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Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Released July 2012
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Succeeded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Let's look closer at the Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Panasonic and Ricoh. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the SZ5 (14MP) and GR Digital IV (10MP) and the SZ5 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") boast different sensor sizes.

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The SZ5 was released 11 months after the GR Digital IV which means that they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a brief overview of how the SZ5 scores vs the GR Digital IV when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 SZ5 GR Digital IV 
IntroducedJuly 2012September 2011Newer by 11 months

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Panasonic SZ5

 GR Digital IV SZ5 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display resolution1230k230kClearer display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic SZ5 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 SZ5 GR Digital IV 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera, you have to factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic SZ5 comes with physical measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Ricoh GR Digital IV has sizing of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the SZ5 vs the GR Digital IV.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the SZ5 and GR Digital IV is 95 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be hard to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reading through specs. The picture below may provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the SZ5 and GR Digital IV.

All in all, both of the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The SZ5 due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF more difficult and the Panasonic SZ5 will resolve greater detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more recent SZ5 should have an edge in sensor technology.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography info
34
megapixel count decent (14MP)
offers face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
41
you can focus manually
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Street photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography factors
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (136 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography features
Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography features
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
34
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
better than average battery pack (390 CIPA)
can't change focal length (28mm)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Travel photography camera
70
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
67
better than average battery pack (390 per charge)
has built in flash
great max aperture (f1.9)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography advice
42
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
53
you can focus manually
great max aperture (f1.9)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (390 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging information
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging information
32
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone support
29
great max aperture (f1.9)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of mic support
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Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic SZ5 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Ricoh
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-07-18 2011-09-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 28mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/1.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 1 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 136 grams (0.30 pounds) 190 grams (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 250 images 390 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $195 $599