2022-It’s Hard to Destroy, But Obnoxious

Date:


If there’s a cause to purchase a primary point-and-shoot digicam in 2022, it’s to take it locations a smartphone can’t go. The Ricoh WG-80 is among the many extra inexpensive choices at $330, but it may well dive greater than 45 ft underwater and deal with five-foot drops. Its macro capabilities could make a dime look massive. And it’s additionally one of many few cameras with a built-in fixed ring gentle for macro and video.

We hate banner adverts too. Download our app for iOS, iPad, and Android and get no banner adverts for $24.99/12 months.

A reputation like Ricoh could make the WG-80 look extra critical than the toy $100 waterproof cameras on the market. However, a couple of key lacking options make this digicam really feel extra like a gimmick than a critical pictures device. Sluggish speeds and a scarcity of stabilization are holding this digicam again, although it’s not less than priced accordingly.

The Huge Image

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF1956

At $330, the Ricoh WG-80 begs the query, “Are you able to get a very good model new digicam for only a few hundred {dollars}?” The reply: that depends upon your definition of fine. Out of doors pictures from the Ricoh WG-80 are colourful and able to share, with a top quality much like a mid-level smartphone.

However, indoors and with fast-moving topics, even a mid-level smartphone will get higher outcomes. The Ricoh WG-80 solely has a 1 fps burst at full decision, making motion pictures troublesome. That’s the largest disappointment to me for the reason that rugged construct would, in principle, be nice for photographing skiers, water skiers, and different water-filled, drop-likely motion. In restricted gentle, pictures get grainy fairly quick.

The worth does have an effect on these shortcomings. Should you go into the acquisition anticipating sluggish speeds and indoor pictures which might be worse than a smartphone and simply need to take a couple of underwater snapshots, it’s okay. Nonetheless, I believe most can be higher off ready to avoid wasting an additional $150 and selecting up the Olympus TG-6, which is quicker with a brighter lens and higher picture high quality in low gentle. Even the Fujifilm XP140, for under $70 extra, has picture stabilization and a 15 fps burst. The $330 worth could also be tempting for these simply selecting it up for one snorkeling journey, however renting the TG-6 (at present $40 for one week from LensRentals) will be the better option, and even investing that cash into an underwater digicam housing on your present smartphone as an alternative.

Phoblographer 2 stars

I’m giving the Ricoh WG-80 two out of 5 stars. You may choose one up at Amazon.

Professionals

  • Inexpensive
  • Sturdy waterproof design
  • Nice macro capabilities
  • Constructed-in macro ring gentle

Cons

  • No RAW capturing or guide mode
  • 1 fps burst mode is tremendous sluggish.
  • Pictures are a delicate
  • Indoor and low gentle high quality is poor.
  • No optical stabilization

Gear Used

I used the Ricoh WG-80 (on mortgage) with the Wandrd Neck Strap (not pictured, given to us for retains some time in the past).

Improvements

The Ricoh WG-80 is a sturdy compact. However, what units it other than comparable cameras is the lower cost and the inclusion of LED lights across the lens. These lights are fixed, which implies they can be utilized for video, and the place surrounding the lens additionally works for macro. Related cameras, just like the Olympus TG-6, have an adapter to show the flash to a hoop flash however don’t have the fixed lights inbuilt.

Ergonomics

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF1988

The Ricoh WG-80 is a compact digicam that matches in a pocket. It’s simply 1.2 inches deep and weighs solely .4 kilos. The small measurement permits it to go anyplace a smartphone will go, whereas the waterproofing takes it much more locations than a smartphone ought to go.

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF3005

The purpose-and-shoot has a easy, easy design. That’s as a result of it’s a primary digicam and since the controls must be straightforward to entry underwater or whereas snowboarding with gloves on. The highest has solely an on-off button and the shutter launch.

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF1998

The entrance has a built-in flash and fixed LED ring lights across the lens.

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF3047

The HDMI and USB connection is on one finish, with a steel loop for attaching a strap on the alternative facet.

A watertight compartment on the underside homes the battery and SD card, with a tripod mount off to at least one facet.

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF3040

The again homes many of the controls, subsequent to a 2.7-inch display that isn’t touch-enabled. There are buttons to zoom, view the pictures, swap the discharge mode, macro mode, flash mode, common mode, and menu buttons. There aren’t any dials or switches; all the things is a button.

Construct High quality

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF3102

Construct high quality is the star of the present right here. The Ricoh WG-80 is waterproof, rated to 45.9 ft, crushproof to 220 lbf, and shockproof to five.2-foot drops. I took this digicam swimming, to a splash pad, and kayaking. Whereas I didn’t dive to 45 ft, I had no points with water or sand throughout my evaluate.

After dealing with the WG-80 not fastidiously, the one factor that suffered was the display. There are a couple of small scratches on it, so you might have considered trying a protecting sleeve earlier than slipping it right into a pocket.

Construct high quality is the explanation to contemplate shopping for this digicam. It should go locations a smartphone can’t. Having the ability to shoot pictures underwater is extremely enjoyable.

Focusing and Burst Pace

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0164

The Ricoh WG-80 is so sluggish that it doesn’t actually have a burst pace listed within the specs. Ignoring the high-speed choice that reduces the pixel depend to 4 or 5, I timed the digicam at about one picture each 1.25 seconds. I’ll be beneficiant and name it 1 fps.

I don’t anticipate an affordable digicam to be quick. However even 5 fps would have been good for taking this digicam on the ski slopes or getting a couple of underwater motion shot.

With the sluggish pace in thoughts, the autofocus can sometimes sustain. I did get some occasional delicate pictures. And whereas pictures felt a bit of delicate general, most pictures had been in focus.

Ease of Use

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review DSCF3042

The Ricoh WG-80 is simple and simple for even non-photographers to make use of. In reality, it’s easy sufficient for teenagers to make use of; my two-year-old even used it. The digicam has a handful of auto and scene modes. It has a P mode for a bit of extra management however lacks another guide controls. It additionally doesn’t report RAW recordsdata, solely JPEGs. The restricted variety of settings additionally implies that discovering issues within the menu is easy as a result of the menu is so small.

Whereas the digicam is easy sufficient that even a child may use it, photographers in search of one thing to take locations they’ll’t take their mirrorless digicam will discover it a bit missing. Whereas the controls are straightforward for non-photographers, the restricted guide choices and lack of RAW pictures make it troublesome for photographers to have the ability to make changes. Pricier waterproof compacts, just like the Olympus TG-6, have extra superior controls.

Essentially the most troublesome a part of utilizing the WG-80 is getting an correct publicity utilizing simply the LCD display. In brilliant solar, it’s troublesome to inform if the publicity must be adjusted (which is simply attainable in P mode utilizing publicity compensation).

Metering

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0257

The Ricoh WG-80 tended to often overexpose, or make the picture too brilliant, above the water. However, the LCD display is troublesome to see in brilliant daylight, so generally I deliberately darkened the picture solely to wind up with a picture that was too darkish. Usually, when capturing with light-colored environment, like seaside sand or cement, you could have to darken the picture a bit utilizing P mode and the publicity compensation choice contained in the menu.

Picture High quality

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0118

Open air, the Ricoh WG-80 delivers pictures on par with an honest smartphone, solely 10 instances extra enjoyable as a result of a smartphone can’t go underwater. The colour is sweet. Topics are a bit delicate, however the sharpness is sweet sufficient to share on social media.

Nonetheless, that adjustments shortly when the lighting isn’t nearly as good, like indoors. Pictures get noisy quick. Even ISO 125 felt a bit grainy on the default settings the digicam ships with, together with leaving the JPEG high quality on medium. Pictures had been sharper and with a bit much less noise at high-quality settings. However, I nonetheless wouldn’t take it over ISO 800. A smartphone can do a greater job indoors and with quick motion.

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0273
Pictures utilizing the zoom are fairly delicate.

The standard on the lengthy finish of that 5x zoom can be poor. Pictures are extra muddled utilizing the zoom, even with the digital zoom off.

JPEG High quality

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0198

Should you purchase the WG-80, you first ought to go into the menu and enhance the standard setting to a few stars as an alternative of two. It’s barely slower, with a delay between single pictures. However, the photographs are a bit sharper with a bit much less noise. The JPEGs are prepared for social media however don’t print them massive. They aren’t fairly as sharp, and there’s a little bit of noise even with low ISO settings.

Excessive ISO Output

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0436
ISO 800

Pictures get actually noisy shortly; this isn’t a digicam to take indoors. In reality, the ISO solely goes as much as 1600. Should you use it indoors, with out picture stabilization and with an ISO that solely goes to 1600, it’s arduous to get a pointy shot. Nonetheless, 40 ft underwater will even be fairly darkish, so deep underwater pictures will even tackle some apparent noise and digicam shake. I’d hold the ISO settings beneath 800 as a result of high quality may be very poor, however that severely limits what you possibly can shoot with this digicam.

Further Picture Samples

From day one, The Phoblographer has been large on transparency with our viewers. Nothing from this evaluate is sponsored. Additional, a lot of people will publish opinions and present a lot of enhancing within the pictures. The issue then turns into that anybody and everybody can do the identical factor. They’re not displaying what the digicam can do. Because the Ricoh WG-80 doesn’t have RAW recordsdata, we solely embrace unedited JPEGs right here.

Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0301
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0359
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0334
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0330
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0320
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0278
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0263
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0258
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0255
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0254
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0250
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0246
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0244
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0225
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0186
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0173
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0145
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0142
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0121
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0116
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0114
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0106
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0096
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0094
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0086
Hillary Grigonis The Phoblographer Ricoh WG 80 review RIMG0085

Who Ought to Purchase It? 

The Ricoh WG-80 is a fair-weather digicam. It’s okay for those who by no means take it various ft underwater or don’t shoot at nightfall or take it indoors or attempt to shoot motion. It’s an inexpensive digicam for waterproof snapshots. I additionally assume waterproof compacts make the very best cameras for teenagers. And whereas there are higher waterproof cameras on the market, the WG-80 can be significantly better than the chintzy cameras marketed as youngsters’ cameras that break inside every week.

Whereas the Ricoh WG-80 is inexpensive and difficult, that’s about all it’s. It’s not very quick, and the photographs are a bit delicate and grainy. It’s practically unattainable to shoot indoor pictures with it, that means it’ll additionally battle if you wish to dive slightly than simply snorkel. Most individuals can be higher off saving for the sooner, brighter Olympus TG-6. It nonetheless has a small sensor, however it may well push to increased ISOs, has a brighter lens, has guide modes and RAW capturing, and has a decent burst pace. Or, for under a barely increased worth level than the WG-80, the Fujifilm XP140 has picture stabilization and a 15 fps burst mode. Should you can’t justify the fee since you solely need it for one snorkeling journey, take into account renting the TG-6 instead.

Ricoh WG-80 Tech Specs

LensRentals lists the next tech specs for the Ricoh WG-80:

  • Model: Ricoh
  • Digicam Sort: Compact
  • Environmental:
    • Waterproof: 45.9’ / 14m
    • Shockproof: 5.2’ / 1.6m
    • Crushproof: 220.46 lbf / 100 kgf
  • Publicity Management
    • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125 to 6400
    • Digital Shutter Pace: 1/4000 to 1/4 Second
    • Mechanical Shutter Pace: 1/4000 to 1/4 Second
    • Metering Methodology: Heart-Weighted Common, Multi, Spot
    • Publicity Compensation: -2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
  • White Steadiness: Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (White), Guide, Shade, Tungsten
  • Flash: Constructed-In Flash
  • Flash Modes: Flash On, Off, Pink-Eye Discount
  • Efficient Flash Vary: ISO Auto 0.66 to 18’ / 0.20 to five.5 m (Huge); 0.66 to 11’ / 0.20 to three.4 m (Telephoto)
  • Exterior Flash Connection: None
  • Imaging
    • Sensor Decision: Efficient: 16 Megapixel
    • Facet Ratio: 1:1, 16:9
    • Sensor Sort: 1/2.3”-Sort CMOS
    • Picture File Format: JPEG
    • Picture Stabilization: Digital
  • Interfaces
    • Media/Reminiscence Card Slot: Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
    • Inner Reminiscence: 68 MB
    • Connectivity: USB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
    • Wi-fi: None
    • GPS: No
  • Lens
    • Focal Size: 5 to 25mm (35mm Equal Focal Size: 28 to 140mm)
    • Optical Zoom: 5x
    • Digital Zoom: 7.2x Most,7.5x Optimized
    • Most Aperture: f/3.5 to five.5
    • Focus Vary: 1.6’ to Infinity / 0.5 m to Infinity
    • Teams/Components: 9/11
  • Mfr. Mannequin Quantity: 3123
  • Monitor Measurement: 2.7”
  • Proportions: 16:9
  • Bodily
    • Battery Sort: 1x D-L192 Constructed-in Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 300 Pictures)
    • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.8 × 2.4 × 1.2″
    • Weight: 0.4 lbs
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: Sure



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe

spot_imgspot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

2022-Maximize data outcomes by investing in people and systems

Sundar: In my expertise, being an architect...

2022 Training Needs Assessment Outsourcing: Online Directory Tips

How To Select The Proper TNA Service Supplier Coaching...

2022 The 3C Project Management Framework

The 3C Undertaking Administration Framework Give it some thought—you’re...