Ricoh GR Digital IV, Elegant Point & Shoot 10mp Digital Camera, 28 F/1.9mm Lens, White Special Edition

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About Ricoh GR IV

GR DIGITAL IV digital camera, the successor model to the GR DIGITAL III, which offers enhanced Quick Shooting capability and image quality.

The GR DIGITAL III (released in August 2009) was a compact digital camera with high image quality that came with a 28mm/F1.9 GR Lens, the GR ENGINE III, and a high-sensitivity CCD that continued the evolution of the concepts originally introduced in the first GR DIGITAL model (released in October 2005). In the two years since its release, it has been enthusiastically received by a broad range of customers including professional and amateur photographers.

The new GR DIGITAL IV, featuring a new image engine and a refined optical filter, exceeds the GR DIGITAL III and achieves the highest level of image quality in the history of the GR series.

Additionally, for the advancement of the Quick Shooting capabilities required to make sure you never miss a shot when out shooting, Ricoh has introduced a Hybrid AF System and an Image-sensor-shift Image Stabilization Function, which makes use of Ricoh's independently developed external AF sensor, and a 3-inch, approximately 1.23 million-dot VGA LCD monitor for heightened outdoor visibility. The addition of an electronic level that can detect inclination in the tilt direction, as well as the conventional horizontal direction also improves operability. Moreover, the inclusion of Dynamic Range Compensation makes it possible to shoot subjects in backlit or high-contrast scenes in the way the eye sees them, and Interval Composite, which can combine images shot at a certain shooting interval, advances the camera's expressive capabilities.

Ricoh will also continue to provide the highly praised function-expansion firmware.

Main Features of the GR DIGITAL IV
Improved AF speed and accuracy due to the introduction of the Hybrid AF system
The camera comes newly equipped with Ricoh's independently developed external AF sensor, which has a maximum of 190 AF points. Through the Hybrid AF System, which is used in parallel with the conventional CCD contrast AF, Ricoh has realized an AF focusing time as short as 0.2 seconds, as much as half that of the GR DIGITAL III.

Also, algorithm refinements have led to improvements in the AF speed for macro shots that are taken using only the CCD contrast AF method for a maximum reduction of half the time of the previous model.

¦In shooting with a single press of the shutter-release button, the high focusing accuracy required for snapshot shooting has been added to the camera's Quick Shooting capabilities by performing the metering with only the external AF sensor. The metering information from the external AF sensor can be displayed on the LCD monitor as necessary.

Even higher image quality achieved
Through refinements to the optical filter and optimization of the image processing from the previous model, the GR DIGITAL III, theSFR* characteristics have been improved.

¦With the new image processing engine, the GR ENGINE IV, color reproduction enhancement and color noise reductions are achieved whentaking high-sensitivity photographs.

¦Ricoh's signature 28mm/F1.9 GR lens demonstrates its high resolution while suppressing chromatic aberration and distortion. The approximately 10 million-pixel, 1/1.7-inch CCD shows off its high-sensitivity characteristics. These are the elements through which the GR DIGITAL IV achieves the highest image quality in GR DIGITAL history.

* Spatial Frequency Response (SFR): One of the indicators of a digital camera's resolution characteristics, including everything from the optical system to the image processing.

Comes with the first image-sensor shift image stabilization function in the GR DIGITAL series
¦With the image-sensor shift image stabilization function, the GR DIGITAL IV achieves a stabilization effect equivalent to a shutterspeed increase of a maximum of 3.2 stops*, which combined with the fast F1.9 GR lens further increases the camera's ability to capture dark scenes.
*Measured using RICOH measurement methods.

Introduction of a new, high-brightness LCD monitor and the addition of an automatic brightness adjustment function
Through the introduction of the new 3-inch, approximately 1.23 million-dot VGA LCD monitor, which adds white pixels to the RGB ones, the GR DIGITAL IV secures a maximum brightness of approximately 1.7 times that of the GR DIGITAL III, improving its visibilitywhen outdoors. ¦

A function in which the camera automatically adjusts the luminance to match the brightness of the subject has been added, which minimizes decreases in visibility due to changes in the shooting environment.

Shooting functions that heighten the photographer's expressive ability and enhanced scene modes
Comes with dynamic range compensation to minimize the effects of blown highlights in bright areas and crushed blacks in dark ones. For backlit or high-contrast scenes where exposure compensation alone is not enough, compensation is performed for each area, enabling the photographer to take pictures at a brightness that closely matches how the subject looked.

The Auto Bracket function has been enhanced. In addition to the conventional Exposure and White Balance, Contrast Bracket Setting and Dynamic Range Compensation bracketing have been newly added, of which any two can be selected for addition to the image settingsto record a sequence of three shots with Image Setting Bracket

Comes with an Interval Composite mode that will replace and combine only the high-brightness pixel data in images of the night sky taken at fixed intervals. This makes it possible to shoot distinctive landscape pictures that show the trails of light left by the stars.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (8),Compact (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (5),Good image quality (5),Good in low light (5),Easy to use (4),Large clear LCD (4),Short lag time (4),Nice body color (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3),Low light (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Ricoh GR IV Features

  • 28mm F/1.9 GR Lens
  • Quick shooting capabilities combined with precision focus. Hybrid autofocus system
  • Ricoh's original quick snap mode, enhanced by external autofocus
  • Improved performance in dark scenes. Blur correction feature
  • ISO sensitivity settings respond flexibly to what you want to photograph and where
  • New image monitor with a much higher maximal brightness that's easy to view evenoutdoors

Ricoh GR IV Specifications

Image Sensor
1/1.7-inch CCD (total pixels: approx. 10.40 million pixels)
Lens Specifications

Focal distance: f=6 mm (28 mm converted to 35mm format camera)
F-Aperture: F1.9 - F9 (exposure control with both aperture and ND filter when F8.0-F11 displays in auto shooting mode)
Lens Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups (aspheric lens: 2 elements and 2 surfaces)
Digital Zoom
Approx. 4.0X digital zoom. Approx. 5.7X auto-resize zoom (VGA images)
Shutter Speed
180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 - 1/2000 sec.(maximum and minimum shutter speeds vary depending on shooting mode and flash mode)
Movie 1/30 - 1/2000 sec.
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch Transparent LCD (approx. 920,000 dots)
Focus Method
Multi AF (CCD method) / Spot AF (CCD method) / Manual Focus / Snap / Infinity (Focus lock and AF auxiliary light available.
For Multi AF and Spot AF, full-press snap and pre-AF are possible.)
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
Exposure Compensation
Manual Exposure Compensation +/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps),
Auto Bracket Function (-0.5EV, ±0, +0.5EV / -0.3EV, ±0, +0.3EV)
Exposure control method
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Shooting Mode
Auto Shooting Mode / Program Shift Mode / Aperture Priority Mode / Shutter SpeedPriority Mode / Manual Exposure Mode / Scene Modes (Text / Movie / Skew Correction / Dynamic Range Double Shot) / My Settings Mode
Light Metering
Multi (256 segments), Centre Weighted Light Metering, Spot Metering (TTL-CCD metering method, AE lock possible)
White Balance
AUTO / Multi-Pattern AUTO / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Manual / Detail, White Balance Bracket Function
Flash Range
Approx. 20 cm to approx. 3.0 m (ISO AUTO)

Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Terminals for External Flash
Hot Shoe
Built-in Flash Operating Modes
Auto (during low light and when the subject is backlit), Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Manual Flash, Flash Off Off
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, Internal memory (approx. 88MB)
Other Major Shooting Functions
Continuous / S-Cont / M-Cont, Self-Timer (operation time: approx. 10 sec. / approx. 2 sec.), Interval Timer (shooting interval: 5 sec. - 1 hour (5 sec. steps), Color Bracket function, B&W (TE), Color Space Setting, Noise Reduction, Histogram, Grid Guide, Depth of Field, Electronic Level, Hot Shoe
USB 2.0 (High-Speed USB) Mini-B, Mass storage / Audio Out 1.0Vp-p (75O)
Auto Rotate, Grid View, Enlarged Display (maximum 16x), Resize
Image Size (Pixels)
3648×2736 (RAW: 4, F: 22, N: 38) / 3648×2432 (RAW: 5, F: 25, N: 43) / 2736×2736 (RAW: 6, F: 29, N: 50) / 3264×2448 (N: 47) / 2592×1944 (N: 72) / 2048×1536 (N: 109) / 1280×960 (N:175) / 640×480 (N: 705) / Text: 3648×2736 (38), 2048×1536 (109)
Image Quality Modes
F(Fine)/ N(Normal) / RAW (DNG file format)
Video Output
Video signal format Switch between NTSC & PAL
108.6 mm (W) x 59.8 mm (H) x 25.5 mm (D) (excluding projecting parts)
Approx. 188 g (excluding battery, SD memory card, strap), Accessories approx. 30g (battery, strap)
Power Source
1 Rechargeable battery (DB-65)
AC adapter (AC-4c option)
2 AAA alkaline dry-cell batteries

2 AAA nickel-hydrogen dry-cell batteries
Power Consumption
Based on CIPA-standard Using the DB-65, approx. 370 pictures / Using AAA Dry Alkaline Battery x2, approx. 25 pictures
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Ricoh GR IV Reviews

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Reviewed by 5 customers


best compact camera ever!


from California  -  Casual Photographer

The Ricoh GRD IV is responsive, with customizable functionality and a low shutter response time that I think is comparable to any of the gripped, pro level dSLR bodies D4, Mark whatever EOS bodies). My only gripe is the power management on these cameras. Left in sleep mode (lens extended, rear LCD off), battery will deplete in under four hours so do yourseld a favor and purchase another battery!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Immediately impressed!


from Phila, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I received the Ricoh GRD IV and started using in past two weeks. I was impressed with the quality of the images I made with little review of custom settings. After a few days of exploring camera menu further, I found it quite intuitive and user friendly. The manual is actually a printed little book, which makes it easy to read and fiddle with camera as you go along. I anticipate carrying the camera with me daily, learning the various features and creating even better photos. I have had several film SLRs in the past, but never a digital one. The GRD IV is the first pocket-size camera that has made me feel in control again and finally able to enjoy digital photography. I am giving the camera five stars, as I have yet to discover any negatives.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Definitely worth the price!


from San Francisco, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The first thing I noticed about my GRD IV was its quality build; the grip is comfortable to hold and the body has a sort of grainy feel (which I love). The LCD screen was extremely clear as well! Although some people view the lack of zoom as a con, I see it as a pro because (concerning street photography) it allows you to get CLOSER to your subject. I personally prefer fixed lenses over zoom lenses. The Ricoh GRD IV, however, lacks a viewfinder. But, it can work to your advantage. If a viewfinder is essential to you; Ricoh has some optional accessories like the GV-1 and GV-2 OVF. If you're a street photographer, you can probably get away with a lot of photo opportunities that come your way because you'll just look like another person (or tourist) with a compact camera. Which leads me to my next point. I love how small and compact the GRD IV is. It definitely lightens the load on my shoulders when it's mounted on my Custom SLR Gliding Strap as well as when it's in my Retrospective 5. I love carrying around my Nikon D300 with me, but sometimes it just gets in the way. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who is considering it. Although it is expensive for a compact camera, it is worth EVERY penny! I know that it's tough trying to find out info or reviews on the Ricoh GRD IV, but, give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Ricoh lover


from River Forest, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I owned the Ricoh GR-1 many years ago and that was my favorite camera ever. More recently I've used the Nikon D80 (which I still own and enjoy) but it's too big to lug around everywhere. I did use a Canon Elph something or other but it died and I disliked the Canon menus. When I saw this camera and started reading about it, I knew it was a contender. The customizable menu is fantastic. There are so many ways you can set it so that the camera operates to your individual liking. High degree of usability. Pictures are great and best of all, I can take it everywhere. It's completely unobtrusive. Even my 12-year-old daughter thinks it's an "old" camera since it has that classic look. I like that--I figure it's less likely to get stolen. :) I might not recommend this camera to just anyone--I think the best user is self-selecting. I wouldn't buy it for my mom, for example. Different people need and want different things.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


even better than the previous models


from venice, ca  -  Pro Photographer

still getting to know it, but it is my fourth gr from Adorama starting with the film version many years ago. my gr II is still going strong, but want the best I can afford at all times in my pocket can shoot in raw with short lag time with a high speed sd card - highly recommended for the pros who love this camera


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Shopper  Does the white lens cap come with? According to the Ricoh site, the white edition includes a white GL-1 lens cap, but it is not listed on the Adorama product page for the white GRD4.
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