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Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23
Canon PowerShot A495 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Canon A495
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 62 x 31mm
  • Introduced January 2010
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Revealed September 2011
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
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Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Below is a in-depth analysis of the Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Canon and Ricoh. The sensor resolution of the A495 (10MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is pretty well matched but the A495 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The A495 was released 20 months earlier than the GR Digital IV which makes them a generation apart from each other. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a complete comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the A495 scores against the GR Digital IV in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A495 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 A495 GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Canon A495

 GR Digital IV A495 
RevealedSeptember 2011January 2010More recent by 20 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1230k115kSharper screen (+1115k dot)

Common features in the Canon A495 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 A495 GR Digital IV 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon A495 enjoys outside measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR Digital IV has proportions of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Contrast the Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the A495 and the GR Digital IV.

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the A495 and GR Digital IV is 93 and 92 respectively.

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements purely by looking at specifications. The graphic underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the A495 and GR Digital IV.

To sum up, both the cameras come with the identical MP albeit not the same sensor measurements. The A495 includes the tinier sensor which is going to make getting shallow depth of field tougher. The older A495 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A495
Portrait photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
19
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
41
has manual focus
saves RAW files
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon A495
Street photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
46
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A495
Sports photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
16
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
34
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
better than average battery (390 shots)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A495 Travel photography features
Ricoh GR Digital IV Travel photography features
50
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
67
better than average battery (390 shots)
has built in flash
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A495 as a Landscape photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Landscape photography camera
22
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
53
has manual focus
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (390 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A495 Vlogging advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging advice
21
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic jack
29
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone port
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Canon A495 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A495 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Canon PowerShot A495Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Make Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot A495 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-01-05 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 37-122mm (3.3x) 28mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.8 f/1.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 115k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 1 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175 grams (0.39 lbs) 190 grams (0.42 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 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 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $109 $599