• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-W560 advantages over Ricoh WG-4 GPS

  • Less expensive
    $160 vs $380 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 33 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    126g vs 235g
    Lighter weight

Ricoh WG-4 GPS advantages over Sony DSC-W560

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/2.7
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    5 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    4 vs 2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.5 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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 Sony DSC-W330

Sony DSC-W560
Sony DSC-W330
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Sony DSC-W330
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony DSC-W530

Sony DSC-W560
Sony DSC-W530
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Sony DSC-W530
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus VG-120

Sony DSC-W560
Olympus VG-120
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Olympus VG-120
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Pentax WG-3 GPS

Sony DSC-W560
Pentax WG-3 GPS
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Pentax WG-3 GPS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Ricoh WG-4

Sony DSC-W560
Ricoh WG-4
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Ricoh WG-4
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
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