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Image quality

35mm crop mode

For those occasions in which 28mm equivalent is just too wide, the GR also offers a 35mm equivalent crop mode. It's either accessed through the menus or can be applied to one of the customizable buttons.

16MP, 28mm equiv mode 10.3MP, 35mm equiv crop mode

The camera will continue to shoot Raw files even in crop mode, but those files only contain the data for the cropped region - you can't change your mind about the crop, later.

Moiré reduction

As we've already seen, the Ricoh's lens is extremely good, in just about every respect. If anything it risks being a touch too sharp - or, at least, sharp enough that moiré can occasionally creep into images shot at all but the smallest of apertures.

The camera doesn't offer the option to remove moiré at the point of shooting but it does allow you to apply one of three levels of 'Color Moiré Correction' to JPEGs or Raw files after they've been shot. The images below have been re-processed from Raw, in the camera with Moiré Correction turned all the way up to 'Strong.'

Default JPEG (100% crop) Re-processed Raw with Moiré Correction Strong (100% crop)
Default JPEG (100% crop) Re-processed Raw with Moiré Correction Strong (100% crop)

The processing is clearly pretty effective at removing moiré. Very closely comparing the files it becomes apparent that the Ricoh is reducing moiré by de-saturating edges, particularly of green and red areas. This can have unintended side-effects on the image, so it probably makes sense to make the effect optional and give some control over its intensity. That said, even looking obsessively at 100% crops only reveals the differences if you flick between the two images.

Default JPEG (100% crop) Re-processed Raw with Moire Correction Strong (100% crop)

Applying the processing to JPEGs gives results that are very similar to those gained by re-processing a Raw file in the camera. There are minor differences (and the slight increase in compression artefacts you'd expect from re-saving a re-processed JPEG) but, overall, it's a useful and fairly effective solution, if moiré ends up marring one of your images.


An 18.3mm F2.8 lens is never going to be the first choice when it comes to blurring backgrounds. If you're shooting anything but close-up work, the camera will only offer a little bit of background defocus. In the example below, most of the buildings are around 750m (0.46 miles) away, yet are only just beginning to drop out of focus, when the camera is focused on an object around 1.5m away.

Ricoh GR - F2.8, ISO 100 100% Crop
Nikon Coolpix A - F2.8, ISO 100 100% Crop

The Ricoh's bokeh is a touch smoother than the Nikon's but there's a distinct bright edge to the rendering of point light sources, which isn't terribly attractive.

Low light performance

As in the daylight scene, the Ricoh's colors aren't quite as punchy as the Nikon's. Specifically, its red response seems a touch muted. This is something that can be easily adjusted if you're shooting in Raw. The default noise reduction, shown here, does a good job of producing a clean result without losing too much fine detail.

Ricoh GR - F8, ISO 6400 100% Crop
Nikon Coolpix A - F8, ISO 6400 100% Crop

Focus slows down considerably in low light, but we found the Ricoh to be generally a touch faster than the Nikon. And, of course, there's the option to set 'Snap Focus distance' to a sensible working distance and use 'Full-press snap' to force the camera to your preset focus distance if the light is so low that the camera is taking too long or failing to focus.


The Ricoh has a less powerful flash than the Nikon - just Guide Number 5.4 (m/ISO 100). This limits its use a little - there's not a lot of power for use as a fill-flash in bright weather, but the camera is intelligent enough to raise the ISO to make the most of its meagre output, if you do try to use it.

Then, of course, there's a hot shoe if you do find yourself needing a more powerful flash.

The Ricoh's flash is a touch underpowered but, in Program mode, at least, the camera is intelligent enough to boost the ISO to take this into account. The results aren't unpleasant.

Dynamic Range Compensation

The Ricoh offers a Dynamic Range Compensation mode. Engaging it increases the minimum available ISO - a dead give-away that it's reducing the exposure (relative to standard mode), to capture more highlight tones, then pulling the shadows up to give the correct image brightness.

The GR offers three levels of Dynamic Range Compensation, giving 0.7, 1 and 1.7EV extra highlight capture, respectively.

Dynamic Range Compensation

(ISO 100 1/60th Sec)
Dynamic Range Compensation

(ISO 160 1/125th Sec)
Dynamic Range Compensation

(ISO 200 1/125th Sec)
Dynamic Range Compensation

(ISO 320 1/250th Sec)

The three tone curves used to offer these three settings are increasingly flat - incorporating more highlight and shadow detail but with an overall loss of contrast. This is made more dramatic because the Ricoh takes the unusual step of pushing the shadows until they're brighter than they were with DRC Off.

This risks exaggerating the increased shadow noise that comes from using darker tones in the Raw file. Thankfully, at the cameras' lowest ISO setting (100/160/200/320 depending on DRC setting) there's plenty of Raw dynamic range to call upon before noise becomes a problem.

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in camera charging is convenient.

and to charge a battery externally, just get a $5 "external 3.7v battery usb charger". powered by usb.

carry a usb powerbank in your travels, you can charge the camera, and/or the battery externaly

i was looking at X100s/t, but the price and size of GR is simply amazing

white shadow

If you want to walk the temples of Kyoto in Japan all day for a few days you would need to carry a Ricoh GR instead of a DSLR. It would be ideal to pair it with the Lumix GM1 with its kit lens and the Lumix 45-150 f/4-5.6 lens.

Anything more would be a burden. The performance of this combo would not let you down.


Here's the advantage most people don't notice:
Flash sync speed: 1/2000 sec!!! This means you can use fill flash in bright daylight without a neutral density filter! You can capture things no other camera can. This is better than every professional D-SLR on the market. And with the standard hotshoe (unlike my Nikon V1), you can do some off-camera flash using a wireless transmitter like a Pocket Wizard. This is a professional's tool. Perhaps once my Nikon V1 dies, I'll get one of these.


I really felt in love with this camera only by reading this post, and watching reviews on youtube..

I'm really curious how pictures look with the wide-angle lens (the GW-3)
Does anyone know where I can find some example pictures with and without the lens?

I found one site with examples: http://www.openphotographyforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17653

But it would be nice if there is a site with more examples.. maybe on flickr? can somebody help me out?

Many thanks in advance!



Does the GR have Neck Strap Lugs?


For this price it should have GPS, wi-fi, a fold-out screen, and weather seals. Yes, I know there are cameras in the price range that don't have such features . . . but I wouldn't buy one of those either.

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David Smith - Photographer

My thoughts exactly, until I tried the GR V myself. Excellent little camera that not only delivers outstanding image quality, but is a joy to use also. Never leave home without it.

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Wira Nurmansyah

I write my personal review on Ricoh GR when traveling to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. You can see them here http://www.wiranurmansyah.com/ricoh-gr-all-the-camera-i-need

john Clinch

Thanks I really enjoyed your review and photos


Thank you Wira for your great Ricoh GR review!
Clear and helpful.
And very nice pictures too :)


Love your blog, full of joy and beautiful pictures, one day I will travel just like you because it looks awesome!

white shadow

You have highlighted some of the best features and capabilities of the GR in your blog. It is indeed a travel photographer's camera. Few cameras this small can out-perform it for image quality, ease of use and stealthiness. The positive film mode with your settings has even made the camera more outstanding. The B&W mode is also a joy to use.

Like I am, you are really enjoying this little gem.


hey can anyone explain how the GR and the RX100 both earned 79% in the enthusiast large sensor compact camera class but the GR is a gold award and teh sony is a silver?


The gold and silver award are not related to the score of the camera.


Can someone give some pros and cons of the Canon S110?
Thank you


I have experience with the S90, not the S110, but here's my impressions:

The S series is a good deal smaller, and it has the lens ring. It's very easy to learn how to use. It's cheaper. It has image stabilization, and oh yeah, it zooms.

The GR mops the floor with the Powershot S cameras in sharpness and low light image quality, and it has customizable buttons for insta-access.

However, it takes a while to learn all the tricks of the GR. I'm going on a week with a rented GR and I just figured out a new hidden way to access manual focus. Now I don't have to deal with modes anymore: flip the switch to continuous and I can track with the backbutton; flip to af-lock and it locks AF and enables MF when I hit up, and in the normal mode I can autofocus normally and snap-focus. Everything I want from the focusing system without menu diving.

And then there's dynamic range. I am ecstatic with the shadow recovery ability of this camera.

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I've been using a GR III since they came out. Worth it to update? I've been looking the Fuji X100S but fail to find it worth the extra $$$. The sensor sizes are similar. Etc.
However the GR beats the snot out of the Fuji when it comes to macro. Anyone done side by side comparisons?

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The macro statement is inaccurate. My GRIII beats the snot out of both the GR and the X100S.


The more I read about this camera, the more I want it.

And so I have a rental one coming tomorrow for evaluation purposes.


I think it is too narrow to always call the Ricohs "street shooter". Although it is true and valid, the Ricohs are much more...

Really nice configurable cameras that are good for any job within its limits. I use the GRD 4 and really enjoy it. And I rarely shoot street photos.


Looks like a nice small street camera...but I called around Orange County CA and no dealers have it, I like to see how it feels in my hands.



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fantastic RICOH GR!


UGLY Moiré!

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Great litlle camera, would like to have one.
But it would be nice if there could be also a version with eq of 35mm lens.


I've just bought this camera, love it. I work in a camera store so I've had time to make my decision.
I'm not sure if you know this but this camera does have a built in crop feature that allows you to select a 35mm equivalent. Basically when you select this feature the camera crops a 35mm equivalent off of the APS sensor blowing the image up to fill the LCD screen. When in this mode, the camera becomes a 10MP camera.


Could anyone tell me about the pros and cons of this camera vs a Fuji X camera and vs a Sony RX100 II for street and indoor photography? Especially in low light.


Hi Michael,
Fuji X cameras (X100, X100S and XPro 1) all are fantastic cameras - but for a street shooter they are more obtrusive than the GR. The GR doesn't look like a serious camera, so you look like someone taking snap shots. All four of these cameras are fantastic in low light. I don't know if you know this but on this site you can go to the review of one camera (in the GR review it would be page 15) and look at a low light comparison. The photo has a cursor so you can move to anywhere on the page - select cameras to compare in raw or jpg,
The RX100 II is a great camera but I would have to say that it's unfair to compare it to the others mentioned here, as the sensor is about one quarter the size of the others. This means, that while the RX100II has high resolution, its pixels are much smaller in size, so they don't perform as well in low light. You can use that comparison page to check this.
BTW, I work in a camera store, and I've just bought the GR for street shooting.

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Street photo with 18mm lens.... Somehow I'm not tempted.
I would buy this camera right off if it'd come with 50, 35 or heck: even 24mm lens. But 18? I can't imagine myself shooting wide angle all the time.


the 18.5mm lens is on an apsc sized sensor, making the lens a 28mm full frame equivalent.

Old Baldy

Check the image quality compared to the other cameras on Page 16 of the Review "Image Quality Compared (Raw)." The GR trounces the others, including the aclaimed X100S at every ISO level. It really is a great little camera!


I work in a camera store, and I've had plenty of time to play with this camera. Over time I had lost the excitement I associated with photography. After all, I get to play with these things 8 hours a day.

I've carried big equipment, shooting everything and enjoying it less.

This camera has reawakened me to completely new possibilities. It looks like a cheesy point and shoot camera - totally unobtrusive on the street - but it shoots amazing images. This is the ultimate street shooters camera - no one will ever know.

I'm impressed with the low light characteristics of the camera and it's easily held in one hand - it has preset distances to minimize auto focus speed, ie., if most of your shots are at 15 feet, you can preset the camera giving you instantaneous AF around 15 ft.

If I were to be super critical I would rather have image stabilization in camera - but it's a small price to pay, and I'll be shooting most everything at higher IS0s (around 800)

This one I have to have.


Dear Ricoh enthusiast,

I really want to buy the GR Expert. I had the GR film version and though it was a stunning camera. On the strength of it I bought the first GRD and was hugely disappointed by it's poor light handling capabilities. I've waited years for Ricoh to improve it and judging by the reviews it's getting they have finally done it. And then I look at the sample images in this review and it just reminds of what I remembered about my first GRD ... flat images, poor contrast, no real sense of depth. Does anyone agree or am I missing something?

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Oh man!!! If you like "a cheap whore"colours then buy Nikon, Sony, Canon compacts, etc. This is not a toy for fanboys!!! Také a pics from your window, donload it and check the reality and comp. screen. Whoa!! Is it real or what!

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When an image from a camera is flat and has poor contrast straight from camera, it is often because the camera hasn't added any processing of its own, leaving that to you, the photographer. It's a good thing, leaving you more room to make adjustments in post-processing.


I like this camera after seeing the IQ compared to the Fuji-X100s and the Nikon-A. but size for size, I think I'd rather carry a Samsung NX300 with one of their several pancake lenses on it, in my pocket. Not much size difference, and you have more versatility than these cameras. Just saying.

(I have an NX20 and am only eyeing these types of cameras because I'd like something smaller to slip into my pocket to have on me at all times)

the interface is definitely a huge deciding factor between these two very similar models. I'll go for direct controls over menus any day.

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I also have NX10 and some time ago I bought 30/2 lens and it's still "big....." I cary my Ricoh all the time!!!


Yea, only NX doen't fit your jeans pocket and never will - this one meanwhile does. And that's an enormous difference in the long run.

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