Canon G9X vs. Ricoh GR II

Canon PowerShot G9 X vs. Ricoh GR II 1Canon G9X vs Ricoh GRII, before the beginning I must tell you that  the Rioch GR II features large APS-C size sensor that will give you more details compared to the 1″ sensor based camera

Major Difference

Canon PowerShot G9 X vs. Ricoh GR II Specification Comparison Table.

Features / Models Canon G9 X Ricoh GR II
Megapixel 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size / type 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Low –Pass filter Yes No
Optical zoom 3x Fixed
Aperture Range F2.0 – F4.9 F2.8
Macro 5cm 10cm
Image stabilization Optical No
AF System Contrast Detect (sensor) Contrast Detect (sensor)
ISO 125-12800 100-25600
Shutter Min/Max 30 sec 1/2000 sec 30 sec 1/4000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 6fps 4fps
Video 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p)
Display 3.0″ LCD Rear Touch Screen (1,040,000 pixels) 3.0″ LCD (1,230,000 pixels)
Viewfinder No No
Hot-shoe No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 220 short 320 shots
Environmentally sealed No No
Wireless connectivity Built-In with NFC Built-In with NFC
Dimensions  98 x 58 x 31 mm 117 x 83 x 35 mm
Weight 209g 251g


Sensor– The supporting of Bulky APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor with exclusive 16 megapixel in Ricoh GR II will impress you much more by producing highly standard images. While G9x has well 20 megapixel of resolution, but the weak Sensor doesn’t allow it to provide the sharper images like GR II.

Low pass filter– When you don’t have the low pass filter into the core of GR II, then you will be able to get more details of the images along with a bit sharper. While the availability of low pass filter in G9x will not succeed to get the sharp images because of missing details.

Optical Zoom- You don’t have to increase your steps towards the desire subjects to get the closer view of it. So better to use the given option of 3x optical zoom in G9x, the best thing about the optical zoom is that it will not allow to lose the overall standard of the images. Whereas no option of optical zoom offered by GR II.

Image stabilization- Your unwanted shaky hands bring great affects in your images. Due to uncontrolled shakes, the blurs appear into the images and to eliminate this worst blur an optical image stabilizer has been engineered in to the lens of G9X. No image stabilization has been equipped into the Ricoh GR II.

ISO- Since the GR II has maximum ISO range (expandable 25600) means the users can take the maximum advantages of this ISO in lowlight shooting areas. On the other hand you only have expandable ISO range of 12800 in Ricoh GR II.

Shutter speeds- The more are the shutter speeds the camera will much capable in capturing the fast moving subjects in a very simple way. Hence, the GR II has faster shutter of 30 sec 1/4000 sec, so as per the rule the camera is best for fast moving subjects tracking. Whereas, the G9x has slower shutter speed that is only 30 sec 1/2000 sec.

Continuous shooting speed- Not a single action of the desired subjects will be missed, because the 6fps of continuous shooting speed has been utilized within G9x. But its opponent (Ricoh GR II) has only 4fps.

Video- However, both the cameras are offering you to record Full HD movie of 1080p. But G9x can shoot at 60p whereas; GR II will shoot at 30p, just a minor difference.

Display- An intuitive 3” LCD touch panel with a new user interface on the back side of G9x while taking pictures it allows the photographers for quick and easy changes to camera settings.

Canon PowerShot G9 X vs. Ricoh GR II 2

Shots- You can snap maximum 320 shots at a time by using Ricoh GR II whereas G9x will allow you to take 220 shots only.

Verdict: The Canon G9X is a ultra slim camera and features bit better zoom, macro mode and optical image stabilization.  On the other hand the Ricoh GR II features larger sensor and more ISO range.


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