Shooting With the Ricoh GR1

It’s been a long time since I last shot on film. The last being about two years ago before my Canon Autoboy II went kaput. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for another point and shoot film camera, one that will hopefully have more longevity than my Autoboy.

So when I saw that a Ricoh GR1 was up for sale, I jumped at the chance of getting my hands on it.


If you’re into film cameras, you would know the GR1 is an icon. Well ahead of it’s time when it was released in 1996, the GR1 features a 28mm f2.8 lens, an LCD display read out, multi subject autofocus, and a top shutter speed of 1/500. All this packed in a magnesium body that weighs only 175g.

First impression of the GR1, it is an unassuming camera. With only an exposure and aperture dial, it’s a very straightforward camera. Just load your film into it and you’re ready to go.

The only drawback to it is the LCD display. Ricoh’s compact camera range is notorious for their crappy LCD displays and my GR1 is no exception. It’s not the end of the world though. I just need to remember my settings and how many shots I have taken.

Three rolls in, I am definitely enjoying the GR1. It barely weighs a thing and can easily slip into my pocket when I’m not shooting. When focused correctly, the photos are sharp and crisp. It definitely punches well above its tiny size.

In conclusion, the Ricoh GR1 is a gem of a camera and will only get harder to find as time goes by, meaning that it’ll definitely increase in value. So if you do get the chance to get your hands on one, I’d highly recommend it!

All photos are shot on Fujicolor Industrial 100.