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Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
alaScore 92

289 reviews

Jan, 2021

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. Opinions about the size and screen are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. The shutter and exposure get negative reviews. Reviews are divided on the low light performance.

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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Consumer review ( review summary for Ricoh GR


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 People really like the lens and performance. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the exposure and zoom.

portability, image quality, usability, performance, lens

viewfinder, zoom, exposure

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

Jan, 2021

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

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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


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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

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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

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