Ricoh GR1s is a high end 35mm film autofocus compact camera introduced in 1997 by Ricoh, noteable for its excellent 28mm lens quality. The GR1s is an evolution of the Ricoh GR1 released in 1996. It introduced an illuminated LCD display, two additional coatings on the lens elements and the ability to attach Ricoh filters. The GR1s is virtually indentical in all other aspects.

Its slim profile and light weight diecast magnesium chassis make it an ideal traveller, although it was called a pocket sized camera, you would most probably fit it inside a trench coat pocket than your average shirt pocket. The GR1s came supplied with a lens hood, case and wrist strap.

Competitive cameras: Yashica T5, Olympus mju II, Leica Minilux 2, Contax T2


Ricoh GR1s (silver)


  • Lens: GR Lens 28mm f/2.8 (7 elements, 4 groups) multi-coating aspherical glass lenses.
  • Focusing: Passive type multi-autofocus (with focus lock, automatic auxiliary AF light under low lighting, distance measuring range: 0.35m - infinity, Single AF mode, Fixed focus mode.
  • Shutter Speeds: Programed mode Approx 2 to 1/500 second.
  • Aperture Priority Mode: Approx. 2 to 1/250 second, 1/500 (at f/16), Time Mode.
  • Viewfinder: Reverse Galilean type with LCD bright frame, in-finder illumination under low lighting.
  • Viewfinder Field: Vertically: 81%, Horizontally: 83%
  • Viewfinder magnification: 0.43
  • Exposure Compensation: +/- 2EV (1/2EV Steps)
  • Film Speeds: ISO25 to ISO3200 (DX) ISO 100 for non-DX.
  • Flash Guide: 7 (ISO 100)
  • Flash Charge: Approx 5 Seconds
  • Battery Life: Approx 500 shots (50% flash)