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Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR

Portability
85
Imaging
55
Features
66
Overall
59
Leica C-Lux front
 
Ricoh GR front
Portability
90
Imaging
59
Features
54
Overall
57

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Key Specs

Leica C-Lux
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 340g - 113 x 67 x 46mm
  • Launched June 2018
Ricoh GR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8) lens
  • 245g - 117 x 61 x 35mm
  • Announced April 2013
  • Successor is Ricoh GR II
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Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by companies Leica and Ricoh. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the C-Lux (20MP) and GR (16MP) and the C-Lux (1") and GR (APS-C) boast different sensor dimensions.

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The C-Lux was launched 5 years later than the GR and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving into a complete comparison, here is a simple summary of how the C-Lux grades vs the GR when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica C-Lux over the Ricoh GR

 C-Lux GR 
AnnouncedJune 2018April 2013More recent by 63 months
Display resolution1240k1230kSharper display (+10k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR over the Leica C-Lux

 GR C-Lux 

Common features in the Leica C-Lux and Ricoh GR

 C-Lux GR 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and size. The Leica C-Lux comes with physical measurements of 113mm x 67mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 340 grams (0.75 lbs) and the Ricoh GR has specifications of 117mm x 61mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is a front view scale comparison of the C-Lux versus the GR.

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the C-Lux and GR is 85 and 90 respectively.

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR top view buttons comparison

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to picture the difference in sensor measurements only by looking through specifications. The visual below may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the C-Lux and GR.

To sum up, both the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The C-Lux because of its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field trickier and the Leica C-Lux will result in greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos more aggressively. The younger C-Lux should have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR sensor size comparison

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Screen and ViewFinder

Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica C-Lux
Portrait photography with Ricoh GR
66
has manual focus
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides face detect focus
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
75
has manual focus
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
good MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica C-Lux Street photography advice
Ricoh GR Street photography advice
77
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW formats
features focus via touch
no articulating screen
75
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than average (245g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica C-Lux as a Sports photography camera
Ricoh GR as a Sports photography camera
71
excellent zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
provides tracking focus
good battery pack (370 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
46
good MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
fixed focal length (28mm)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica C-Lux as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR as a Travel photography camera
76
good battery pack (370 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
features focus via touch
decent MP (20MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
very long reach (360mm)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
71
lighter than average (245 grams)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica C-Lux Landscape photography details
Ricoh GR Landscape photography details
70
has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (370 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
62
has manual focus
good sized screen (3 inch)
good MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Leica C-Lux
Vlogging with Ricoh GR
35
pretty wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have mic socket
30
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (245 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
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Leica C-Lux vs Ricoh GR Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica C-Lux and Ricoh GR
 Leica C-LuxRicoh GR
General Information
Company Leica Ricoh
Model Leica C-Lux Ricoh GR
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2018-06-10 2013-04-17
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 12800 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 49 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-360mm (15.0x) 28mm (1x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.8
Macro focus range 5cm -
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,240 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 300s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.80 m (at Auto ISO) 5.40 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 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 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 340g (0.75 pounds) 245g (0.54 pounds)
Physical dimensions 113 x 67 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") 117 x 61 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 78
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.5
DXO Low light score not tested 972
Other
Battery life 370 images 290 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $1,050 $971