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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There is a lot to like about the Ricoh GR Digital IV. With careful exposure settings and post-capture editing, the images it produces are among the most detailed I have seen from a compact digital camera.

Those who shoot documentary and travel-type images will enjoy the compact and discreet camera body but, more than this, the various AF features mean that there is virtually no AF delay or shutter lag. Nevertheless, it is the lens that steals the show. Once again, it is very sharp from edge to edge and resolves a lot of detail.

The GR Digital IV is not for novice photographers. It can take some time to go through and understand how to get the most from the camera in various situations, but once this is understood it has the ability to match the image quality from many other compacts, but for how long?


White Balance:Auto, multi-pattern auto, 5 presets, plus manual and WB bracketing
Memory Card:SDHC and Eye-Fi (X2 Series) SD cards
Output Size:3648x2736 pixels
LCD:3in LCD with 1.23 million dots
Sensor:10 million effective pixels
Weight:190g (excluding battery and memory card)
Exposure Modes:PASM, auto, plus MY1, MY2 and MY3 custom modes, and 4 scene modes, including DR and movie
Lens:28mm (equivalent) f/1.9
Metering System:256 multi-zone, centreweighted, spot
Power:Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Focusing Modes:Multi AF (hybrid AF), spot AF (hybrid AF), subject tracking, manual focus, snap, infinity
  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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