As well as being compared against other pro digicams and compacts, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Ricoh GR Digital IV's top rivals come from Ricoh (such as the GR II and the GR Digital III) and Fujifilm (such as the X30 and the XQ1)

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) and has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 320 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) 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 lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the GR Digital II and IV

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

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
2 years newer
$435 - $499

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the IV)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the IV)

  • None found

common strengths of the X30 and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 390 shots
  • Each supports an external flash

Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1
2 years newer
$353

Significant advantages of the XQ1 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the XQ1 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 390 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the XQ1 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

Samsung EX2F

Samsung EX2F
9 months newer
$863

Significant advantages of the EX2F (vs the IV)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the EX2F (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the EX2F and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Each supports an 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/2.8), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 115k dots) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs super compact (94×51×24 mm)), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

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6 years older
$123

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX9 (vs the IV)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX9 (vs the IV)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FX9 and IV

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S80

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the S80 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S80 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the S80 and IV

  • None found

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 slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 921k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 290 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 23.7x15.7mm) and is older (september 2011 vs april 2013).

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
3 years newer
$679

Significant advantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

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

  • 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

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$345

Significant advantages of the GR (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 (vs the IV)

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

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

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year older
$684

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the IV)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the X100 and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/1.9
  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×54 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$810

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 6 fps vs 2.7 fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly heavier: 445 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the X100s and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/1.9
  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 445 g vs 190 g

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 a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • 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
  • Very light: 245 g vs 190 g

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon Coolpix A
1 year newer
$559

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A (vs the IV)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the Coolpix A and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×40 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 299 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.3"

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 2009) and is much smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 5 fps) and has much more startup delay (1800 ms vs 600 ms).

Olympus E-420

Olympus E-420
3 years older
$999 (body only)
$300 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-420 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 138 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much less startup delay: 800 ms vs 1800 ms

Significant disadvantages of the E-420 (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 E-420 and IV

  • Very small: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 426 g vs 190 g

Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT A35
3 months older
$186 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A35 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A35 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

common strengths of the SLT A35 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Very light: 415 g vs 190 g

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year older
$581 (body only)
$609 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"

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
2 years older
$480 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"
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the K-x 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"

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$379 (body only)
$579 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the IV)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D5200 and IV

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is thinner (1.3" vs 1.9"), is slightly lighter (190 g vs 417 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony A7

Sony A7
2 years newer
$1,098 - $3,198 (body only)
$1,398 - $1,400 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the IV)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the A7 and IV

  • None found

Olympus PEN Mini

Olympus PEN Mini
similar age
$250 (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

  • Fairly small: Mid size (110×64×37 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"