Entering the digital camera arena around the same time as the Nikon A, the Ricoh GR offers users a large 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a fixed 18.3mm f/2.8 lens. It has an ISO range of 100-25600. The LCD screen has 1.2 million dots, but is fixed and a bit smaller than most cameras at only 2.5 inches. On the other hand, the Ricoh GR has a handy mode dial with the full manual settings at your fingertips. Adjustments can be made to the aperture and shutter speed via the turn dial on the top or back of the camera. The Ricoh GR sells for $800.
Is a compact large sensor, fixed lens camera right for you? I think it’s either a love it or hate it concept. If you do love the idea, then it is worth your time to take a look at the Ricoh GR. At $800, it is a few hundred less than its direct competition, the Nikon A.
Below are a few sample images that will give you a good idea of the image quality produced by the Ricoh GR. Overall, the image quality is pretty sharp and the color saturation is good. The Ricoh GR offers a macro setting, but I think that calling it macro is stretching it a bit.
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