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 is a camera from Large Sensor Compact category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Ricoh GR Digital III, falls into a Small Sensor Compact category and it is equipped with CCD sensor that has 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 and Ricoh GR Digital III.
Ricoh GR Key Features:
Ricoh GR Digital III Key Features:
Since Ricoh GR has been around for some time, it was substituted by
Ricoh GR II.
Be sure to check out some of our other comparisons that may also interest you:
Ricoh GR vs. GR II
Ricoh GR II vs. Ricoh GR Digital III
|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|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots vs 920k dots||25.2% higher resolution screen|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 640 x 480||Higher Resolution Video|
|Weight||208 g vs 245 g||37 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||16.0 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|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|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 and Ricoh GR Digital III 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 III is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 37g 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 Ricoh GR Digital III 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 features a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Ricoh GR Digital III, in its turn, comes with a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sized CCD sensor and GR engine III processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR Digital III by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Ricoh GR has a sensor area 0.1x bigger compared to Ricoh GR Digital III. 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 Ricoh GR Digital III 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||Ricoh GR Digital III|
No Significant Advantages
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 or Ricoh GR Digital III, 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 Ricoh GR Digital III 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 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||Ricoh GR Digital III|
|Model||GR||GR Digital III|
|Announced||Apr 17, 2013||Jul 27, 2009|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.7 x 15.7 mm||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.09 mm2||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3264||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||64|
|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||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (optional)||Optical (optional)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||300 s||1 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual|
|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)||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||640 x 480|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||245 g||208 g|
|Physical Dimensions||117 x 61 x 35 mm||109 x 59 x 26 mm|
|Battery Life||290 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC||SD/SDHC, Internal|