Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Small Sensor Compact category, introduced by Ricoh. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are GR Digital III and GR Digital IV. The first common feature of Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV that is worth mentioning is sensor. Both cameras feature CCD sensors with a resolution of 10.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV.
Ricoh GR Digital III Key Features:
Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Features:
Since Ricoh GR Digital III has been around for some time, it was substituted by Ricoh GR Digital IV.
Being a newer model, Ricoh GR Digital III substituted Ricoh GR Digital II.
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots vs 920k dots||25.2% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||190 g vs 208 g||18 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Optical (optional) | Optical (optional)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|External Flash Shoe||Yes | Yes||Flash Shoe available|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP | 10.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||fps | fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Ricoh GR Digital IV is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 18g less than the Ricoh GR Digital III. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV come equipped with the same CCD that has a resolution of 10.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV by the size of their sensors.
Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Ricoh GR Digital III||Ricoh GR Digital IV|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Ricoh GR Digital III or Ricoh GR Digital IV, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Ricoh GR Digital III and Ricoh GR Digital IV here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Ricoh GR Digital IV deserves a higher Total Score than the Ricoh GR Digital III. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Ricoh GR Digital III||Ricoh GR Digital IV|
|Model||GR Digital III||GR Digital IV|
|Announced||Jul 27, 2009||Sep 15, 2011|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||64||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (optional)||Optical (optional)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||1 s||1 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||n/a||Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||208 g||190 g|
|Physical Dimensions||109 x 59 x 26 mm||109 x 59 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||390 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC, Internal||SD/SDHC, Internal|