Ricoh G900 review

There are rugged cameras aplenty, but when you need another layer of protection, look to the Ricoh G900

Ricoh G900
(Image: © Sharmishta Sarkar / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Ricoh G900 sits in a category of its own. As an ‘industrial’ camera, it’s got added protection against chemicals, making it a little more rugged than your average ‘rugged’ camera. Otherwise, its specs are identical to the Ricoh WG-6, although its image quality is a touch better in comparison despite sharing the same sensor. It's also quite pricey, so unless you work in the construction industry or need a camera to capture firefighting drills, you'll likely find cheaper options for an everyday waterproof camera.


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    Water- and chemical-proof build

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    Barcode scanning capabilities

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    Decent image quality

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    Macro ring light


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    Image stabilization is digital

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    No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity (only on Ricoh G900SE)

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    Struggles in very bright light

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It’s not too often you find cameras boasting specific modes for, say, firefighting, but the Ricoh G900 does. That’s because it’s a camera designed for industrial use and comes with added protection for chemicals. That might be a niche use for the G900, but if you happen to work in the construction industry or in a manufacturing factory where you need to take pictures often, your go-to would be the G900. 

Launched at the same time as the Ricoh WG-6 in 2019, the G900 might be aging but, as an alternative to a waterproof camera that you can take on your holidays or daily adventures, it’s one of a few choices you might have. 

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!