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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR Vs Nikon Coolpix A Comparison - The Nikon Coolpix A and Ricoh GR both offer a wide-angle f/2.8 lens and a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor. We find out the difference in this comparison. Updated with test images.

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Features
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Specification
Ricoh Gr Vs Nikon Coolpix A (3)

The Nikon Coolpix A and the new Ricoh GR both feature a wide-angle 28mm equivalent f/2.8 lens, a 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a compact metal body, but differ in a few areas including price, with the Coolpix A priced at £999, and the Ricoh GR priced at £599. Updated with test images, 20/05/2013.

Ricoh Gr Vs Nikon Coolpix A (2)

Ricoh GR Vs Nikon Coolpix A Features


Ricoh GR Nikon Coolpix A
16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
28mm equivalent f/2.8 Lens, 9 blade 28mm equivalent f/2.8 Lens, 7 blade
3inch 1230k dot screen 3inch 920k dot screen
Full HD Video, Stereo, 30/25/24 Full HD Video, Stereo, 30/25/24
ISO100-25600 ISO100-25600
4FPS (999 JPEG shots) 4FPS (22 JPEG shots)
Flash power 5.4 Flash power 6.0
Dual Axis Electronic level Electronic level (one axis)
290 shot battery rating 230 shot battery rating
117 x 61 x 34.7mm (WHD) 111 x 64.3 x 40.3 (WHD)
Weight 245g with memory and battery Weight 299g with battery and memory
Other features: 35mm crop mode, Wide-angle 21mm equivalent adapter available, Left and rear customisable function buttons, front control wheel, rear ADJ control. Other features: Focus switch, Front and rear customisable function buttons, scroll wheel on top and at the rear, Manual focus ring surrounding the lens.


Ricoh Gr Vs Nikon Coolpix A (4)
Nikon Coolpix A Vs Ricoh GR Top

Ricoh Gr Vs Nikon Coolpix A (1)
Nikon Coolpix A Vs Ricoh GR Rear

Ricoh Gr Vs Nikon Coolpix A (5)
Nikon Coolpix A Vs Ricoh GR Bottom

Ricoh Gr Vs Nikon Coolpix A (7)
Nikon Coolpix A Vs Ricoh GR - The Coolpix A features a focus switch, and the GR features a customisable preview / effects button.

Accessories available for the Nikon Coolpix A include: GPS, Wi-Fi, Optical viewfinder, Adapter and lens hood. Accessories available for the Ricoh GR include accessories that were available for the Ricoh GR Digital series, including a 28mm mini viewfinder (GV-2), 21/28mm viewfinder (GV-1), TTL Flash (GF-1), as well as new accessories including a hood and adapter, 21mm W-converter, soft leather case, half leather case, and a leather neck strap. In addition a close-up lens is to be added after launch.

The Nikon Coolpix A is available for around £999 (RRP), with the Ricoh GR available for around £599 (RRP) making the Ricoh GR extremely good value for money in comparison, with the optical viewfinder costing $379 (US) / £246 (excluding taxes) for the Coolpix A, and £220 for the Ricoh GR. We will be posting our full review of the Ricoh GR when it is available.

Ricoh GR Vs Nikon Coolpix A Performance

Here is a comparison of ISO and white balance images taken on both the Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A. Click "High-Res" to view the full size originals.

Ricoh GR ISO test images

1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 200

1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW

1/40 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 400

1/40 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 400
High-Res | RAW

1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 800

1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 800
High-Res | RAW

1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 1600

1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res | RAW

Low NR | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200

Low NR | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res | RAW

Med NR | 1/250 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200

Med NR | 1/250 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res | RAW

High NR | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200

High NR | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res | RAW

1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 6400

1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 6400
High-Res | RAW

1/1500 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 12800

1/1500 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 12800
High-Res | RAW

1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 25600

1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 18.3 mm | ISO 25600
High-Res | RAW


Nikon Coolpix A ISO test images

1/5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100

1/5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 200

1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 200
High-Res | RAW

1/25 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 400

1/25 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res | RAW

1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 800

1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 800
High-Res | RAW

1/100 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 1600

1/100 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res | RAW

1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 3200

1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res | RAW

1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 6400

1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 6400
High-Res | RAW

1/640 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 12800

1/640 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 12800
High-Res | RAW

1/1250 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 25600

1/1250 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 25600
High-Res | RAW


Ricoh GR White-balance test images

AWB Tungsten | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

AWB Tungsten | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB Multi Tungsten | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

AWB Multi Tungsten | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Tungsten Preset | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

Tungsten Preset | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB Fluorescent | 0.5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

AWB Fluorescent | 0.5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB Multi Fluorescent | 0.5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

AWB Multi Fluorescent | 0.5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent Preset | 0.5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent Preset | 0.5 sec | f/5.6 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Nikon Coolpix A White-balance test images

AWB Tungsten | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100

AWB Tungsten | 1/6 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

Tungsten Preset | 1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100

Tungsten Preset | 1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

AWB Fluorescent | 0.3 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100

AWB Fluorescent | 0.3 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

Fluorescent Preset | 0.3 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent Preset | 0.3 sec | f/5.6 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW



For more information on both cameras, have a look at the links below:
Read our full Nikon Coolpix A Review.
Read our Ricoh GR First-Impressions Preview.

Comparison Table

Nikon Coolpix A Ricoh GR
ManufacturerNikonRicoh
Lens
Max Aperture f/2.8f/2.8 - f/16
35mm equivalent 28mm28mm
Optical Zoom 0x0x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.2Mp (Megapixels)16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 49284928
Pixels (H) 32643264
Sensor Type CMOSCMOS
Sensor Size APS-CAPS-C
Sensor Size (width) 23.6mm23.6mm
Sensor Size (height) 15.6mm15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in3in
Screen resolution 921k1230k dots
Touch Screen NoNo
Focusing
Min Focus 10cm10cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Snap
  • Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec300sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-5+/-4
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 4fps4fps
Video
Movie mode YesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 1920x1080
Video FPS 30p, 25p, 24p30/25/24
Stereo Sound YesYes
Optical Zoom with Video NoNo
Other Features
Image Stabilisation NoNo
Interface
HDMI YesYes
USB USB 2USB 2
Wi-Fi NoNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-IonLithium-Ion
CIPA Rating 230290
Box Contents
Box Contents Camera strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20 (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-27, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Reference Manual (CD-ROM)Ricoh GR, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, USB power adapter, Power plug, USB cable, Cd, Hand strap, Hot shoe cover
Dimensions
Weight 299g215g
Width 111mm117mm
Height 64.3mm61mm
Depth 40.3mm34.7mm
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js12
js12  125 forum posts Czech Republic
17 Apr 2013 - 8:57 PM

The choice is clear....welcome back Ricoh

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Time passes by, I remember handling one display Ricoh GRII, although I couldn't buy it. It was capable for lovely images all up to iso...400... A major plus was that it was pocketable and had PASM functions (who on earth came up with Av.Tv and all the jargon?)

I hope the co-operation between the two manufacturers will bring out really good cameras.
Enjoy (Ricoh)

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