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Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300

Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
 
Samsung NX300 front
Portability
86
Imaging
64
Features
73
Overall
67

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Key Specs

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
  • Launched September 2011
  • Previous Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
Samsung NX300
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 331g - 122 x 64 x 41mm
  • Revealed November 2013
  • Earlier Model is Samsung NX210
  • Renewed by Samsung NX500
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Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Overview

Below is a extensive analysis of the Ricoh GR Digital IV versus Samsung NX300, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by manufacturers Ricoh and Samsung. There is a large difference among the image resolutions of the GR Digital IV (10MP) and NX300 (20MP) and the GR Digital IV (1/1.7") and NX300 (APS-C) posses different sensor size.

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The GR Digital IV was manufactured 3 years prior to the NX300 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Ricoh GR Digital IV being a Compact camera and the Samsung NX300 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short introduction of how the GR Digital IV grades against the NX300 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Samsung NX300

 GR Digital IV NX300 
Screen resolution1230k768kCrisper screen (+462k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung NX300 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 NX300 GR Digital IV 
RevealedNovember 2013September 2011More recent by 26 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3.3"3"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Ricoh GR Digital IV and Samsung NX300

 GR Digital IV NX300 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera, you will have to think about its weight and measurements. The Ricoh GR Digital IV provides outer measurements of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs) and the Samsung NX300 has proportions of 122mm x 64mm x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 331 grams (0.73 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have at the time. Following is a front view size comparison of the GR Digital IV and the NX300.

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the GR Digital IV and NX300 is 92 and 86 respectively.

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is hard to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements only by researching specifications. The photograph below might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the GR Digital IV and NX300.

Plainly, each of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The GR Digital IV due to its smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh tougher and the Samsung NX300 will result in greater detail due to its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older GR Digital IV will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 sensor size comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
Portrait photography with Samsung NX300
41
focusing manually
supports RAW formats
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
78
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography features
Samsung NX300 Street photography features
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
comes with focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography information
Samsung NX300 Sports photography information
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
better than average battery pack (390 per charge)
can't change focal length (28mm)
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
73
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV Travel photography advice
Samsung NX300 Travel photography advice
67
better than average battery pack (390 per charge)
has built in flash
good max aperture (f1.9)
low MP (10MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
67
comes with focus via touch
megapixel count good (20MP)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography factors
Samsung NX300 Landscape photography factors
53
focusing manually
good max aperture (f1.9)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (390 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
73
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
nice screen size (3.3")
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging information
Samsung NX300 Vlogging information
29
good max aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
does not feature selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic jack
33
touch screen
supports face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
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Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Samsung NX300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh GR Digital IV and Samsung NX300
 Ricoh GR Digital IVSamsung NX300
General Information
Make Ricoh Samsung
Model Ricoh GR Digital IV Samsung NX300
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2011-09-15 2013-11-24
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - DRIMe IV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 247
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Samsung NX
Lens focal range 28mm (1x) -
Maximum aperture f/1.9 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 32
Focal length multiplier 4.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3.3"
Resolution of display 1,230k dot 768k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 190 grams (0.42 pounds) 331 grams (0.73 pounds)
Physical dimensions 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") 122 x 64 x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 76
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.7
DXO Low light score not tested 942
Other
Battery life 390 photographs 330 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DB65 BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
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