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 461k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less startup delay (1800 ms vs 2800 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (390 shots vs 200 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), takes significantly 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 more startup delay: 2800 ms vs 1800 ms
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 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

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
  • 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

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" 7.49x5.52mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 10 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps

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

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 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

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
similar age
$325

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much more startup delay: 2400 ms vs 1800 ms
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 390 shots

common strengths of the S100 and IV

  • Supports RAW

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$589

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the IV)

  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 310 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much more startup delay: 2300 ms vs 1800 ms

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and IV

  • Supports RAW
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 390 shots
  • 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), is slightly smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs mid size (124×69×52 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), slightly 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
$473 - $797

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the IV)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year older
$644

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

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
1 year newer
$848

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
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 2.7 fps

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

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sigma DP1x

Sigma DP1x
1 year older
$379

Significant advantages of the DP1x (vs the IV)

  • Significantly larger sensor: Sigma X3 20.7x13.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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 DP1x (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the DP1x and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×60×50 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 250 g vs 190 g
  • Thin: 2" vs 1.3"

Leica X2

Leica X2
7 months newer
$1,600

Significant advantages of the X2 (vs the IV)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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"
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.9

common strengths of the X2 and IV

  • Fairly small: Mid size (124×69×52 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 345 g vs 190 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

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
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
  • 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

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), has slightly less startup delay (1800 ms vs 3700 ms), has slightly less shutter lag (400 ms vs 706 ms), 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 have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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
  • 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

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
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
similar age
$215 (body only)
$350 5mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q (vs the IV)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×31 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 190 g

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2
1 year newer
$503 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PM2 (vs the IV)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PM2 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the PEN E-PM2 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 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" 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 2009) and is much smaller (compact (109×59×33 mm) vs professional size (127×104×80 mm)).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 14 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.7 fps vs 7 fps) and has much more startup delay (1800 ms vs 500 ms).

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

  • 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"

Sony SLT-A33

Sony SLT-A33
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SLT-A33 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A33 (vs the IV)

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

common strengths of the SLT-A33 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Light weight: 500 g vs 190 g

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
2 years older
$1,100 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A500 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less shutter lag: 181 ms vs 400 ms

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A500 (vs the IV)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much larger: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

common strengths of the DSLR-A500 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$399 - $509 (body only)
$499 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the IV)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SL1 and IV

  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 190 g

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
2 years older
$830 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the IV)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D5000 (vs the IV)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,230k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (127×104×80 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)

common strengths of the D5000 and IV

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
2 years older
$600 (body only)
$1,000 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A550 (vs the IV)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 184 ms vs 400 ms
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 2.7 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A550 (vs the IV)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Compact (109×59×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the DSLR-A550 and IV

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift