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Ricoh G600 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £325
inc VAT


1/2.3in 10.0-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (28-140mm equivalent), 260g

The G600 is waterproof down to 1m, dust- and sand-proof and can withstand drops from 1.5m.

However, the website says, “it is guaranteed neither breakdown nor not to damage”, which is an awkward way of saying there are no guarantees. Here, rugged seems to equate to bulky and rubber-clad rather than compact and impenetrable. At least the big buttons are easier to use in hazardous environments. The accessory shoe would be a lot more useful if it had contact points for triggering a flashgun.

Various other features suggest that this camera is designed for serious business. Like all others here, it comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery, but this can be replaced with a pair of AAA batteries. They’ll last for only 60 shots, but it’s an excellent feature for emergencies or long trips in the wilderness. An Image Edit Detection feature apparently increases the reliability of data when photos are submitted as evidence. Meanwhile, one of the five scene presets is called Firefighting, and subtitled, “For shooting the scene of a fire”.

For those who don’t spend their time gathering evidence for arson investigations, there isn’t much here to tempt them away from the cheaper, slimmer and more stylish waterproof cameras. The G600 doesn’t have optical image stabilisation, so long shutter speeds – which the automatic mode is more than happy to use – tend to result in blur. Performance is a little disappointing, starting well at 2.2 seconds between shots, but slowing to almost five seconds after seven exposures.

Image quality is reasonable outdoors and surprisingly good in low light at high ISO speeds. The G600 turned in the smoothest and sharpest details of all the waterproof cameras at ISO 400 and above. The wide-angle lens with 5x zoom looks uncannily similar to the one in Pentax’s W60, however, and suffers the same distortion and corner sharpness problems. Low-light image quality is good, but that doesn’t justify the high price or the bulk.

Basic Specifications

Rating **
CCD effective megapixels 10.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Optical zoom 5.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-140mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 3,648×2,736
Maximum movie resolution 640×480
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDHC
Mermory supplied 52MB internal
Battery type 3.7V 1,150mAh Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 360 shots
Connectivity USB
Body material rubber and plastic
Accessories USB cable
Weight 260g
Size 68x117x32mm

Buying Information

Price £325

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range auto
ISO range (at full resolution) 64 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls saturation, sharpness
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, interval