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Ricoh GR21 Point and Shoot

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)


  • Camera TypePoint and Shoot
    Film Type35mm
    Zoom LensWithout Zoom Lens
    Zoom Range21 mm
    Battery Type1 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR-2)
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 25 - 3,200
    Max Aperturef3.5
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    Self TimerYes
    WaterproofNo
    Depth1.5 in.
    Height2.5 in.
    Width4.6 in.
    Weight7.04 oz.
    Product ID20654385

Product Description

The world''''s first 35mm compact camera with super-wide 21mm lens.
  • 21mm F3.5 lens
  • Centre-weighted metering
  • Exposure: Program Auto exposure & Aperture Priority AE w. Exposure compensation dial
  • Flash sync terminal
  • Illuminated LCD display
  • Compact magnesium alloy die-cast body


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rokkorfan a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2008

    Strengths:    Deep and vibrant colors! The darker corners also make pictures more dramatic. Great details in shadow areas.

    The camera is an absolute gem. I have used a wide variety of super wide angle lenses and none can produce pictuers as appealing as the GR21. As a result, I sold all my SLR stuff and now only carry the GR21 and Minolta TC-1.


    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a truly oustanding camera. The 21mm lens is not only unique in range but also capable of high quality pictures. The strength of the lens is not really about sharpness, which is very good but not great. The lens shines in the colors, which are very deep, saturated. I especially like the darker corners in the pictures. They actually make pictures more dramatic.

    I also use a Minolta TC-1, which boasts the best 28mm lens ever made by Minolta. What makes it stands out is the color, which is more saturated and vibrant than regular SLR lenses. However, I think the Ricoh GR21 produces even better colors.

    The 21mm lens also preserves details very well in the shadow areas, the best that I have ever seen.

    I have used a variety of lens in the range, such as the Nikon 17-35mm, 20-35mm, Nikon 20mm F3.5, Minolta 20mm, and the excellent Tamron 20-40mm. None can compare with Ricoh's lens in terms of producing dramatic colors. The Ricoh's are in a different league.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $1100.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta TC-1, Fuji Klasse, Leica C3 (which is also capable of producing rich colors)

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by marko van der steenhoven a Expert from belgium

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2003

    Strengths:    Very light and compact

    Perfect ergonomics, even for big hands

    Built like a tank, as opposed to the fragile Rollei Micron

    I love the looks, like a small Leica!


    Weaknesses:    Price

    Lens can be moved 1 mm from left to right. Tolerances are too high!

    Selectors too easy to move accidentally. The auto or neutral position should be VERY stiff, all the rest very soft.

    Not as easy to slip in pocket as Rollei Micron
    Slower shutter speeds would be a bonus

    Viewfinder a bit crowded


    Bottom Line:   
    This review of the GR21 supposes you are already familiar with the GR1
    series, so I won’t go into things that are similar, but explain the differences.
    The first surprise is that the GR21 is bigger than the GR1, being half a
    centimetre higher. The lens doesn’t retract entirely into the body either and
    isn’t protected.
    Apart from that, it has all the features that make the GR such a great camera:
    perfect ergonomics, light, compact… wonderful viewfinder.
    The 3.5 lens has a filter thread and –hurrah!- the filters from my Rollei 35
    fit. The sun hood bayonets over the lens barrel.
    This camera is clearly for semi-professional use as it includes a flash socket
    (no shoe) and electrical remote release socket. It also features a day/date
    function which to me seems completely useless and out of line for a camera
    with professional ambitions.
    A flash socket might come in handy, although with 21mm focal, this is
    definitely not a portrait or studio camera. However, the exterior flash is not
    taken into account by the metering system, so watch out for overexposure!

    As I was travelling through Marokko and Marrakech where people will not
    allow themselves to be photographed, I appreciated some features specially:
    The camera is very discreet and quiet. Put it on SNAP or INFINITY (5
    metres) and it’ll fire instantly and quietly. With a 21 focal you get a huge
    depth of field so focussing isn’t really an issue. I wondered if 21mm
    wouldn’t be overkill, but I sometimes found myself wishing for an even
    wider view. Yup, I like the similarity to my eyes’ arc of view.
    Instead of the aperture setting knob, I would have preferred a manual
    distance setting. I guess it’s a matter of taste…
    Great is also that the lens remains extended when the camera switches off
    automatically. Usually with P&S cameras, after a few minutes, everything
    retracts and shuts down completely. Here, you only need to lightly touch the
    shutter release button to switch on again after autoshutoff. And yes, at long
    last the on /off switch is now a little better protected by a raised edge around
    it.
    A nice touch is that spot focussing is always combined with centre metering
    (all GR-1's and Micron's have this).
    The camera is made in Japan as opposed to Taiwan for the GR-1's. Maybe
    because of the more demanding lens construction. Lens definition seemed to be okay-ish, but not sensational. Under the microscope slides are sharp, but certainly not better at the centre than 24 mm position of the ($200) Rollei Micron Schneider. Much better on the edges though!
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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Similar Products Used:   Rollei prego micron, Yashica T5, Rollei 35S, Leica CL, Ricoh GR-1, Ricoh GR-1V, Olympus XA and many more....

    Type of photography:   Outdoor



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