Excerpt: Large sensors in small cameras! Remember those ads for diamonds that promised that good things come in small packages? The Ricoh GR packs a large APS-C sensor , with a fixed focal length lens that is both small and sharp, built into what might just seem like an ordinary point-and-shoot pocket...
Conclusion: The Ricoh GR fits a niche - enthusiast photographers wanting a wide-aperture pocketable camera - and does so very well. The Ricoh GR provides DSLR image quality in a camera that's one of the most customizable models out there. Ricoh, long popular in Asia, has burst onto the U.S.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Great customization options, Sharp, high-quality images, Easy to use
Cons: Macro focusing isn't automatic, No viewfinder included
Conclusion: Although we have seen prints of a couple of impressive sample images from Ricoh, we will reserve judgement about the image quality until we have shot some pictures. However, Ricoh has a reputation for producing cameras that capture plenty of detail, with a tendency to reveal some noise.
Conclusion: As much as we like to save money, the Coolpix A is a better overall camera than the Ricoh GR. The Nikon’s images are sharper and colors more accurate. The fact the Coolpix has built-in image stabilization while the GR does not is definitely a factor.
Pros: Compact size, large APS-C sensor, 28mm prime lens, Solid photos with enough light, Extensive controls and customization
Cons: No focus ring on lens, Dual mics are mono, No built-in image stabilization, Noisier than main competitor
Summary: DSLR image quality finally comes to Ricoh's well-respected enthusiast compact. The GR retains its predecessor's excellent and customizable user interface, making it a pleasure to use as a pocketable wide-angle photographers' camera.
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, ti...
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
Summary: Hands-on Ricoh GR review: the latest addition to the Ricoh GR range brings a new, large APS-C sensor to a smaller body and embraces some of the qualities that Ricoh’s 35mm film compact cameras so popular. Find out our first impressions in this hands-on Ricoh GR review video.
Conclusion: If you're a fan of large sensors and fixed prime lenses, things are really starting to look up for you. For years, your selection of cameras has been fairly limited. This year, that's finally changed, with the debuts in quick succession of the Nikon Coolpix A and Ricoh GR.
Pros: Good ergonomics, Light and compact for its lens and sensor size, Well-suited to single-handed shooting, Extremely (!!) customizable, Sharp, detailed images, Very good high ISO performance, Excellent dynamic range in RAW files, Excellent f/2.8 lens, with built-in ND filter, Low lens distortion (wi...
Cons: Small and tightly-packed controls, Fiddly locking Mode dial, Exposure compensation easily bumped, Fixed focal-length lens, Muted colors by default (but can be dialed up for snappier color), Auto white balance tends rather cool, Limited dynamic range in default JPEGs, Default noise reduction too s...
Summary: The Ricoh GR is quite a special camera; a pocketable compact that benefits significantly from its APS-C sensor. Comparisons will naturally be drawn with Nikon’s Coolpix A , which currently commands an asking price around £400 more, and testing the two side-by-side shows the GR to either equal or...
Pros: Light weight yet solid build; Consistent sharpness across frame; Great shot-to-shot times; Speedy AF
Cons: Slightly warm AWB; Disappointing video quality; Sensitive metering system; JPEG noise reduction too harsh