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conclusion:We like it

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The Ricoh GR won't be for everyone, but those that like what it can offer will not be disappointed. When snapping photos, critics were very impressed with the GR's capabilities, with Digital Photography Review saying it has "excellent image quality," and TechRadar says the images are "well exposed, have natural colours and plenty of detail." In handling the GR, Gizmodo says it has "a very comfortable grip and a wonderfully lightweight magnesium alloy body." But the GR doesn't just take good pictures -- it's also really fast. Photography Blog feels the GR "excels in the speed department, with snappy autofocusing, fast power-on, shutter-lag and shot-to-shot times." Since the GR has a fixed lens it's not going to work for all photographers, but if you can live with its limitations in the zoom department then you'll be rewarded with excellent photos.

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Critic reviews

8.6
12 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.4
  • Video quality
    7.3
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    8.4

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 17, 2013

The Ricoh GR fixed, wide-lens, large-sensor compact is one of those rare cameras that does just about everything right.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jun 18, 2013

It's affordable, it's lightweight, it's durable and has a fast lens with some serious imaging innards. If you're looking for a good camera to take with you on trips or carry around with you all day this is what you’re looking for.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Jun 20, 2013

The Ricoh GR is a camera for a fairly specific niche - dedicated photographers wanting a fixed 28mm equivalent pocketable camera - but it satisfies the needs of that niche very well.

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9.0
TechHive Sep 12, 2013

The Ricoh GR is designed for enthusiast photographers who can appreciate its quality, design, image quality, and impressive array of functions.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 6, 2013

If you've been stroking your chin about buying a fixed focal length compact camera with a large sensor then we're not surprised: the choices in this niche market are limited, while each available option has its limitations. Fortunately the Ricoh GR sits up there among the best of them.

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10
TechRadar Jun 6, 2013

Ricoh has created a superb pocketable alternative to a DSLR. It has all the control over exposure that you need and it is responsive, with fast write times.

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8.0
What Digital Camera Jun 20, 2013

Its focusing is speedy, write times and prompt, and the combination of its sturdy, lightweight design and bevy of physical controls make it an enjoyable camera to use.

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8.0
Digital Versus Oct 8, 2013

...the GR truly comes into its own. It's speedy, well-made, nice to handle, has loads of settings and takes very good-quality pictures. It's a great pocket snapper for street photography pros.

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9.0
Steve Huff Photo Jun 7, 2013

The Ricoh GR is probably the best pocket cam released to date, from anyone. This is a camera that is solid, rugged and understated but at the same time will reward you with ease of use, reliable use and photos that rival the big guns in the camera world.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine May 23, 2013

With the new APS-C sensor and impressive image quality the new Ricoh GR lives up to the 'GR' name, and is highly recommended.

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9.0
Photography Blog Jun 17, 2013

If you're certain that a 28mm fixed lens will suit your style of shooting, then the Ricoh GR represents something of a bargain and comes Highly Recommended.

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First Looks

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CNET Apr 16, 2013

With its aggressive price and reasonable specifications and features for the money, if Ricoh can deliver on the performance and image quality this has the the potential to be a great camera option.

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Digital Photography Review Apr 17, 2013

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.

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Imaging Resource Apr 17, 2013

Not only is the pocket-friendly GR the smallest camera so far to feature a large APS-C image sensor -- the resolution is 16 megapixels -- it also sports a bright, sharp 28mm-equivalent f/2.8 prime lens, and a price tag that is significantly more affordable than its closest rivals.

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TechRadar Apr 17, 2013

Its small size makes the GR ideal as a 'walk-around' camera and well suited to shooting street and documentary photographs as well as landscape images when you're out on a hike and want to travel light.

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ePHOTOzine Apr 17, 2013

The Ricoh GR is the successor to the Ricoh GR Digital IV, and features an APS-C CMOS sensor, with Ricoh saying that image quality and compactness, as well as speed and pleasure are the primary aims of this camera.

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Photography Blog Apr 17, 2013

The features don’t look anything new to the industry, there’s no ground breaking technology, but the camera looks lovely, has the large sensor to get great pictures, is incredibly fast and with the inclusion of the digital effects, should appeal to a wider market.

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10
bluequartz bluequartz

Considering there's lots of good technical reviews out there, I will give my take on this camera and offer some comparisons with my previous RX100 too: Size Sure, it's not as compact as the RX100 length-wise but you gain a lot more with the chunky rubberized hand-grip, which strikes a very good...

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