As well as being compared against other pro digicams and compacts, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and travel zooms. The Ricoh GR Digital IV's top rivals come from Ricoh (such as the GR and the GR Digital III) and Fujifilm (such as the X70 and the FinePix X100s)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to other pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 614k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less startup delay (1800 ms vs 2300 ms) and is newer (september 2011 vs july 2010).

However, on average it slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), has slightly more shutter lag (400 ms vs 284 ms) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III
2 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital III (vs the IV)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital III (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the GR Digital III and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Support external flash

Ricoh GR Digital II

Ricoh GR Digital II
3 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital II (vs the IV)

  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital II (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the GR Digital II and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Support external flash

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
2 years newer
$400 - $499

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the IV)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the IV)

  • Heavier: 423 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the X30 and IV

  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 390 shots
  • Support external flash

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
8 months older
$206

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the IV)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the XZ-1 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Support external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$500

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the IV)

  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 1 seconds
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much more startup delay: 2300 ms vs 1800 ms

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 390 shots

Samsung TL500

Samsung TL500
1 year older

Significant advantages of the TL500 (vs the IV)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the TL500 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the TL500 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Support external flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/3.5), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 134k dots) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), is significantly larger (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
7 months older
$229

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.7 vs f/1.9
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the 300 HS and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/1.9

Olympus Stylus Verve S

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the Verve S (vs the IV)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (95×56×28 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Verve S (vs the IV)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/1.9
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the Verve S and IV

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to boutique competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/2.8), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 330 shots).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 16.1 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 6 fps).

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$360 - $560

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Much less shutter lag: 283 ms vs 400 ms
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the GR and IV

  • Very small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very high resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Incredible startup delay: 160 ms vs 1800 ms

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
4 years newer
$700

Significant advantages of the X70 (vs the IV)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the X70 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the X70 and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×44 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 340 g vs 190 g

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
3 years newer
$553 - $570

Significant advantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9

common strengths of the GR II and IV

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×83×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very light: 251 g vs 190 g

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$871

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Much less shutter lag: 320 ms vs 400 ms
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Significantly larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the X100s and IV

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Incredible startup delay: 1900 ms vs 1800 ms
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"

Ricoh Pentax GR Limited Edition

Ricoh Pentax GR Limited Edition
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the GR Limited Edition (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm

Significant disadvantages of the GR Limited Edition (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • Much worse macro capability: 9.9 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the GR Limited Edition and IV

  • Very small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very high resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Very light: 245 g vs 190 g

Leica X2

Leica X2
7 months newer
$1,290

Significant advantages of the X2 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X2 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9

common strengths of the X2 and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (124×69×52 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 390 shots
  • Light weight: 345 g vs 190 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is slightly lighter (190 g vs 489 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 60 fps).

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7
2 years newer
$449 (body only)
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL7 (vs the IV)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Much less shutter lag: 158 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL7 (vs the IV)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL7 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Light weight: 309 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
10 months newer
$300 (body only)
$380 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the IV)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the IV)

  • Much more shutter lag: 742 ms vs 400 ms
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly more startup delay: 2700 ms vs 1800 ms

common strengths of the EOS M and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 298 g vs 190 g

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
similar age
$299 (body only)
$299 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q (vs the IV)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Q (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 360k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much more shutter lag: 706 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much more startup delay: 3700 ms vs 1800 ms

common strengths of the Q and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×31 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 190 g

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
similar age
$249 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 2.7 fps
  • Much less shutter lag: 94 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the J1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 277 g vs 190 g

Olympus PEN Mini

Olympus PEN Mini
similar age
$249 (body only)

Significant advantages of the Mini (vs the IV)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Mini (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the Mini and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Mid size (110×64×37 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 190 g

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
2 years newer
$1,735 - $2,198 (body only)
$2,014 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the IV)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 178 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly heavier: 489 g vs 190 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the A7S and IV

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (september 2011 vs september 2008) and is much smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs professional size (132×103×77 mm)).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 5 fps).

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$395 - $399 (body only)
$430 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SL1 and IV

  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 190 g

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
5 years older
$1,599 (body only)
$1,750 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 250 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1800 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (vs the IV)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the D80 and IV

  • None found

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$470 - $649 (body only)
$549 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the IV)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the T5i and IV

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
7 months older
$687 (body only)
$599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the IV)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the T3i and IV

  • None found

Pentax K-m

Pentax K-m
3 years older

Significant advantages of the K-m (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the K-m (vs the IV)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the K-m and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Very small: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year older
$399 (body only)
$530 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 105 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the K-r and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/3), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs professional size (120×83×102 mm)), has a significantly longer battery life (390 shots vs 200 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (1x vs 41.7x), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
4 months newer
$370

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the IV)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Significantly more zoom: 41.7x vs 1x

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3 vs f/1.9
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the P510 and IV

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a much wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/3.5), has a marginally larger sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm), is newer (september 2011 vs august 2009), shoots RAW and supports an external flash.

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs compact (102×58×29 mm)), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 5 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is thicker (1.3" vs 1.1").

Ricoh CX2

Ricoh CX2
2 years older

Significant advantages of the CX2 (vs the IV)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the CX2 (vs the IV)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/1.9
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the CX2 and IV

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Ricoh CX6

Ricoh CX6
similar age
$414

Significant advantages of the CX6 (vs the IV)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the CX6 (vs the IV)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/1.9
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the CX6 and IV

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm