Is it still good to buy GR IV ?

Started May 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
schaki Senior Member • Posts: 2,302
Re: Is it still good to buy GR IV ?

rondom wrote:

Back when it was launched, the GRD 4 had a two year old sensor in it. (that makes 14 analog years, same coefficient as dog/human years). Ricoh unfortunately used exactly the same sensor that they used in GRD3. But it was a more sophisticated camera that sensor is about 5 years old.

The more I use the GR, the more I miss the GRD series, to be honest...but when compared with today's sensors, those sensors are hopeless at best.

now, it would be borderline idiotic to hope for a new small sensor camera from Ricoh, but the fact is that a quality small sensor camera with a fast lens and a modern sensor can be much more versatile and efficient than the GR with APSC.

It would be nice with another small sensor Ricoh like a GRD or a GX300 with that 21-84mm zoom which Ricoh filed patent for quite a while back. Nikon for example has shown with their Coolpix P7700, 7800 and P330, 340, that the latest 1/1.7" 12mp still can achieve pretty good results.

Still I would prefer Ricoh to go with a 1" sensor instead like that one from Aptina. The 21-84mm zoom was for a 1/1.7" sensor and I doubt that Ricoh is going to use that patent to produce a compact camera.

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