Ricoh WG-20 Review

November 21, 2014 | Matt Grayson |


Camera Type

Digital compact camera resistant to water, dust, sand, crash, cold and pressure


1/2.3" CCD

Total Pixels

approx. 14.48 megapixels

Effective Pixels

approx. 14 megapixels


14M (4228x3216)

10M (1:1) (3216x3216)

10M (16:9) (4224x2376)

7M (3072x2304)

5M (16:9) (3072x1728)

5M (2592x1944)

4M (16:9) (2592x1464)

3M (2048x1536)

2M (16:9) (1920x1080)

1024 (1024x768)

640 (640x480)

3 quality levels of JPEG: ★★★ Excellent, ★★ very good, ★ good


1280(1280x720): approx. 30/15fps,

640(640x480): approx. 30/15fps,

320(320X240): approx. 30/15fps


AUTO, Manual (ISO 80 - 6400)

Auto ISO range: ISO 80-100, ISO 80-200, ISO 80-400, ISO 80-800, ISO 80-1600

Auto ISO range for SR: ISO 80 - 6400

Shake Reduction

Pixel Track SR, Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)

Focal Length

PENTAX 5-25mm, equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm 

Aperture : F3.5(W) - F5.5(T), [smallest aperture (W) F4.2, (T) F6.6]

Digital Zoom

Optical zoom: 5x

Digital zoom: approx. 6.7x

Intelligent zoom: approx. 7x at 7M, approx. 33.5x at 640 (including optical zoom)


PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (5 aspherical elements)

Focusing System

TTL contrast detection auto focus system


Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available

9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF

AF Modes

Normal : 0.5m ‐ infinity (whole zoom area)

Macro : 0.1m ‐ 0.6m (whole zoom area)

1cm Macro : 0.01m ‐ 0.30m (middle zoom position)

Manual : 0.01m - infinity (Depends on the zooming steps, 0.01m is only available in 2-4 zoom step.)

AF assist

AF assist lamp available

Special Macrolight available, 5 LED to assist close-up shooting


2.7" (6.86mm) Wide TFT color LCD , with Anti-reflective AR Coating (Cover only)

LCD frame rate Approx. 30fps


approx. 230k dots


Playback functions:
One Shot, Index (6 thumb nails, 12 thumb nails), Enlargement (up to 10X, scroll available), Movie Zlayback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder display, Select&Delete, Calendar, Changing folder name

Digital filters:
B&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter


1/1500  - 1/4sec.

4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)

Exposure system

Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes

Scene Modes:

Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Underwater, Underwater Movie, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Digital Wide, Digital SR, Surf&Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Fireworks, Candlelight, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Report, Green

Auto picture scene modes:

Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait&Blue Sky, Portrait&Sunset, Portrait&Backlight


±2EV (1/3EV steps)

Auto Bracketing



Auto, Flash-on and Flash-off modes, "red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge

Effective Range

Wide:approx. 0.2 - 3.9 m (ISO Auto)

Tele:approx. 0.2 - 2.5 m (ISO Auto)


Exposure Parameters

Drive modes:

One shot, Self-timer [10 sec, 2 sec, Remote Control (immediate or 3 sec)], Cont. Shooting, Burst Shooting, Remote Control, Interval Shooting, Auto Bracket

Start-up time :     approx. 1.3 sec

Release time lug : approx. 0.037 sec

Cont. Shooting:    approx. 0.68 frame/sec (for up to 24 frames)

High-speed continous shooting :

approx. 2.27 frame/sec (for up to 19 frames)

approx. 5.26 f/sec (for up to 19 frames at ISO 3200/6400 )

Face Recognition

Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces.

Smile Capture, Self-portrait assist, Self-portrait Assist + Smile Capture, Blink Detection,

Detect up to 1 pet's face (auto or select from pre-reg. three faces)

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting

Digital Filter

B&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter



1280(1280x720): approx. 30/15fps,

640(640x480): approx. 30/15fps,

320(320X240): approx. 30/15fps

Quality level: Fixed

Shake reduction: Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)


Save as still image, Divide Movies, Adding title picture

Digital Filter

B&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter


Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Ink Rubbing Filter, Collage, Digital Filter(B&W / Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Fish- eye, Brightness Filter, Miniature), Original Frame, Frame Compo site, Movie Edit, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen, Face close up playback


approx 97 MB


SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards

Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards

File Format

Photo format :

JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

Video format :

AVI (Motion JPEG), with sound

Sound format :

WAV(PCM), monaural (audio sampling rate : 32kHz, 16bit)

Special Features

English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Delay Start-up time: approx. 1.3 sec
Shutter Release Delay Approx. 0.037 sec

Interfaces : USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed), PC/AV terminal, HDMI terminal Type D (Micro) port

Video Output : NTSC/PAL


Rechargeable D-LI92 Lithium-Ion battery

Optional AC adapter kit


Still*: approx. 260 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)

Playback**: approx. 280 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)

Movie : approx. 120 min.**; Audio : approx. 350 min. **

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPAcompliant
testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

** According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.


58.5 mm




28.5 mm


143 g (without battery and memory card)

164 g (loaded and ready)


PC: Windows XP SP3, Vista TM, 7, 8 and 8.1

Mac Mac OS X 10.6 or above
Included Software

Windows: MediaImpression 3.6.1 LE(Windows)

Mac : MediaImpression 2.2 LE

Kit Content

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI92

Charger kit K-BC92E

USB cable I-USB7

Carabiner strap O-ST104

Macro stand O-MS1

Software (CD-ROM) S-SW147


WG Flat adhesive mount O-CM1471 - 37030

WG Handle bar mount O-CM1472 - 37031

WG Suction Cup mount O-CM1473 - 37032

WG Holder O-CH1470 - 37033

Carabiner strap O-ST118 (Y&B) - 39003

Carabiner strap O-ST103(OR) - 39861

Chest harness - 50284

Remote control O-RC1 - 39892

Floating Strap - 50195

Black neoprene case - 50242

Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI92 - 39800

Charger kit K-BC92E - 39804

AC adapter K-AC117E - 38971

Video cable I-AVC7 - 39552

USB cable I-USB7 - 39551

WG Repair parts 1 O-CM1474 (for O-CM1471) - 37034

WG repair parts 2 O-CM1475 (replacement nut for O-CM1471/72/73) - 37035

WG Repair parts 3 O-CM1476 (for O-CH1470) - 37036

Macro stand O-MS1 - 39004