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Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II

Portability
92
Imaging
52
Features
63
Overall
56
Canon PowerShot G9 X front
 
Ricoh GR II front
Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
55
Overall
57

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Key Specs

Canon G9 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-84mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 209g - 98 x 58 x 31mm
  • Revealed October 2015
  • Newer Model is Canon G9 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
  • Introduced June 2015
  • Replaced the Ricoh GR
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Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Overview

Here is a extensive comparison of the Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Ricoh. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the G9 X (20MP) and GR II (16MP) and the G9 X (1") and GR II (APS-C) enjoy different sensor measurements.

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The G9 X was brought out 4 months later than the GR II and they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Canon G9 X being a Compact camera and the Ricoh GR II being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the G9 X matches up vs the GR II with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G9 X over the Ricoh GR II

 G9 X GR II 
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR II over the Canon G9 X

 GR II G9 X 
Display resolution1230k1040kCrisper display (+190k dot)

Common features in the Canon G9 X and Ricoh GR II

 G9 X GR II 
IntroducedOctober 2015June 2015Similar generation
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you'll need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon G9 X enjoys external measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") along with a weight of 209 grams (0.46 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR II has measurements of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") with a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached at that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the G9 X vs the GR II.

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the G9 X and GR II is 92 and 89 respectively.

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II top view buttons comparison

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizing simply by looking at technical specs. The photograph underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the G9 X and GR II.

As you have seen, the two cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The G9 X due to its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field tougher and the Canon G9 X will resolve extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics much more aggressively.

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II sensor size comparison

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G9 X as a Portrait photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Portrait photography camera
64
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
can't use external flash
75
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detect focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G9 X
Street photography with Ricoh GR II
80
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
offers touch to focus
lighter than competition (209 grams)
no articulating screen
74
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than others (251g)
above average ISO range (25,600)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon G9 X Sports photography highlights
Ricoh GR II Sports photography highlights
54
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports tracking focus
slow frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
not so great battery life (220 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
50
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking focus
focal length is fixed (28mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G9 X
Travel photography with Ricoh GR II
77
lighter than competition (209g)
offers touch to focus
resolution is good (20MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
not so great battery life (220 per charge)
does not posses selfie friendly display
67
lighter than others (251g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G9 X
Landscape photography with Ricoh GR II
70
has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
not so great battery life (220 shots)
59
manual focus
nice screen size (3")
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G9 X Vlogging highlights
Ricoh GR II Vlogging highlights
39
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (209g)
does not posses selfie friendly display
missing mic socket
32
features face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (251 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have mic socket
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Canon G9 X vs Ricoh GR II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G9 X and Ricoh GR II
 Canon PowerShot G9 XRicoh GR II
General Information
Make Canon Ricoh
Model type Canon PowerShot G9 X Ricoh GR II
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2015-10-12 2015-06-17
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 6 GR Engine V
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 12800 25600
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-84mm (3.0x) 28mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.8-16.0
Macro focusing distance 5cm 10cm
Crop factor 2.7 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 300 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 6.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 209g (0.46 pounds) 251g (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") 117 x 63 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 63 80
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 13.7
DXO Low light rating 495 1078
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 320 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-13L DB-65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
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