Ricoh GR Digital IV

  • 10 MP
  • 1x f/1.9
  • 1/1.8" CCD
  • 3" LCD
Released September, 2011
Level Compensation allows you to correct the contrast and tone of an image after it has been taken, and White Balance Compensation the white balance.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Conclusion Check out the Ricoh GR Digital IV

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Ricoh GR Digital IV

Back view of Ricoh GR Digital IV
The build has the kind of solidity that you won't find in many other cameras (compact or otherwise), and the control system too is among the best, irrespective of camera type.
by DPReview (Sep, 2011)

megapixels

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The GR Digital IV features the same 10 megapixel "high-sensitivity" sensor as the one used by the GR Digital III, which supposedly improves low-light photos - you can judge for yourself on the Image Quality and Sample Images pages.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
At the heart of the GR Digital IV is a “high-sensitivity” 1/1.75-inch CCD sensor with 10 megapixels, images can be recorded either as JPEGs or in the Adobe DNG RAW format, there’s a pop-up flash and an external hotshoe which can accept a flashgun or the optional electronic viewfinder, and full creative control over exposure is available.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

sensor size

Ricoh GR Digital IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Sony NEX-7
Beyond this the most notable addition is an image stabilization system that uses sensor-shift to counteract camera shake.
GR Digital IV by DPReview (Sep, 2011)
Shooting in RAW mode, the GR Digital IV only takes around 3 seconds to store a RAW image, and you can also take another shot while it's being written to memory.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

wide angle lens

Ricoh GR Digital IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
It doesn't sound like a big deal in theory, but in practice it really helps to make all those wide-angle shots perfectly level.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The GR Digital IV's 28mm lens is perfect, however, for wide-angle shots, so if you're a fan of land and city scapes, or you're happy to get up close and personal, the combination of the GR Digital IV's lens and every photographer's constant companion, their legs, proves to be more versatile than you might first think.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

aperture size

Ricoh GR Digital IV
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
For example, in Manual mode, the Up-down dial sets the aperture and the Adj.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
These controls allow you to choose which shooting mode you want to use, with a choice of full auto, program shift, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and fully manual, and to control the settings of the particular mode that you have picked.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

zoom range

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Street and landscape photographers will love the wide-angle setting, especially when they discover that Ricoh also offer the optional GW-1 wide conversion lens which provides an even wider 21mm focal length.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The Depth of field indicator is an equally useful function.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

body size

109 x 59 x 33 mm
123 x 87 x 106 mm
113 x 65 x 70 mm
The Ricoh GR Digital IV is a wide and fairly slim compact digital camera that just about fits into the palm of my average sized hands, measuring 108.6 mm (W) x 59.8 mm (H) x 32.5 mm (D) and weighing around 190g without the battery or memory card fitted, very slightly bigger and heavier than the previous model.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The GR Digital IV is the 2011 version of Ricoh's compact camera for serious photographers.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Ricoh GR Digital IV

shutter lag

Ricoh GR Digital IV
Sony NEX-7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
The Full Press Snap option takes a photo at one of the Snap mode distances with a full press of the shutter button.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
button sets the shutter speed, providing quick and intuitive access.
GR Digital IV by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

battery life

390 photos
230 photos
315 photos

max continuous shooting

 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • 1,230 k dots
  • 390
  • 10 mm
  • Sensor shift
  • 190 g
  • 33 mm
  • 109 x 59 x 33 mm

cons

  • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
  • 1x
  • 1/1.8"
  • 1,600 ISO
  • Sep, 2011
  • 2.7 fps
  • 10 MP
  • No automatic HDR
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • No automatic stitching
  • 79.64%
  • None
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Won't have that film look
  • 1/2000 s
  • 1 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Oct, 2011)
If you set the GR Digital IV to either Manual or Aperture priority mode, and the Focus mode to Snap, Manual or Infinity, a vertical scale on the left of the LCD screen indicates the depth-of-field at the current aperture, helping to ensure sharp focus when you're not relying on the camera's auto-focus system.

Sensor

As you might expect, there's an updated image processor that Ricoh is using to wring more out of the sensor.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | by DPReview (Sep, 2011)
Even better news is that the GR Digital IV can also shoot up to 5 RAW images at 1.5fps, although doing so locks the camera up for about 10 seconds whilst the camera writes to memory.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
New to this model is image stabilisation, offering around 3 stops of compensation to help you combat unwanted camera share, as does the increased maximum ISO speed of 3200.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Lens

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Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The Display button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and aperture / shutter speed, and there is a small histogram available during both shooting and playback.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Focus

For Multi AF and Spot AF, full-press snap and pre-AF are possible.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
Using the new AF-Continuous mode, while the shutter-release button is pressed GR Digital IV takes a series of photos and adjusts its focus on the subject at the same time using the external autofocus system, which proves very useful for quick-moving subjects.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
Pushing the Adjust dial instantly displays the image at a previously defined magnification, handy for quickly checking focus.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Screen

Due to the high-resolution LCD screen and restricting the number of on-screen choices to 10, the various options and icons are clear and legible.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
It also has an automatic brightness adjustment function which as the name suggests automatically matches the screen's brightness to your surroundings.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
If you're using the external viewfinder, or can't see the LCD screen in very bright sunlight, then the camera can also be set to make a sound to indicate a level horizon.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Image quality

New to this model is the Dynamic Range Compensation feature, essentially a single-shot version of the Dynamic Range double shot mode with the same Weak, Medium, and Strong settings.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
In practice this mode works really well, resulting in images that have noticeably more dynamic range that those shot in the Normal mode.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The White Saturation display mode during image playback indicates over-exposed highlights by flashing those areas on and off.
Ricoh GR Digital IV | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Ricoh GR Digital IV

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1/1.8" 1,230 k dots 28 mm 10 MP
 
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