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Ricoh GR review

July 2, 2013

Overall Rating:

5

Ricoh GR


Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£599.00

We find out whether the Ricoh GR’s 16.2-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor in the tried-and-tested Ricoh GRD body – not to mention its £600 price tag – could give the Nikon Coolpix A and Fujifilm X100S a run for their money. Read our Pentax Ricoh GR review...

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Ricoh GR review – The competition

Apart from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 with its 24-million-pixel full-frame sensor, the real competition for the Ricoh GR will come from the Fujifilm X100S and Nikon Coolpix A. These cameras each have a 16-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor, which is the same as that in the GR. The Nikon Coolpix A also has the same 18.5mm lens as the GR, while the X100S has a slightly longer 23.5mm f/2 lens, which some photographers may prefer.

While it may be hard to separate the Nikon Coolpix A and the Ricoh GR, the Fujifilm X100S has one clear difference – it incorporates a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, which is seen by many as the main attraction. Given that the specification of the Ricoh GR and the Nikon Coolpix A are very close, the GR may be the preferred by many.

  • White Balance: Auto, multi-point auto, 9 presets, custom, manual
  • External mic: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 5.4m @ ISO 100)
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A (optional optical viewfinder)
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi card
  • Output Size: 4928 x 3264 pixels
  • Sensor: 16.2-million-effective-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS
  • LCD: 3in, 1.23-million-dot LCD
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, shutter/aperture priority
  • Weight: 215g (body only), 245g (with battery and card)
  • Power: Rechargeable DB-65 Lithium-Ion battery
  • Lens: 18.3mm f/2.8 (28mm equivalent)
  • File Format: JPEG, DNG raw, JPEG+ raw
  • AF array: TTL contrast-detection AF, multi-AF, spot, pinpoint, subject tracking, snap, infinity, face recognition, continuous and manual
  • Shutter Speeds: 300-1/4000sec, plus bulb, time
  • Drive Mode: 4fps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 117 x 61 x 34.7mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes, electronic
  • Metering System: Multi, centreweighted, spot
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Exposure Comp: ±4EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £599
  • ISO: ISO 100-25,600
  • Focusing Modes: Single, full-time, face detection, focus tracking
  • Video: 1080 HD, 30fps, MPEG-4 (H.264)

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