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 shutter speed and adjusts the ISO.
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. Positive Film and Bleach Bypass join image settings such as High Contrast, B&W and Cross Process. There's also an Electronic Level to ensure all your photos match the horizon (if that's your intent).
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 high ISO performance for a camera of this size (up to ISO 1600), In-Camera Dynamic Range Features, Excellent overall camera performance, Excellent Battery Life, Over 300 shot...
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. 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 looks...
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.
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.