Ricoh GR vs. Nikon Coolpix A Review

Bokeh

A big advantage of the Coolpix A and GR over compacts with smaller sensors is their ability to produce smooth out-of-focus backgrounds at wide aperture settings.  Both these cameras features a macro mode that can focus on subjects as close as 10cm away, meaning that they are perfect for close-up nature photography and portraits.

The GR and the Coolpix A have different aperture diaphragm designs (9 vs. 7 blades) and different lenses, and so their bokeh rendering will also differ.  In general, the Nikon produces bokeh that is somewhat more coarse than that of the Ricoh.  Depending on the composition, one type of bokeh may look more appealing than the other.  We like the output of both cameras and will be giving them the same ratings for bokeh. As bokeh is a highly-subjective matter, please refer to the photos below as well as our sample photos to get an idea of what each camera outputs.

Test Photos

f/
Coolpix A
GR
2.8
4
5.6
8


f/
GRD IV
1.9
2.8
4
5.6
8

Sample Photos


Coolpix A (F2.8)


GR (F2.8)


Coolpix A (F5)


GR (F4)

The GRD IV is still capable of producting nice bokeh, but the background blur is nowhere as significant, and much more detail is usually retained.


GRD IV (F2.8)


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