This review is devoted to GR II that Ricoh has first introduced to the public in Jun 17, 2015. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Ricoh developed this model to replace their older
and, after some time, Ricoh has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Ricoh GR II vs. GR III
Ricoh GR II vs. GR
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #10 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 51/100 and it takes a rank of #62 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Ricoh GR II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Ricoh GR II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.
Ricoh GR II has the following external dimensions 117 x 117 x 35 mm (46.06 x 24.8 x 13.78″) with the weight of 251 g.
The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Ricoh GR II, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Ricoh GR II is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 35mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Ricoh GR II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Ricoh GR II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Ricoh GR II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Ricoh GR II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Ricoh GR II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Ricoh GR II comes with GR Engine V processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Ricoh GR II has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Ricoh GR II features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Ricoh GR II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 80 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Ricoh GR II’s sensor.
Ricoh GR II is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Ricoh GR II with other standard sensor sizes.
Ricoh GR II is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Ricoh GR II are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
GR II features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, GR II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Ricoh GR II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Ricoh GR II allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Ricoh GR II provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Ricoh GR II is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Ricoh GR II is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, GR II is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect GR II with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Ricoh GR II provides a shooting life of 320, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.
Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Compact category, Ricoh GR II offers the highest battery life that reaches 320 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Ricoh GR II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Ricoh GR II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the GR II to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR II can be called a 64 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 0. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR II can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR II can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jun 17, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||300 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||80|
|DxO Color Depth||23.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1078|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.7 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.09 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||117 x 63 x 35 mm|
|Battery Life||320 shots|
|Battery Type||320 shots|