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Ricoh WG-60 Comparison Review

The Ricoh WG-60 is a fixed lens compact camera that was officially introduced in October 2018 and is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 15.9 megapixel.

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Is the Ricoh WG-60 a good camera? The WG-60 has a Camera Elo of 1638. This rating puts the WG-60 below average of all travel zoom compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (small sensor cameras), the WG-60 also ranks below average.

Headline Specifications
Ricoh WG-60
Fixed lens compact camera
28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video
ISO 125 - 6 400
no viewfinder, LCD framing
2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
8 shutter flaps per second
Waterproof body (14m)
300 shots per battery charge
123 x 62 x 30 mm, 193 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Ricoh WG-60 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Ricoh WG-60 vs credit card front
WG-60 versus credit card top view
WG-60 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Ricoh WG-60 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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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
1.
 
Ricoh WG-60 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
2.
 
Canon SX600 104 mm 61 mm 26 mm 188 g 290 n Jan 2014 249i
3.
 
Fujifilm XP140 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
4.
 
Fujifilm XP130 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Jan 2018 229i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 203 g 210 Y Jan 2017 229i
6.
 
Nikon W150 110 mm 67 mm 38 mm 177 g 220 Y Apr 2019 159 i
7.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
8.
 
Ricoh WG-6 118 mm 66 mm 33 mm 246 g 340 Y Feb 2019 399 i
9.
 
Sony RX0 II 59 mm 41 mm 35 mm 132 g 240 Y Mar 2019 699 i
10.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
11.
 
Sony RX0 59 mm 41 mm 30 mm 110 g 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.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Ricoh WG-60 was launched in the US market at a price of $279. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and 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 tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Ricoh WG-60 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Ricoh WG-60 among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design.

Ricoh WG-60 sensor measures

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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
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Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
2.
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
3.
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........
4.
 
Fujifilm XP130 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
6.
 
Nikon W150 1/3.1 13.0 4160 31201080/30p........
7.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
8.
 
Ricoh WG-6 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
9.
 
Sony RX0 II 1-inch 15.4 4800 32004K/30p........
10.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
11.
 
Sony RX0 1-inch 15.4 4800 32001080/60p22.412.454868

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The WG-60 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the WG-60 can use is 1080/60p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The following tables report on some other key feature differences and similarities of 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
Specifications
(inch/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
1.
 
Ricoh WG-60none n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon SX600none n3.0 / 461 fixed n 1/2000s 3.9 Y Y
3.
 
Fujifilm XP140none n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm XP130none n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120none n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon W150none n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/2000s 4.7 Y n
7.
 
Nikon W300none n3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
8.
 
Ricoh WG-6none n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 1.0 Y n
9.
 
Sony RX0 IInone n1.5 / 230 tilting n .. 5.5 n n
10.
 
Sony WX800none n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Sony RX0none n1.5 / 230 fixed n .. 5.5 n n

One convenient feature of the WG-60 is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.

Connection 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 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
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Ricoh WG-60-mono / mono--micro2.0---
2.
 
Canon SX600-mono / mono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Fujifilm XP140-mono / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm XP130-mono / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120-mono / mono--micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Nikon W150-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon W300-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Ricoh WG-6-mono / mono--micro3.0---
9.
 
Sony RX0 II-stereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
10.
 
Sony WX800-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony RX0-stereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y

The WG-60 has a zoom lens built in (5-25.0mm f/3.5-5.5), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length range from 28 to 140mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic that offers similar focal length and aperture specifications.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the WG-60 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Ricoh WG-60............ Oct 2018 279 i
2.
 
Canon SX600..+....4/54/5 Jan 2014 249i
3.
 
Fujifilm XP140..+....3.5/54/5 Feb 2019 229 i
4.
 
Fujifilm XP130..o....3.5/54/5 Jan 2018 229i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120..o....3.5/54/5 Jan 2017 229i
6.
 
Nikon W150..+....3.5/53/5 Apr 2019 159 i
7.
 
Nikon W300..+....4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
8.
 
Ricoh WG-6........3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2019 399 i
9.
 
Sony RX0 II........3.5/54/5 Mar 2019 699 i
10.
 
Sony WX800............ Oct 2018 399 i
11.
 
Sony RX0........3.5/54/5 Aug 2017 699i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Ricoh WG-60 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the WG-60.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the WG-60?

The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the WG-60?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 6400.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Ricoh WG-60 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Does the Ricoh WG-60 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

Which battery does the WG-60 use?

The camera gets its power from the D-LI92, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

If you would like to see a side-by-side review of this and another camera, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Ricoh WG-60
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-140mm f/3.5-5.5
    Launch Date October 2018
    Launch Price USD 279
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4 608 x 3 456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 125 - 6 400 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 2.7 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    V-logging Friendliness No front-flip
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 8 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (14m)
    Battery Type D-LI92 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 123 x 62 x 30 mm
    (4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)
    Camera Weight 193 g (6.8 oz)

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