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Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

The Ricoh WG-6 and the Ricoh WG-60 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2019 and October 2018. Both the WG-6 and the WG-60 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The WG-6 has a resolution of 20.2 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 WG-6   Ricoh WG-60
Ricoh WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-140mm f/3.5-5.5 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
4K/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 125-6400 ISO 125-6400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 1040k dots 2.7" LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
1 shutter flaps per second 8 shutter flaps per second
Waterproof body (14m)Waterproof body (14m)
340 shots per battery charge300 shots per battery charge
118 x 66 x 33 mm, 246 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 WG-6 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: Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

The physical size and weight of the Ricoh WG-6 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 measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The WG-6 can be obtained in two different colors (black, orange), while the WG-60 is also available in two color-versions, but different ones (black, red).

Size Ricoh WG-6 vs Ricoh WG-60
Compare WG-6 versus WG-60 top
Comparison WG-6 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 smaller (2 percent) than the Ricoh WG-6. Moreover, the WG-60 is markedly lighter (22 percent) than the WG-6. 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 WG-6 can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Ricoh WG-6» 118 mm 66 mm 33 mm 246 g 340 Y Feb 2019 399 i i Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i i Ricoh WG-60
 
Canon SX740« » 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
 
Fujifilm XP140« » 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Feb 2019 229 i i Fujifilm XP140
 
Fujifilm XF10« » 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499 i i Fujifilm XF10
 
Fujifilm XP130« » 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Jan 2018 229- i Fujifilm XP130
 
Nikon W300« » 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i i Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TZ95« » 112 mm 69 mm 42 mm 327 g 380 n Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic FT7« » 117 mm 76 mm 37 mm 319 g 300 Y May 2018 449 i i Panasonic FT7
 
Ricoh GR III« » 109 mm 62 mm 33 mm 257 g 200 n Feb 2019 899 i i Ricoh GR III
 
Sony HX99« » 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« » 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« » 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. 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 30 percent) than the WG-6, 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: Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors 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 associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-60 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the WG-6 offers a higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 15.9 MP of the WG-60. This megapixels advantage translates into a 13 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the WG-6 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 1.33μm for the WG-60). In this context, it should be noted, however, that the WG-6 is a somewhat more recent model (by 3 months) than the WG-60, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that at least partly compensate for the smaller pixel size. 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-6 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the WG-6 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 19.4 inch or 65.8 x 49.4 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 15.6 inch or 52.7 x 39.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 13 inch or 43.9 x 32.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Ricoh WG-60 are 23 x 17.3 inch or 58.5 x 43.9 cm for good quality, 18.4 x 13.8 inch or 46.8 x 35.1 cm for very good quality, and 15.4 x 11.5 inch or 39 x 29.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Ricoh WG-6 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 6400. The Ricoh WG-60 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

WG-6 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.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Ricoh WG-6» 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p----Ricoh WG-60
 
Canon SX740« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Canon SX740
 
Fujifilm XP140« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p----Fujifilm XP140
 
Fujifilm XF10« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p----Fujifilm XF10
 
Fujifilm XP130« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p----Fujifilm XP130
 
Nikon W300« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TZ95« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic FT7« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic FT7
 
Ricoh GR III« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p----Ricoh GR III
 
Sony HX99« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony WX800

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, but the WG-6 provides a higher video resolution than the WG-60. It can shoot video footage at 4K/30p, while the WG-60 is limited to 1080/60p.

 

Feature comparison: Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The WG-6 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 table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Ricoh WG-6 and Ricoh WG-60 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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
Camera
Model
 
Ricoh WG-6»- n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 1.0 Y n Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60«- n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n Ricoh WG-60
 
Canon SX740« »- n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y Canon SX740
 
Fujifilm XP140« »- n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Fujifilm XP140
 
Fujifilm XF10« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n Fujifilm XF10
 
Fujifilm XP130« »- n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Fujifilm XP130
 
Nikon W300« »- n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TZ95« »2330 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic FT7« »1170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic FT7
 
Ricoh GR III« »- n 3.0 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.0 n Y Ricoh GR III
 
Sony HX99« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« »- n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony WX800

The Ricoh WG-6 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.

Both the WG-6 and the WG-60 have zoom lenses built in. Both optics have identical focal length range and aperture specifications (5-25.0mm f/3.5-5.5). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the WG-6 and the WG-60 write their files to SDXC cards.

 

Connectivity comparison: Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

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 WG-6 and Ricoh WG-60 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Ricoh WG-6»-monomono--micro3.0---Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60«-monomono--micro2.0---Ricoh WG-60
 
Canon SX740« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX740
 
Fujifilm XP140« »-monomono--micro2.0Y-YFujifilm XP140
 
Fujifilm XF10« »-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YFujifilm XF10
 
Fujifilm XP130« »-monomono--micro2.0Y-YFujifilm XP130
 
Nikon W300« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon W300
 
Panasonic TZ95« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic FT7« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic FT7
 
Ricoh GR III« »Ystereomono---3.0Y-YRicoh GR III
 
Sony HX99« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX99
 
Sony HX95« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX95
 
Sony WX800« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony WX800

Both the WG-6 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 WG-6 followed on from the Ricoh WG-5. 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: Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Ricoh WG-6 better than the Ricoh WG-60 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Reasons to prefer the Ricoh WG-6:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (20.2 vs 15.9MP) with a 13% higher linear resolution.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • 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 (1040k vs 230k dots).
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (340 versus 300) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.0 vs 2.0).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 3 months after the WG-60).


Advantages of the Ricoh WG-60:

  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 1 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 53g or 22 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (30 percent cheaper at launch).
  • 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-6 emerges as the winner of the contest (7 : 4 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.

WG-6 07:04 WG-60

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Ricoh WG-6 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 WG-6 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: Ricoh WG-6 vs WG-60

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.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Ricoh WG-6»----- Feb 2019 399 i i Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60«----- Oct 2018 279 i i Ricoh WG-60
 
Canon SX740« »+-4/5-4/5 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
 
Fujifilm XP140« »----- Feb 2019 229 i i Fujifilm XP140
 
Fujifilm XF10« »-75/1004/5-4.5/5 Jul 2018 499 i i Fujifilm XF10
 
Fujifilm XP130« »o-3.5/5-4/5 Jan 2018 229- i Fujifilm XP130
 
Nikon W300« »+-4/5-4/5 May 2017 389 i i Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TZ95« »--4.5/5-- Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic FT7« »+-3.5/5-3.5/5 May 2018 449 i i Panasonic FT7
 
Ricoh GR III« »-81/1004/5-- Feb 2019 899 i i Ricoh GR III
 
Sony HX99« »--4/5-4.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« »----- Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« »----- Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. 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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    Specifications: Ricoh WG-6 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 WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
    Launch Date February 2019 October 2018
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 279
    Sensor Specs Ricoh WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 125-6400 ISO 125-6400 ISO
    Screen Specs Ricoh WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 2.7 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Ricoh WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 1 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 no no
    Connectivity Specs Ricoh WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Geotagging GPS built-in
    Body Specs Ricoh WG-6 Ricoh WG-60
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (20m)Waterproof body (14m)
    Battery Type DB-110 power pack D-LI92 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)340 shots per charge300 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 118 x 66 x 33 mm
    (4.6 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
    123 x 62 x 30 mm
    (4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)
    Camera Weight 246 g (8.7 oz) 193 g (6.8 oz)

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