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 Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-RX100 and the Alpha A6000)

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 290 shots) and is newer (september 2011 vs july 2009).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
8 months newer
$448

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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)

  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Significantly more startup delay: 2800 ms vs 1800 ms
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and IV

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

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
similar age
$449

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the IV)

  • Records high-speed movies: 200 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Support external flash

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$518

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the IV)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (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 x20 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

Pentax MX-1

Pentax MX-1
1 year newer
$389

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

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

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

  • Significantly 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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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" 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 slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 300 shots).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 16 MP), 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 5 fps) and has a much smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm).

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$399 - $599

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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 high resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Fairly small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 245 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)

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

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 high resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Fairly small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 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" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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"
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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"

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
3 years newer
$626

Significant advantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 10 MP

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)
  • Light weight: 251 g vs 190 g

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$848 - $930

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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"
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.3"

Leica X1

Leica X1
2 years older
$1,480

Significant advantages of the X1 (vs the IV)

  • Much 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 X1 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much worse macro capability: 30.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the X1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (124×60×32 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 306 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 thinner (1.3" vs 1.8"), is slightly lighter (190 g vs 453 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 23.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony Alpha A6000

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

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots

common strengths of the A6000 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 190 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3
3 months older
$212 (body only)
$571 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the C3 (vs the IV)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the C3 (vs the IV)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the C3 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×60×33 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 225 g vs 190 g

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
1 year newer
$482 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PL5 (vs the IV)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PL5 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the PEN E-PL5 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
2 years newer
$373 (body only)
$449 12-32mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GM1 (vs the IV)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GM1 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-GM1 and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×55×30 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 204 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"

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
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Significantly larger: Standard size (114×70×77 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

common strengths of the GXR (A12) and IV

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

Leica M Typ 240

Leica M Typ 240
1 year newer
$7,250 - $16,280 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M Typ 240 (vs the IV)

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

Significant disadvantages of the M Typ 240 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much heavier: 680 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the M Typ 240 and IV

  • Each supports an external flash

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), is newer (september 2011 vs january 2011), shoots RAW and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), 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 CX5

Ricoh CX5
7 months older

Significant advantages of the CX5 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the CX5 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the CX5 and IV

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Ricoh CX6

Ricoh CX6
similar age
$439

Significant advantages of the CX6 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • 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
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm