Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Ricoh GR First Impressions Preview

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

50% OFF new PortraitPro 12, plus EXTRA 5% OFF code EPHZROS414.
Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR Hands-On Preview - We get a hands on look at the new Ricoh GR - the new APS-C sensor compact is the first Ricoh camera developed with Pentax.

Posted:
Print Article Add Comment Add CommentJargon Buster: Off Jargon Buster: Off
Features
Handling
Specification

Ricoh Gr (1)

The Ricoh GR is the successor to the Ricoh GR Digital IV, and features an APS-C CMOS sensor, with Ricoh saying that image quality and compactness, as well as speed and pleasure are the primary aims of this camera. Designed to offer the best value as the smallest and lightest APS-C sensor compact camera, the Ricoh GR will be available mid-May priced at £599. An optional 21/28 OVF will be available for £220, and an optional 21mm wide-angle adapter is available. The camera will be available on it's own or bundled with accessories.

Ricoh GR Features

Ricoh Gr (2)

The Ricoh GR is the first Ricoh branded camera from Pentax since Ricoh bought Pentax, and the camera has incorporated Tav mode, and RAW processing in camera, both features found on Pentax cameras. A new addition to the Ricoh GR series, apart from the larger APS-C CMOS sensor, is a new Preview / Effect button on the left side of the camera.

Ricoh Gr (3)

Ricoh GR cameras have previously received regular firmware updates to both fix problems as well as introduce new features, and Ricoh say this will continue with this model.

Key Features

  • 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • No Optical Low Pass Filter - built in moire correction option in playback
  • 28mm equivalent f/2.8 7 element, 5 group, 9 blade lens
  • 3inch 1230k dot resolution
  • ISO100 - ISO25600
  • 4fps continuous shooting (JPEG 999 shots)
  • 1/4000 - 300sec
  • Magnesium body
  • 35mm equivalent crop mode
  • In camera raw processing
  • ND filter built in
  • Full HD video with stereo sound, 30/25/24fps
  • 290 shot battery life

Ricoh GR Handling

Ricoh Gr (10)

When we were using the camera focus speeds appeared to be quick, with the camera offering official figures of 0.2seconds focus speeds, 1 second start up time, and 0.03 shutter response. When we have a final production version in for review we will put the camera under our using speed testing method to confirm these figures.

Ricoh Gr With Ovf (1)

There is surprisingly little difference in size between the GR Digital with compact sensor and GR with APS-C sensor, which you can see later in the article.

Ricoh Gr (13)

The GR uses the same battery as GR Digital, as well as familiar Ricoh menus, which are functional and clearly labelled although graphically quite basic. Using the ADJ button on the back of the camera it's easy to adjust a number of settings quickly such as WB, ISO, Focus etc.

Ricoh Gr With Ovf (3)

A number of accessories are available including an optical viewfinder that has markings for 28mm and 21mm, which is the equivalent focal length when used with the wide-angle adapter which has been specifically designed for this new Ricoh GR, as shown below.

Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (2)

Ricoh GR Digital IV vs Ricoh GR

Ricoh Gr Digital Vs Gr (1)

Looking at the front of the cameras, the styling of the two is very similar, although the Ricoh GR does not feature the same hybrid focus as the Ricoh GR Digital IV, although still promises focus speeds just as quick. When the cameras are switched on, the GR Digital IV's lens extends further than the Ricoh GR.

Ricoh Gr Digital Vs Gr (6)

On top the controls are virtually identical, although you can see the additional Tav position on the mode dial of the GR, and the removal of the scene mode.

Ricoh Gr Digital Vs Gr (5)

The layout of controls, buttons and dials on the Ricoh GR are very similar to the previous model(s), but with an updated 4-way controller, as well as additional switchable focus switch and AE/AF lock button.

Value for Money - One of the key features of the Ricoh GR is it's price of £599, making it one of the cheapest compact cameras available (with fixed lens) with APS-C sensor. In addition to this, there are a number of accessories available, with an equally competitive price, for example the 21/28mm optical viewfinder is available for £220.

We will post our full review of the Ricoh GR as soon as it is available.

Ricoh GR Photos of Equipment

Ricoh GR
Ricoh GR
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (1)
Ricoh Gr (1)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (2)
Ricoh Gr (2)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (3)
Ricoh Gr (3)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (5)
Ricoh Gr (5)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (6)
Ricoh Gr (6)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (7)
Ricoh Gr (7)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (8)
Ricoh Gr (8)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (9)
Ricoh Gr (9)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (10)
Ricoh Gr (10)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (11)
Ricoh Gr (11)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (12)
Ricoh Gr (12)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (13)
Ricoh Gr (13)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr (14)
Ricoh Gr (14)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (1)
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (1)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (2)
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (2)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (3)
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (3)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (4)
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (4)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (5)
Ricoh Gr With Ovf (5)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (1)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (1)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (2)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (2)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (3)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (3)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (4)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (4)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (5)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (5)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (6)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (6)
High-Res
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (7)
Ricoh Gr With Wide Adapter (7)
High-Res
GR Left Upper Surface Flash ON
GR Left Upper Surface Flash ON
High-Res


Ricoh GR Specifications

ManufacturerRicoh
Lens
Max Aperture f/2.8 - f/16
35mm equivalent 28mm
Optical Zoom 0x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4928
Pixels (H) 3264
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Size (width) 23.6mm
Sensor Size (height) 15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 1230k dots
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 10cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Snap
  • Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 300sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-4
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 4fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
Video FPS 30/25/24
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video No
Other Features
Image Stabilisation No
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
CIPA Rating 290
Box Contents
Box Contents Ricoh GR, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, USB power adapter, Power plug, USB cable, Cd, Hand strap, Hot shoe cover
Dimensions
Weight 215g
Width 117mm
Height 61mm
Depth 34.7mm

View Full Product Details


Explore More

Nikon Coolpix S5300 Review

Nikon Coolpix S5300 Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5300, a compact camer...

Nikon Coolpix S6800 Review

Nikon Coolpix S6800 Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Nikon Coolpix S6800, a compact camer...

Nikon Coolpix P600 Review

Nikon Coolpix P600 Review

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a feature packed bridge camera - i...

Join ePHOTOzine and remove these ads.

Comments

Rees
Rees  6 Wales
18 Apr 2013 - 9:33 AM

A thorough review of this latest offering from Rich/Pentax - Thank you.
However, at this price, I would not consider any compact camera that does not incorporate a viewfinder within the body. At 220.00 the optical viewfinder accessory makes this an expensive compact camera.

Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links 
18 Apr 2013 - 5:24 PM

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214405 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2013 - 5:24 PM

You could make your own viewfinder for a 1 Smile

pcheywood
pcheywood  81300 forum posts England
19 Apr 2013 - 12:17 PM

I'm desperately trying to talk myself out of purchasing this. After using GRDs and GXs, I know that this is going to be superb and pocketable.

Nothing handles like a Ricoh GR !

js12
js12  125 forum posts Czech Republic
19 Apr 2013 - 12:25 PM

The first test shots show it will be an excellent camera, I am almost sure (99.9%) I'll be getting one. Sorry Nikon...

Last Modified By js12 at 19 Apr 2013 - 12:26 PM
- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.