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Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
94
Imaging
31
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L19 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Nikon L19
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 130g - 97 x 61 x 29mm
  • Introduced February 2009
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
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Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Nikon and Ricoh. The sensor resolution of the L19 (8MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is relatively well matched but the L19 (1/2.5") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The L19 was announced 3 years prior to the GR Digital IV and that is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a full comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the L19 grades against the GR Digital IV in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L19 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 L19 GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Nikon L19

 GR Digital IV L19 
IntroducedSeptember 2011February 2009More recent by 31 months
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kCrisper screen (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L19 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 L19 GR Digital IV 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon L19 offers physical measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs) and the Ricoh GR Digital IV has sizing of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Check the Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the L19 versus the GR Digital IV.

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the L19 and GR Digital IV is 94 and 92 respectively.

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to see the gap between sensor measurements purely by checking technical specs. The graphic here will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the L19 and GR Digital IV.

As you have seen, each of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The L19 with its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower DOF tougher and the Ricoh GR Digital IV will resolve extra detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The older L19 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L19 Portrait photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography info
18
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (8MP)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks RAW support
41
has manual focus
supports RAW files
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Nikon L19 as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Street photography camera
54
lighter than competitors (130g)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks RAW support
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon L19
Sports photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
15
can't change focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8MP)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks phase detect AF
34
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good battery pack (390 CIPA)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L19 Travel photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Travel photography factors
57
lighter than competitors (130 grams)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.1)
67
good battery pack (390 CIPA)
flash built-in
very good max aperture (f1.9)
MP count low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L19 Landscape photography details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography details
21
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (()mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8MP)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
53
has manual focus
very good max aperture (f1.9)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (390 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L19 Vlogging details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging details
25
lighter than competitors (130g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external microphone socket
29
very good max aperture (f1.9)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of external mic port
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Nikon L19 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L19 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Nikon Coolpix L19Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Ricoh
Model Nikon Coolpix L19 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-02-03 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 5.744 x 4.308mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 24.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 3264 x 2448 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 64 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/1.9
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 6.3 4.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 1 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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 format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 130 grams (0.29 pounds) 190 grams (0.42 pounds)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 390 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA DB65
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $0 $599