Ricoh GR Review

4.5
June 17, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Ricoh GR produced images of outstanding quality during the review period. The GR produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-1600, with ISO 3200 also looking pretty good. ISO 6400 only shows a little noise, while the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 are quite a lot noisier but still retain saturation and fine detail, making them perfectly usable for small prints and resizing for web use.

The Ricoh GR handled chromatic aberrations very well with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 16 megapixel images were just a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting of Normal and either require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you should increase the in-camera sharpening level. The Dynamic Range mode works well, resulting in images that have noticeably more dynamic range that those shot in the Normal mode.

The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 300 seconds and the Bulb mode allowing you to capture enough light for most situations. Macro performance is OK, allowing you to focus as close as 10cm away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate overall exposure.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Ricoh GR. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Ricoh GR's fixed lens offers a wide-angle focal length of 28mm, as illustrated below.

28mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting of Normal. You can change the in-camera sharpening level to one of the preset levels if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Ricoh GR handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Ricoh GR offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 10cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Ricoh GR are Auto, Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Manual Flash, and Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Ricoh GR's maximum shutter speed is 300 seconds, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography, and there's also a Bulb setting for even longer exposures. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 20 seconds at ISO 100. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

Dynamic Range Compensation

When the Ricoh GR is in the Dynamic Range Compensation mode it takes a single shot and attempts to expand the dyanamic range. Here is an example which was shot with Off and then the three modes (Weak, Medium and Strong).

Off

Dynamic Range - Weak

   

Dynamic Range - Medium

Dynamic Range - Strong

Image Effects

The Ricoh GR has an extensive range of creative Effects which can be applied to both JPEG and RAW files, with 9 different options on offer which can be accessed via the new Effects button on the side of the camera.

Off

Black & White

   

B&W (TE)

Hi-Contrast B&W

   

Cross Process

Positive Film

   

Bleach Bypass

Retro

   

Miniaturize

High Key

 

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