Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Ricoh WG-4 review: The adventure-proof camera

Rating: 4 out of 5
The Ricoh WG-4 is priced at Rs 20,995 The Ricoh WG-4 is priced at Rs 20,995
Written by Rituparna Banerjee | Posted: June 16, 2014 11:39 am | Updated: June 16, 2014 7:27 pm

safeguard of its vulnerable interior parts from the elements. For users like me, who tend to go overboard when shooting outdoors, this design is ideal.

The front side has six led lights around the lens panel for low light macro photography. It illuminates the subject automatically for extreme close-ups.
To put the user at ease, Ricoh has specifically mentioned the camera’s all-weather capabilities at the back, beside the LCD screen. The camera is crush-proof upto 100 kg, shockproof up to 2m, waterproof up to 14m and cold proof upto -10 degrees. With the specifications right infront of your eyes, we can be a little more careful while in our adevnture trips and experimentation.

Performance

Outdoor photo of heavy rain at dusk. (Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) Outdoor photo of heavy rain at dusk. (Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) With  Ricoh WG-4's maximum aperture upto f/2, I got some delicious food shots with shallow depth of field. With Ricoh WG-4’s maximum aperture upto f/2, I got some delicious food shots with shallow depth of field. Low-light photo where the camera's six LED lights came into use. Low-light photo where the camera’s six LED lights came into use. The camera's 25-100 mm range gave me a lot of freedom in composing shots. The camera’s 25-100 mm range gave me a lot of freedom in composing shots. The camera's digital microscopic mode was satisfactory in this photo. The camera’s digital microscopic mode was satisfactory in this photo. ISO ranging from 125-6400, low light indoor shots were quite acceptable. ISO ranging from 125-6400, low light indoor shots were quite acceptable.

With a 4X optical zoom in-built lens, the camera is well prepared for a difficult journey. It’s in-body countersunk lens, guards unnecessary dust particles and trickles of water from entering the device. As a result, the camera almost takes no time to get started. I thought low-light slowed it down a bit but it hardly ever took more than 1-3 seconds to focus and capture a shot. Many users frustrated by shutter and review lags in compact cameras will find this speed delightful.

With its ISO ranging from 125 to a mighty 6400, the camera’s low-light sensitivity is quite impressive. My attempts to take some fully zoomed in mood shots at a friend’s party were quite satisfactory. The camera’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor produces some high quality images in lowlight as well as underwater.

When I got a chance to review the WG-4, I decided to try continued…

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