• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Ricoh GR II advantages over Panasonic GX85

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,078 vs 662 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Longer exposure
    300 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Panasonic GX85 advantages over Ricoh GR II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Less shutter lag
    0.19 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.6 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    44 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Shooting with a wide prime helps you see new shots; Good performance and fast autofocus; Excellent sharp, bright lens; Very customizable; In-camera Wi-Fi works with more than just Android and iOS; Supports Pentax wireless flash strobes

  • Fixed, wide prime lens isn't for everyone; Cramped controls; Burst capture is slower for JPEGs; Tends too warm under incandescent lighting; Wi-Fi app is poor, and web browser control has cluttered interface

  • Excellent build-quality; Good ergonomics for its size; Built-in 5-axis Dual IS, Built-in EVF; Tilting LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Excellent 4K video quality; Fast autofocus and burst modes; Generous buffers; Tons of advanced features; Built-in Wi-Fi.

  • EVF could be better; Sluggish RAW and RAW+JPEG buffer clearing; No external mic and headphone jacks; Slow x-sync speed; Mediocre battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon Coolpix A

Ricoh GR II
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Panasonic GX85
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $799
  • APS-C
Panasonic GX85
Ricoh GR
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Ricoh GR II
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $432
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $432
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Ricoh GR II
Fujifilm X70
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GX85
Fujifilm X70
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Ricoh GR II
Olympus E-PL8
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-PL8
  • $531
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
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