Ricoh GR

 
Ricoh GR front
 
Portability
90
Imaging
60
Features
54
Overall
57

Ricoh GR overview

Ricoh GR is Ricoh's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first released on April of 2013. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4928 x 3264.

Ricoh brought out the fresher Ricoh GR II (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.

The GR is positioned #43 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all around #322 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Ricoh GR history

The Ricoh GR is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Ricoh-GR-III front thumbnailRicoh GR III
GR vs GR III
28mm
F2.8-16
24MPAPS-C2018
Ricoh-GR-II front thumbnailRicoh GR II
GR vs GR II
28mm
F2.8-16.0
16MPAPS-C2015
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Ricoh-GR front thumbnailRicoh GR28mm
F2.8
16MPAPS-C2013

Ricoh GR Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Ricoh GR based on features that are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good ISO range (25,600)
good min ISO (100)
good sensor size (APS-C)
high flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes HDMI support
lighter than competition in class (245g)
saves RAW formats
screen has good resolution (1,230 thousand dot)
screen size is decent (3")
you can focus manually
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have headphone jack
does not have microphone jack
does not have phase detect autofocus
fixed focal length (28mm)
no image stabilization
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Ricoh GR Sensor information

The spec of the sensor in the Ricoh GR is 23.7mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 372 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4928 x 3264 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW files are saved which means that the user has more margin for error.

The image below shows the GR's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The GR sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh GR dimensions

Ricoh GR weighs in at 0.54 pounds (245 gr / 8.64 ounces) and features outside size of 117mm x 61mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 gr so the Ricoh GR is lighter than its rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Ricoh GR beside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.

Ricoh GR dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the GR.

Ricoh GR topview buttons dials

Ricoh GR Lens information

The GR houses a fixed lens with a fixed focal length of 28mm meaning that you have no option to zoom.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.8 and that's pretty sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will probably also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy shots.

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Ricoh GR Connectivity

The GR has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and at times adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Ricoh GR Video information

The maximum video resolution in the Ricoh GR is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in video quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone socket which means you have zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for an alternative camera in case you require good sound in your videos.

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Ricoh GR Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Ricoh GR so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.

Ricoh GR Screen and Viewfinder

The Ricoh GR has a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 1,230 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Ricoh GR are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (optional)

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Ricoh GR Shutter information

Ricoh GR continuous shooting speed is 4.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Ricoh GR Flash and Hot shoe information

Ricoh GR has got both inbuilt flash plus external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/4000s.

Ricoh GR Autofocus information

Ricoh GR has got only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & accurate than Contrast Based focusing.

Ricoh GR includes manual focusing when needed in low light scenarios or you need to have more exact focusing control.

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Ricoh GR Battery life

The battery (DB65) for the Ricoh GR is made to last for 290 shots as per the CIPA standards which is about average when compared to its competition. The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U comes with the highest possible (450) battery life in this range of cameras.

Here is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Ricoh GR for specific forms of photography

The following diagram shows a summation of the Ricoh GR for specific forms of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Ricoh GR

The Ricoh GR gets a score of 76 which is excellent, and means the camera is a superb option to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos together with the ability to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files

Street photography with Ricoh GR

Having a nice points tally of 75, the Ricoh GR is a respectable option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lighter than others (245 grams)
above average ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Ricoh GR Sports photography details

A average sports photography points total of 46 means the Ricoh GR is reasonably suited for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
fixed focal length (28mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect AF

Ricoh GR Travel photography information

Weight is pretty important when choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Ricoh GR gets a very good 72 as a travelling camera which is a good pick to purchase for your trips.

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lighter than average (245g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Ricoh GR as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Ricoh GR with it's above average grade of 63 for a landscape camera is a good fit compared to its competition.

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you can focus manually
good sized screen (3 inches)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lack of image stabilization

Ricoh GR Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should really have a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Ricoh GR is not suitable for vlogging as it receives a subpar score of 30.

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video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (245 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
lack of external mic port

Ricoh GR Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the GR, here is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The chart below gives you a summary of the GR vs it's top rated competitors suggested earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Ricoh
Model type
Ricoh GR
Class
Large Sensor Compact
Introduced
2013-04-17
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
372.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
4928 x 3264
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
25600
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28mm (1x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.8
Crop factor
1.5
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Screen resolution
1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
78
DXO Color Depth rating
23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating
13.5
DXO Low light rating
972
Features
Slowest shutter speed
300 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.40 m (at ISO 100)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/4000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
245 grams (0.54 pounds)
Physical dimensions
117 x 61 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4")
Other
Battery life
290 photographs
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
DB65
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage slots
1
Price at launch
$971