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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

A premium street photographer's compact with a fixed 28mm lens

Our Verdict


  • Shoots raw
  • Fast
  • Customisable
  • Excellent creative presets
  • Superb LCD


  • Small image sensor
  • Fixed wide lens limiting
  • No HD video
  • Weak 'ADJ.' controller
  • Expensive

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

Like earlier Ricoh GRD cameras, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is understated, almost boxy in design. Despite its diminutive brick-like quality, it handles superbly.

The modest grip and its rubberised finish, along with the excellently-placed control buttons and dials mean that it's a camera that can be comfortably supported and operated using just one hand.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

As with earlier versions, the Ricoh GR Digital IV's buttons are on the small side, with the inset control wheel (that Ricoh dubs the 'Up-down dial') positioned in front of the shutter release button being notably fiddly when you first pick the camera up.

However, it doesn't take long to adapt to the setup, and it soon proves exceptionally quick in operation.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

In fact, use the Ricoh GR Digital IV for any length of time, and you begin to wonder why other compact cameras don't feature such a logical user interface.

On the rear of the body is a typical four-way control pad surrounding a Menu/OK button, however it's the Adjustment rocker switch ('ADJ') that sits neatly within thumb's reach on the top rim that gives truly fast access to key features.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

Pressing this ADJ rocker brings up five control options on the rear screen. By flicking the switch left or right, you can then cycle through these options, using the up-down dial or control pad to make a selection from them.

By default, these options are white balance, ISO, picture quality, image setting and exposure metering. However, you can assign a function you use more frequently (from a range of eight) to any of these slots.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

In addition to the playback zoom button, which can be customised to change exposure compensation or white balance (or act as a digital zoom) in shooting mode, there are two Function buttons that can be registered with up to four control options.

Three My Settings modes on the mode dial enable you to record precise camera presets for different shooting situations, too.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

That's the thing with the Ricoh GR Digital IV: it offers an extensive array of customisation, enabling you to tailor the camera to your preferred way of shooting. The dedicated Key Custom Options menu stretches to three screens, such is the range on offer.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

The menu system can be a little daunting at first, and many of the options may be unfamiliar. Thankfully, Ricoh is a manufacturer that continues to include a substantial manual in the box.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameRicoh
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)168 g
Flash Memory Capacity54 MB
Minimum Focus Distance15 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported2
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution10.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedMultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height58 mm
Width107 mm
Depth25 mm
Focal Length5.90 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product Model174063
Product NameGR Digital II Compact Camera
Manufacturer Part Number174063
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A camera that delivers the intended results. A camera that's advanced yet simple to operate, reliable and precision built. Ricoh's GR Digital has evolved to let you pursue your own ideals. Now comes the GR Digital II. Boasting its forebears' superior imagery and sharpness that only the Ricoh GR Lens can provide yet achieving even higher image quality. In an amazingly compact, slim body, robustly constructed of lightweight diecast magnesium, the GR Digital II encompasses enhanced expressive capability and adds new functions, along with improved operability that responds almost instantaneously to your commands. It's the kind of camera that urges you to use it, time and time again.

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