Conclusion: There are a lot of arguments against buying a camera like the Ricoh GR. Its fixed, wide-angle focal length means you can't really use it for sports or action. Abysmal video quality means it's an abject failure as a multimedia device. And at $800... well, you could get a DSLR and a couple lenses for the same price. The GR is also one of the best-handling pocketable cameras we've ever used.
Excerpt: There are high-end compact cameras and there are high-end compact cameras. The Ricoh GR most definitely fits into the latter group: there's an APS-C size sensor - the same size as found in many DSLR cameras - paired up with a fixed 28mm equivalent f/2.8 lens.
Pros: Image quality is exceptional, super-sharp lens, well priced considering the competition, plenty of customisation options, f/2.8 aperture, built-in ND filter (also works in auto), converter lenses and hotshoe for optical finder/accessories
Cons: Autofocus can be hit and miss, autofocus in low-light hunts to excess, battery life isn't good enough, no tilt-angle screen rules out waist-level work, limited buffer capacity for burst shooting, clunky manual focus
Excerpt: The Ricoh GR is a wide and fairly slim compact digital camera that just about fits into the palm of average sized hands, measuring 111.7 mm (W) x 61 mm (H) x 34.7 mm (D) and weighing around 215g without the battery or memory card fitted, slightly bigger and heavier than the previous GR IV model.
Conclusion: Priced at Â£600, the Ricoh GR is not only (currently, June 2013) the most affordable APS-C compact on the market, it's also incredible value for money considering the host of features it has on offer. The GR delivered impressive results, offering consistent sharpness throughout the aperture range - both at the centre and edges of the frame - with Noise being well controlled during our ISO test.
Excerpt: The Ricoh GR is the latest Ricoh GR digital camera, the 5th version of the compact "street" camera. Designed to fit easily into your pocket, the camera has a fixed focal length equivalent to 28mm, with this latest version featuring a much larger 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, without dramatically increasing the size of the camera.
Pros: Extremely sharp lens, Excellent noise performance, Quick performance, Very compact, Price compared to competition, 3 customisable function buttons, AdobeDNG raw file format, 8fps shooting when shooting raw, Interval shooting
Cons: Only 4 continuous shots when shooting raw, No 16:9 aspect ratio option, No scene modes, or panoramic mode, Short battery life
Excerpt: De har længe været en slags underhund. Ricoh har ligesom alle andre lavet nogle møgkameraer, men samtidig har de haft en serie kompaktkameraer, der ufortjent har stået i skyggen af de mere kendte kameramærker. Deres GR-serie har altid været blandt de bedste prof-kompakter, lige siden serien kom i 1990’erne.