Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
47
Overall
40

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Introduced December 2012
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
  • Revealed September 2011
  • Succeeded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Below is a complete overview of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Ricoh. The image resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is pretty close and both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/1.7").

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The XZ-2 iHS was released 16 months later than the GR Digital IV which makes them a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a complete comparison, here is a brief summary of how the XZ-2 iHS matches up against the GR Digital IV in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 XZ-2 iHS GR Digital IV 
RevealedDecember 2012September 2011More recent by 16 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 GR Digital IV XZ-2 iHS 
Screen resolution1230k920kSharper screen (+310k dot)

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 XZ-2 iHS GR Digital IV 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera often, you will need to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS provides outside measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR Digital IV has sizing of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Look at the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Ricoh GR Digital IV in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have during that time. The following is a front view size comparison of the XZ-2 iHS compared to the GR Digital IV.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-2 iHS and GR Digital IV is 85 and 92 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to visualize the difference in sensor measurements simply by looking through a spec sheet. The visual below should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-2 iHS and GR Digital IV.

Clearly, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You should expect the Olympus XZ-2 iHS to result in extra detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher XZ-2 iHS should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography highlights
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography highlights
46
focusing manually
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
41
focusing manually
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Street photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
66
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than average (346g)
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography features
Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography features
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery pack (340 CIPA)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect autofocus
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good battery power (390 CIPA)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography highlights
Ricoh GR Digital IV Travel photography highlights
61
good battery pack (340 shots)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than average (346 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
68
good battery power (390 CIPA)
built-in flash
great maximum aperture (f1.9)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography highlights
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography highlights
55
focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (340 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse function
53
focusing manually
great maximum aperture (f1.9)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (390 shots)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging advice
36
fairly wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic jack
does not feature selfie friendly display
heavier than average (346 grams)
30
great maximum aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external mic support
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSRicoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Ricoh
Model type Olympus XZ-2 iHS Ricoh GR Digital IV
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-12-18 2011-09-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 3968 x 2976 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 35 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/1.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 1 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 346 gr (0.76 pounds) 190 gr (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 photos 390 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-90B DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
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