Chris Niccolls and Chris Tait of theCameraStore pit the Ricoh GR against the Nikon Coolpix A – mono a mono – to see which is the better performer. Will the GR take the crown or will the Coolpix A emerge victorious?
Within a month of each other, both Nikon and Ricoh launched compact cameras with large sensors and 28mm equivalent lenses. Which is a better buy, The Ricoh GR or the Nikon Coolpix A? Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store TV met up with street photographer Chris Tait to find out which camera you should check out.
My 2 Cents
This is a head to head comparison of 2 very good cameras that offer excellent quality in still photos mode and good quality in video (although I wouldn’t choose either if I was looking for a video or hybrid camera). The Coolpix A is the pricier of the 2 and each have their challenges, especially in low light. Chris and Chris eventually pick the Ricoh GR over the Nikon Coolpix A, based mostly on the fact that the GR costs several hundred dollars less, and in this case I would be inclined to agree with them. The Coolpix A will appeal to Nikon users, but if you’re looking for an excellent compact in that price range, I would recommend going with a Fuji X-100s, which in my mind is the best compact camera available today. Likewise, the GR is a tempting option for those looking to save a few hundred dollars, but in that mid range price range, I would recommend going with a Sony RX-100, which offers outstanding video performance to go with the still photos capabilities.