Ricoh WG-6 review

With limited options for waterproof point-and-shoot cameras, the Ricoh WH-6 makes a compelling alternative

Ricoh WG-6
(Image: © Sharmishta Sarkar / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It might be ageing but the Ricoh WG-6 is a compelling alternative to the Olympus Tough TG-6, especially since no brand is making new waterproof point-and-shoots anymore. With the ability to shoot video in 4K and capture decent macros, it’s a pocketable option to take with you anywhere, but it does struggle in both very bright and low-light conditions. If the lighting is just right, though, it’ll do the job.

Pros

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    4K video capture

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    5x optical zoom

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    Decent macros

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    Built-in GPS

Cons

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    Struggles in low-light conditions

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    No Wi-Fi connectivity

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    Shake reduction is digital

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It’s probably safe to assume that there aren’t going to be any new point-and-shoot cameras, so we’re left with a handful of choices amongst the existing models. This becomes even more limited if you’re after a rugged shooter that can withstand not just high and low temperatures, but also take underwater shooting in its stride. 

Ricoh is one of the few brands to still offer a range of waterproof options, like the entry-level WG-6, putting it in direct competition with the Olympus Tough TG-6. Neither are new cameras, with both having been announced way back in 2019. That said, they’re still being supported to some extent, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble using them for a while yet.

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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!