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Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25
Pentax Optio E85 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Revealed September 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
  • Released September 2011
  • Previous Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
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Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Pentax and Ricoh. The resolution of the E85 (12MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is relatively close but the E85 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The E85 was manufactured 24 months before the GR Digital IV which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a brief view of how the E85 grades against the GR Digital IV in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 E85 GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Pentax E85

 GR Digital IV E85 
ReleasedSeptember 2011September 2009Newer by 24 months
Focus manually More exact focusing
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kSharper screen (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Pentax E85 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 E85 GR Digital IV 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Pentax E85 has outer dimensions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 145 grams (0.32 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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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the E85 and the GR Digital IV.

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E85 and GR Digital IV is 95 and 92 respectively.

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to see the gap in sensor dimensions simply by looking through specs. The image below will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E85 and GR Digital IV.

All in all, both of the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E85 featuring a smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF tougher and the Pentax E85 will provide you with more detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged E85 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax E85 Portrait photography information
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography information
21
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
41
has manual focus
delivers RAW formats
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Pentax E85 Street photography details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography details
47
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Pentax E85 Sports photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography factors
17
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
34
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good battery life (390 per charge)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax E85 Travel photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Travel photography info
51
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
67
good battery life (390 per charge)
has built in flash
fast maximum aperture (f1.9)
low MP (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax E85 Landscape photography details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography details
23
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
53
has manual focus
fast maximum aperture (f1.9)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (390 shots)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low MP (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax E85
Vlogging with Ricoh GR Digital IV
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic support
29
fast maximum aperture (f1.9)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
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Pentax E85 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E85 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Pentax Optio E85Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Ricoh
Model type Pentax Optio E85 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-09-17 2011-09-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 32-96mm (3.0x) 28mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/2.9-5.2 f/1.9
Macro focusing range 10cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 2 seconds 1 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Max video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 145 grams (0.32 pounds) 190 grams (0.42 pounds)
Dimensions 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") 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 - 390 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI95 DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $0 $599