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Ricoh GR First Impressions 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.

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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 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/16
35mm equivalent28mm
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1230k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus10cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Snap
  • Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest300sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-4
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS30/25/24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)290shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRicoh GR, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, USB power adapter, Power plug, USB cable, Cd, Hand strap, Hot shoe cover

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Rees 11 14 Wales
18 Apr 2013 9:33AM
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.

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Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
18 Apr 2013 5:24PM
You could make your own viewfinder for a 1 Smile
pcheywood 14 1.3k England
19 Apr 2013 12:17PM
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 !
josa 7 25 Czech Republic
19 Apr 2013 12:25PM
The first test shots show it will be an excellent camera, I am almost sure (99.9%) I'll be getting one. Sorry Nikon...

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