Ricoh GR review: A high performance compact camera

By David Newton - Thursday May 23 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Ricoh GR lens performance | Ricoh GR and the competition | Conclusion



The Ricoh GR is a high-end compact and it’s clear straight away that with an overall score of 78, it’s actually pretty good. Good enough, in fact, to be ranked number 2 when compared to the other APS-C compact cameras tested in the labs. Even expanding the comparisons out to full-frame high-end compacts, the GR comes in third, behind the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 (full-frame) and the Nikon Coolpix A (APS-C) and ahead of the venerable Fujifilm FinePix X100.

Looking at the GR in more detail, it’s clear that the sensor is very well rounded, putting in good scores across the board.

In the portrait tests for color depth, a score of 23.6bits is very good, to put it into perspective, it’s almost identical to the score the Canon EOS 5D Mark II achieved just a few years ago.

Equally, the dynamic range score of 13.5Evs sees it compete well with DSLR models, in this case, it’s on-par with the Nikon D5100.

It’s only the low-light score that slightly lets it down – a score of 972ISO is good by compact camera standings, but does highlight where compact cameras still lag behind Full Frame models.

In terms of negative points for the GR, there really are very few. Some may see the fixed focal length as a problem, but for many, it will be part of the appeal. And while it may be less versatile, a high quality prime lens will out-perform a lot of zoom lenses for image quality.