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.
The GR is positioned #43 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all around #327 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.
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.
Ricoh GR Gallery
You can view the GR from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a photo of the Ricoh GR beside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the GR.
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.
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.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.