Ricoh GR Digital IV more of a niche item
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Ricoh GR Digital IV more of a niche item


By Daniel M. East

The biggest advances in the latest incarnation of Ricoh’s GR series (http://www.ricoh.com), the 10-megapixel Digital IV (US$599), are in speed and usability. With regard to speed, the maximum ISO is now 3,200, and the auto modes include an Auto-Hi option that maintains a selected shutter speed and adjusts the ISO.

Ricoh adds AF Continuous Shooting that performs best in bright daylight. The shooting mode adjustment wheel on the top of the body locks into position, but unlocking the wheel is fluid and simple to do.

The Digital IV also sports a crisp, bright LCD that’s easy to see in most daylight, but isn’t blinding indoors. Shooting is at its best for landscapes, interiors, and in what is an excellent macro mode that has a minimum shooting distance of 1 cm. Outdoor landscapes under overcast skies are properly exposed, but where some brands have 5% more cyan, the Digital IV is approximately +4% blue for a cooler perception of color; however, grays remain closer to neutral than most models in this category.

The f/1.9–9 lens has a fixed focal length of 28mm. Unfortunately, the rocker-type button on the rear panel isn’t set to control the digital zoom by default. Getting into digital zoom mode takes several steps, and image quality suffers at even the minimum magnification (so it makes sense to not have it as the default setting). While there’s no telephoto conversion lens option, there is a wide-angle conversion lens available, as well as Ricoh’s GF-1 flash unit and a variety of filters and accessories.

The Ricoh GR Digital IV is capable of producing some excellent images for nearly anything that doesn’t require a telephoto or zoom lens. Where it’s strong, it’s very strong, but it’s more of a niche item that’s best for capturing the wide-open spaces.

Rating: 6 out of 10

(This review is brought to you courtesy of "Layers Magazine": http://layersmagazine.com/ .)

 
AAPL
$112.92
Apple Inc.
+3.23
GOOG
$637.61
Google Inc.
+8.99
MSFT
$43.90
Microsoft Corporation
+1.19
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Tiny Empire (Games)
Tiny Empire 1.1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1.3 (iTunes) Description: Launch cannonballs and blow tiny orcs into thousands of pieces in this intuitive fantasy-themed puzzle shooter! Embark on an epic medieval journey that will take you from the grasslands of the empire to the forgotten desert... | Read more »
Astropad Mini (Productivity)
Astropad Mini 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Productivity Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% off introductory price! ​***Get the high-end experience of a Wacom tablet at a fraction of the price with Astropad Mini!• "Astropad is my new go-to retouching tool while on the go, which is often." - FStoppers• "In... | Read more »
Emo Chorus (Music)
Emo Chorus 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Realistic Choir simulator ranging from simple Chorus emulation to full ensemble Choir with 128 members.### introductory offer 60% off ### | Read more »
Forest Spirit (Games)
Forest Spirit 1.0.5 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.5 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Ski Safari 2 (Games)
Ski Safari 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The world's most fantastical, fun, family-friendly skiing game is back and better than ever!Play as Sven's sister Evana, share the action in multiplayer mode, perform awesome new tricks on snowboards and skis, and ride on crazy... | Read more »
Lara Croft GO (Games)
Lara Croft GO 1.0.47768 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.47768 (iTunes) Description: Lara Croft GO is a turn based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen... | Read more »
Whispering Willows (Games)
Whispering Willows 1.23 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.23 (iTunes) Description: **LAUNCH SALE 50% OFF** - Whispering Willows is on sale for 50% off ($4.99) until September 9th. | Read more »
Calvino Noir (Games)
Calvino Noir 1.1 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: The film noir stealth game. Calvino Noir is the exploratory, sneaking adventure through the 1930s European criminal underworld. Architecture meets Noir as you become unwillingly entangled in a revolutionist plot. | Read more »
Angel Sword (Games)
Angel Sword 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Prepare to adventure in the most epic full scale multiplayer 3D RPG for mobile! Experience amazing detailed graphics in full HD. The battle of immortals has begun. Choose your side.FEATURES: | Read more »
infltr - Infinite Filters (Photography)
infltr - Infinite Filters 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Say goodbye to the same old boring filters and filter life as you live it - in the moment. With infltr, you add a filter before you capture a picture, not afterwards. | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.