As well as being compared against other compacts, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and digicams. The Ricoh GR Digital IV's top rivals come from Ricoh (such as the GR II and the GR) and Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-W650)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a much longer battery life (390 shots vs 220 shots), is newer (september 2011 vs july 2009) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (1x vs 5x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), is slightly larger (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs super compact (94×56×19 mm)) and much shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 180 seconds).

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650
3 months newer
$180

Significant advantages of the DSC-W650 (vs the IV)

  • Much more zoom: 5x vs 1x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W650 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 390 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-W650 and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III
2 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital III (vs the IV)

  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 1.3"

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

  • Wide aperture: f/1.9 vs f/1.9
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 1,230k dots

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 thicker: 2.3" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the GR Digital II and IV

  • Wide aperture: f/2.4 vs f/1.9
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to boutique competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/3.5), is slightly smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs prosumer size (133×73×95 mm)), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.7") and is slightly lighter (190 g vs 680 g).

However, on average it has way more less zoom (1x vs 2.5x), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.7mm).

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
3 years newer
$550 - $597

Significant advantages of the GR II (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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)
  • Very light: 251 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
1 year newer
$593

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

common strengths of the GR and IV

  • Fairly small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very light: 245 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Leica X Vario

Leica X Vario
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the X Vario (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X Vario (vs the IV)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/1.9
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (133×73×95 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

common strengths of the X Vario and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly lighter (190 g vs 313 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs four thirds 17.3x13mm), has a built-in lens, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second) and much shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Olympus PEN Mini

Olympus PEN Mini
similar age
$257 (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"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,230k dots vs 230k dots), is newer (september 2011 vs september 2008), is much smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs prosumer size (125×97×68 mm)) and is thinner (1.3" vs 2.7").

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 6 fps) and has much more startup delay (1800 ms vs 300 ms).

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
2 years older

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 larger: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

common strengths of the K-x and IV

  • Very small: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year older
$1,100 18-55mm, 55-300mm lenses

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)

  • Much 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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

Pentax K-m

Pentax K-m
3 years older

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the K-m (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 K-m and IV

  • Very small: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Ricoh IV compared to digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/1.9 vs f/2.8), has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 37 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.6"), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and is newer (september 2011 vs june 2003).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Kodak EasyShare CX6330

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the CX6330 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the CX6330 (vs the IV)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 1.6" vs 3"

common strengths of the CX6330 and IV

  • Each has a built-in flash