Compared to... Canon PowerShot S80

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Ricoh GR-Digital and the Canon PowerShot S80 at ISO 400.

Important note: The Canon S80 shots were, as is standard for our test shots, taken at mid-zoom (in this case around 73mm equivalent). We will replace these shots with samples taken at the wide end of the zoom as soon as we can get an S80 back into the office.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Ricoh GR-Digital: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.70 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot S80: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Ricoh GR-Digital
Canon PowerShot S80
ISO 400, 1/570 sec, F5
ISO 400, 1/570 sec, F5
3,028 KB JPEG
4,157 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 the GR-D images are much noisier than we'd expect, and comparing them to the PowerShot S80 it is obvious that this isn't a simple case of 'low noise reduction' as there is a significant loss of detail. The one thing you can say for the GR-D output is that its noise is quite 'grain like', and it's better than the unnatural smearing you'd get from excessive noise reduction, but let's be honest; this is an expensive camera sold on image quality, and it's not that impressive, is it?