• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon J3 advantages over Ricoh WG-5 GPS

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.86 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Ricoh WG-5 GPS advantages over Nikon J3

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon J3
Nikon J1
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Nikon J1
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon S1

Nikon J3
Nikon S1
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Nikon S1
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Nikon J3
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Olympus TG-3

Nikon J3
Olympus TG-3
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Olympus TG-3
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon J3
Nikon J4
  • $299
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Nikon J4
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
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