Ricoh GR II Review

Overall 51
Imaging 21
Features 32
Size 84
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 117 x 63 x 35 mm
  • Weight: 251 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Ricoh GR. Compare
  • Replaced by Ricoh GR III. Compare

Ricoh GR II Summary

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 product GR and, after some time, Ricoh has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one GR. 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.

Ricoh GR II Compared to other Compact 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.

PROs

  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Optical (optional)
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 251 g
  • Battery Life: 320 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

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Complete Comparison of Ricoh GR II With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Ricoh GR II

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Ricoh GR II — 320 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Ricoh GR II — 35 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Ricoh GR II — 251 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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 Sensor Scores

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Ricoh GR II

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Ricoh GR II for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Ricoh GR II for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Ricoh GR II for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (117 x 63 x 35 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Ricoh GR II for Sports 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1078)
  • Small battery life (320 shots)

Ricoh GR II for Daily Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (251 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Ricoh GR II for Landscape Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.7)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1078)

Ricoh GR II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Ricoh
Model GR II
Announced Jun 17, 2015
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 10
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 300 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3
Flash Modes Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 80
DxO Color Depth 23.6
DxO Dynamic Range 13.7
DxO Low Light ISO 1078
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
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
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 251 g
Physical Dimensions 117 x 63 x 35 mm
Battery Life 320 shots
Battery Type 320 shots
Battery Model DB-65
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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