As well as being compared against other pro digicams, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Ricoh GR Digital IV's top rivals come from Ricoh (such as the GR and the GR Digital III) and Pentax (such as the Q-S1 and the MX-1)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to other pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 614k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 200 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 200 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), lacks a built-in HDR feature and lacks built-in panoramas.

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Each supports an 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)

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

common strengths of the GR Digital II and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Each supports an external flash

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year older
$264

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the IV)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 390 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the S95 and IV

  • Each has a built-in 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
  • 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Each supports an external flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
8 months newer
$498

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the IV)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 390 shots

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
similar age
$258

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 200 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the X10 and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Each supports an external flash

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/2.8), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a significantly longer battery life (390 shots vs 300 shots).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 5 fps), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.6mm) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$255

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Fairly small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Very light: 245 g vs 190 g

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
3 years newer
$682 - $697

Significant advantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much longer exposures: 300 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • Shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the GR II and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×63×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • High resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Very light: 251 g vs 190 g

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year older
$700

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the IV)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the X100 and IV

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×54 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"
  • Each has a built-in flash

Ricoh Pentax GR Limited Edition

Ricoh Pentax GR Limited Edition
2 years newer

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the GR Limited Edition and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • High resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 9.9 cm vs 1.0 cm

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$850

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 6 fps vs 2.7 fps

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the X100s and IV

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sigma DP1s

Sigma DP1s
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DP1s (vs the IV)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DP1s (vs the IV)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the DP1s and IV

  • Very small: Compact (109×60×31 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 270 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 larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), 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 390 g) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 15.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q-S1
2 years newer
$223 - $247 (body only)
$347 - $359 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q-S1 (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Q-S1 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the Q-S1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×58×34 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 203 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
similar age
$250 (body only)
$500 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the IV)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 318 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
4 years newer
$914 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the IV)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-M10 II and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
similar age
$260 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)

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

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$492 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the IV)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the NEX-3N and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Leica M9

Leica M9
2 years older
$3,500 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M9 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Rangefinder vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much less startup delay: 800 ms vs 1800 ms

Significant disadvantages of the M9 (vs the IV)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the M9 and IV

  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

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 slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), has a significantly longer battery life (390 shots vs 260 shots) and is newer (september 2011 vs august 2009).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (1x vs 20x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Kodak EasyShare Z915

Kodak EasyShare Z915
2 years older
$220

Significant advantages of the Z915 (vs the IV)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Z915 (vs the IV)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/1.9
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the Z915 and IV

  • Light weight: 194 g vs 190 g

Ricoh CX6

Ricoh CX6
similar age
$428

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 external flash support

common strengths of the CX6 and IV

  • High resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Light weight: 201 g vs 190 g

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$215

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • More zoom: 20x vs 1x

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the IV)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/1.9
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the ZS25 and IV

  • Light weight: 193 g vs 190 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
5 months newer
$369

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the IV)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • More zoom: 20x vs 1x

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.2 vs f/1.9
  • No external flash support
  • Heavier: 254 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and IV

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots

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 external flash support

common strengths of the CX2 and IV

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Light weight: 185 g vs 190 g