Ricoh GR Compact Camera

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The Ricoh GR is a camera for a fairly specific niche - dedicated photographers wanting a fixed 28mm equivalent pocketable camera - but it satisfies the needs of that niche very well.”

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Key Features

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 28mm F2.8 equivalent lens
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) MPEG-4 video
  • 3" fixed LCD with 1,230,000 dots
  • Continuous shooting up to 4 FPS
  • PSAM shooting modes plus time interval and bulb
  • Built-in pop-up flash and hot shoe
  • Optional optical viewfinder
  • Eye-Fi compatible

Product Description

The GR is the spiritual successor to the GR Digital series and features a 16MP APS-C sensor behind its 28mm equivalent, F2.8 lens. It's the first product to show signs of post-merger integration at Pentax-Ricoh, gaining the Pentax TAv exposure mode but retaining a host of traditional Ricoh features.

The Ricoh GR retains its predecessor's excellent and customizable user interface, making it a pleasure to use as a pocketable wide-angle photographers' camera. The JPEGs are occasionally a little muted but the Raw files, feature set and lens quality mean it's capable of outstanding results.

Reviews

User Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
  • cgarrard, Oct 6, 2013 GMT:
    The Best GR Yet

    I've had the fortunate experience of using a GR on loan from it's parent company for well over a month now. I've owned every digital GR Ricoh has made, and consider them the best fixed lens compact camera's on the market (despite the older models having smaller sensors than some competitors). The family tree of GR's extends back to the film era where several GR models grew a very loyal following. They were known for being a pocketable compact camera that had more user control than cameras ...

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  • bartovsky, Dec 18, 2013 GMT:
    GRecommended!

    This is my pleasant surprise of 2013! In my analogue past I have used great (comparable style, compact fixed lens) cameras like Yashica T4/T5, Contax T2/G2 and the Konica Hexar...and I have always been looking for a digital version.. Last years I have photographed with Canon S90, Samsung EX1, Fujifilm X10 and a Oly E-PM2, but none of them come close to the performance of the Ricoh GR. The sharpness, colours, resolution, settings, sturdyness/feeling, compactness...it is all simply great. The ...

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  • Paul Czar..., Jan 7, 2014 GMT:
    Ricoh GR = Oerfect Camera

    I used this camera extensively for last three months travelling around the world. My conclusion is - I don't need anymore DSLR or MFT cameras. All were superseded by this RICOH GR. Small, fast, unobtrusive and making perfect quality images in most circumstances. This is really Gold Reward camera - pity it wasn't even mentioned in  DPReview poll.

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  • mcDonald, Jan 25, 2014 GMT:
    the best camera for street photogaphy

    I had a Fuji x100. After a year a bought a Ricoh GR and I fell in love with this camera, because it's easier to use and customize than Fuji. The SNAP is fantastic and change the parameters (shutter speed, aperture and focus) is very fast. For me the best camera.

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Is switching between snap focus and auto focus extremely convoluted - even when assigned to Fn1?

Hi There, Switching between auto focus and snap focus is strangely convoluted as everything else seems so well thought out. I have snap focus assigned to the Fn1 button but when switching back to snap after focusing in auto, the camera requires no fewer than six button clicks (even more if you've adjusted the ISO) to use the snap distance you were previously using: - Fn1 (snap) - Adj lever - Select distance different to the one you want - OK - Adj lever - Select the distance you actually want - OK If you switch to snap the camera will not set the snap distance you were previously using, it will actually use the distance the auto focus was using. And if you try to set the snap distance you were previously using, the camera won't set the distance - hence having to set a different distance first. The guys at the Ricoh forum recommended saving the distance to one of the My Settings slots. While this works (it just requires you to toggle the dial) it also resets any settings that are ...

cmscss asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

I don't have a GR to look at any longer, but you're doing something wrong here. Just set the Fn1 (or one of the other fn buttons) to TOGGLE between AF and Snap. It's an option in the configuration menu. You can also set it to toggle between AF and MF IIRC. If it's set up as a toggle, one click should just switch from snap to AF, you can use AF to your heart's content, and then the next click will take you immediately back to snap focus with all of the same snap settings you had in place before you toggled over to AF. It's been this way on every Ricoh I've used with snap focus. It's like that with the GR. I'm not sure what you're doing - maybe assigning snap focus to the fn1 rather than the AF/Snap toggle. I'm still surprised it would require so much futzing around with, but just set it to the toggle function and you'll be fine... -Ray -------------------------------------- http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/ Continue Reading

Ray Sachs answered
2 months ago

Surely with the GR if you have a Snap Focus distance chosen you will find that pressing the shutter button quickly will force the camera from Auto Focus into Snap? Tony Continue Reading

TonyGamble answered
2 months ago

Depends - that's the "full press snap" or "press through snap" feature, or whatever it's called. If that particular feature is enabled then, yeah, pushing all the way through the half press fast will bypass AF and go right to snap. But not everyone uses that feature. I never liked it personally - I'd find I'd either push too lightly and invoke auto-focus without meaning too, or I'd press too hard and get camera shake with the snap focus I'd managed to reach. And with a fn button programmed to toggle between AF and Snap, I could move between the two modes pretty much instantly and then, once in Snap mode, I didn't have to worry about a particularly light or heavy touch with the shutter button. In which case, you pretty much need to set up the AF/Snap toggle to move between them quickly while maintaining your snap settings... -Ray -------------------------------------- http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/ Continue Reading

Ray Sachs answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

Luxury problem: Complement Ricoh GR with DP1M?

I own a Ricoh GR and a DP2M. Love both of them, GR's IQ is very good, DP2M really is one step ahead. Now I'm selling one or two Olympus lenses, as I don't need them anymore - which gives me some money to "invest". Oddly enough I think about complementing the Ricoh GR with a DP1M (not replacing, as I'm well aware of the GR's advantages as a more versatile camera). Now my question: Does anybody own a Ricoh GR and the DP1M and says "Yes, go ahead, it's worth it."? Or are these just some GAS-related, excentric ideas? Thank you for your thoughts!

Twombly asked
2 days ago

ANSWERS

"Does anybody own a Ricoh GR and the DP1M" Me. On the other hand I also have an EM5. I bought the three DPM's more thinking that they complemented the Oly rather than the Ricoh. From time to time I know that I need more definition than the EM5 offers and for a thousand pounds the three cameras that will give it to me. Providing that I am prepared to put up with the downsides that are well documented about the Merrills. The GR is our travel camera. It produces images equally as good as the EM5 for most of the time. Often better. If I only had the GR I would not pair it up with a DP1M. It is the same focal length. It is pretty useless at over 400 ASA. It is a b*gg*r to use. OK it will give you vastly superior files - but only when conditions are verging on perfection. If you want to spend your newfound money then make a list of what you are not getting from the GR and try to find another camera that offers something high on your list. If I were the owner of a GR and a DP1M I'd never ... Continue Reading

TonyGamble answered
2 days ago

Yes, that's probably the point. By the way, I also own a E-M5 and tend to use it a lot less since I got the Ricoh GR and the DP2M. I prefer the portability as well as the better IQ, especially for travel. The combo GR/DP2M gives me low light capability as well as outstanding IQ and the focal ranges I use most often. Continue Reading

Twombly answered
2 days ago

I have a GR D IV and even with the more limiting sensor of that would not have a DP1M as the focal length equiv is the same (28mm).  Don't see the point in having two compact fixed lens cameras covering the same FL regardless of IQ. I have a DP2M and will get a DP3M as soon as there are more stocks in the UK as I see this a better mix and better use of funds. YMMV Continue Reading

dannybgoode answered
2 days ago

QUESTION

Live view delay, solution is LCD confirmation set to Off?

New to Ricoh GR. Amazing "little camera" which has replaced my OMD-EM5 with 12mm/2.0 as the wideangle camera choice. But one thing I can't get over is the "black/blank" screen after a shot has been taken while the buffer is being written to card, if the LCD confirmation is set to Off. It takes "a while" (or slight delay depending on your frame of reference) for the Live View to come back. Is this normal? Perhaps I've gotten used to the blazing speed of the EM5, or even the lesser PL5. On those cameras, if I maintain the "half-pressing" of shutter after a shot is taken, not only can I override Image Review, the LCD goes back to Live View instantaneously, without interrupting the composing of next frames. To compensate for the delay on the GR, I have tried setting the LCD confirmation to 0.5 and now Off, which helps somewhat. I'm wondering if veteran Ricoh users notice the same thing, or maybe there's some setting I could change. I've tried going from RAW+ to RAW but not having the ...

9 months ago

ANSWERS

digitalphotographer, Third, different manufacturers use different algorithms when they produce RAW files and some are huge (think Fuji and Samsung). Nikon's RAW algorithms are not only fairly efficient, you're given choices to select between saving 12-bit vs 14-bit, to save uncompressed RAW, lossless compressed, and plain only compressed RAW that produces the smallest files but with very small losses that are designed to be extremely difficult to notice even by inveterate pixel peepers. I haven't taken a close look at Ricoh's RAW files but it wouldn't surprise me if the RAW files could be made smaller by an amount that exceeds the size that would be added by embedding a slightly larger than VGA size JPEG that allows 16x playback magnification. That's known as having your cake and eating it too, and it might be something to think about. Or worry about. :) Again I wonder why Ricoh didn't implement this in the GR, is this a firmware limitation or by design? How do we find out? What is ... Continue Reading

FFF answered
9 months ago

FFF wrote: digitalphotographer, Third, different manufacturers use different algorithms when they produce RAW files and some are huge (think Fuji and Samsung). Nikon's RAW algorithms are not only fairly efficient, you're given choices to select between saving 12-bit vs 14-bit, to save uncompressed RAW, lossless compressed, and plain only compressed RAW that produces the smallest files but with very small losses that are designed to be extremely difficult to notice even by inveterate pixel peepers. I haven't taken a close look at Ricoh's RAW files but it wouldn't surprise me if the RAW files could be made smaller by an amount that exceeds the size that would be added by embedding a slightly larger than VGA size JPEG that allows 16x playback magnification. That's known as having your cake and eating it too, and it might be something to think about. Or worry about. :) Again I wonder why Ricoh didn't implement this in the GR, is this a firmware limitation or by design? How do we find ... Continue Reading

photoreddi answered
9 months ago

digitalphotographer wrote: New to Ricoh GR. Amazing "little camera" which has replaced my OMD-EM5 with 12mm/2.0 as the wideangle camera choice. But one thing I can't get over is the "black/blank" screen after a shot has been taken while the buffer is being written to card, if the LCD confirmation is set to Off. It takes "a while" (or slight delay depending on your frame of reference) for the Live View to come back. Is this normal? In truth I have never really noticed it.  I turn off auto-review on all my cameras by default.  Have done so for years and I have not missed it.  If I need to look at a capture I just look at it via playback.  Yes there is a "blink" of blank screen on my camera when it records raw+.  Maybe a fast card helps a little - mine is 95Mb/sec class 10.  It must be the way Ricoh organises its buffering by giving file write priority over lcd scree refresh.  A matter of horses for courses. Perhaps I've gotten used to the blazing speed of the EM5, or even the lesser ... Continue Reading

Tom Caldwell answered
9 months ago

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Warranty Information

"RICOH IMAGING products originally distributed by RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION, 633 17th Street, Suite 2600, Denver, Colorado 80202, have a limited One-Year Warranty starting from the date of purchase. This limited warranty covers any defects in original factory materials and workmanship. If your RICOH IMAGING product malfunctions due to such a defect within this one-year period, RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION will repair it at no charge within a reasonable amount of time. This warranty does not cover any damage caused to the product, including, but not limited to: impact, moisture, liquid, sand, excessive temperature, battery leakage, chemical corrosion, mishandling, operation contrary to operating instructions, tampering, modification, or servicing by an unauthorized repair shop.RICOH IMAGING shall not be liable for any consequential or incidental damages, such as memory cards, batteries, travel expenses, loss of time, etc. This warranty only applies to RICOH IMAGING photographic equipment originally distributed in the United States by RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION, 633 17th Street, Suite 2600, Denver, Colorado 80202".

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