“The best camera is the one you have with you”
This will not be a technical Ricoh GR review, but a review from the point of view of a hobbyist. There are more technical and established reviews out there in the web, but these are the key issues and pain points that I adore and dislike with this camera.
In short, the virtues…
It fits into your pockets, which makes it easy for you to carry it out.
It looks discreet.
It makes me look more like a tourist than a professional, which makes it great for taking street photography.
It takes quality pictures (APS-C Sensor).
The lens give you tack sharp pictures.
It has intuitive ergonomics. Everything about this camera is set up for you to just do one thing – taking shots. You don’t spend too much time fiddling with the settings.
It has snap focus. Preset a distance (0.5, 1, 1.5 etc) for focus, snap, and you get a clear shot at the predetermined distance. This is huge for street photography!
It has a fixed prime 28mm lens. You walk a lot with it, and get lots of exercise. It also helps you train your composition and framing.
It has cool filters from the get go (black and white, black and white high contrast, sepia, etc) and you can review them immediately with these filters. You can also save a RAW file along with the jpeg files for future post processing.
It’s not a DSLR that takes huge megapixels for super large prints. If you are a professional who have such needs for large prints, you will need a solid performing gear – ie. DSLRs. As a hobbyist, this camera serves me extremely well.
It has a fixed prime lens. If you are lazy, or have a strong need for zoom lens, this camera is not for you.
There are potential issues with dust entering the sensor due to the extension and retraction of the fixed lens during operation. This equates to time out for servicing or additional time in post-processing removing dust spots. I see this as an opportunity costs of using this camera.
Battery life is short. It lasts about 200-300 shots. Spare batteries are a must if you plan to shoot all day. If you do plenty of long exposure shots, then you will need to carry more spare batteries.
On Why you should get this
Honestly, I was just tired of lugging my heavy DSLR around to take pictures. I enjoy taking pictures, I just don’t enjoy carrying stuff that makes it troublesome for me. In a typical shooting day, I could take over 500 pictures and more. To do that with a DSLR, bringing your camera up to your eye and down, slinging this heavy machinery around your neck and walking around all day equates to a tired photographer.
The Ricoh GR is just a great product that allowed me to do what I enjoy – focused on taking shots. On another note, if you love taking street photography, this is one product that fits the bill due to its compact and discreet nature.
Price wise, the Ricoh GR is one of the cheaper models compared to similar cameras that produces quality images within this “compact but excellent images” category.
If you are a new photographer looking to venture into more semi-professional shots, do consider this camera as a good starting choice!
What are your thoughts from using the Ricoh GR? Leave your comments below to share your opinions!
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Ricoh GR 16.2 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LED Backlit (Black)
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