• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 216.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

Buy From

Differences

Canon A2100 IS advantages over Ricoh WG-30

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Ricoh WG-30 advantages over Canon A2100 IS

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Your purchases support this site

Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-LZ10

Canon A2100 IS
Panasonic DMC-LZ10
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $188
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Ricoh WG-30
Panasonic DMC-LZ10
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
  • $188
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon A2000 IS

Canon A2100 IS
Canon A2000 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Ricoh WG-30
Canon A2000 IS
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • HDMI out
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus 9000

Canon A2100 IS
Olympus 9000
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $138
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Wider angle lens
Ricoh WG-30
Olympus 9000
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
  • $138
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SD970 IS

Canon A2100 IS
Canon SD970 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
Ricoh WG-30
Canon SD970 IS
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FH20

Canon A2100 IS
Panasonic DMC-FH20
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $180
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
Ricoh WG-30
Panasonic DMC-FH20
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • HDMI out
  • $180
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
Compare Other Cameras?