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Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Ricoh GR II front
Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
55
Overall
57

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II 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
  • Released March 2012
  • Later Model is Canon G1 X II
Ricoh GR II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8-16.0) lens
  • 251g - 117 x 63 x 35mm
  • Announced June 2015
  • Replaced the Ricoh GR
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Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II Overview

On this page, we are matching up the Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Canon and Ricoh. The image resolution of the G1 X (14MP) and the GR II (16MP) is very similar but the G1 X (1.5") and GR II (APS-C) offer different sensor sizes.

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The G1 X was introduced 4 years prior to the GR II which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the G1 X matches up versus the GR II when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Ricoh GR II

 G1 X GR II 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR II over the Canon G1 X

 GR II G1 X 
AnnouncedJune 2015March 2012Newer by 39 months
Display resolution1230k920kCrisper display (+310k dot)

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Ricoh GR II

 G1 X GR II 
Manual focus More exact focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and measurements. The Canon G1 X has physical measurements of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") and a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) while the Ricoh GR II has proportions of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") having a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the G1 X and the GR II.

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the G1 X and GR II is 75 and 89 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions just by reviewing technical specs. The picture here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the G1 X and GR II.

As you have seen, both of those cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The G1 X with its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Ricoh GR II will offer extra detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The more aged G1 X is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Portrait photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Portrait photography camera
71
you can focus manually
good resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
includes face detect focus
saves RAW formats
75
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Street photography camera
72
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW formats
heavier than competition (534g)
74
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (251 grams)
great ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography factors
Ricoh GR II Sports photography factors
54
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (1.5")
includes tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames per second)
bad battery (250 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus
50
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
can't change focal length (28mm)
low fps (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G1 X
Travel photography with Ricoh GR II
60
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
bad battery (250 CIPA)
heavier than competition (534g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
67
lighter than competition in class (251g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography highlights
Ricoh GR II Landscape photography highlights
60
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
bad battery (250 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
59
manual focus
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR II as a Vlogging camera
65
relatively wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have mic socket
heavier than competition (534 grams)
32
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (251 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone support
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Canon G1 X vs Ricoh GR II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Ricoh GR II
 Canon PowerShot G1 XRicoh GR II
General Information
Brand Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot G1 X Ricoh GR II
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2012-03-29 2015-06-17
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 5 GR Engine V
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 14MP 16MP
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 images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/2.8-16.0
Macro focus range 20cm 10cm
Crop factor 1.9 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 300s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
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) 3.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 534g (1.18 lbs) 251g (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 117 x 63 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 60 80
DXO Color Depth score 21.7 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 13.7
DXO Low light score 644 1078
Other
Battery life 250 shots 320 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L DB-65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $649 $599