Ricoh GR Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Ricoh GR
Resolution: 16.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.7mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: Non-Zoom
(28mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 300 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.4 x 1.4 in.
(117 x 61 x 35 mm)
Weight: 8.6 oz (243 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $799
Availability: 05/2013
Manufacturer: Ricoh
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GR Summary

Prime lens fans are in for a treat with the Ricoh GR, the smallest APS-C camera on the market! Pairing a bright, wide 28mm-equivalent f/2.8 lens and a sensor closely-related to that used in popular DSLRs such as the Pentax K-5 II and Nikon D7000, the Ricoh GR is also one of the most customizable cameras we've seen in a very long time. It offers a strong rival to the Nikon Coolpix A, and honestly it's difficult to choose a victor between the pair. With a more affordable pricetag and a lighter body, though, Ricoh has given photographers two very convincing reasons to opt for the underdog!


The most compact APS-C camera on the market; Bright, sharp 28mm f/2.8 prime lens with almost no distortion; Excellent image quality; Extremely customizable; Fast autofocus; Strong built-in flash plus hot shoe.


Fixed prime lens is not for everybody; Crowded and small controls; Burst performance is limited; Muted colors and cool white balance; Has issues with moire and false color.

Price and availability

The Ricoh GR digital camera shipped in the US market from mid-May 2013. List pricing is set at US$800 or thereabouts, only US$200 more than that of the GR Digital IV, and well below the list price of any other APS-C compact on the market.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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