Excerpt: By Daniel M. East The biggest advances in the latest incarnation of Ricoh’s GR series ( http://www.ricoh.com ), the 10-megapixel Digital IV (US$599), are in speed and usability. With regard to speed, the maximum ISO is now 3,200, and the auto modes include an Auto-Hi option that maintains a selected...
Excerpt: While Ricoh may not be as famous as Canon or Panasonic in the compact camera market, its latest premium compact model the GR Digital IV offers good build quality with a fast F1.9 lens. Join us as we put it through our tests and see what makes this camera stand out.
Pros: Sturdy build quality, Fast and accurate autofocus system, Good macro mode, Lets you assign frequently-used settings to certain buttons and the Adjustment lever
Cons: Fixed focal length may not appeal to some, Expensive
Summary: Dynamic range compensation helps "minimize the effects of blown highlight in bright areas and crushed blacks in dark ones." There's also a brand new Interval Composite mode for taking long, night time exposures.
Pros: Solid metal Build, Overall outstanding image quality, Awesome f/1.9 - f/9, fixed lens, Blazing Auto Focus, A slew of bracketing modes, Full manual for outstanding control from a compact camera, Capable Auto mode, Top-notch 3.0-inch LCD screen, Plenty of available optional accessories, Outstanding...
Cons: Fixed Lens lacks framing versatility, Weaker flash, $600 price tag is not appealing to many
Summary: There’s an awful lot to like about the GRD IV. Image quality is fantastic, the model’s utilitarian design makes for an excellent shooting experience and the LCD screen is one of the best that we’ve seen on a compact camera.
Summary: There is a lot to like about the Ricoh GR Digital IV. With careful exposure settings and post-capture editing, the images it produces are among the most detailed I have seen from a compact digital camera.
Excerpt: Until recently Ricoh was small fry in the digital camera business (although the company itself is huge), specialising mostly in higher-end compacts and forging its own way in the CSC sector with its unique GXR.