GRD IV and Olympus XZ-1 comparable or complimentary


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I love the pics I have been seeing from the XZ-1. If those who have or have used both cameras can comment on how you use each one. Pros and Cons too.

BH is selling the XZ-1 for $399



I've long owned Ricoh GRD cameras and early this year bought the XZ-1. I only shoot RAW on both cameras. If going on vacation and preferred to go light these are the two cameras I'd take; I've often take a GRD and a compact zoom when traveling. This past summer I took the XZ-1 and Sigma DP2s on our vacation and primarily used the XZ-1. To me, the GRD4 and XZ-1 would complement each other really well.

Ray Sachs

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you should be able to figure it out...
Complimentary. Although you can probably do everything on the XZ1 you can do on the GRD, just not quite as easily or seamlessly for some things. I have the GRD3 and the X10 and I'd probably take the X10 for light travel and leave the GRD3 at home. But for a day of dedicated street shooting, I'd likely grab the GRD3 first. I can do it just as well (or badly) with the X10, but there's something about the GRD3 that seems custom made for that. Its just one of many things the X10 does well. My inclination, if I wasn't a camera freak at the point in my life, would be to have one of these compacts and a higher-end, larger sensor camera for different uses. if I was gonna choose just one, it would be the more versatile XZ1/X10/LX5 type. But there's no harm in having both. I know the GRD3/4 are great cameras, I know the X10 is a great camera, I don't personally know but fully expect that the XZ1 is also...



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I have and use both the GRD3 and the XZ-1; I quite agree with both Andrew and Ray on this subject. The Ricoh is so fast to use, esp for street/spontaneous work it is a Joy. The XZ-1 has that Superb Lens and IS; makes it very versatile. The Razor and the Swiss Army Knife would be decent if unoriginal, analogy.

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