Ricoh GR II Review – Best Compact Travel Camera?


My thoughts on the GR II and how it compares to the GR III. It is a great feeling to have a super slim, lightweight, large sensor (APS-C) camera in your jeans pocket – and this is probably the best value for money you can find right now in this segment.

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  1. My GRii is always sitting in my belt. When I go out in the street casually, I carry my GRii and a Leica C-lux. Love my GRii! Thank you for your video! And yes,, I love the the EVF in the Leica. BUT, I appreciate my GRii anyway. I have used the in-camera flash and it is excellent. Thank you for your video! And, get an extra battery!

  2. lol didn’t expect such a gentle voice from a tough looking guy, awesome review, I’ve been wanting this camera for a while, you sir helped me make up my mind!thank you, btw you look like Bruce Willis and your kid is super cute! Subbed!

  3. Hey could you make a sound test with this camera in a very loud environment? Like a night club kind of loud environment? I am considering an upgrade to my Rx100 version 1 and one of my main problems is just that it has really bad noise in the recording when it is really loud

  4. Cool video thanks for sharing. The camera was never really on my list until yesterday I was looking for the X100f but always hesitated because of the cost (even used ones). And since I am riding the bike I often thought how great would it be to have a very good camera with me with decent image quality. So I think I will get the GR II now for half the cost of the X00f…

  5. Just got my GR II a month ago. I LOVE shooting with this little guy. By far my favorite camera I've owned. I even love the challenge of shooting with something I know I can't just change it's lens. I have to use what I have and get creative. Limitations are really an interesting thing for an artist.

  6. Great review! I have a Fuji x70 right now and I'm thinking about ditching it for a Ricoh great 2. The size of the x70 and the shooting user experience feels lacking to me. After 3 years of use I'm finding some quirks I dislike. Hopefully I'll like the GR 2 better.

  7. I have just got a new GR II for about half the new GR III price, the upgrade GR III is great, but the price right now is too high.

  8. The only downside is that the Ricoh is not as versatile as the Fuji and Panasonic because of the fixed lens. Travel cameras for me have to have the ability to to shoot long, medium and wide shots. The Ricoh is however a great camera to have on you for a grab shot whilst out and about, but not the only camera to carry with me whilst travelling. I think something like the Pentax Q is a far better option with its options for longer reach lenses, or the Panasonic LX or TZ range of zoom compacts for their compact nature and fully functioned specs ….. or the lovely Pentax MX-1.

  9. Love the review. I'm now convinced I made the right choice as I just purchased a GR II after much pondering but decided to get one for my upcoming trip. Unit is due today and have been watching a few videos on the camera. Thanks to you with the most current review on the Ricoh GR II camera I'm even more excited now for it to arrive.

  10. The GRii is excellent and the GRiii is just a bit more extra excellent but at a cost. If you can afford a GRiii then go for it but honestly the GRii is just as good 90% of the time. 🙂

  11. I just got this camera and I love it! I love to use it for street photography, and in Black and White (but in color too). I have heard that for street photgraphy, it is better to shoot full aperture 2.8. What is your opinion? Thank you for your video!

  12. As long as it fits in my pocket, I am good – I am glad you feel the same way regarding the compactness. I have the Fujixpro 2 but with it lens it really pops out and doesn't fit in my jeans :/

  13. I WISH they made a Ricoh GR with a high mega pixel count and maybe a slightly smaller body.
    It would be perfect, actually they could ditch the flash too.

  14. You must have read my mind. I’ve been looking for a high quality compact to take out running and have been considering the GR II. The GR II is too expensive to risk out on a run but the GR II would be ok.
    Thanks for the video, really helpful

  15. Ricoh released the new GR III just few days ago, a new sensor, no flash, the same size … this design is old, from the days of film and they kept it and i admire that.

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