Ricoh WG-30W Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” backlit CMOS sensor
  • f3.5-5.5 lens
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • 1.08 fps continuous shooting (10 fps and 30 fps available at reduced resolution)
  • Wi-fi
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 1 cm macro mode
  • 2.7” LCD
  • Waterproof to 40 feet (up to two hours)
  • Dustproof
  • Shock resistant to 4.9 feet
  • Pixel track and digital stabilization
  • 68 MB internal memory
  • Takes SD cards
  • Li-ion battery rated at 300 shots
  • Weighs 6.8 ounces
  • Release Date: 2015-01-15
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended


Ricoh WG-30W wraps wi-fi into sturdy little camera
Rugged and compact, the Ricoh WG-30W is a tough camera with built-in wi-fi.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/27/2016

The Ricoh WG-30W offers rugged features along with options like wi-fi. This compact camera can head underwater to depths of 40 feet. Drops and dust aren't a problem either, with a 4.9' shockproof rating. With a rugged body around the outside, can the performance and features on the inside measure up?

The WG-30W uses an average sized sensor, a 1/2.3", with 16 megapixels. It is backlit, which should help some when shooting in low light conditions. A 5x optical zoom is included as well, plus the lens can handle close-ups up to 1 cm. Ring lights around the lens also assist with close-up shots.

Speed-wise, the WG-30W reaches shutter speeds of up to 1/4000, however the 1.08 continous shooting mode is rather unimpressive. There's a 10 fps burst mode--but these images are snapped at only five megapixels.

The biggest issue with the WG-30W, however, is likely the lens. The minimum aperture is f3.5-5.5--if you don't speak camera, that means the lens isn't the brightest in the market. While that f3.5 is similar to regular budget point-and-shoots, when you head underwater, you need a bright lens in order to capture decent shots with all the water between you and the sun. With options like the Olympus TG-3 and Pentax WG-4, both with brighter f2.0 lenses, at a similar price currently, it's hard to reccomend the WG-30W. The slow burst speed and with the lens make it seem like a budget option, but at $300, it's too closely priced with better cameras.

The WG-30W does have a rugged build and wi-fi going for it, and will likely snap good shots above water. The backlit sensor will help some when lighting is limited, but we would have liked to see a brighter lens and faster burst mode.


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