Ricoh GR review

July 2, 2013

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Ricoh GR



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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 – Build and handling

The Ricoh GR’s design is somewhat utilitarian, with the focus on making a comprehensive but easy-to-use camera, rather than a stylish or flashy one. In this regard, it looks virtually identical to many of the other enthusiast Ricoh digital cameras we have seen over the past few years.

The camera consists of a simple black magnesium-alloy body, which keeps the camera fairly light and sturdy. A slight handgrip thickens the left-hand side of the body, and offers the photographer enough purchase for a secure hold while still keeping it slim enough to slip into a coat pocket.

The button layout and design are very functional. Located on the camera’s top-plate are an on/off switch, the shutter button, a mode dial and the control wheel. On the rear of the camera is a selection of buttons that we would expect to find on most compact cameras.

The GR does have two interesting controls, though. On the top right of the camera’s rear is a zoom control, just as we would expect to find on any other compact camera. However, as the lens is fixed in this case, the plus and minus buttons instead control exposure compensation when in shooting mode, and zoom into the image when in review mode. I found this control very simple to use, and in fact it was probably easier than using a dedicated exposure-compensation dial that would be found on the top of a camera such as the Fujifilm X100S.

A jog control switch is also included on the rear of the Ricoh GR. This button is capable of doing a number of things, such as controlling the ISO sensitivity with a quick tap left or right to increase or decrease the currently selected sensitivity. As with the exposure-compensation control, this makes it extremely easy to change the ISO sensitivity in different situations.

The jog control can also be pushed in to overlay a menu on the rear screen. There are five items on this menu, including AF and metering modes, and image style. Each of these five items can be individually selected by the user, making it an excellent quick menu system>

A simple switch on the rear of the camera changes the AF mode between continuous AF, and single AF with AF-L or AE-L, and at the centre of this switch is a focus button. The focus button focuses the lens, even when in manual-focus mode. In fact, the range of focus options found in the Ricoh GR is quite comprehensive for a compact camera. For more on this, see the Autofocus section.

Finally, there are two switches tucked away on the side of the body, both of which can be accessed with the left hand while shooting. The first of these is a button marked Effect that, when pressed, opens the image effects menu on the rear screen. The second control is a simple catch that releases the camera’s built-in pop-up flash. The Ricoh GR also has a hotshoe, but sadly the Ricoh GF-1 flashgun is the only dedicated flash currently available. With Pentax now owned by Ricoh, I would have hoped that the new Ricoh cameras would have adopted the Pentax hotshoe mount.

  • 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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