After the company was swallowed up by Japanese Pentax Ricoh, there was a hope that the new owner will inject investments and breathe life into a respected manufacturer of cameras. The former owner — Hoya — not too pampered Pentax funds for the development. With the advent of Ricoh much has changed really. Their team of developers has been increased substantially, resulting in quite quickly was expanded lineup DSLRs, updated baby Q, as well as a medium format camera the Pentax 645, which, as before, is the most accessible srednevasanta in the world. Despite the fact that Ricoh independently engaged in the development of cameras, among which there are very unusual and interesting solutions, brand Pentax no one to bury is not going to. However, since the beginning of 2014 the Pentax logo emblazoned only on DSLRs and “buttercake”, and the compacts are distributed under the brand Ricoh. The firstborn steel chamber reserved WG series is the base model WG-20, a more secure, WG-4, as well as the flagship WG-4 GPS, which came to us for testing.

The novelty is equipped with lens with overlapping focal length of 25-100 mm and maximum opening of the aperture ƒ/2.0 — ƒ/of 4.9. That is the same as the Pentax WG-3 GPS. In addition, she has a similar display, battery, CPU, the same level of security and former extra “features” like a segmented display showing the depth/height or the current time. Of course, wireless charging technology is supported. In General, from the first glance distinguish the new product from its predecessor is almost impossible. And from the second too. So we tested the camera as much detail as possible: still want to see at least some differences. And they are.


Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Image sensor 1/2,3″ CMOS‑sensor with reverse flare, of 16.79 MP
Effective number of pixels, MP 16,0
The format for saving images A photo frame: JPEG (EXIF 2.2, DCF 2.0)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264
Lens 4,5–18,0 mm (EGF 25-10 mm) ƒ/2,8-4,9
Frame size in pixels A photo frame: 4:3: 4608×3456, 3072×2304, 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1024×768, 640×480;
16:9: 4608×2592, 3072×1728, 2592×1464, 1920×1080,
1:1: 3456×3456
Video: up to 1920×1080, 1280×720
Sensitivity, units in ISO-equivalent ISO 125-6400 (configured in step 1 EV)
The shutter speed range, seconds 1/4000…1/4 to 4 in night mode
Metering modes Multi-segment, spot metering, center-weighted
Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-step increments
Built-in flash Working range (wide angle) and 0.2–10.4 m (ISO Auto)
Working range (tele) 0,2 -4,2 m (ISO Auto)
Self-timer, 2, 10
The storage device SD, SDHC, SDXC
LCD display LCD display, 3.0 inches, a resolution of 460 thousand points
Viewfinder No
Interfaces HDMI, USB
Additionally GPS, barometer, depth gauge
Food Li-ion battery DMW-BCM13E, 4.5 W·h
Dimensions, mm 124x64x33
Weight, g 216 (body only)
236 (with battery and memory card)

The scope of delivery and options

For testing, we were provided with a study sample, the delivery of which included only the battery, USB charging and data cable. Commercial samples include a carabiner, strap, microstent, software CD, Russian manual and warranty card. As options are available a floating strap that will not let you drown a camera, neoprene case, charger K-BC92E, which allows you to charge the battery outside of the camera housing, waterproof wireless remote control O-RC1 and wide-angle Converter RICOH DW-5 in combination with the adapter O-LA135. There are also numerous options for fixing camera on a Bicycle, clothing, helmet, on the windshield and hood of the car. In General, WG-4 manufacturer explicitly opposes an action-cameras.

Appearance and usability

Here begins an unsuccessful game of “find 10 differences”, because the case of the novelty is exactly the same as the Pentax WG-3 GPS. Actually changed a bunch of colors, which plays like a Ricoh for compacts and DSLRs. We’ve tested the most discreet option — black body with thin red “ribs” on the front panel, which provide more reliable fixation of the camera in the hand. The build quality is very high, as it should be protected by cameras, so when trying to twisting and squeezing the body hasn’t caved in and didn’t make any sounds.


Body panels, with the exception of a plexiglass protection display and decorative inlays on the front side, molded out of thick and tough plastic with a rough surface. In the case of protected gadgets the use of such material even gives a certain charm. But most importantly, tough and thick plastic is not afraid of small scratches, and provides some cushioning when you fall. In General, materials can be safely written to the device pluses.

The front is the lens, the flash, the lamp the AF-assist illuminator, as well as additional segment information display and IR-receiver, which can not be found in any of the competitors.

From the rear catches the eye and the inscription Ricoh, which in the case of Pentax WG-3 was not at all. Apparently, putting once again a new name, the manufacturer decided to fix in the minds of users changes. To the right of the screen set to the key-swing control zoom, it also serves to zoom in playback mode. Here are the keys switch to mode of viewing, video capture, display the main menu, familiar to users of Pentax cameras green button reset to a default value, as well as 4-way multifunction button navigation, augmented the enter key in the center. Also here is the rear receiver IR signals from the remote control.


On top are a power button and shutter release. Bottom plastic connector mounting on a tripod and cover with two-stage locking system, under which the hidden slots for the battery and memory card, and USB connectors and HDMI cables. It should be noted that due to the installation of the tripod connector at the edge, using a small tripod heads tripods or compact access card or battery you can get without removing the camera, which can be quite useful.

Right side surface is empty, and the left has only solid metal eyelet for connection of the fastening strap with carabiner.



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