
  • RAW : No
  • Image Stabilization : Pixel Track Shake Reduction
  • Autofocus Points : 9
  • Burst Speed : 1 fps, 8 fps at reduced resolution
  • Zoom : 5x optical
  • Aperture : f3.5-5.5
  • Shutter Speed : 1/4 sec. - 1/4000 (down to 4 sec. in Night Mode)
  • ISO : 125 - 6400
  • Sensor : 16 megapixel 1/2.3 backlit sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-05-24
  • Final Grade: 79 3.95 Star Rating: Recommended

The Ricoh WG-50 is a slow but sturdy compact camera
The Ricoh WG-50 may not be best-in-class, but it is affordable.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 5/30/2017

Ricoh is continuing their budget-friendly waterproof compacts with the WG-50. The $280 camera is waterproof down to 45 feet -- and is designed to withstand drops, cold and dirt too.

The WG-50 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor that's backlit, which isn't bad for the camera's price point. While full specifications aren't yet available, the WG-50 likely keeps the budget price with a less-than-ideal lens, which isn't as bright as the pricer WG-5. Speed is also sacrificed, with 8 fps only available by lowering the resolution and full resolution shots only around 1 fps.

Despite those shortfalls, the WG-50 does include a number of perks considering the lower price tag. The camera can shoot macro photos as close as a centimeter from the lens, and that's paired with a ring-style flash system. The durability is also hard to find at the lower price point, with a camera that's designed to withstand a variety of conditions.

Cameras like the Olympus TG-5 offer a brighter lens for better low light shots, as well as faster speed for keeping up with the action. But, if you're looking for a durable camera that can go places you can't take your smartphone, the Ricoh WG-50 is not a bad choice for the lower price point.

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