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!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Ricoh GR Digital IV is a camera from Small Sensor Compact category. It features CCD sensor with a resolution of 10.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Ricoh GR, falls into a Large Sensor Compact category and it is equipped with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 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 IV and Ricoh GR.
Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Features:
Ricoh GR Key Features:
Since Ricoh GR Digital IV has been around for some time, it was substituted by Ricoh GR.
Being a newer model, Ricoh GR Digital IV substituted
Ricoh GR Digital III.
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Ricoh GR Digital IV vs. GR Digital III
Ricoh GR Digital III vs. Ricoh GR
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Battery Life||390 shots vs 290 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||190 g vs 245 g||55 g lighter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||37.5% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||372.09 mm2 vs 41.52 mm2||88.8% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||4 fps vs No fps||4 fps faster|
|Flash Range||5.4 vs 3||2.4 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 640 x 480||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots | 1,230k dots||High resolution screen|
|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 | 16.0 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|
|Continuous Shooting||fps | 4.0 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 IV and Ricoh GR 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 55g less than the Ricoh GR. 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 IV and Ricoh GR any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Ricoh GR Digital IV features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sized CCD sensor . Ricoh GR, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Ricoh GR Digital IV and Ricoh GR by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Ricoh GR is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Ricoh GR Digital IV. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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 IV and Ricoh GR 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 IV||Ricoh GR|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
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 IV or Ricoh GR, 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 IV and Ricoh GR 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 deserves a higher Total Score than the Ricoh GR Digital IV. 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 IV||Ricoh GR|
|Model||GR Digital IV||GR|
|Announced||Sep 15, 2011||Apr 17, 2013|
|Body Type||Compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||23.7 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||372.09 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736||4928 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||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||0|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (optional)||Optical (optional)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||1 s||300 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||fps||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG||MPEG-4|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||190 g||245 g|
|Physical Dimensions||109 x 59 x 33 mm||117 x 61 x 35 mm|
|Battery Life||390 shots||290 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC, Internal||SD, SDHC, SDXC|