As well as being compared against other pro digicams, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Ricoh GR Digital IV's top rivals come from Ricoh (such as the GR and the GR Digital III) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and the Cybershot DSC-RX100)

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 (3.0" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 300 shots) and is newer (september, 2011 vs july, 2009).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 12 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 10 fps).

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 Sensor shift
  • Lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the GR Digital III and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Light weight: 208 g vs 190 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$798

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 10 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps

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

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Support external flash

Ricoh GR Digital

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital (vs the IV)

  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 210k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"

common strengths of the GR Digital and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 190 g
  • Support external flash

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
similar age
$420 - $443

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the X10 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Support external flash

Ricoh Caplio GX200

Ricoh Caplio GX200
3 years older
$1,130

Significant advantages of the GX200 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GX200 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Narrower aperture: f/2.5 vs f/1.9
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

common strengths of the GX200 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 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 Sensor shift
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

common strengths of the GR Digital II and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 190 g

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 much larger screen (3.0" vs 2.8"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (compact 109x59x33 mm vs mid size 124x69x52 mm) and has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 16 MP), significantly 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 5 fps).

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$383 - $697

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly less startup delay: 160 ms vs 1800 ms

Significant disadvantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the GR and IV

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Fairly small: Compact 117x61x35 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 245 g vs 190 g

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$899 - $910

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 10 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3.0"
  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the X100s and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/2.0 vs f/1.9

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year older
$650

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3.0"
  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the X100 and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/2.0 vs f/1.9

Ricoh Pentax GR Limited Edition

Ricoh Pentax GR Limited Edition
2 years newer

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

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Supports 24p
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm

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 cm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the GR Limited Edition and IV

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Fairly small: Compact 117x61x35 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 245 g vs 190 g

Leica X2

Leica X2
7 months newer
$1,550 - $1,749

Significant advantages of the X2 (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,500 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the X2 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9

common strengths of the X2 and IV

  • 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 610k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is slightly smaller (compact 109x59x33 mm vs mid size 120x67x45 mm), is thinner (1.3" vs 3") and is slightly lighter (190 g vs 425 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Ricoh GXR (A12)

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the GXR (A12) (vs the IV)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GXR (A12) (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly larger: Standard size 114x70x77 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm

common strengths of the GXR (A12) and IV

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

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
4 months newer
$599 (body only)
$699 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the IV)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Larger: Standard size 122x89x43 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Significantly heavier: 425 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the E-M5 and IV

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Each supports an external flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$675 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the IV)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 10 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the IV)

  • Lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the A6000 and IV

  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Each has a built-in flash

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
similar age
$215 (body only)
$339 5mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Q (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the Q and IV

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Compact 98x57x31 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 190 g

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
1 year newer
$498 - $570 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the IV)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much less shutter lag: 116 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 768k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX300 and IV

  • Each supports an external flash

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10
1 year newer
$160 (body only)
$745 5-15mm, 15-45mm lenses

Significant advantages of the Q10 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Q10 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the Q10 and IV

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Compact 102x58x34 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 190 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.0" 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 august, 2008) and is much smaller (compact 109x59x33 mm vs professional size 132x103x77 mm).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 12.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 4.7 fps) and has much more startup delay (1800 ms vs 300 ms).

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
2 years older
$1,499 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 97 ms vs 400 ms

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm

common strengths of the K-x and IV

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Very small: Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$640 (body only)
$830 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the IV)

  • Much larger: Professional size 132x103x77 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 930k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the D90 and IV

  • None found