• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon S90 advantages over Ricoh WG-4

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.08 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Lighter weight
    175g vs 230g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Ricoh WG-4 advantages over Canon S90

  • Less expensive
    $330 vs $430 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Canon S95

Canon S90
Canon S95
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 24p video
Ricoh WG-4
Canon S95
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon S100

Canon S90
Canon S100
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
Ricoh WG-4
Canon S100
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon S110

Canon S90
Canon S110
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $424
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Ricoh WG-4
Canon S110
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $424
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Pentax WG-3

Canon S90
Pentax WG-3
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
Ricoh WG-4
Pentax WG-3
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Canon S90
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Ricoh WG-4
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
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