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Ricoh GR

alaTest has collected and analyzed 289 reviews of Ricoh GR. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the size and screen are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the low light performance. There are some critical reviews about the shutter and exposure.

performance, usability, portability, screen, size

battery, zoom, viewfinder, exposure, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh GR is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 user reviews of Ricoh GR from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Opinions about the lens and performance are overall positive. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the exposure and zoom.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Ricoh GR Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP) 3 inch LCD ScreenRicoh GR Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP) 3 inch LCD Screen

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Ricoh GR review


The Ricoh GR is a fine camera with an APS-C sensor and prime lens, with some drawbacks. Unfortunately, its closest competitor, the Coolpix A from Nikon, puts up a stronger showing.

As much as we like to save money, the Coolpix A is a better overall camera than the Ricoh GR. The Nikon’s images are sharper and colors more accurate. The fact the Coolpix has built-in image stabilization while the GR does not is definitely a factor....

Sep, 2013 - GOLD AWARD

Expert review by (

Ricoh GR


With the launch of the Nikon Coolpix A we marvelled at how, in the space of a year, the idea of a large sensor compact with a fixed, prime lens, has gone from being an obscure niche (as it was when Sigma launched the original DP1) to a burgeoning and...

Excellent image quality in Raw, very good in JPEG ; Sharp lens with consistency at wide apertures and close working distances ; Large sensor in genuinely small body ; Highly customizable and responsive user interface ; Excellent build quality ;...

Occasional tendency to under-exposure ; Unflattering color profile embedded in DNG files ; Extremely limited movie capabilities ; Lack of external charger makes keeping a second battery charged awkward ; Limited buffer for continuous Raw shooting

DSLR image quality finally comes to Ricoh's well-respected enthusiast compact. The GR retains its predecessor's excellent and customizable user interface, making it a pleasure to use as a pocketable wide-angle photographers' camera. The JPEGs are...

Jun, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Ricoh GR


The Ricoh GR fixed, wide-lens, large-sensor compact is one of those rare cameras that does just about everything right.

Compact design with APS-C image sensor. Speedy performer. 28mm wide-angle field of view. Extremely sharp lens. Excellent control layout. Very customizable. Raw support. 21mm wide-angle adapter available. 35mm crop mode. Snap focus function.

No EVF option. Image detail suffers at very high ISO settings. In-camera battery charging.

You get a hot shoe, which can be used to mount a flash or an external optical viewfinder. When using the optical viewfinder you can disable the LCD entirely; you'll have to place some trust in the the GR's autofocus system as there is no shooting...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Advanced photographers on a budget should watch the Ricoh GR


Ricoh consolidates all its prosumer eggs into one basket with an $800 APS-C compact, the Ricoh GR, taking aim at competitors that cost well over $1,000.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (

Ricoh GR-Digital Review


Announced almost a year ago - and rumored for a long time before - the GR Digital was always going to be something of a niche product. Described as a 'professional grade high resolution compact' the GR Digital echoes the design and ethos of the popular...

Good lens, very low distortion and without any real corner softness Fast F2.4 maximum aperture Subtle, natural-looking processing Dual control dials and customizable interface Unrivalled user interface for manual controls and overrides Program shift...

High noise levels at all ISO settings, noise visible even at ISO 64 JPEG output soft, lacking biting detail Mild auto exposure and white balance issues Camera, add-on lens and finder are expensive Screen can be hard to see in very bright light, meaning...

The GR digital is one of those cameras you have to use - and use 'properly' to really appreciate. It has without a doubt the best control system of any compact digital camera on the market today for those who like to set their own apertures, shutter...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (

Ricoh GR


The Ricoh GR is a compact, high performance, fixed-lens digicam with a 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor that has been designed without an optical low-pass filter for optimum resolution and color accuracy. With an f/2.8 maximum aperture, this...

Dec, 2014


Expert review by (

Ricoh GR Digital Digital camera review


The analogue cameras include the so-called precious compacts; these are high quality compact cameras with an exceptionally outstanding lens. Some examples are: Konica Hexar, the Nikon 28Ti and the Ricoh GR. This latter one is now also available in a...

Ricoh has placed a nice and extraordinary camera on the market with the Ricoh GR Digital. And it is not so strange that it is Ricoh doing this, since the brand has introduced exceptional cameras before. The Japanese certainly haven't moved in too...

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Ricoh GR Review


The Ricoh GR is a new compact camera that's aimed squarely at the enthusiast photographer. At the heart of the Ricoh GR is an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels and no anti-aliasing filter, and a 28mm fixed focal...

A camera with a fixed 28mm lens and no built-in viewfinder is never going to be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're in the market for a responsive, full-featured, understated and pocketable camera that delivers outstanding still images, then look no...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by (

Ricoh GR Review


Prime lens fans are in for a treat with the Ricoh GR, the smallest APS-C camera on the market! Pairing a bright, wide 28mm-equivalent f/2.8 lens and a sensor closely-related to that used in popular DSLRs such as the Pentax K-5 II and Nikon D7000, the...

The most compact APS-C camera on the market; Bright, sharp 28mm f/2.8 prime lens with almost no distortion; Excellent image quality; Extremely customizable; Fast autofocus; Strong built-in flash plus hot shoe

Fixed prime lens is not for everybody; Crowded and small controls; Burst performance is limited; Muted colors and cool white balance; Has issues with moire and false color

If you're a fan of large sensors and fixed prime lenses, things are really starting to look up for you. For years, your selection of cameras has been fairly limited. This year, that's finally changed, with the debuts in quick succession of the Nikon...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : (

Ricoh GR Review


The Ricoh GR is an impressively spec'd camera that we couldn't help but put through our testing. A fairly new brand to the Indian camera scene, Ricoh has on its hands a camera that really could be a winner.

Very well built, Fast focusing, 35mm crop mode is great, Very low noise even at ISO 3200

Manual focus is cumbersome, Macro mode doesn't get you very close

Oct, 2013

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):290
Battery life (max):3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-65 / Rechargeable
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Camera file system:Exif 2.2, RAW
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Positive film
Self-timer delay:2
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Outdoor, Shade


Color of product:Black / Green
Energy Star certified:N


Display Diagonal:2.5 / 3
Display resolution (numeric):1230000


Flash guide number:212.6
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):7.87 - 118.1
Flash range (wide):7.87 - 118.1


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Spot Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.015 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.3 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Lens structure:7/5
Lens structure (elements/groups):7/5
Maximum aperture number:16
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Minimum aperture number:2.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.72

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, Auto / 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot


Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD
Internal memory:26 / 54
Maximum memory card size:1
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:180 - 1/2000
Digital SLR: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Power Source:DB-60
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 LE
Cables included:USB
Hand strap: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW
Image sensor size:1/1.8
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448 / 4928 x 3264 / 4928 × 3264
Megapixel:16.2 / 8.13
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4928x3264, 3936x2608, 2912x1936, 1280x864, 4352x3264, 3488x2608, 2592x1936, 1152x864, 3264x3264, 2608x2608, 1936x1936, 864x864 / 4928×3264, 3936×2608, 2912×1936, 1280×864, 4352×3264, 3488×2608, 2592×1936, 1152×864, 3264×3264, 2608×2608, 1936×1936, 864×864 / 640 x 480,1280 x 960,3264 x 2176,3264 x 2448
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3
Total megapixels:16.9

Ports & interfaces

HDMI connector type:Micro
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30 / 300

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 320 x 240
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVI / H.264, MPEG4 / MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI / H.264,MPEG4 / MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.984 / 1.37
Height:2.28 / 2.4
Weight:6 / 7.58
Weight (including battery):8.64
Width:4.21 / 4.61