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RicohGR Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 69 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (57)
  • Easy to use (49)
  • Great resolution (48)
  • Large clear LCD (34)
  • Fast shutter speed (28)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (26)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • Limited zoom (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • No image stabilization (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (44)
  • Family photos (33)
  • Low light (20)
  • Macro photography (14)
  • Weddings (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58)

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

 

great camera with 1 con

I've owned this camera for over a year and its has yielded me some of the best images i've shot on the street with it. I mean what else could you ask for? APS-C...Read complete review

I've owned this camera for over a year and its has yielded me some of the best images i've shot on the street with it. I mean what else could you ask for? APS-C sensor, 16mp decent low light ability and a very very fast AF system in good light and its almost the size of my iphone 5s (just thicker) and fits in my back pocket. Cons: It hunts alot in low light, I get away with using it at night setting it to snap focus and flash but it takes a bit to focus in low low light. The biggest issue is the dust issue. These cameras love dust more than my Dslr likes it when i walk around with the sensor exposed on my DSLR. Dust will get into the lens when it retracts back in unless you protect it with a UV filter. That being said only 2 places in the USA will repair it and give you a warranty after. Be prepared to spend -$$ for sensor cleaning. One is good and slightly more money (my body is out of warranty) and the other repair center never picks up its phone (its in CT) and has horrible reviews on google (google it you'll see who). Its really sad because I love using this camera but the spot will not disappear even at f2.8.

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4.0

Like a dSLR in the palm of you hand

By pbziegler

from San Francisco

Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

This is an amazing camera--especially for street photography. Light and small yet packs a C-MOS sensor (same as in the Nikon d700 now gathering dust in my closet. I can get right up close, totally silent, shoot and be gone in a flash. It can be set for 28, 35 or 40 mm lens and you can preset the focus for faster shooting without auto focus. Nice sharp images that will amaze you.

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5.0

Excited

By Tori

from Sacramento CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

        This camera has a great reputation among street photographers. I am very excited to see what I can do with this opportunity. Very happy with B&H as always they are wonderful to deal with.

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        5.0

        I love My Ricoh GR

        By Distant Shot

        from Princeton NJ

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          I bought This Ricoh GR last summer from B&H and have been using it ever since. I had a Fuji X100s for a year that I liked but to be honest this camera suits my style better. The Image is very Filmic in black and white. I love the size ,what it looks like and how it is received on the street is great. It's a very discreet camera. The18.3mm f/2.8 Lens is wonderful .Images that this camera produces are wonderful both in Raw and jpeg. It's a great camera that takes amazing beautiful Images.

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          4.0

          Great image quality in a small package

          By Hank slat

          from long Island NY

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          I use this camera instead of taking along a 35 mm lens for my A7R. The images are razor sharp. Intuitive easy to use controls. Plus it fits in a jacket pocket.

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          5.0

          Great image in small boy

          By neuron

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          Sharp images in RAW file. Easy to edit using software.

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          4.0

          Good camera for P&S

          By MM

          from Seattle, WA

          Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

          My first Ricoh product. Very well made and designed for such a small camera. Was gonna use it for everyday carry. Unfortunately after learning that it can collect dust if put in pocket, I had to buy the shade and filter kit. Which made it not pocketable anymore. So now I am carrying the Lumix LF1 instead, a very good P&S, but with a smaller sensor.

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          5.0

          Best point and shoot ever

          By Lelo

          from Oakland, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

            Such great sharp pictures I no longer feel the need to carry a large DSLR for a "better picture".I like the snap focus mode, good for quick street shots.I had doubts about the wide angle only, but that has not been a problem. In fact, it is an asset to photograph the beautiful murals in SF's Mission district.

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            5.0

            Excellent camera, but not for learner

            By Shoot Shoot

            from Syracuse, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

                Ricoh GR is really a nice camera because of its light weight, which is convenient for people to carry everyday, and its excellent performance on documenting social life. For four reasons that GR is perfect for documenting: 1. Color: the color is very important because it determines the tone of the image. If you like to record what happened on the street, the color of GR creates will give you feeling of social life, which is boring but interesting. 2. Lens: Ricoh's lens is fixed, and the focal length of it is very suitable for recording social life around us. It can contains a lot of information in an image. So the image will have special visual levels. 3. The shutter speed is not delayed at all and the sound of the shutter can be turned off (it is gorgeous for street snapshot!!!!!!). So you will not miss any interesting moment that you observe on the street. 4. The length of time to open the camera is extremely short, which means that once you get target on the street, you can open the camera in 0.5sec and shoot the moment. Otherwise, also because of the color, focal length and the aperture, GR it is not ideal to be used by learners who just want to record travel, food, or beautiful flowers. The color is not vivid enough for food or flowers; the focal length and the aperture cannot focus on details of food. For the conclusion, I just want to say that if you interested in recording social/street life, have already known a lot about the camera, and have used camera very proficiently, you should definitely buy a Ricoh GR and you will deeply love it just as I do. If you just want to buy a camera for food, flower, or selfie, don't consider about Ricoh GR because it will let you down.

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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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                    3.0

                    great camera with 1 con

                    By Cliffy

                    from NYC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Dust Magnet
                    • No Viewfinder
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Poor Servicing Options
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Street Photography

                    Comments about Ricoh GR Digital Camera:

                    I've owned this camera for over a year and its has yielded me some of the best images i've shot on the street with it. I mean what else could you ask for? APS-C sensor, 16mp decent low light ability and a very very fast AF system in good light and its almost the size of my iphone 5s (just thicker) and fits in my back pocket. Cons: It hunts alot in low light, I get away with using it at night setting it to snap focus and flash but it takes a bit to focus in low low light. The biggest issue is the dust issue. These cameras love dust more than my Dslr likes it when i walk around with the sensor exposed on my DSLR. Dust will get into the lens when it retracts back in unless you protect it with a UV filter. That being said only 2 places in the USA will repair it and give you a warranty after. Be prepared to spend -$$ for sensor cleaning. One is good and slightly more money (my body is out of warranty) and the other repair center never picks up its phone (its in CT) and has horrible reviews on google (google it you'll see who). Its really sad because I love using this camera but the spot will not disappear even at f2.8.

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                    • No

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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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