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Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Nikon S5200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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
  • Released September 2011
  • Old Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
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Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Ricoh. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the S5200 (16MP) and GR Digital IV (10MP) and the S5200 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") provide different sensor dimensions.

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The S5200 was introduced 17 months after the GR Digital IV which makes them a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the S5200 grades versus the GR Digital IV with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 S5200 GR Digital IV 
ReleasedJanuary 2013September 2011More modern by 17 months

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Nikon S5200

 GR Digital IV S5200 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen resolution1230k460kSharper screen (+770k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 S5200 GR Digital IV 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon S5200 comes with outer measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Ricoh GR Digital IV has specifications of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the S5200 vs the GR Digital IV.

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S5200 and GR Digital IV is 95 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizes merely by reading through a spec sheet. The pic below may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the S5200 and GR Digital IV.

Clearly, each of these cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The S5200 with its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF more challenging and the Nikon S5200 will resolve extra detail using its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more recent S5200 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography features
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography features
30
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
41
manual focus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography features
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography features
48
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Sports photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Sports photography camera
28
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (160 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good battery power (390 per charge)
fixed focal length (28mm)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Travel photography camera
68
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
does not have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery life (160 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
67
good battery power (390 shots)
flash built-in
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Landscape photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Landscape photography camera
42
rather wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
terrible battery life (160 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
53
manual focus
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (390 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging advice
33
rather wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic port
29
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external microphone port
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Nikon S5200 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Make Nikon Ricoh
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-01-29 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 125 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 28mm (1x)
Highest aperture - f/1.9
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 1s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 3.00 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 146g (0.32 pounds) 190g (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 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 160 images 390 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 DB65
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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