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RicohGR Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 60 reviews)

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    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (52)
  • Easy to use (44)
  • Great resolution (44)
  • Large clear LCD (32)
  • Fast shutter speed (25)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (25)
  • Limited zoom (10)
  • Short battery life (10)
  • No image stabilization (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (41)
  • Family photos (31)
  • Low light (20)
  • Macro photography (13)
  • Weddings (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big Sensor Compact, Big Winner!

The new Ricoh GR is the latest in a long line of compact street shooter cameras going all the way back to the classic GR1 released in 1997.The GR is a very small camera...Read complete review

The new Ricoh GR is the latest in a long line of compact street shooter cameras going all the way back to the classic GR1 released in 1997.The GR is a very small camera equipped with a large 16MP APS-C sensor and a high quality fixed 18.3mm (28mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens. The sensor does not have an AA filter for super sharp images.Speaking of the lens, it is superb. Very little distortion and very sharp wide open. In fact, I see no reason to stop down whatsoever unless you need more depth of field. It has good close focus ability, though at 28mm, I wouldn't call it a 'macro' lens. That said, I find the bokeh to be pretty smooth when focused closely. All in all, a first class optic in my opinion.The camera has a tough alloy body with a grippy textured outer surface and a generous and comfortable grip. The large display on the back is very bright and very usable in most conditions, through can be a little harder to see fine details in bright, direct sunlight.While the specs are fantastic, what makes makes this camera truly great is the GR heritage and DNA that is so evident in the camera's design and implementation. Just do a web search on "Ricoh GR1" and you will instantly see the family resemblance, and with good reason - the original design, control layout and ergonomics were excellent. Successive GR models refined the basic design over the years, up to and including the previous GR Digital IV. The new GR retains all of the best traits and expands on the original theme in meaningful ways.This camera is a shooters dream and is designed to get out of your way and let you concentrate on what's important. Operation is fast and responsive and I never get the feeling of waiting for the camera. Everything is at your fingertips and logically laid out. Best of all, even with all of the new technology packed in, the GR is still small enough to fit in your pocket!The only word of warning - the GR series sports a highly configurable and customizable user interface. This is the first camera in years that I've had to read the manual for to learn how to set up and use. While getting started will take some work and patience, you will be rewarded with a camera that does exactly what you need it to do.As a point of comparison, I am a Nikon D800 user and love the camera and the results I get from it. I wanted something smaller for family and travel and very seriously considered the Nikon Coolpix A. I really liked pretty much everything about the Coolpix, which is very similar specification wise to the Ricoh, however the gestalt of the Ricoh, combined with the signifigantly lower price swayed me. And I'm very happy it did!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had high hopes...

The GR is exactly what I have been desiring for a long time... big sensor in a small body, no gimmicks like a viewfinder, tilt screen or a zoom. I really was...Read complete review

The GR is exactly what I have been desiring for a long time... big sensor in a small body, no gimmicks like a viewfinder, tilt screen or a zoom. I really was excited to use it.When it gets it right the photos are lovely.Unfortunately, I am experiencing a tragic back focusing problem under almost all shooting conditions. The focus assist light doesn't help at all.Will have to figure out an alternative.

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5.0

I am impressed

By DougD

from Joshua Tree, California

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      Amazing little camera. So simple and easy to use yet produces stunning results. I processed this image in Phase One Capture One V8 and Photoshop but it shows off the capabilities quite well

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By Bubba

      from New Jersey

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      This camera is great For street photograpy , no one even knows you have it . It is solid and takes amazing pictures . Also has a snap focus where you can have a pre focused point so you can get quick pics in focus .

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      5.0

      Great addition to a time honored line

      By Richard

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Downloadable Software

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      I really like this camera. I own the original 8mp Gr D and the basic design has changed very little.It is the only camera I've encountered that seems designed from scratch to be used as a self-enclosed unit. By that I mean : The owner can charge the battery, convert RAW files, download files to the computer in a simple, straight forward manner without "disassembling" the camera. Other cameras will do these things, but not in as intuitive a manner.

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      4.0

      So far, so good!

      By CommNatural

      from Quebec City; Montana

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      I typically tote around a Nikon pro or semi-pro, and right now (after ~1 week of use), my favorite thing about this Ricoh GR is that it is TINY in comparison. I LOVE that it fits in my pocket, and that it is inconspicuous (on the street, in a museum, when dining out, etc.).

      I also really like it's capacity to take clear photos in low light, without too much color distortion.

      Things I need to use more before having more of an opinion:
      1. I've used the video function, but have only viewed the results in-camera. Need to download, process, and play with the video to know better how good it is. Thus, no idea re audio, yet, either.

      2. When zooming in on an image (after taking it; there's no zoom on the camera itself), the images look horribly pixelated. I need to fiddle some with photos on the computer, and see how they do when enlarged. If it turns out that enlargements aren't an option, I will be deeply disappointed. I'm optimistic, since the camera shoots RAW and RAW+, that the pixelation and noise I see in-camera are just that - in-camera only.

      If the second issue turns out to be a non-issue, this could wind up being my go-to camera for a lot of street and event photography. I am a freelance photojournalist specializing in science and sustainability, and it will be immensely helpful to have an inconspicuous camera that takes great images.

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      5.0

      Excellent Camera

      By micopat

      from Poland

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Photoessay
      • Travel

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      Ricoh GR is excellent camera for demanding users. Outstanding IQ, fast response, solid construction is what I like most. Inconspicuous look and 18mm focal lenght are ideal for me - I`m photoessay photographer. One wish: battery life could be longer.

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      5.0

      Ricoh GR digital camera

      By Ana

      from New York

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      This camera has changed my life I only wish I bought it sooner! The picture quality is so clear and crisp the photos look professionally taken with little experience needed!
      Doing a lot of travel it really is worth having a good camera -the expense you take to travel it is more than worth having excellent quality pictures to match.
      You only realize how poor other camera qualities are after you see the difference with this camera!
      100% happy with this purchase truly worth the investment and you will never regret it!

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      5.0

      Lean, fast street-shooter.

      By agbiotec

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Street Photography

      Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

      Street photography, an amazing 28mm lens, with great depth of field f9 at 3 meters to infinity all in focus. The "snap focus" (pre-focus at specific distance), in combination with the depth of field, ensures that everything is tack-sharp, to capture 1/1000th decisive moments on the street without an lag. Even if you use auto-focus that is very quick too.The sensor is amazing, the auto-ISO function which calculates automatically the sensitivity based on the light and your aperture / shutter speed settings is great. I've have street shots at f/9 with 1/300 speeds where the ISO shot up to 6200, and I've cropped 50% with no noise visible, amazing !I have neve felt the way I felt for this about another camera I've owned before (and I've owned my fair share in 25 years as photographer). Worth every single dollar spend on it.

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      5.0

      Awesome little camera

      By YG

      from USA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

        I love this camera! It's lightweight, compact, has decent presets and performs reasonably well in low light. This is my first "real" camera, so I'm still learning all the extensive features. I primarily bought this to take on bike rides... it is the perfect jersey pocket-sized camera. I've found it fast enough to snap pics while on the move, both of moving and stationary objects. The rubberized grip gives me the confidence to pull it out on the fly. I've also used the camera to take some photos of food in dimly lit restaurants and night markets and I am impressed with this camera's low light performance. The battery life isn't great, but it was sufficient for a weekend of shooting.

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        4.0

        Best Pocketable Camera

        By Alex Focs

        from Mexico City

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

        After reading lots of reviews and articles and analyzing the latest work I've been doing I realized 28mm is one of the focal lenghts I use the most when I'm out in the street shooting.I currently own a 5dmkIII which is great for almost all the work i do, which mainly involves video. The thing about it is it's size, is just too big to be carried all around all the time, the GR is just perfect.It is small, well built, easy to use, and discreet. I put it in my jean's pocket and ride my bike and the GR is always ready to shoot with it's "snap focus" feature.I use it for scoutings, street shoooting, travel and just for everyday use.The only con I find with this thing is it's short battery life; It's incredibly short. When I bought it I decided to test it first since I had read lots of commentaries concerning this problem, now I'm about to order a couple of extra batteries, because it just drains so quickly I can't rely on it for lasting a whole day.All in all, it's a perfect small, lightweight, pocketable camera. When your iPhone is not enough, get this thing.

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        5.0

        The Right Fit

        By Desert Dave

        from Buckeye, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ergonomics
        • Good in Low Light
        • Quality Pictures
        • Size
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Street Photogarphy

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          I was considering a Nikon Coolpix A or a Fuji x100S but in process discovered the GR. It has the same size sensor and is much lighter than the other two. Ergonomically it is perfect in terms of controls and settings. Pictures are super and WB controls work great. Best value and professional always count on B & H.

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          4.0

          This Camera Feels Good in Your Hand!

          By Donna

          from Maryland

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          I gave this camera 4 stars instead of 5 just because I prefer the options of a zoom and don't shoot a lot of landscapes. But other than the focal length, which I was aware of when I bought it, I can't find any faults with the Ricoh.
          Things I like:
          Solid, well made, great natural colors, fits in purse or pocket, easy to use.
          Things I don't like:
          Nothing really except the fixed focal length and wish the lens was a bit brighter.

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          2.0

          Had high hopes...

          By hiplnsdrftr

          from NYC, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Out Of Focus Back Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          The GR is exactly what I have been desiring for a long time... big sensor in a small body, no gimmicks like a viewfinder, tilt screen or a zoom. I really was excited to use it.When it gets it right the photos are lovely.Unfortunately, I am experiencing a tragic back focusing problem under almost all shooting conditions. The focus assist light doesn't help at all.Will have to figure out an alternative.

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          5.0

          Really super little camera!

          By Shooter Gregory

          from Berkshires, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

              This is the first compact digital camera I've owned that I've actually liked. Great picture quality. Extremely well-designed layout, nicely small and well-built.

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              4.0

              great camaera

              By Drew Franks

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

              I am a professional and it took me 5 years before i decided to buy a point and shoot digital camera.
              This camera is good, great file quality both in JPEG and RAW.
              only slight issues is the focus system at night. A bit of a hit an miss and you cannot rely on it. Other than that very good for outdoors and interior pics. Certainly one i will keep for a while

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              5.0

              Nearly as good as the film Ricoh GR-1

              By Adrian

              from Bethesda, MD

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor Image Stabilization
              • Tripod Hole Poorly Placed

              Best Uses

              • Mountaineeringbackpackin
              • Travel

              Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

              Finally, two decades into the digital transformation of consumer photography, we have a point-and-shoot that produces images of technical quality comparable to those from a "pro" (D)SLR. The original Ricoh GR-1 could produce slides that vied with those from any of the then current SLRs equipped with their bulky 28mm lenses, and this digital camera is as good or better than any APS-C DSLR with a lens of this (equivalent) focal length. Not surprising, since the sensor is the same and the lens is a dedicated 28 mm-e. The control interface is superb. The lack of an OVF and IBIS are limitations. The tripod hole is placed too close to the battery compartment. This last is a problem if you carry this as your only backcountry camera and want to do, for instance night photography.

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              5.0

              Perfect Compact Camera, auto or manual

              By 3eyedmonster

              from Honolulu, HI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

              The cameras larger sensor, f/2.8 lens and computer make a fast little camera to capture my toddler. I was constantly deleting blurry images on my DSLR and my other Point & Shoot. Not with Ricoh GR. The camera's auto focus is so quick I am rarely left with a bad picture.

              The camera has so many manual features too. It can keep your dslr enthusiast happy with so many options. Built in filters and long exposure programing keep my deeply technical side happy too. A quick flip to auto lets you snap away without worry too.

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              5.0

              Wonderful compact

              By Yurii

              from Manhattan, KS

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

                Camera is a joy to use, very small (fits in my pocket rather well), and the quality of the pictures is very impressive. I certainly recommend it if you want a good travel/light camera.

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                5.0

                My new favorite!

                By White Horse

                from Chico, CA

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Street Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

                I LOVE street photography, and now I have a favorite camera for high-contrast b&w. The thrilling results just beg me to take more.

                I'm a high school teacher of photography and yearbook. After the first day of photos around campus and the FFA/agriculture department (farming/welding equipment), my photo students' jaws dropped at the results. Other students around campus were begging me to take their picture and show it them. How fun is that!

                I love the ease of changing the effects by a simple button on the left side.

                I still have much to learn for taking advantage of the camera features, but I am already sold. The rest is icing on the cake.

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                5.0

                Mighty little camera

                By Bosque

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

                  Only downside is the lack of an external battery charger. Other than that, the camera is amazing. Great quality indoors and outdoors. Easy to use controls. Customizable function buttons. All round great camera.

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                  5.0

                  Best Pocket Camera I know !

                  By Fruchstuck

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

                  You have to spend some time to figure out all the parameters and set the camera in a functional way for you.
                  Once you do it, this one becomes second nature and an extension of you.
                  The 28mm 2.8 is one the best wide angles I have used, the sensor is among the best APS-C money can buy, very resourceful, greati image quality, a steal for the price.

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