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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

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

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

The Ricoh GR Digital IV's new autofocus system really does improve the camera's responsiveness. Focusing is swift, only hunting for a lock-on in the typically testing conditions of low contrast subjects in weak light. Even in macro mode it proved generally assured and reliable.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

The GRD IV can also be set to focus continually, without the shutter release being pressed, thereby potentially reducing reaction time when you need to grab a shot. We used this feature fairly frequently during the test, although it does reduce battery life.

Ricoh's Snap Focus feature continues to perform well, too. By fully pressing the shutter release button, the camera takes a picture with the lens focused at a predetermined distance, even if autofocus hasn't been achieved.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

This is one of the features that makes the Ricoh GR Digital IV a good choice for street photography. By setting the Snap distance to 1 or 2 metres, and positioning yourself within the focus zone, you can take pictures without being concerned by lag time as the camera tries to catch up.

One of the benefits of the small sensor is that it gives plenty of depth, too, so even if you're a little out with the focus sweet spot, the image will still contain enough apparent sharpness to be useable.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

The lens is capable of resolving a high level of detail across the frame - it's just a shame that detail is masked by clumps of colour noise and smearing at high ISOs.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

Pictures taken at ISO 80 to 400 are pleasing, and it's not until ISO 800 that noise becomes obvious. We wouldn't push the camera to 1600 or 3200 unless there really was no other option.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

As with seemingly most of the Ricoh GR Digital IV's functions, there are plenty of intricate automatic settings for controlling noise. There are four settings for noise reduction, and you can choose to have it only kick in above a certain ISO threshold.

Macro performance with the Ricoh GRD IV is excellent, with the camera able to focus as close as 1cm. Lighting becomes an issue at this distance, though, and careful choice of positioning is required to avoid the camera's shadow appearing in the frame.

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
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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