The Ricoh GR is small and weighs in at just 245g, but despite its petite frame, inside it hides a 16.2MP APS-C sized sensor, which has had its low-pass filter removed to capture sharper images. Able to shoot in RAW and JPEG, it adopts Adobe’s .DNG format making RAWs compatible with all versions of Adobe Camera Raw straight out of the box. On the front sits a 18.3mm lens (28mm equivalent) that boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and closes down to f/16 and on the back there’s a 3.0in, 1230k dot LCD – the highest resolution screen of the group – with shortcut buttons placed neatly to the right of this.
The Ricoh GR felt incredibly comfortable in the hand, owing to its chunky rubberised grip and thumbrest, which together provided ample purchase, while a chamfered section above the grip not only houses the primary command dial but also offers a natural rest for your index finger.
In terms of AF, the Ricoh GR performed faultlessly throughout testing, locking onto targets with lightning speed and pinpoint accuracy, even in low-light conditions (albeit it with a slight reduction in speed). Write times proved equally impressive, taking 1.3sec to write a single RAW file and 0.7sec for a Fine JPEG – the fastest speeds on test. Switching to Continuous shooting allowed us to capture an unlimited stream of Fine JPEGs at 4fps without showing any signs of slowing, though, disappointingly, we were restricted to just 4 RAW files before the rate slowed.
Priced at £600, the Ricoh GR is not only (currently, June 2013) the most affordable APS-C compact on the market, it’s also incredible value for money considering the host of features it has on offer. The GR delivered impressive results, offering consistent sharpness throughout the aperture range – both at the centre and edges of the frame – with Noise being well controlled during our ISO test. Its lightweight, robust build and excellent rubberised handgrip made it incredibly comfortable to operate, while its super-fast AF system managed to keep up with the action.
- Street price: £348 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
- Resolution: 16.2MP (4928x3264px)
- Sensor: APS-C
- Focal length: 18.3mm (28mm in film terms)
- Aperture range: f/2.8-f/16
- Shutter range: 30-1/4000sec & bulb
- ISO range: 100-25,600
- Monitor: 3in, 1230k-dot LCD
- Viewfinder: No
- Dimensions: 117x61x34.7mm (WxHxD)
- Visit: www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk
This review was first published in the June 2013 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.