Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV

Last Updated (22 January’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Ricoh GR Digital IV is a new compact digital camera with a fixed 28mm lens designed for keen photographers. It offers the new Hybrid auto-focus system, image processing engine, sensor-shift image stabilization, a refined optical filter and a higher-resolution LCD screen. In addition, the 28mm fixed focal length lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.9 while the image processor of Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV increasing the image quality and speed, and the 3-inch LCD screen provides a high-resolution with 1.23 million-dots including a high-sensitivity 1/1.75-inch CCD image sensor with 10 megapixels which allows images recorded as JPEGs or in the Adobe DNG RAW format. The camera has also a pop-up flash and an external hotshoe which can attach a flashgun or the optional electronic viewfinder.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV and writes;
“The clever auto-focusing system in particular is almost worth upgrading for, turning an already quick camera into one that is even more responsive, even in low-light. We also appreciated the 3 stops of compensation, faster ISO 3200 setting, and the brighter, higher-resolution screen when shooting in darker environments.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV and writes;
“The camera is capable of taking very pleasing photos with good detail and bright saturated colours,.. Macro performance is excellent with the camera able to focus on subject that are extremely close to the camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techradar reviews the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV and writes;
“The Ricoh GR Digital IV’s fixed lens means that it’s not a camera for everyone – this is a compact for people who like to frame with their feet, and get close to the action.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV and writes;
“In the default Standard picture setting, the images produced tended to be less saturated, but still captured colors close to what our eyes saw. Its white balance was quite accurate for most situations, too. Of course, for more vivid color; shutterbugs can tweak the picture settings to their liking.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV and writes;
“It’s also very handy in low light, especially when tied in with the very good ISO 3200 (NR on) results. Combine this with the preset focusing distance that in essence eliminates lag time and you have an excellent candid camera.”
rating: N/A

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV and writes;
“Image quality is fantastic, the model’s utilitarian design makes for an excellent shooting experience and the LCD screen is one of the best that we’ve seen on a compact camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Video Reviews

Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Reviews

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Samples

Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Sample Photos

- Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Sample Photos @ Amazon.com

- Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Sample Photos @ Photographyblog.com

- Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Sample Photos @ Ephotozine.com

- Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Sample Photos @ Techradar.com

Manual

Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Features

Design

The Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV camera uses a magnesium alloy that makes the body both light and highly rigid. It has the durability to withstand both shocks as well as being carried. The camera also has excellent heat radiation and magnetic shielding characteristics. With small dimension, the camera allows you to hold it with just one hand and also a large rubberized hand grip including a small area of the same material acting as a thumb rest on the rear of the body. Equipped with a 28 mm (35mm equiv) lens that perfect for wide-angle shots including an image stabilization feature to increase maximum ISO speed of 3200, shutter speed setting in Auto High ISO mode, and setting the upper limit of the ISO sensitivity.

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10 megapixels CCD Images Sensor

The camera has a 10 megapixel “high-sensitivity” images sensor to improve low-light photos. The images control allows you to control the low-light settings naturally. The Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV also allow you to shoot with high ISO in low-light conditions such as at night or indoors.

3.0-inch Transparent LCD (approx. 1,230,000 dots)

Featuring a 3.0-inch Transparent LCD monitor with 1,230,000 dots, the Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV gives the maximum brightness of images viewing and easy to preview your image even at outdoors conditions. The brightness of the image monitor will adjust automatically when you set the brightness in Auto mode. With size of 3.0-inch, the monitor provide a wide viewing angle which allows you to view the images from various directions. And for improve the convenience and keeps the comfort level, the camera also can be display the distance information of subject that calculated by the external autofocus sensor.

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Hybrid Autofocus System

Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV also offers a hybrid autofocus system that combines an external auto focus with a conventional contrast autofocus system to provide high-speed performance and high-precision distance calculations for up to 190 points. It take about 0.5 second to store a JPEG image and about 3 seconds to store a RAW image. The camera has improved the algorithm to increase the autofocusing speed two times even for macro autofocusing that uses only the contrast autofocus system. It also use the new AF-Continuous mode, with a shutter-release button is pressed to 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.

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Specifications

No. of Effective Pixels (Camera)

Approximately 10.00 million pixels

Image Sensor

1/1.7-inch CCD (total pixels: approx. 10.40 million pixels)

Lens

+ Focal length: f=6.0 mm (equivalent to 28 mm for 35 mm film cameras)

+ F-aperture: F1.9 – F9 (exposure control with both aperture and ND filter when F8.0-F11 displays in auto shooting mode)

+ Shooting Distance (from the front of the lens): Approx. 30 cm – infinity; Macro (from the front of the lens): Approx. 1 cm – infinity

+ Lens Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups (aspheric lens: 2 elements and 2 surfaces)

Digital Zoom Magnification

+Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x; Auto Resize Zoom: Approx. 5.7x (VGA images)

Focus Mode

+ Multi AF (Hybrid AF) / Spot AF (Hybrid AF) /Subj. Tracking/ Manual Focus / Snap / Infinity (Focus lock and AF auxiliary light available. For Multi AF and Spot AF, full-press snap and pre-AF are possible.)

Blur reduction

Image sensor shift-type image stabilization function

Shutter Speed

+ Still image: Bulb, Time ,180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 – 1/2000 sec. (maximum and minimum shutter speeds vary depending on shooting mode and flash mode)

+ Movie: 1/30 – 1/2000 sec.

Continuous shooting

+ Continuous shooting speed*11: Approximately 1.54 frames/second

+ Maximum continuous shots: 999

Exposure Control

+ Exposure Metering Mode
Multi (256 segments), Centre Weighted Light Metering, Spot Metering (TTL-CCD metering method, AE lock possible)

+ Exposure Modes
Program shift AE / Aperture priority AE / Manual Exposure / Shutter priority AE

+ Exposure Compensation
Manual Exposure Compensation +/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps), Auto Bracket Function (-0.5EV, ±0, +0.5EV / -0.3EV, ±0, +0.3EV)

ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)

AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO80 – 3200 (1EV, 1/3EV, selectable steps)

White Balance Mode

AUTO / Multi-Pattern AUTO / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent 1 / Fluorescent 2 / Manual / Detail, White Balance Bracket Function

Flash
+ Built-in flash mode: Flash On, Auto, Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Manual Flash, Flash Off

+ Built-in flash range: Approx. 20 cm – 3.0 m (ISO Auto)

+ Flash compensation: +/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps)

+ Charging time*12: Approximately 5 seconds

Monitor

3.0-inch Transparent LCD (approx. 1,230,000 dots)

Shooting Mode

Auto Shooting Mode / Program Shift Mode / Aperture Priority Mode / Shutter Speed Priority Mode / Manual Exposure Mode / Scene Modes (Dynamic Range / Movie / Skew Correction / Interval Composite) / My Settings Mode

Image settings

Vivid, Standard, Setting1/Setting2, B&W, B&W (TE), High Contrast B&W, Cross Process, Positive Film, Bleach Bypass

Picture Quality Mode

F (Fine) / N (Normal) / RAW (DNG file format)

No. of Pixels Recorded

+ Still image: 3648×2736, 3648×2432, 2736×2736, 3648×2048, 3264×2448, 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1280×960, 640×480

+ Movie: 640×480, 320×240

Recording Media

+ SD memory card, SDHC memory card, Internal memory (approx. 40MB)

+ Eye-Fi cards (X2 series) can be used

Storage Capacity (Pictures/Time) (internal memory 40MB)

+ Still image:
3648×2736 (RAW: 2, F: 10, N: 17) / 3648×2432 (RAW: 2, F: 11, N: 19) / 2736×2736 (RAW: 2, F: 13, N: 23) / 3648×2048 (RAW: 2, F: 13, N: 23 ) /3264×2448 (F: 12) / 2592×1944 (F: 15) / 2048×1536 (F: 24) / 1280×960 (F:43) / 640×480 (F: 158)

+ Movie:
640×480: 30 frames/sec. (22 sec.), 640×480: 15 frames/sec. (43 sec.), 320×240: 30 frames/sec. (54 sec.), 320×240: 15 frames/sec. (1 min. 38 sec.)

Recording File Format

+ Still Image: JPEG (Exif ver. 2.3)*6 , RAW (DNG)

+ Movie: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format compliant)

+ Compression method: JPEG Baseline method compliant (still images, movies)

Other Major Shooting Functions

Continuous / AF-Cont / S-Cont / M-Cont / Self-Timer (operation time: approx. 2 sec. / custom) / Interval Shooting (shooting interval: 5 sec. to 1 hour, in 5-second increments)*7 / Image Setting Bracket / Dynamic Range Compensation Bracketing / Contrast Bracketing / Color Space Setting / AE/AF Target Movement / Camera Shake Correction / Dynamic Range Compensation / Multiple Exposure Shooting / Noise Reduction / Histogram / Grid Guide / Depth of Field / Electronic Level / Hot Shoe

Other Major Playback Functions

Auto Rotate / Grid View / Enlarged Display (maximum 16x) / Slideshow / Resize / Trim / DPOF settings

Interface

USB and AV output terminal: USB 2.0 compliant, mass storage compliant*8 / HDMI micro output terminal: Type D

Video Signal Format

NTSC, PAL switchable

Power Supply

+ Rechargeable Battery
DB-65 (3.6V) x1, AAA Dry Alkaline Battery x2, AAA Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery x 2, AC adapter (AC-4c option) 3.8V

Battery Consumption:

+ Based on CIPA Standard
Using the DB-65, approx. 390 pictures / Using AAA Dry Alkaline Battery x2, approx. 30 pictures

External Dimensions

108.6 mm (W) x 59.8 mm (H) x 32.5 mm (D) (CIPA-conformant)

Weight

Approx. 190 g (excluding battery, SD memory card, strap), Accessories approx. 30 g (battery, strap)

Operating Temperature Range

0ºC-40ºC


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