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Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV

Portability
90
Imaging
59
Features
54
Overall
57
Ricoh GR front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV front
Portability
89
Imaging
53
Features
79
Overall
63

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Key Specs

Ricoh GR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8) lens
  • 245g - 117 x 61 x 35mm
  • Launched April 2013
  • Refreshed by Ricoh GR II
Sony RX100 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 298g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Revealed June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX100 III
  • Replacement is Sony RX100 V
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Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Ricoh and Sony. The resolution of the GR (16MP) and the RX100 IV (20MP) is pretty similar but the GR (APS-C) and RX100 IV (1") provide totally different sensor size.

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The GR was introduced 3 years earlier than the RX100 IV and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before going right into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the GR grades vs the RX100 IV for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh GR over the Sony RX100 IV

 GR RX100 IV 
Screen resolution1230k1229kSharper screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 IV over the Ricoh GR

 RX100 IV GR 
RevealedJune 2015April 2013More recent by 26 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Ricoh GR and Sony RX100 IV

 GR RX100 IV 
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera, you need to factor its weight and size. The Ricoh GR has physical 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) and the Sony RX100 IV has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") and a weight of 298 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the GR versus the RX100 IV.

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the GR and RX100 IV is 90 and 89 respectively.

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV top view buttons comparison

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to see the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reviewing technical specs. The visual below might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the GR and RX100 IV.

As you can tell, both of those cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The GR using its bigger sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field easier and the Sony RX100 IV will deliver extra detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The older GR is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV sensor size comparison

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh GR Portrait photography advice
Sony RX100 IV Portrait photography advice
75
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
66
you can focus manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detect focus
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Ricoh GR Street photography details
Sony RX100 IV Street photography details
75
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition in class (245 grams)
very good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
85
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
lighter than average in class (298 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Ricoh GR
Sports photography with Sony RX100 IV
46
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
fixed focal length (28mm)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
69
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high frames per second (16.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports tracking focus
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Ricoh GR
Travel photography with Sony RX100 IV
71
lighter than competition in class (245g)
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
86
lighter than average in class (298 grams)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh GR as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 IV as a Landscape photography camera
62
manual focus
decent sized screen (3 inches)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have image stabilization
74
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh GR Vlogging info
Sony RX100 IV Vlogging info
30
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (245 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have microphone port
81
relatively wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than average in class (298g)
no mic support
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Ricoh GR vs Sony RX100 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh GR and Sony RX100 IV
 Ricoh GRSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Sony
Model type Ricoh GR Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-04-17 2015-06-10
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,230 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 300 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 16.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.40 m (at ISO 100) -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 245 gr (0.54 lb) 298 gr (0.66 lb)
Physical dimensions 117 x 61 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 78 70
DXO Color Depth rating 23.6 22.9
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.5 12.6
DXO Low light rating 972 562
Other
Battery life 290 photos 280 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DB65 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Storage type SD, SDHC, SDXC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
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