Ricoh GR Digital IV

Ricoh GR Digital IV front

Ricoh GR Digital IV overview

Ricoh GR Digital IV is Ricoh's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on September of 2011. The camera has a 10MP, CCD 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Ricoh launched this model as a way to upgrade the earlier Ricoh GR Digital III (Read Full Comparison)

The GR Digital IV comes in at #46 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #743 out of 1453 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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

Ricoh GR Digital IV history

The Ricoh GR Digital IV is part of a family of products. You can read the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Ricoh GR Digital IV Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Ricoh GR Digital IV based on aspects which are generally seen as crucial in a digital camera.

exports RAW files
focusing manually
good battery power (390 CIPA)
good resolution screen (1,230 k dots)
great max aperture (f1.9)
great min ISO (80)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes HDMI out
nice screen size (3")
does not have headphone support
does not have mic support
fixed focal length (28mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect AF
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor resolution low (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
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Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor info

The sensor dimension on the Ricoh GR Digital IV is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and has a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. RAW photos are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the GR Digital IV's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The GR Digital IV sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is pointed out 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 Digital IV dimensions

Ricoh GR Digital IV weighs in at 0.42 lbs (190 gr or 6.70 ounces) and features external proportions of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Ricoh GR Digital IV is very similar as compared with its competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Ricoh GR Digital IV next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Ricoh GR Digital IV dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button design on the GR Digital IV.

Ricoh GR Digital IV topview buttons dials

Ricoh GR Digital IV Lens info

The GR Digital IV comes with an inbuilt lens providing a constant focal length of 28mm which means you don't have the ability to zoom.

At the widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f1.9 making it useful in low light circumstances and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also enable you to go with a lower ISO for getting better shots.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV Connectivity

The GR Digital IV has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer images and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV Video info

The highest video quality on the Ricoh GR Digital IV is 640 x 480 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's requirements. You should really try to get at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone port which means that you have no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to take a look at an alternative model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV Weather Sealing

Ricoh GR Digital IV doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder

The Ricoh GR Digital IV has a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 1,230k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Ricoh GR Digital IV are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (optional)

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are particularly valuable.

Ricoh GR Digital IV Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV Flash and Hot shoe info

Ricoh GR Digital IV boasts both built-in flash plus external flash ability.

Ricoh GR Digital IV Autofocus info

Ricoh GR Digital IV boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and exact when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Ricoh GR Digital IV comes with manual focus if needed during low light occasions or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV Battery life

The battery power (DB65) on the Ricoh GR Digital IV is fashioned to last for 390 images as per the CIPA standards which is higher than average for its class. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Ricoh GR Digital IV for specific categories of photography

The following graph presents a analysis of the Ricoh GR Digital IV for specific categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV

The Ricoh GR Digital IV gets a score of 41 which is bad, meaning that it is not suitable for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support in addition to the potential to use off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
exports RAW files
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")

Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography info

Coming in at a above average score of 65, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is a respectable pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")

Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography highlights

A bad sports photography points total of 34 suggests the Ricoh GR Digital IV is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
great battery life (390 per charge)
fixed focal length (28mm)
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV

Weight is very critical when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Ricoh GR Digital IV gets a above average 67 as a travel camera which is a good option to take with you on your trips.

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great battery life (390 shots)
has built in flash
good max aperture (f1.9)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display

Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography highlights

For anyone planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Ricoh GR Digital IV with it's average rating of 53 for a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable amongst it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
great battery power (390 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")

Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is not suitable for vlogging as it receives a bad rating of 29.

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very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of external mic port

Ricoh GR Digital IV Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the GR Digital IV, here is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the GR Digital IV versus it's top ranked rivals suggested above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Ricoh GR Digital IV
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
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
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28mm (1x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Resolution of screen
1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
1 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
190 grams (0.42 pounds)
109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Battery life
390 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Launch pricing