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 review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Ricoh GR belongs to a Large Sensor Compact category, the other model, Ricoh GR is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. One of the key common traits of both cameras we are looking at is sensor. Both Ricoh GR and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1, are equipped with the same 16.0 MP CMOS sensors.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Ricoh GR and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Ricoh GR Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Key Features:
|Sensor Area||372.09 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||39.6% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||5.4 vs 4||1.4 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots vs 1,036k dots||15.8% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||290 shots vs 230 shots||60 more frames with a single charge|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.6 vs 22.3||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.5 vs 11.7||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||972 vs 660||Better High ISO performance|
|Continuous Shooting||5 fps vs 4 fps||1 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||204 g vs 245 g||41 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots | 1,036k dots||High resolution screen|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 5.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
|Battery Life||290 shots | 230 shots||Low battery life|
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 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 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, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 41g 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 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Ricoh GR and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 16.0 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 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Ricoh GR has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
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 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 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||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1|
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 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1, 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 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 deserves a higher Total Score than the Ricoh GR. 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||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1|
|Announced||Apr 17, 2013||Dec 19, 2013|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.7 x 15.7 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.09 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3264||4592 x 3448|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||200|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots||1,036k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||300 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||78||66|
|DxO Color Depth||23.6||22.3|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.5||11.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||972||660|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||245 g||204 g|
|Physical Dimensions||117 x 61 x 35 mm||99 x 55 x 30 mm|
|Battery Life||290 shots||230 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC|