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Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
83
Imaging
34
Features
48
Overall
39
Canon PowerShot G11 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Canon G11
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 375g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Released December 2009
  • Renewed by Canon G12
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
  • Superseded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Canon and Ricoh. The resolution of the G11 (10MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is very well matched and both cameras offer the identical sensor measurements (1/1.7").

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The G11 was revealed 21 months earlier than the GR Digital IV making them a generation apart from one another. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a short overview of how the G11 matches up versus the GR Digital IV with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 G11 GR Digital IV 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Canon G11

 GR Digital IV G11 
LaunchedSeptember 2011December 2009Fresher by 21 months
Display size3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1230k461kClearer display (+769k dot)

Common features in the Canon G11 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 G11 GR Digital IV 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and size. The Canon G11 has got physical dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") along with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR Digital IV has specifications of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the G11 compared to the GR Digital IV.

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G11 and GR Digital IV is 83 and 92 respectively.

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is tough to picture the gap between sensor sizing just by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the G11 and GR Digital IV.

Clearly, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same MP therefore you should expect similar quality of pictures although you should really take the release date of the products into consideration. The older G11 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G11 as a Portrait photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Portrait photography camera
47
has manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
has face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
41
focusing manually
delivers RAW formats
sensor resolution low (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G11 Street photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography info
64
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (375 grams)
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 Sports photography information
Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography information
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect AF
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
great battery life (390 CIPA)
can't change focal length (28mm)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G11 Travel photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Travel photography factors
57
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (375g)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
67
great battery life (390 per charge)
flash built-in
very good max aperture (f1.9)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G11 Landscape photography information
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography information
46
has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
no Timelapse function
53
focusing manually
very good max aperture (f1.9)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (390 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G11 as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Vlogging camera
60
fairly wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competition (375 grams)
29
very good max aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
does not have selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of microphone port
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Canon G11 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Canon PowerShot G11Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Ricoh
Model type Canon PowerShot G11 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2009-12-16 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/1.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.8 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.8 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 461k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Optical (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 1 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/2000 secs -
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)
Highest video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video data format H.264 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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 375 gr (0.83 lb) 190 gr (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 169 not tested
Other
Battery life - 390 photographs
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-7L DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $600 $599