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5.0 out of 5 stars
APS-C in a fantastic compact., 23 July 2013
This is one special little camera.
I currently own the original GR and GR III. The main reason I have invested so much in the Ricoh GR line is the build quality, solid magnesium body with excellent ergonomics. Up until now though these cameras have still just been well built compacts with manual controls.
The Ricoh GR is the fifth in the series of digital GRs and is the first to get a major sensor upgrade, and it shows.
Ricoh have managed to fit an APS-C sensor, similar to that used in the Nikon D7000, into the body of a compact from the GR range. The main improvement this brings over previous versions is the image quality is pretty astounding. The dynamic range is very good and performs amazingly well up to 6400 ISO. The sensor also lacks an Anti Aliasing filter resulting in pin sharp images every time.
Start up times have been massively reduced from previous generations. It takes about 1 second to go from powered off to ready to shoot.
All in all its as close to a perfect camera as I can think of. Maybe the only improvement would be a 50mm equiv. lens rather than the 28mm but thats purely personal.