Body & Design

The Ricoh GR is impressively small - it's essentially the same size as its much-smaller-sensor predecessor, the GR Digital IV. It also shares its predecessor's excellent build quality - the GR is light but its magnesium alloy shell means it feels distinctly solid.

The camera's primary controls (the front dial, ADJ Lever and shutter button) sit either directly under or next to the points your fingers fall on the body. And the interface makes the most of these well thought-out ergonomics (this is discussed over the coming pages).

In the hand

The first thing that strikes you about the Ricoh GR when you handle it is how light it is. It weighs 20% less than the Nikon Coolpix A and yet manages to still feel decidedly solid. Impressively it's very similar in size to the company's previous GR Digital models, despite having a sensor almost nine times larger.

The Ricoh GR has a nicely-designed grip, featuring a substantial rubber cover on both the front and rear of its hand grip. Meanwhile, its textured magnesium alloy case features a gently chamfered edge, so it rests nicely on your fingers without any hard edges.

Body elements

The main control dial sits on the top of the camera's front grip - placing it directly under your index finger when you grip the camera.

A short distance behind that is the shutter button and, off to the right (as you face the camera), is the lock catch for the exposure mode dial, preventing accidental movements.
Underneath the ADJ lever (discussed on the next page), is a button that controls AE/AF lock and continuous autofocus.

A small switch switches between the two functions, the behavior of which can be defined quite precisely (whether both AE and AF lock, or which one, and whether the button needs to be held).
There's a standard hot-shoe on the top of the camera.

External flashes can be used at a sync speed of up to 1/2000th of a second.
The GR has a pop-up flash, triggered by a switch on the left-hand flank. It has a guide number of 5.4m at ISO 100, which is about normal for a compact camera.
The GR has a relatively small, 4.5Wh battery, allowing around 290 shots per charge in standard testing. This is is around 25% more than the Nikon Coolpix A, despite the battery with 40% less power.

The camera is charged via the USB socket, though it comes with a fast-charging 1A adapter. This can be convenient but makes it awkward to keep a second battery charged.