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 Cybershot DSC-RX100 and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III)

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 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has significantly less startup delay (1800 ms vs 2800 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 300 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
8 months newer
$498 - $798

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 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 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly more startup delay: 2800 ms vs 1800 ms
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Light weight: 213 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

Pentax MX-1

Pentax MX-1
1 year newer
$333

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 390 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the MX-1 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
similar age
$429

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
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the X10 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 wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (3.0" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (compact 109x59x33 mm vs mid size 118x66x55 mm) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 6 fps) and has a significantly smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.6mm).

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$358 - $597

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

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 X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year older
$645

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

Sigma DP2

Sigma DP2
3 years older
$595 - $709

Significant advantages of the DP2 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly larger sensor: Sigma X3 20.7x13.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DP2 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 41 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the DP2 and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size 113x60x56 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 280 g vs 190 g

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
3 years newer
$1,195

Significant advantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Shoots much faster: 11 fps vs 2.7 fps
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 390 shots
  • Significantly heavier: 405 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the D-Lux (Typ 109) and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/1.7 vs f/1.9
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Sigma DP1

Sigma DP1
5 years older
$699

Significant advantages of the DP1 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly larger sensor: Sigma X3 20.7x13.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
  • 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 DP1 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"
  • Much more shutter lag: 1534 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the DP1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact 109x60x31 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 270 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$887 - $899

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

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), has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 230 shots), is thinner (1.3" vs 3") and is slightly lighter (190 g vs 453 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 14 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
similar age
$215 (body only)
$299 5mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q (vs the IV)

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

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

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$473 (body only)
$398 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the IV)

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

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 400 ms
  • Lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the NEX-5 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact 111x59x38 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm

Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R
1 year newer
$300 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5R (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5R (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NEX-5R and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size 110x58x38 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 190 g

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 has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
similar age
$180 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the IV)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 2.7 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • 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 Sensor shift
  • Shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the J1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact 106x61x29 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 277 g vs 190 g

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
1 year newer
$466 - $608 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the IV)

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

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

  • 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 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 september, 2009) and is much smaller (compact 109x59x33 mm vs prosumer size 129x98x62 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 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 400 ms).

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
2 years older
$999 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"

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the T2i and IV

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Very small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 109x59x33 mm
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.3"