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Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
29
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix S3600 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Nikon S3600
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 58 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2014
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
  • Launched September 2011
  • Succeeded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Nikon S3600 and Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Nikon and Ricoh. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the S3600 (20MP) and GR Digital IV (10MP) and the S3600 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The S3600 was announced 2 years later than the GR Digital IV and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short overview of how the S3600 grades versus the GR Digital IV in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3600 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 S3600 GR Digital IV 
LaunchedJanuary 2014September 2011Fresher by 29 months

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Nikon S3600

 GR Digital IV S3600 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kClearer screen (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S3600 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 S3600 GR Digital IV 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S3600 has exterior dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Ricoh GR Digital IV has measurements of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you choose at that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the S3600 vs the GR Digital IV.

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S3600 and GR Digital IV is 96 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to see the difference between sensor sizing simply by going over specs. The graphic here should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the S3600 and GR Digital IV.

All in all, each of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The S3600 having a tinier sensor will make shooting shallow DOF tougher and the Nikon S3600 will deliver greater detail with its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more recent S3600 will have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3600 Portrait photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography info
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sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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you can focus manually
saves RAW formats
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Nikon S3600 Street photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography info
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S3600 Sports photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography factors
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
great battery (390 CIPA)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S3600
Travel photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
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lighter than competitors (125g)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
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great battery (390 per charge)
built-in flash
fast max aperture (f1.9)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3600 Landscape photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography factors
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rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
no manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
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you can focus manually
fast max aperture (f1.9)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
great battery (390 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3600 as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competitors (125g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone jack
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fast max aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
no external mic socket
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Nikon S3600 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3600 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Nikon Coolpix S3600Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Ricoh
Model type Nikon Coolpix S3600 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-01-07 2011-09-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 5152 x 3864 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 99 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-200mm (8.0x) 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/3.7-6.6 f/1.9
Macro focusing distance 2cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 1 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 3.00 m
Flash modes - 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 1280x720p (30fps) , 1280x720 (25p), 640x480 (30fps ) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format - Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 125 grams (0.28 lb) 190 grams (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 230 images 390 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 DB65
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $200 $599