30 Nov Fuji X70 v Ricoh GR: Which is the best large-sensor pocket camera?

Street photography as it was, Ricoh GR (Photo Mike Evans)

For serious photographers there is a great attraction to owning a high-performance camera that can actually fit in a trouser pocket without any danger of a Mae West encounter. Most people I know, including Bill Palmer, choose the Ricoh GR for its combination of size and outstanding performance. It’s amazing they can squeeze an APS-C sensor in such a small body. In fact, the camera is hardly larger than the 1in-sensor trio — Sony’s RX100, Panasonic’s LX15 and Canon’s G7 X.

While the GR is slightly longer, it has a narrower profile which suits a small pocket. Comparison by Camerasize.com

Many, I know, prefer the 1in cameras for their zoom lenses and the added versatility (in the case of the Sony extending to a built-in EVF) but here we are discussing APS-C fixed lens pocket cameras. APS-C zoom cameras and pockets are incompatible. I also exclude the prime-lens Fuji X100 because, while it is an excellent street photography tool, it is more M3 in size than GR. It isn’t really pocketable. So we are down to the Ricoh and the Fuji X70. Both are similar in spec, with a 28mm f/2.8 prime lens and no EVF. Both produce great results, no need to worry about that.

Hmmm, is that a Fuji X100T you have in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? The Fuji X100 is ruled out on size alone…