From film to digital, Ricoh’s GR series of cameras has been highly regarded by enthusiast photographers. We find out how the latest 10-million-pixel model and its AF system compares

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Ricoh GR Digital IV


Ricoh GR Digital IV review


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Much like the rest of the camera, the GR Digital IV’s metering system behaves as I would expect it to. By this I mean that when in its multi-metering mode, it exposes images for highlights, often rendering the foreground in a landscape as completely in shadow. Of course, this is less of a concern when shooting travel or street images, but for many photographers it may be worth considering switching to centreweighted metering for some subjects.

Spot metering is a further option, and exposure compensation can be easily applied via the aforementioned rocker control switch on the rear of the camera.


Images:  There is a good amount of detail that can be retrieved from the shadows of raw files . Image left: JPEG, Image right: Raw edited

  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Autofocus
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. White balance and colour
  7. 7. Noise resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Viewfinder, LCD, live view and video
  9. 9. Verdict
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