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Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
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Canon PowerShot A3200 IS front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Canon A3200 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F) lens
  • 149g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Introduced January 2011
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Launched September 2011
  • Succeeded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Canon A3200 IS versus Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Canon and Ricoh. There is a sizeable difference between the image resolutions of the A3200 IS (14MP) and GR Digital IV (10MP) and the A3200 IS (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") use different sensor size.

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The A3200 IS was unveiled 8 months before the GR Digital IV so they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a thorough comparison, below is a concise summation of how the A3200 IS matches up against the GR Digital IV in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3200 IS over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 A3200 IS GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Canon A3200 IS

 GR Digital IV A3200 IS 
LaunchedSeptember 2011January 2011More modern by 8 months
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1230k230kCrisper display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Canon A3200 IS and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 A3200 IS GR Digital IV 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and size. The Canon A3200 IS enjoys external dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Ricoh GR Digital IV has specifications of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are working with at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the A3200 IS versus the GR Digital IV.

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the A3200 IS and GR Digital IV is 95 and 92 respectively.

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizes merely by checking specifications. The image below will help give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A3200 IS and GR Digital IV.

To sum up, both cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The A3200 IS using its tinier sensor is going to make achieving bokeh harder and the Canon A3200 IS will give greater detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images much more aggressively. The more aged A3200 IS is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Portrait photography advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography advice
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decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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focusing manually
saves RAW files
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon A3200 IS
Street photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3200 IS as a Sports photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Sports photography camera
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
better than average battery (390 CIPA)
can't change focal length (28mm)
MP count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A3200 IS as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Travel photography camera
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decent megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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better than average battery (390 shots)
built-in flash
good max aperture (f1.9)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Landscape photography details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography details
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pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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focusing manually
good max aperture (f1.9)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (390 shots)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
MP count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3200 IS as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Vlogging camera
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pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone socket
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good max aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone jack
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Canon A3200 IS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3200 IS and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Canon PowerShot A3200 ISRicoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Brand Name Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Ricoh GR Digital IV
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-05 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28mm (1x)
Maximum aperture - f/1.9
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 1 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Smart Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 149g (0.33 lb) 190g (0.42 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 390 shots
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-8L DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $230 $599