Ricoh GR Digital IV

The Ricoh GR Digital IV is a premium priced, high-end compact digital camera that is the successor to the GR Digital III and retains some elements of it such as a fixed 28 mm F1.9 lens and 10MP 1/1.7″ type CCD sensor, capable only of VGA video output. Identical in design to the GR Digital III, the new Ricoh GR Digital IV has a brand new Hybrid auto-focus system, sensor-shift image stabilization, new image processing engine, a higher-resolution LCD screen and a refined optical filter.

The Ricoh GR Digital IV is a wide and fairly slim compact camera that maintains the external control layout of its predecessor, providing easy access to shooting and exposure parameters. The maximum brightness of the image monitor has been increased about 1.7 times over that of the old GR. The lens of Ricoh GR Digital IV has a large aperture and corrects aberrations of all types without compromise. The new Ricoh GR Digital IV is available in black or limited edition white.

Ricoh GR Digital IV black


Ricoh GR Digital IV specifications:

  • Lens: 8 elements in 6 groups
  • Focal lenght: f=6.0 mm
  • F-aperture: F1.9 – F9
  • Sensor: 1/1.7-inch CCD, 10.4 MP
  • Zoom: digital, 4x
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80-3200
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch Transparent LCD; 1,230,000 dots
  • Storage: internal memory (40MB); SD/SDHC memory card
  • File format: still image – JPEG, RAW; movie – AVI
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0; HDMI micro output Type D; AV output


Ricoh GR Digital IV image


Ricoh GR Digital IV reviews:

The Ricoh GR Digital IV’s new autofocus system really does improve the performance of this compact camera. Focusing is swift and even in macro mode it proved generally assured and reliable. More about this you can find on Ricoh GR Digital IV review from

The Ricoh GR Digital IV features a rubberised hand grip that surrounds the front and back of the camera. The bottom of the camera has rubber feet to keep it from sliding when placed on a table or smooth surface. More about handling, controls and menus of GR Digital IV you can find if you read Ricoh GR Digital IV review of website.

In Ricoh GR Digital IV review of, you can find that this compact camera handled chromatic aberrations very well with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and you can also learn about noise, sharpening and more.

Another Ricoh GR Digital IV review comes from website. Here you can read more about controls, menus and handling and you can see more sample images.

In Ricoh GR Digital IV review, the website concludes:

There’s an awful lot to like about the GRD IV. Image quality is fantastic,  the model’s utilitarian design makes for an excellent shooting experience and the LCD screen is one of the best that we’ve seen on a compact camera. The model won’t be to everyone’s taste however – it boasts a price tag which is comparable with a host of CSC models, thus making it almost a luxury compact, and with holes in the specification such as the lack of HD video capture, the price tag looks even higher. However, if you’re happy to make certain compromises for the sake of image quality and a pure shooting experience overall, the the GRD IV is well worth a look.

built-in flash of new Ricoh GR Digital IV


Ricoh GR Digital IV picture and review


body design detail of Ricoh GR Digital IV


Ricoh GR Digital IV 28 mm fixed lens


Ricoh GR Digital IV transparent LCD

Ricoh GR Digital IV limited white edition


Ricoh GXR with Leica Lens Mount

Ricoh GXR will have its own mount for Leica lens. Introduced back in late 2009, the GXR DSLR digital camera from Ricoh introduced an unique modular design. It makes use of an innovative slide-in mount system used to attach interchangeable units  that integrate the image sensor, image processor and the lens. This offered a better image quality as the lens and the sensor are tuned to work together and achieving the best performance. Last year the new GXR modular design was awarded with the ‘Innovative Imaging Product of the Year’ by Australia’s Camera Magazine.

The new mount will make the GXR users able to add new series of lenses (like Leica M) but losing the sensor-lens integration feature.

The mount will come with 12.9 megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C size / 23.6 mm × 15.7 mm) and a new focal plane shutter.

As announced by Ricoh, the GXR Lens Mount Unit will be available in September with price to be announced.  You can get the Leica M mounts for about 240$ these days.

Ricoh GXR digital camera

Ricoh GXR modular camera

You can read a nice Ricoh GXR review at TrustedReviews where the camera gets 8 point for build quality and 5 points (out of 10) for image quality:

While the GXR is well made, technically proficient and has good overall performance, the very high price of the lens/sensor units and the disappointing image quality shown by the test unit, as well as the unreliable autofocus system…

Ricoh CX5 compact superzoom camera

The new CX5 from Ricoh is a compact superzoom featuring wide angle lens and up to 10.7x optical zoom. It also features better focusing time than its predecessors : as low as 0.2sec (or both wide-angle 28 mm and telephoto 300 mm) grace of the new hybrid AF system developed by Ricoh.

The camera comes with a 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor with fluorine coat to prevent soiling, a hard coat to prevent scratches, and an anti-reflection (AR) coat designed to protect the screen against dirt and damage.

The CX5 digital camera can also shoot movies at 720p resolution and is equipped with HDMI connectors.

Ricoh CX5 specifications:

  • camera sensor: 1/2.3″ Type CMOS, 10 Megapixel
  • lens:  28 – 300mm (35mm equiv)
  • zoom : 10.7x optical zoom
  • autofocus: Contrast AF method with AF auxiliary light
  • ISO: 80-3200
  • weight: 176g (without rechargeable battery DB-100)

Ricoh CX5 images:

Ricoh CX5  front

Ricoh CX5 front

Ricoh CX5 compact=

Ricoh CX5 Top

Ricoh CX5 superzoom LCD screen

Ricoh CX5 Back

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