Ricoh GR Pros and Cons

Ricoh GR

The Ricoh GR 16.2 MP camera is designed for enthusiast photographers who might appreciate its quality, design, image quality, and impressive array of functions. Despite its fixed 28mm optic, the GR is a surprising versatile camera.

But like any other camera, the GR has its highlights and its shortcomings. Here's my pros and cons list.


  • Sturdy, light, magnesium alloy body
  • 16.2 MP APS-C sensor in a super compact body
  • Excellent image quality
  • A plethora of enthusiast features
  • Excellent menu system and physical controls
  • Handsome 1,230,000 dot LCD
  • Excellent Raw files with in-camera Raw processing
  • High quality complement to smart phone for travel photography


  • Separate battery charger sold separately; must otherwise plug-in camera to charge
  • Movie recording options more basic than functions for still photography
  • No built-in WiFi
  • No image stabilization
  • Jpegs not as snappy and colorful as the Raw versions
  • Exposure compensation rocker switch convenient, but prone to accidental changes

You can read my complete review of the Ricoh GR over at TechHive.

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