Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR

Canon PowerShot G1 X front
Ricoh GR front

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Key Specs

Canon G1 X
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 534g - 117 x 81 x 65mm
  • Announced March 2012
  • Updated by Canon G1 X II
Ricoh GR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8) lens
  • 245g - 117 x 61 x 35mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Renewed by Ricoh GR II
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Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Canon and Ricoh. The image resolution of the G1 X (14MP) and the GR (16MP) is pretty similar but the G1 X (1.5") and GR (APS-C) possess totally different sensor sizes.

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The G1 X was manufactured 12 months before the GR which means that they are of a similar generation. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the G1 X grades vs the GR when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Ricoh GR

 G1 X GR 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR over the Canon G1 X

 GR G1 X 
ReleasedApril 2013March 2012More modern by 12 months
Screen resolution1230k920kClearer screen (+310k dot)

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Ricoh GR

 G1 X GR 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera often, you will want to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon G1 X features external dimensions of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") with a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) and the Ricoh GR has measurements of 117mm x 61mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the G1 X against the GR.

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the G1 X and GR is 75 and 90 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reading technical specs. The pic below will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 X and GR.

As you have seen, each of the cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The G1 X due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallower depth of field trickier and the Ricoh GR will offer more detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged G1 X is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography factors
Ricoh GR Portrait photography factors
focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/4,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GR as a Street photography camera
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports RAW formats
more heavy than competition (534g)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition (245g)
very good high ISO (25,600)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Sports photography camera
Ricoh GR as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
has tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (2.0 fps)
bad battery pack (250 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
can't change focal length (28mm)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR as a Travel photography camera
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (250 per charge)
more heavy than competition (534g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lighter than competition (245g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography highlights
Ricoh GR Landscape photography highlights
focusing manually
decently wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
bad battery pack (250 shots)
does not have Timelapse mode
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging features
Ricoh GR Vlogging features
decently wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have external microphone port
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (245g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing external microphone port
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Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Ricoh GR
 Canon PowerShot G1 XRicoh GR
General Information
Make Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot G1 X Ricoh GR
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-03-29 2013-04-17
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" APS-C
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4352 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 12800 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/2.8
Macro focus distance 20cm -
Focal length multiplier 1.9 1.5
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT PureColor II LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Optical (optional)
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 300 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX) 5.40 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in -
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/4000 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 534 gr (1.18 lb) 245 gr (0.54 lb)
Dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 117 x 61 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 60 78
DXO Color Depth score 21.7 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 13.5
DXO Low light score 644 972
Battery life 250 shots 290 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $649 $971