- Additional lighting LEDs.
- Recharging via USB.
- Reactivity of the device.
- Unclear screen.
- Aging interface.
- Image quality.
- Full HD 30p video mode only.
- No continuous focusing.
BOTTOM LINE :
The sector of the riders is at half-mast: only three announcements were made this year, among which that of the Ricoh WG-50. Unfortunately, apart from its resistant and waterproof construction, the latter does not present much convincing arguments. The presence of LEDs is the main differentiating element against the competition, as well as its price, twice lower than those of the Nikon W300 and Olympus TG-5.
The Ricoh WG-50 replaces the Ricoh WG-30 and WG-30W which are no longer available for sale. It is equipped with a 16-bit BSI CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom equivalent to a 28-140 mm f / 3.5-5.5, a full HD 30 fps video mode only and of the Wi-Fi. It inaugurates a new mode “instantaneous night”, plunges to 14 meters and embeds 6 LEDs to facilitate the taking of macroscopic shots. In short, the Olympus TG-5 does not compete with more advanced features, but its price well below its rival can make a difference.
The Ricoh WG-50 features a 2.7-inch LCD with a low resolution of 230,000 pixels and is less than half the size of the Olympus Tough TG-5. The screen is not orientable or tactile, so we are a bit disappointed.
The advantage of this fighter is the presence of the six small LEDs that encircle the lens. They make macroscopic shooting easier and allow a more homogeneous illumination.
Unlike the Olympus Tough TG-5, the Ricoh WG-50 does not incorporate a PASM mode dial. Here you have to be satisfied with automatic modes, including a program mode, or scene modes like an underwater mode that adjusts the white balance of the device. The 1 cm macro mode is powerful and allows the use of the zoom to take a closer look. Think about activating electronic stabilization to optimize your images.
Although the device is rather simple to use and dedicated to a large audience, its aging interface disappoints. The square keys still pass, but the pictograms used, the typography and the menu appear to be of a different age. A little modernity would be very welcome for the next baroudeurs.
QUALITY OF IMAGES
In the field, the macro mode is ultimately the most fun to use, thanks to the very short focusing distance (10 mm) and the use of the 6 lighting LEDs. If you do not zoom in and do not print in large format, some images can still be used in good light conditions. In 2017, we expected a little more.
A shortcut key is used to trigger recording, regardless of the mode used. As in picture, a video mode is for the marine environment and automatically adjusts the white balance. The main drawback is the lack of continuous focus. To ensure proper focus, we recommend that you press the shutter button halfway while focusing at infinity. The problem in this case is that your close-up subjects will be blurred and vice versa if you focus on the foreground. It’s far too convoluted for a mainstream camera.