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Ricoh GR Digital Camera

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Ricoh GR Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 16.2MP APS-C Format CMOS Sensor
  • GR ENGINE V Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-pass Filter
  • 18.3mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equivalent)
The GR Digital Camera from Ricoh is a high performance compact camera with a 16.2MP APS-C size sensor and the GR Engine V Image Processor for sharp, high resolution imaging and fast response time. The camera's sensor is designed without the optical low-pass filter in order to produce particularly sharp details.
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Ricoh GR Overview

  • 1Description
  • 216 MP APS-C CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3GR ENGINE V Image Processor
  • 4No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 518.3mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equivalency in 35mm Format)
  • 63.0" 1,230k-dot LCD Screen with WhiteMagic Technology
  • 7Optional Optical Viewfinders
  • 8Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • 9ISO 100-25600
  • 10High Speed Autofocus System with 4 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 11Designated AF & Aperture Preview Buttons
  • 12JPG or DNG RAW Capture
  • 13Manual and Automatic Modes
  • 14Shutter Speed/Aperture Priority Mode
  • 15Shutter Type
  • 16Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe Mount
  • 17Neutral Density Filter
  • 18Image Effects
  • 19Macro Mode
  • 2035mm Crop Mode
  • 21Durable Compact Design
  • 22Dual-axis Electronic Level
  • 23Eye-Fi Card Compatible
  • 24Languages Supported

The GR Digital Camera from Ricoh is a high performance compact camera with a 16.2MP APS-C size sensor and the GR Engine V Image Processor for sharp, high resolution imaging and fast response time. The camera's sensor is designed without the optical low-pass filter in order to produce particularly sharp details.

Its fixed focal length 18.3mm lens has the 35mm equivalency of a 28mm lens, and with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 you can effectively work this wide-angle lens in low light situations and produce shallow depth of field images. Two aspherical elements in the lens design minimize aberrations for sharpness from corner to corner within the frame. 

An expansive ISO range from 100-25600 provides further low light capability and the GR Engine V works to keep noise-levels down, even at high ISOs. Full HD 1080p video capture is supported with continuous autofocus during shooting. Multiple resolutions and frames per second are available including 60 fps in 720 HD.

A 3.0" 1,230k-dot LCD monitor provides composition and playback viewing and WhiteMagic technology, which adds white pixels to the standard RGB colors, improves image brightness, contrast and visibility even in the brightest lighting. The camera itself offers a compact, lightweight design built from magnesium alloy with an ergonomic rubberized grip and conveniently placed controls all accessible with one hand. A pop-up flash and hot shoe mount are incorporated as is a dual-axis electronic level for proper image alignment.

The GR supports both JPEG and RAW formats and offers fast performance, including one second start-up time, fast autofocus speeds and up to 4 fps continuous shooting speed at full resolution. A designated AF button provides continuous AF when shooting moving subjects and an aperture preview button allows you to check your exposure and depth of field before shooting.

Fully automatic modes, including Face Detection, are available as are aperture and shutter priority modes and full manual exposure control. The GR also offers Shutter / Aperture Priority mode which automatically sets ISO sensitivity based on your exposure adjustments. Macro mode for detailed close-ups is supported and a 35mm crop mode allows you to size your images with 35mm film frame ratios. Nine image effects are also available to add creative expression to both your stills and videos. Image Effects include Retro, Cross-Process and High Key.

Function-enhancing firmware upgrades, which have been popular with all GR-series models, will become available for the new GR as well, keeping its advanced performance features up to date.


16 MP APS-C CMOS Image Sensor

The GR's 16.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor offers low-noise characteristics even at high ISO, super-high resolution imaging quality, color accuracy and a wide dynamic range.

GR ENGINE V Image Processor

The advanced GR ENGINE V imaging engine offers high-sensitivity shooting with minimal noise and fast response times, including fast autofocus and up to 4 fps continuous shooting.

No Optical Low-Pass Filter

The omission of the low-pass filter in the sensor design enables particularly sharp details and color-rich images. To balance for lack of the Optical Low-Pass filter, a chromatic moiré compensation function is added to minimize wavy moiré patterns and distortion in certain images.

18.3mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equivalency in 35mm Format)

The GR's fixed wide angle 18.3mm f/2.8 GR lens, equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format, provides high resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness and low distortion. The seven element lens design includes two aspherical elements to minimize chromatic aberrations. With its newly designed nine blade diaphragm, the GR lens produces a natural bokeh effect at larger apertures.

3.0" 1,230k-dot LCD Screen with WhiteMagic Technology

Featuring Sony WhiteMagic technology which adds white pixels to the standard RGB colors to improve image brightness and visibility, the rear 3.0" LCD provides composition and playback viewing.

Optional Optical Viewfinders

Two optical viewfinders are available (both sold separately) to enhance composition capability and stability. The GV-2 28mm mini viewfinder and the GV-1 21/28mm viewfinder both attach to the camera's hot shoe mount.

Full HD 1080p Video Recording

Capture Full HD video in widescreen 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080) with efficient, high quality h.264 compression at 30 fps. Continuous Autofocus remains active with movement as the camera stays focused on moving subjects in the center of its angle of view.

ISO 100-25600

Supported by its APS-C sensor and the advanced GR V imaging engine, the GR offers high sensitivity shooting from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 with minimal noise.

High Speed Autofocus System with 4 fps Continuous Shooting

The high speed autofocus system captures crisp subjects in a mere 0.2 seconds, and start-up time is only one second. The GR's AF Continuous Shooting function captures a series of photos at a maximum speed of four frames per second, allowing capture of fast-moving subjects in sharp focus.

Designated AF & Aperture Preview Buttons

An AF (autofocus) button is accessible with the thumb on the back panel. When the AF lever is set to the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode, you can capture a series of images of a moving subject - all in sharp focus - by pushing the shutter release button while depressing the AF button. An aperture preview button is on the camera's side panel for quick confirmation of the depth of field before shooting.

JPG or DNG RAW Capture

Capture both JPG and open-standard DNG RAW images. The GR offers a variety of computer-free image processing functions, including in-body RAW-data development to output JPEG format files.

Manual and Automatic Modes

You can set the GR to shoot on fully automatic mode, allowing the camera to determine the optimal settings for each shot or shoot in manual, controlling all settings to you exact needs. Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes as well as custom My Settings mode are available also.

Shutter Speed/Aperture Priority Mode

The GR features the original Shutter speed / Aperture Priority (TAv) exposure mode, featured only in PENTAX/RICOH-brand digital SLR cameras. This innovative mode automatically sets the optimum ISO sensitivity based on the shutter speed and aperture selected by the photographer.

Shutter Type

The GR utilizes an in-lens leaf shutter and enables flash sync up to 1/2000 of a second.

Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe Mount

The GR offers a convenient built-in pop-up flash unit with several flash modes, a Guide Number of 5.4 (at ISO 100) and an effective range of 3.3 - 9.8'. In addition a TTL-A (TTL with pre-flash) hot shoe mount for an external flash is provided. The maximum sync speed for an external flash is 1/400 seconds.

Neutral Density Filter

For further exposure control the GR incorporates an ND filter in both manual and automatic modes.

Image Effects

The Image Effect modes allow the user to add a variety of visual effects to create distinctive expressions without the need for a computer. The direct-access Effect button positioned on the camera's side panel makes selection of one of the nine image effects easy. Effects include: B&W, B&W (Toning Effect), High Contrast B&W, Cross-Process, Positive Film, Bleach-Bypass, Retro, Miniaturize, High-Key.

Macro Mode

Macro mode allows you to capture the details with sharp close-up imaging. Minimum focus distance in macro Mode is 3.9".

35mm Crop Mode

For that classic 35mm look, use the specialized crop mode to instantly set a 35mm frame ratio crop.

Durable Compact Design

Despite its large image sensor, the GR has a compact and portable design. Its casing is made of a lightweight magnesium alloy, while its exterior design retains the style typical of the GR series. Designed for maximum comfort and operational ease, all control buttons are laid out for easy access with the right hand.

Dual-axis Electronic Level

For high precision horizontal and vertical alignment, use the electronic dual-axis level to make sure your shot is perfectly aligned with the horizon or framed just the way you want it.

Eye-Fi Card Compatible

With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone, and even select favorite images and resize them before transmission. In the playback mode, the user can also recall the transmitted images on the monitor using the Effect button on the side panel.

Languages Supported

GRs shipped outside of Asia or Japan will include: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Russian.

Ricoh GR Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 16.9 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3
Bit Depth12-Bit
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent, Manual, Shade
Flash ModesAuto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Manual, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7 x 5.5 x 3.9"

Ricoh GR Reviews


By Ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-15

The size, image rendering, and build quality are unmatched at this size and price. Excellent digital recreation of a classic 35mm point and shoot. You won't be disappointed.

Good little camera but poor reliability

By sb_in_ak
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-28

Bought in mid May from B&H. By mid June, it was dead (five days outside the return window and coincidently on the day Ricoh announced the successor). It's a wonderful little street camera, but the reliability issue has me wondering if I'd ever buy another camera from Rioch. I was in the middle of street shooting in Los Angeles when the camera just inexplicably died. I didn't drop it, get it wet, etc. I just thought it was a dead battery but putting it on a charge didn't revive the camera. Apart from that, it's a good little camera. Low profile, good image quality. Would be nice if they imroved the LCD a little. Battery life is also pretty poor. Controls are easy to manipulate. Looks like I will be sending this into Ricoh's repair contractor.


By Fernando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-05-22

J tive a Fuji X100, tenho a Panasonic GX7, mas essa maquininha vai ser sua companheira de todos os dias, sem dvida a mais porttil de todas, altamente discreta, rpida, tem uma lente prime, sensor grande, faz lindssimas fotos, a opo de mudar de 28mm para 35mm (crop) funciona muito bem, alm de ser altamente customizvel, sem dvida a melhor mquina para street photos.

Dust on Sensor

By James
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-05-14

Nice camera until I saw the big dust blob on my photos. The GR Is known for dust on the sensor but I didn't think it would right out of the box! The photos are awesome though so I am awaiting my 2nd GR in hopes for a cleaner unit. Great camera though!

Simple, light yet very powerful camera

By Agra Wall
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-10

This is a fixed focal length camera and so there is no zoom. If you like the pictures you click with your phone, and want something that can improve the quality of photos, this is the camera for you. It is lightweight and easy to use, with buttons easily operated with single hand. I have a DSLR, but I tend to use my phone more often for photos. The battery life on the phone is a problem, and I want to keep the calling functionality on the phone alive. This camera is just the right tool for me.

Great Pocket Camera!

By kptkarl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-10

I mainly shoot street photography and urban with this. The camera is nice and compact. Snap focus is a great feature. Easy to use and very customizable. DNG files look great in Capture One, very little post processing needed. Highly recommend, great value.

I would buy this product again and again!!

By Art
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-06

great camera for everyday life, best for street photography... Small camera Big sensor.

The Olympus XA For a New Generation

By Chris Etzel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-02

If you've ever used the Olympus XA/XA2 cameras, you know what simple, compact, sharp cameras can do. Now take that amazing quality and cram it into a similarly-sized package but with an APS-C sensor, and you have the Ricoh GR. This camera is fast, quiet, easy to use, has snap-focus, film/developer emulation -- think of it as having nearly as many features as a Fuji X100s, but in a package that fits in your front pocket. The lens isn't super-fast, but you can still achieve decent subject isolation with some practice. The startup time is basically a blink, you can view pics without turning the lens on, the screen is bright and usable, and the menu system is full-featured, yet intuitive. Battery lasts a good long time, too. Much better than my X Pro. This is a great take-anywhere camera, or even a backup camera for pros.

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Is there a way to protect the Ricoh GR lens from dust ingress?
Asked by: Chip
Not that I know of, but, at the same time, I don't see any need since the camera doesn't have interchangeable lenses.
Answered by: Richard B.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Are there any options for remote/electronic shutter release?
Asked by: Grant P.
Ricoh Cable switch CA-1This is a cable switch to operate the camera shutter.This switch can do both half-press and one-push.
Answered by: Boris L.
Date published: 2018-08-28


hello,I would like to ask for an international guarantee for the Ricoh GR or warranty will be honored in Europe, in PolandRegards
Asked by: Anonymous
Ricoh warranties are only valid in the country / area where you purchased. However, we offer an extended service plan through a company called Square Trade that is covered internationally, and additionally will protect against drops, spills, and other incidents. You can read more about Square Trade here:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


First = Need (GH-3) Hood && Adapter to mount Wide-angle Conversion Lens (GW-3). Can you provide the B&&H order number.Second = Is there another lens-shade that will work with the built-in 18.3 mm. lens?
Asked by: Anonymous
The GH-3 is the hood for the built in 18.3mm lens (28mm equivalent) as well as the adapter to use the wide angle GW-3 conversion lens. Here is the link to the GH-3 hood/adapter:
Answered by: Dan W.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Do the Shooting Modes and Image Effects work when capturing RAW files? If not, can these be applied with the included Software like the Olympus Art Filters ?
Asked by: Anonymous
You can still use the various shooting modes and image effects while shooting in RAW format.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Which country this camera made out of?
Asked by: Anonymous
The camera is made in China.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-28


How useful is the macro? 3.9 seems awfully far away from the subject.
Asked by: Anonymous
It is more useful than you may think. Its not the closest focusing camera in the compact category but it is still a closer advantage than you would have otherwise had without it. The camera by all accounts is a great camera, however I would say if Macro shots are a priority for you, you may wish to consider a different model with an even closer minimum focusing distance. - Yossi
Answered by: Jeremy L.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Any idea when this will be in stock? Someone asked this about two months ago. I am interested in buying one, but want it for a vacation trip in September. Thanks!
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, Ricoh has not committed to any hard delivery dates. We will notify you via e-mail as fresh information is available.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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