Ricoh GR II overview
Ricoh GR II is Ricoh's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on June of 2015. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4928 x 3264.
The GR II ranks at #39 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #314 out of 1431 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
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Ricoh GR II history
The Ricoh GR II is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list below.
Ricoh GR II Gallery
You can look at the GR II from different angles in the gallery here.
Ricoh GR II Pros and Cons
Here is a list of good and bad points of the Ricoh GR II based on aspects that are oftentimes seen as useful in a digital camera.
Ricoh GR II Sensor specs
The Ricoh GR II features the GR Engine V processor chip. The sensor spec in the Ricoh GR II is 23.7mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 372 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4928 x 3264 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are saved so you have more margin for error.
The image below shows the GR II's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The GR II sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Ricoh GR II dimensions
Ricoh GR II has a weight of 0.55 lb (251 gr or 8.85 ounces) & has exterior size of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 gr so the Ricoh GR II is lighter as compared to its rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a photo of the Ricoh GR II next to a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view here will show you the button design on the GR II.
Ricoh GR II Lens details
The GR II features a fixed lens offering a constant focal length of 28mm meaning that you don't have the ability to zoom.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 which will be rather sluggish and not ideal for low light conditions and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also have to increase your ISO setting resulting in noisy photos.
Ricoh GR II Connectivity
The GR II has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer images and sometimes change settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Ricoh GR II Video details
The highest video resolution in the Ricoh GR II is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance between video quality vs file size but FULL HD will not give you any room to downsample. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket so you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably best to look into another camera in case you need decent sound for your videos.
Ricoh GR II Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing in the Ricoh GR II so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.
Ricoh GR II Screen and Viewfinder
The Ricoh GR II has a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 1,230k dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specifications for Ricoh GR II are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (optional)
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial during bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Ricoh GR II Shutter details
Ricoh GR II continuous shooting speed is 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Ricoh GR II Flash and Hot shoe details
Ricoh GR II features both integrated flash along with external flash ability.
Ricoh GR II Autofocus details
Ricoh GR II features only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.
It has 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Ricoh GR II has the ability to use manual focusing when needed during low light scenarios or you want to have more accurate focusing control.
Ricoh GR II Battery life
The battery power (DB-65) in the Ricoh GR II is designed to last for 320 photographs based on the CIPA requirements which is comparable with it's competitors. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has the highest (450) battery life within this kind of cameras.
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Ricoh GR II for different categories of photography
The following chart shows a summation of the Ricoh GR II for different categories of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.
Ricoh GR II as a Portrait photography camera
The Ricoh GR II gets a points total of 76 which is terrific, meaning that it is a wonderful pick to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the option to utilize off-camera flash.
Ricoh GR II Street photography details
Coming in at a nice points tally of 75, the Ricoh GR II is a respectable pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Ricoh GR II
A decent sports photography points tally of 51 means the Ricoh GR II is fairly suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Ricoh GR II
Portability is pretty important when picking a travel camera. All round, the Ricoh GR II gets a very good 67 as a travel camera which is a very decent choice for your trips.
Ricoh GR II Landscape photography features
In case you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Ricoh GR II at it's moderate score of 60 for a landscape camera is fairly suitable within the current market.
Ricoh GR II Vlogging details
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Ricoh GR II is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a terrible rating of 32.
Ricoh GR II Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the GR II, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The graph here gives you a bird's eye view of the GR II versus it's highest ranking rivals mentioned earlier.
These are various other cameras you may check out as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.