Ricoh GR Review by Dpreview

A detailed technical review of the latest Ricoh GR has been done by dpreview.com This has been a much awaited camera by street photographers because of its linkages starting in 1996 with the Ricoh GR1. The design concept and pocket-ability has changed little since the first film model.

 

Here is the specifications of the latest Ricoh GR

Price
MSRP $799 / £599
Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Other resolutions 4352 x 3264, 3264 x 3264, 3936 x 2608, 3488 x 2608, 2608 x 2608, 2912 x 1936, 2592 x 1936, 1936×1936, 1280 x 864, 1152 x 864, 864 x 864
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels 16.2 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 25600
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Optical zoom
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (optional)
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum shutter speed 300 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program shift
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Shutter/Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
  • Bulb mode
  • Time mode
  • Movie
  • My Settings Mode.
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 5.4 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot-shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/2000 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive Yes (4 fps)
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±4 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (+/- 8 steps B-A axis or G-M axis)
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Storage
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage included 54 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion DB65 rechargeable battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 290
Weight (inc. batteries) 245 g (0.54 lb / 8.64 oz)
Dimensions 117 x 61 x 35 mm (4.61 x 2.4 x 1.38″)
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

 

According to Dpreview, the Pros and Cons of the camera are:-

Conclusion – Pros

  • Excellent image quality in Raw, very good in JPEG
  • Sharp lens with consistency at wide apertures and close working distances
  • Large sensor in genuinely small body
  • Highly customizable and responsive user interface
  • Excellent build quality
  • Extensive feature set (built-in ND filter, Snap Focus, time lapse and 35mm crop mode)
  • Good live view magnification allows precise manual focus
  • USB charging can be convenient

Conclusion – Cons

  • Occasional tendency to under-exposure
  • Unflattering color profile embedded in DNG files
  • Extremely limited movie capabilities
  • Lack of external charger makes keeping a second battery charged awkward
  • Limited buffer for continuous Raw shooting

Dpreview has awarded the Ricoh GR with a GOLD AWARD.

 

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