Fast Verdict

The Ricoh WG-6 seems to be good on paper however can wrestle in low-light circumstances, on account of a 20mp sensor, and a lens that is not going to let in as a lot mild because the competitors. In brilliant sunny circumstances color copy is sweet. Nonetheless, it is troublesome to seek out many redeeming options that make it stand out from the competitors, aside from the 6 LED lights surrounding the lens, that are distinctive to the digicam. The Ricoh WG-6 surprisingly lacks Wi-Fi, and would not characteristic optical picture stabilisation.

+ Execs

  • 5x optical zoom lens
  • Good color copy
  • 4K video recording
  • GPS built-in
  • Good macro efficiency

– Cons

  • No panoramic mode
  • Some purple fringing seen
  • Optical zoom unavailable throughout video recording
  • Digital Shake Discount
  • No built-in Wi-Fi

 

Ricoh WG 6 (13) (Large)

The Ricoh WG-6 is Ricoh’s premium waterproof, robust digicam, and replaces the WG-5, though there are a selection of adjustments that make it fairly completely different to the WG-5, together with a brand new design. The 4x optical zoom f/2.Zero lens of the WG-5 has been changed with a 5x optical zoom f/3.5 lens, and there is a 20mp BSI CMOS Sensor, 4K video recording, and built-in GPS.

Ricoh WG-6 Options

Ricoh WG 6 (5) (Large)

The Ricoh WG-6 makes use of a 20mp 1/2.3inch BSI CMOS sensor, with an ISO vary of ISO125 to ISO6400. 3fps steady taking pictures is out there, however is on the sluggish facet. The digicam includes a 5x optical zoom lens, equal for 28-140mm (in 35mm equal phrases), with an aperture of f/3.5-5.5. There’s 4K video recording, plus FullHD video with and with out HDR, plus high-speed video recording at a decision of 720p. 

The WG-6 is waterproof to 20m (65.6ft), shockproof from 2.1m, crushproof as much as 100kgf, freezeproof to -10C, and dustproof.

There are solely a small handful of waterproof cameras to select from presently obtainable, so let’s rapidly take a look on the choices obtainable:

Panasonic Lumix FT7 Ricoh WG-6 Nikon Coolpix W300 Olympus TG-6
20mp 20mp 16mp 12mp
4.6x, f/3.3-5.9 5x, f/3.5-5.5 5x, f/2.8-4.9 4x, f/2.0-4.9
31m  20m 30m 15m
4K video 4K video 4K video 4K video
10fps steady taking pictures 3fps 7fps 20fps
Wi-Fi, EVF GPS GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth GPS, Wi-Fi
£189-199 £349 £389 £449

There may be a formidable macro focus distance of 1cm, and the digicam enables you to use 1.8x optical zoom. You will get very shut macro pictures.

There are a selection of scene modes, and there are two underwater scene modes obtainable: underwater picture and underwater film. There isn’t a built-in assist.

There is a filter thread on the entrance of the digicam, and you should utilize this to connect the macro stand (inserting the digicam on this places the digicam at it is closest focus distance). The 3inch display has a decision of 1040Ok dots, and has an anti-reflective coating. 

 

Ricoh Wg 6 Vs G900
Ricoh WG-6 Vs G900

 

There’s additionally the G900 model which provides resistance to chemical compounds, in addition to digicam memos, survey slates, watermark choices, skew correction, inner reminiscence (round 6.5GB), picture modification verify, barcode mode, plus password safety for options. Extra particulars on this may be discovered on Ricoh Japan

There’s a G900 SE model providing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC built-in. 

 

Ricoh WG 6 (11) (Large)

There is a vary of equipment obtainable together with:

  • Large conversion lens (0.8x for 20-22mm equal)
  • Silicon jacket
  • Digital camera case
  • Waterproof Distant management
  • Floating wrist strap

The digicam has built-in GPS so as to log your journey, in addition to add location info to your pictures. There’s additionally an digital compass. 

Ricoh WG 6 (3) (Large)

Key Options

  • 20mp 1/2.3inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, 28-140mm equal, f/3.5-5.5
  • 3inch display, 1040Ok dots
  • 20m waterproof
  • 2.1m shockproof
  • -10C freezeproof
  • 100kg crushproof
  • 4K UHD 30fps video recording
  • FullHD video 30fps (HDR obtainable)
  • GPS Constructed-in
  • 3fps steady taking pictures
  • ISO125-ISO6400
  • 1cm macro
  • Underwater scene modes
  • Accessible in black or orange
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Ricoh WG-6 Dealing with

Ricoh WG 6 (10) (Large)

The Ricoh WG-6 includes a pretty commonplace prime plate that includes the on/off button, the shutter launch and the mode dial. The shutter launch button is sort of robust to press, though you do get used to this after some time. 

The mode dial includes a devoted video setting, which makes it simpler to entry video settings and modes. There are two customized modes on the dial. 

There is a robust rubber grip on the entrance, in addition to on the again on your thumb. The digicam is generally plastic, however with an aluminium steel entrance panel. The digicam feels solidly constructed, and with the burden of 246g it feels substantial. 

The entrance has a filter thread, for attaching the macro ring accent – however this is also used to connect different equipment, or your personal filters in case you needed.

 

Ricoh WG 6 (7) (Large)

On the again there’s a 4-way controller, which has shortcuts to flash, self-timer, macro (and different focus choices), in addition to GPS (which appeared to do nothing once we used it). Zoom management on the again is a little bit small, however straightforward to press.

The 3inch display decision is 1040Ok dots, and viewing angles are good, for the three:2 facet ratio display. You’ll be able to change the show, and present a dual-axis digital degree on the display if you’d like. You’ll be able to enhance the brightness for out of doors viewing, and you too can change off the display if you’d like.  

There’s a locking battery and reminiscence card compartment beneath, with a single lock, as an alternative of the 2 discovered on different cameras. In right here you will additionally discover (micro) HDMI and USB Kind-C connections. 

Within the field there is a full printed handbook, which is uncommon nowadays! 

Ricoh say the WG-6 has been designed in order that it may be used with gloves on, and the buttons are of a median dimension. Not as small as another cameras. 

The video button will be switched off, after which you should utilize the button as an ADJ button, providing you with fast entry to settings. To then entry the video mode, you turn to the video mode on the mode dial and begin and cease video recording with the shutter launch button. 

The menus are fairly clear, though the scene mode icons are fairly small, and these may very well be improved with bigger icons, in addition to permitting you to scroll from one line to the following, as an alternative of constructing you press the down button to go to the following row. Constructed-in assist can be good as nicely. 

GPS is built-in with help for GLONASS, QZSS+ SBAS applied sciences. You’ll be able to view the GPS show as: LAT/LON, UTM, MGRS. The digicam will report a GPS log, with GPS lock, GPS time adjustment, GPS knowledge imprint, and UTC knowledge imprint. There’s additionally a built-in Digital Compass providing you with the compass heading: Cardinal, Levels, Cardinal/Levels Declination, and Compass knowledge imprint.

Ricoh WG 6 (8) (Large)

Battery life – Battery life is rated at 340 photographs in accordance with Ricoh / CIPA check outcomes, which is sweet, though we would advocate a spare battery if you wish to shoot extra. The battery will be charged in-camera, with the supplied USB Kind-C cable. The battery seems an identical to the one discovered within the earlier digicam, the Ricoh WG-5, and the one used within the Olympus Powerful TG-6, the Olympus LI-92B, so in case you ever wrestle to seek out one, then you too can search for another. 

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