Conclusion: However, if photography for you is more about the journey than the destination, then the Ricoh GR Digital IV should prove a worthy companion. Few cameras in this area of the market are as compact and easy to live with.
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: 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. The model won't be to everyone's taste however - it boasts a price tag which is comparable with a host of CSC models, thus making it almost a luxury compact, and with holes in the specification such as the lack of HD video capture, the price tag...
Excerpt: Designed to replace and exceed 2009's GR Digital III , Rioch has announced the all new GR Digital IV camera. It features a 10 megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CCD image sensor, a fixed lens (a 35mm equivalent to 28mm), a 3.0-inch VGA LCD display (with 1.2 million pixels, it's 1.7 times brighter than the GRD III), and the upgraded GR ENGINE IV image processor, which makes the camera faster and the pictures more accurate.
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.
Those who shoot documentary and travel-type images will enjoy the compact and discreet camera body but, more than this, the various AF features mean that there is virtually no AF delay or shutter lag. Nevertheless, it is the lens that steals the show.
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. Now it’s in charge of Pentax’s imaging operations, which pretty much turns it into one of the major players, so who knows what lies ahead given that two brands together have fingers in most pies.
Summary: The Ricoh GR Digital IV is aimed unashamedly at the clued-up enthusiast. It’s the compact you slip into your pocket when your hideously expensive DSLR just isn’t practical. And it excels at this, thanks to a wide f/1.9 aperture lens, lightning-fast autofocus and a range of tweakable shooting settings so vast that the average casual snapper will be sent running for their Polaroids.
Excerpt: The Ricoh GR Digital is now on its fourth version this is the Ricoh GR Digital IV, with few changes made between each model, does this new version offer anything especially exciting or is it more of the same? Or perhaps as the saying goes: "if it aint broke don't fix it!
Pros: Bright f/1.9 Lens, High resolution 3inch screen, Metal body with good handling, Excellent macro mode, Lots of control of the camera, Good battery life
Cons: VGA video mode, High price, Focusing not as quick as expected, Short battery life
Excerpt: The Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV is designed to appeal to camera enthusiasts who are looking for a compact unit that's unlike most mainstream models. It features a 28mm prime lens with an f/1.9 aperture, manual controls as well as lots of control customisations. We reviewed the limited edition white 'storm trooper' model, which we think is a beautiful piece of kit that any photographer would love to have in their camera bag.