• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A7R advantages over Ricoh WG-5 GPS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 340 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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
    4.0 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Ricoh WG-5 GPS advantages over Sony A7R

  • Less expensive
    $297 vs $1799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    236g vs 465g
    Lighter weight
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Resolution that rivals a medium-format camera; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Decent performance bearing in mind its extremely high resolution; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Extreme resolution makes focus and lens quality critical; Modest performance; Loud shutter; Lacks hybrid autofocus of the A7; Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Slow X-sync; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Sony A7R
Sony A7
  • $1849
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Sony A7
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus TG-3

Sony A7R
Olympus TG-3
  • $1849
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
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 Olympus TG-4

Sony A7R
Olympus TG-4
  • $1849
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Olympus TG-4
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7R
Sony A7R II
  • $1849
  • 35mm
  • Lighter weight
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Sony A7R II
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7R
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $1849
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4530
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $4530
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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