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Ricoh GR II vs WG-60

The Ricoh GR II and the Ricoh WG-60 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in June 2015 and October 2018. Both the GR II and the WG-60 are fixed lens compact cameras that are based on an APS-C (GR II) and a 1/2.3-inch (WG-60) sensor. The GR II has a resolution of 16.1 megapixels, whereas the WG-60 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
Ricoh GR II versus Ricoh WG-60
Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28mm f/2.8 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-25,600 ISO 125-6,400
Viewfinder optional No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 1230k dots 2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
4 shutter flaps per second 8 shutter flaps per second
not weather sealedWaterproof body (14m)
320 shots per battery charge300 shots per battery charge
117 x 63 x 35 mm, 251 g 123 x 62 x 30 mm, 193 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Ricoh GR II 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 physical size and weight of the Ricoh GR II and the Ricoh WG-60 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The WG-60 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the GR II is only available in black.

Size Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh WG-60
Compare GR II versus WG-60 top
Comparison GR II 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 Ricoh GR II. However, the WG-60 is markedly lighter (23 percent) than the GR II. It is noteworthy in this context that the WG-60 is splash and dust-proof, while the GR II does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing. More than that, the WG-60 is water-proof up to 14m and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

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

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life 1
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch 2
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Ricoh GR II 117 mm 63 mm 35 mm 251 g 320 n Jun 2015 699 i
 
Ricoh WG-60 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699i
 
Fujifilm XP140 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
 
Fujifilm XP130 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Jan 2018 229i
 
Fujifilm XP120 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 203 g 210 Y Jan 2017 229i
 
Fujifilm X70 113 mm 64 mm 44 mm 340 g 330 n Jan 2016 799i
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599i
 
Panasonic GM5 99 mm 60 mm 36 mm 211 g 220 n Sep 2014 749i
 
Ricoh GR 117 mm 61 mm 35 mm 245 g 290 n Apr 2013 799i
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
 
Sony RX100 V 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 299 g 220 n Oct 2016 999 i
 
Sony RX100 IV 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 298 g 280 n Jun 2015 999i
 
Sony RX100 III 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 290 g 320 n May 2014 799i
 
Sony RX100 II 102 mm 58 mm 38 mm 281 g 350 n Jun 2013 749i
 
Sony NEX-5R 111 mm 59 mm 39 mm 276 g 330 n Aug 2012 749i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.
(1) Number of images that can be taken on a full battery charge according to the CIPA-standard; (2) Official announcement.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The WG-60 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 60 percent) than the GR II, 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.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Ricoh GR II features an APS-C sensor and the Ricoh WG-60 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the WG-60 is 92 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.5 and 5.6. The sensor in the GR II has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the WG-60 offers a 4:3 aspect.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around CMOS sensors.

Ricoh GR II and Ricoh WG-60 sensor measures

With 16.1MP, the GR II offers a slightly higher resolution than the WG-60 (15.9MP), but the GR II nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.79μm versus 1.33μm for the WG-60) due to its larger sensor. However, the WG-60 is a much more recent model (by 3 years and 4 months) than the GR II, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. 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 Ricoh GR II has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Ricoh WG-60 are ISO 125 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

GR II versus WG-60 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). 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
 
Ricoh GR II APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.613.7107880
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671
 
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........
 
Fujifilm X70 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
 
Panasonic GM5 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34481080/60p22.111.772166
 
Ricoh GR APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.613.597278
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
 
Sony RX100 V 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670
 
Sony RX100 IV 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.659170
 
Sony RX100 III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.412.349567
 
Sony RX100 II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.512.448367
 
Sony NEX-5R APS-C 16.0 4912 32641080/60i23.713.191078

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The GR II 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. That said, the GR II can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the GV-1. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Ricoh GR II, the Ricoh WG-60, and comparable cameras.

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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
 
Ricoh GR IIoptional n 3.0 1230 fixed n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
 
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
 
Fujifilm X70optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
 
Panasonic GM51166 n 3.0 921 fixed Y 1/500s 5.8 n n
 
Ricoh GRoptional n 3.0 1230 fixed n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Sony RX100 V2359 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y
 
Sony RX100 IV2359 n 3.0 1228 tilting n 1/2000s 16.0 Y Y
 
Sony RX100 III1440 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Sony RX100 IIoptional n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Sony NEX-5Roptional n 3.0 920 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0 n n

The Ricoh GR II and the Ricoh WG-60 both have 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.

The WG-60 is equipped with a zoom lens, while the GR II comes with a built-in prime. The WG-60 has a 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5 optic and the GR II offers a 28mm f/2.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the GR II and WG-60 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the WG-60 has less tele-photo reach at the long end. The GR II offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the GR II and the WG-60 write their files to SDXC cards. The GR II supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the WG-60 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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 Ricoh GR II 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
 
Ricoh GR IIYstereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Fujifilm XP140-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Fujifilm XP130-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Fujifilm XP120-monomono--micro2.0Y--
 
Fujifilm X70YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Panasonic GM5Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
 
Ricoh GRYmonomono--micro2.0---
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Sony RX100 V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Sony RX100 IV-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Sony RX100 III-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Sony RX100 IIYstereomono--micro2.0YY-
 
Sony NEX-5RYstereomono--mini2.0Y--

It is notable that the GR II has a hotshoe, while the WG-60 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

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

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Ricoh GR II and the Ricoh WG-60? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Reasons to prefer the Ricoh GR II:

  • 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.
  • More framing options: Can be equipped with a hotshoe-mounted accessory-viewfinder.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1230k vs 230k dots).
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5).
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in June 2015).


Arguments in favor of the Ricoh WG-60:

  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 4 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 58g or 23 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • Water-proof: Is rugged and sealed and can thus be used for underwater photography (up to 14m).
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (60 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years and 4 months of technical progress since the GR II launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the GR II is the clear winner of the match-up (13 : 6 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. 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.

GR II 13:06 WG-60

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Ricoh GR II and the Ricoh WG-60 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Prime Lens Compact Camera and Best Travel-Zoom Camera listings 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 GR II or the WG-60. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera 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
 
Ricoh GR II....4.5/54.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 699 i
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 i
 
Canon G7 X+ +77/1004.5/53.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699i
 
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
 
Fujifilm X70..76/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799i
 
Nikon W300+..4/5..4/5 May 2017 389 i
 
Nikon P900..77/1004/54.5/54/5 Mar 2015 599i
 
Panasonic GM5+77/1005/55/54.5/5 Sep 2014 749i
 
Ricoh GR..79/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Apr 2013 799i
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
 
Sony RX100 V+ +83/1004/55/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999 i
 
Sony RX100 IV+ +85/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 999i
 
Sony RX100 III+ +82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 May 2014 799i
 
Sony RX100 II+ +79/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jun 2013 749i
 
Sony NEX-5R....4.5/5..4.5/5 Aug 2012 749i
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. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Ricoh GR II 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 Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28mm f/2.8 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
    Launch Date June 2015 October 2018
    Launch Price USD 699 USD 279
    Sensor Specs Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.6 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 369.72 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.4 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 16.1 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4928 x 3264 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.79 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 4.35 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 125 - 6,400 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 80 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 23.6 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 13.7 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 1078 ..
    Screen Specs Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 1230k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 4 shutter flaps/s 8 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer 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 UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Ricoh GR II Ricoh WG-60
    Environmental Sealingnot weather sealedWaterproof body (14m)
    Battery Type DB65 D-LI92
    Battery Life (CIPA)320 shots per charge300 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 117 x 63 x 35 mm
    (4.6 x 2.5 x 1.4 in)
    123 x 62 x 30 mm
    (4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)
    Camera Weight 251 g (8.9 oz) 193 g (6.8 oz)

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