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Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II

Portability
90
Imaging
58
Features
54
Overall
56
Ricoh GR front
 
Ricoh GR II front
Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
55
Overall
57

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Key Specs

Ricoh GR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8) lens
  • 245g - 117 x 61 x 35mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Newer Model is Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8-16.0) lens
  • 251g - 117 x 63 x 35mm
  • Announced June 2015
  • Replaced the Ricoh GR
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Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Overview

The following is a in depth review of the Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are created by Ricoh. The sensor resolution of the GR (16MP) and the GR II (16MP) is pretty well matched and they use the same exact sensor sizes (APS-C).

Photography Glossary

The GR was launched 3 years earlier than the GR II which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a simple summation of how the GR grades versus the GR II when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh GR over the Ricoh GR II

 GR GR II 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR II over the Ricoh GR

 GR II GR 
AnnouncedJune 2015April 2013Newer by 26 months

Common features in the Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II

 GR GR II 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Screen resolution1230k1230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and volume. The Ricoh GR features outer measurements of 117mm x 61mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR II has sizing of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") with a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs).

Check the Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the GR versus the GR II.

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GR and GR II is 90 and 89 respectively.

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II top view buttons comparison

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is tough to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions just by looking at a spec sheet. The pic below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the GR and GR II.

Clearly, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical MP so you should expect similar quality of pictures though you should always take the production date of the products into consideration. The more aged GR is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II sensor size comparison

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh GR Portrait photography advice
Ricoh GR II Portrait photography advice
74
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/4,000s)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
75
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Ricoh GR as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Street photography camera
74
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than average (245 grams)
above average ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
74
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition (251 grams)
very good high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh GR Sports photography information
Ricoh GR II Sports photography information
45
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
can't change focal length (28mm)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
50
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
can't change focal length (28mm)
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh GR as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Travel photography camera
71
lighter than average (245g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
67
lighter than competition (251 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Ricoh GR
Landscape photography with Ricoh GR II
62
manual focus
nice screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of image stabilization
59
has manual focus
nice screen size (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh GR as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR II as a Vlogging camera
30
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (245 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have external microphone socket
32
comes with face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (251 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
no mic port
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Ricoh GR vs Ricoh GR II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II
 Ricoh GRRicoh GR II
General Information
Company Ricoh Ricoh
Model type Ricoh GR Ricoh GR II
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2013-04-17 2015-06-17
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - GR Engine V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 28mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/2.8-16.0
Macro focusing distance - 10cm
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,230k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (optional) Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 300 secs 300 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.40 m (at ISO 100) 3.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings - Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/4000 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 245 grams (0.54 pounds) 251 grams (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 117 x 61 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4") 117 x 63 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 78 80
DXO Color Depth rating 23.6 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.5 13.7
DXO Low light rating 972 1078
Other
Battery life 290 images 320 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DB65 DB-65
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $971 $599