Summary: It is too bad that Canikon dominates camera reviews and comparisons. This camera is a real gem and one of my favorite point and shoot purchases by far. I purchased this camera to replace an Sony RX100 (Dust magnet, difficult flash on/off, huge menu system, and you can't view video and images together as they are taken.
Summary: This may be the perfect street photography camera. The controls are intuitive and the image quality excellent. I purchased a voightlander viewfinder and while expensive (about $200) it does allow me to focus on composition and is especially helpful using the snap focus feature. For other uses, you are probably going to be a bit limited, but for people photography where you need a compact unobtrusive package, this is an excellent choice.
Summary: I usually shoot with a set of Nikons and have used Olympus pens, the OMD and V1 in the past as well as played around with an x100s. This little camera is very different to any of these. It really is pocketable. I take it with me everywhere and treat it like a point and shoot but the quality of the images is extremely impressive thanks to an APS-C sensor I'm not sure if there's a sharper 28 equivalent lens out there, not that sharpness is everything of course.
Summary: I'm a professional photographer, and was looking for a small camera to keep with me most times. The Ricoh GR is simply awesome. The dng raw files have incredible depth and tonal range, the lens is sharp and I really like the features of the camera. Macro mode and the intervalometer are used extensively, along with the built in 2-stop ND filter. Another great feature, which lends heavily to image sharpness is the removal of the low-pass filter on the sensor.
Summary: I've worked in a number of genres over the years, and have always enjoyed street photography, but had always been impaired by the use of general purpose cameras like SLR's, TLR's, and even P&S's like the Yashica T4, Canon Powershot S95, or Canon G12. This purchase had been my first investment in a real purpose-built street camera. My budget had been considerably higher, and the final cameras in the running were this, the Fujifilm X100S , and the Sony DSCRX1R .
Summary: I own a Sony RX100 II and the Ricoh GR. After comparing the two I was set to return the Ricoh as the pictures from the Sony looked better and sharper under large magnification. Turns out the JPEG engine in the Ricoh is not so good. The Sony's pictures shot in Raw and JPEG look very good. The Ricoh produces excellent raw images but the JPEG's are definitely not as good.
A true gem for those prepare to do a little digging
Oscar Hamilton, Amazon
20 August 2013
Summary: Lets begin by saying that contrary to what most might imagine, anyone, regardless of skill or artistic sensibility would be well served by owning this camera. After all, its fixed focal length, small pocketable size and extraordinary ability to yield B&W images make it the 21st equivalent of an uber Instamatic, albeit a very expensive one.
Updated Rating -(formerly Bait and Switch charger?)
20 August 2013
Summary: The camera seems awesome and I know I'm going to love it- if I can just get the battery charged! The charger they supplied is NOT the charger (AC-U1) specified on the side of the box and in the manual. In it's place was a VERY cheap looking Chinese made model P8 "travel charger". Did I get snookered? After trying to charge for over 3 hours, the camera lasts for ONE picture, then it says "Replace Battery" and powers off.
Summary: I liked this Ricoh but honestly the Fuji x100 kicks its butt! The Ricoh is like having a play camera. Don't get me wrong..it's built superb but I wasn't impressed with its pictures. I picked up a used Fuji x100 and I find that to be fantastic. Not as easy to use but I love my controls where I can change them without going into the menu to find. I compared the photos side by side and the Fuji won for what I want it to do. The Ricoh is beautiful.