Ricoh GR vs. Nikon Coolpix A Review

Specifications

The table below offers a side-by-side comparison of the specifications of the GR, Coolpix A, and GRD IV.

Ricoh GR
Nikon Coopix A
Ricoh GRD IV
Year Introduced 2013 2013 2011
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C 1/1.7"
ISO Range 100-25,600 100-25,600 80-3200
Low-Pass Filter None None Yes
Resolution 16.2MP
4928x3264
16.2MP
4928x3264
10.0MP
3648x2736
Native Aspect Ratio 3:2 3:2 4:3
Stabilization N/A N/A Electronic
File Formats DNG RAW, JPEG, MOV NEF RAW, JPEG, MOV DNG RAW, JPEG, AVI
Bit Depth 12 (RAW), 8 (JPEG) 14 (RAW), 8 (JPEG) 12 (RAW), 8 (JPEG)
Lens Focal Length 18.3mm (28mm eqv.) 18.5mm (28mm eqv.) 6.0mm (28mm eqv.)
Focusing Range 0.3m - infinity (normal)
0.1m - infinity (macro)
0.5m - infinity (normal)
0.1m - infinity (macro)
0.3m - infinity (normal)
0.1m - infinity (macro)
Aperture Range F2.8-F16 F2.8-F22 F1.9-F9
Aperture Blades 9 7 9
Manual Focus Via menu Dedicated switch/ring Via menu
Focus Assist

Zoom/magnification
Focus peaking
(w/ partial screen coverage)

Zoom/magnification Zoom/magnification
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000s - 300s (five min.)
Bulb
Time

1/2000s - 30s
Bulb

1/2000s - 180s
Bulb
Time
Exposure Compensation +/- 4EV

+/- 5EV

+/- 2EV
Flash Range 0.2-3m

0.5-11.5m

0.2-3m
Flash Hotshoe Yes

Yes

Yes
Metering Types

Multi
Center Weighted
Spot

Multi
Center Weighted
Spot

Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Lens Design 7 elements
5 groups
(2 aspherical)
7 elements
5 groups

8 elements
6 groups
(2 aspherical)
Continuous Framerate 4FPS 4FPS 1.5FPS
Image Buffer 999 (JPEG)
4 (RAW)
26 (JPEG)*
9 (RAW)
999 (JPEG)
5 (RAW)
Autofocus Contrast Detect
Wide, Standard, Spot, Face Detection
Contrast Detect
Wide, Standard, Spot, Face Detection, Tracking
Hybrid
Wide, Standard, Spot,  Tracking
LCD Monitor 3" (1,230k dots) 3" (921k dots) 3" (1,230k dots)
Electronic Viewfinder N/A N/A N/A
Shooting Modes Auto,P,Av,Tv,TAv,M
Movie
My1, My2, My3
Auto,P,A,S,M
Movie
Scene (shooting modes)
U1, U2
Auto,P,A,S,M
Movie
Scene (special effects)
My1, My2, My3
Startup Time ~1s ~1s ~2s
Video Formats 1080p @ 30/25/24 FPS
720p @ 60/50/30/25/24 FPS
VGA @ 30/25/24 FPS
1080p & 720p @
30/25/24 FPS
VGA & QVGA @ 30/15 FPS
Manual Video Controls N/A Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
(before recording)
N/A
Video AF N/A N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone Stereo Stereo Mono
Microphone Input N/A N/A N/A
Media Slot SD SD SD
Built-In Memory 54Mb N/A 40Mb
Control Dials 2 2 2
Programmable Buttons 3 3 2
Material Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy/Aluminum Magnesium Alloy
Weight 245g 299g 219g
Battery Life 290 stills, 45 min. video 230 stills, 70 min, video 390 stills
Dimensions
(WxHxD)
117x61x34.7mm 111x64.3x40.3mm 108.6x59.8x32.5mm
Connectivity USB, HDMI USB, HDMI, GPS/remote port
IR port
USB, HDMI
Color Options Black Black, Silver Black
Made In China Japan China
MAP Price (2013) $799 $1199 $399

*when tested with a USH-I card, we were able to capture up to 80 fine JPEGs during a single burst.

All three cameras are available in black. The Coolpix A also comes in silver at the same price as the black version:

Nikon Coolpix A - Silver


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