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Nikon W150 vs Ricoh WG-60

The Nikon Coolpix W150 and the Ricoh WG-60 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in April 2019 and October 2018. Both the W150 and the WG-60 are fixed lens compact cameras that are based on a 1/3.1-inch (W150) and a 1/2.3-inch (WG-60) sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 13 megapixels, whereas the Ricoh provides 15.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Nikon W150 versus Ricoh WG-60
Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
30-90mm f/3.3-5.9 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
13 MP, 1/3.1" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 125-1,600 ISO 125-6,400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.7 LCD, 230k dots 2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
4.7 shutter flaps per second 8 shutter flaps per second
Waterproof body (14m)Waterproof body (14m)
220 shots per battery charge300 shots per battery charge
110 x 67 x 38 mm, 177 g 123 x 62 x 30 mm, 193 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix W150 and the Ricoh WG-60? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Nikon W150 and the Ricoh WG-60. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The W150 can be obtained in five different colors (blue, orange, white, flower, resort), while the WG-60 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Nikon W150 vs Ricoh WG-60
Compare W150 versus WG-60 top
Comparison W150 or WG-60 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Ricoh WG-60 is somewhat larger (3 percent) than the Nikon W150. Moreover, the WG-60 is markedly heavier (9 percent) than the W150. In this context, it is worth noting that both cameras are splash and dust-proof and can, hence, be used in inclement weather conditions or harsh environments. More than that, both cameras are water-proof and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

The power pack in the W150 can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Nikon W150 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.5 in 6.2 oz 220 Y Apr 2019 159 i
 
Ricoh WG-60 4.8 in 2.4 in 1.2 in 6.8 oz 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
 
Fujifilm XP140 4.3 in 2.8 in 1.1 in 7.3 oz 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
 
Fujifilm XP130 4.3 in 2.8 in 1.1 in 7.3 oz 240 n Jan 2018 229i
 
Fujifilm XP120 4.3 in 2.8 in 1.1 in 7.2 oz 210 Y Jan 2017 229i
 
Leica Q2 5.1 in 3.1 in 3.6 in 25.3 oz 370 Y Mar 2019 4,995 i
 
Nikon B600 4.8 in 3.2 in 3.9 in 17.6 oz 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
 
Nikon A1000 4.5 in 2.8 in 1.6 in 11.6 oz 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
 
Nikon P1000 5.7 in 4.7 in 7.1 in 49.9 oz 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
 
Nikon W300 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.1 in 8.1 oz 280 Y May 2017 389 i
 
Panasonic TS7 4.6 in 3.0 in 1.5 in 11.3 oz 300 Y May 2018 449 i
 
Ricoh WG-6 4.6 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 8.7 oz 340 Y Feb 2019 399 i
 
Sony RX0 II 2.3 in 1.6 in 1.4 in 4.7 oz 240 Y Mar 2019 699 i
 
Sony WX800 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.2 oz 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
 
Sony RX0 2.3 in 1.6 in 1.2 in 3.9 oz 240 Y Aug 2017 699i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The W150 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 43 percent) than the WG-60, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Nikon W150 features a 1/3.1-inch sensor and the Ricoh WG-60 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the WG-60 is 75 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 7.4 and 5.6. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Nikon W150 and Ricoh WG-60 sensor measures

With 15.9MP, the WG-60 offers a higher resolution than the W150 (13MP), but the WG-60 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 1.33μm versus 1.11μm for the W150) due to its larger sensor. However, the W150 is a somewhat more recent model (by 5 months) than the WG-60, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Ricoh WG-60 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the WG-60 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Nikon W150 are 20.8 x 15.6 inches or 52.8 x 39.6 cm for good quality, 16.6 x 12.5 inches or 42.3 x 31.7 cm for very good quality, and 13.9 x 10.4 inches or 35.2 x 26.4 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Nikon Coolpix W150 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Ricoh WG-60 are ISO 125 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

W150 versus WG-60 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
 
Nikon W150 1/3.1 13.0 4160 31201080/30p........
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........
 
Fujifilm XP130 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
 
Fujifilm XP120 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
 
Leica Q2 Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/30p26.413.5249196
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
 
Panasonic TS7 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
 
Ricoh WG-6 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
 
Sony RX0 II 1-inch 15.4 4800 32004K/30p........
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
 
Sony RX0 1-inch 15.4 4800 32001080/60p22.412.454868

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The W150 and the WG-60 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Nikon W150 and Ricoh WG-60 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
 
Nikon W150none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 4.7 Y n
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
 
Fujifilm XP140none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Fujifilm XP130none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Fujifilm XP120none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Leica Q23680 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 20.0 n Y
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
 
Panasonic TS71170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y
 
Ricoh WG-6none n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 1.0 Y n
 
Sony RX0 IInone n 1.5 230 tilting n .. 5.5 n n
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Sony RX0none n 1.5 230 fixed n .. 5.5 n n

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the W150 is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Ricoh WG-60 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the W150 and the WG-60 have zoom lenses built in. The W150 has a 30-90mm f/3.3-5.9 optic and the WG-60 offers a 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Ricoh provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the Nikon. The W150 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the W150 and the WG-60 write their files to SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Coolpix W150 and Ricoh WG-60 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
 
Nikon W150-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---
 
Fujifilm XP140-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Fujifilm XP130-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Fujifilm XP120-monomono--micro2.0Y--
 
Leica Q2Ystereomono----Y-Y
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Panasonic TS7-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
 
Ricoh WG-6-monomono--micro3.0---
 
Sony RX0 II-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Sony RX0-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y

It is notable that the W150 offers wifi support, while the WG-60 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the W150 and the WG-60 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The WG-60 replaced the earlier Ricoh WG-50, while the W150 followed on from the Nikon W100. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Ricoh websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Nikon W150 better than the Ricoh WG-60 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix W150:

  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.3 vs f/3.5).
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (43 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 5 months after the WG-60).

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Advantages of the Ricoh WG-60:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (15.9 vs 13MP), which boosts linear resolution by 11%.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 4.7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (300 versus 220) out of a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in October 2018).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the WG-60 is the clear winner of the contest (12 : 7 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

W150 07:12 WG-60

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon W150 and the Ricoh WG-60 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the W150 or the WG-60. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Review Scores
  Camera
Model
camera
  labs  
dp
review  
ephoto
  zine  
imaging
resource
photography
  blog  
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Nikon W150+..3.5/5..3/5 Apr 2019 159 i
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 i
 
Fujifilm XP140+..3.5/5..4/5 Feb 2019 229 i
 
Fujifilm XP130o..3.5/5..4/5 Jan 2018 229i
 
Fujifilm XP120o..3.5/5..4/5 Jan 2017 229i
 
Leica Q2..84/1004.5/5..4/5 Mar 2019 4,995 i
 
Nikon B600+..3.5/5..3/5 Jan 2019 349 i
 
Nikon A1000+ +..3.5/5..3/5 Jan 2019 429 i
 
Nikon P1000+73/1003.5/54.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
 
Nikon W300+..4/5..4/5 May 2017 389 i
 
Panasonic TS7+......3.5/5 May 2018 449 i
 
Ricoh WG-6....3.5/5..3.5/5 Feb 2019 399 i
 
Sony RX0 II....3.5/5..4/5 Mar 2019 699 i
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
 
Sony RX0....3.5/5..4/5 Aug 2017 699i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? If you would like to see a different side-by-side camera review, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Nikon W150 vs Ricoh WG-60

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 30-90mm f/3.3-5.9 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
    Launch Date April 2019 October 2018
    Launch Price USD 159 USD 279
    Sensor Specs Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/3.1" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 4.7 x 3.5 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 16.45 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 5.9 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 7.4x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 13 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4160 x 3120 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.11 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 78.90 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 125 - 1,600 ISO 125 - 6,400 ISO
    Screen Specs Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.7inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 4.7 shutter flaps/s 8 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/2000sno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Nikon W150 Ricoh WG-60
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (10m)Waterproof body (14m)
    Battery Type EN-EL19 D-LI92
    Battery Life (CIPA)220 shots per charge300 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 110 x 67 x 38 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.5 in)
    123 x 62 x 30 mm
    (4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)
    Camera Weight 177 g (6.2 oz) 193 g (6.8 oz)

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