GR1 Film camera example photo

These examples include my favorite Richo GR1s and a GR10 with the same lens.

I wrote about the features of this camera in a separate article, and here I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the GR1 based on examples of photographs, as well as the differences in depiction depending on settings.

Example of GR1 negative film (PORTRA 400/160)

Negative film is basically Kodak Portra 400 or 160.

GR1 Film Example

A street in Bangkok, Thailand. i think i was packing PORTRA160, so i think i was shooting at about F4 aperture. I huffed and took the camera out of my pocket, so it is only GR1 that is strong enough for this kind of quick shooting.

Another characteristic of the GR is its sharpness in bright situations like this, and the fact that it is less shadowy than Contax and others.

Construction site in Yangon, Myanmar. The image may be shaky. I was using PORTA400 at this time, so the aperture was probably around f/8 to f/11.

The GR tends to produce a slightly looser image when stopped down. This is especially true when the subject is at a distance.

Also, the rays of light were quite strong, and I think this also contributed to the loose depiction.

Wat Kek is located near the border between Thailand and Laos. The sky is cloudy, so the tone is calm.

Even if it is cloudy, if there is this much light during the day, the resolution will be adequate.

GR1 Film Example

Fruit market in Bangkok, Thailand, shot at f/5.6 or f/8, I think. The resolution is good all the way to the back of the image due to the close proximity of the object in focus.

It is quite dark in the back, but the natural tones that are typical of GR cut through the image.

GR1s Film Example

This is a close-up of the watermelon above. Even the fibers of the watermelon are captured in the image. The blur is quite good when you get this close to the subject.

GR1 Film Example

Pagan, Myanmar. It lacks a bit of sharpness, but the colors of the costumes are vibrant.

The Mekong River on the Thai-Laos border. It is around sunset.

I think you did a good job of expressing a difficult situation with a sky full of clouds and the surface of the river. It was quite dark, so I think the aperture was f/2.8 or f/4.

Example of GR1 Posi-film Provia

Developed with Fujifilm PROVIA 100 with +1 sensitization, setting on the GR1 side is +1/2.

This means that you are shooting ISO 200 film at the -1/2 setting. Posi-film is susceptible to overexposure, so I think -1/2 is a reasonable setting.

Taken from an airplane from Delhi to Leh, India. It is through the window, but it is beautifully rendered.

GR1 Posi-film Example

This is a view projected from a high point in Leh. The sky is overcast, but with thin, bright rays of light falling, and because I stopped down to about f/8, the image lacks clarity.

The contrast is mild and the image looks like a negative. I think this is a limitation of compact cameras.

Tibetan temple in Leh. The image is a little shaky.

The sky is amazingly blue, but the sky is even bluer than this because the altitude is over 3,000 meters near the Himalayas.

The building was more under, but I tried to shoot it over, thinking not to let the sky fly away, and as a result, it was shaky.

A restaurant in South India. The picture was taken with a wide aperture of f/2.8, but with a reasonable resolution.

Restaurant area in Delhi. The aperture was wide open at f/2.8.

The GR1 tends to have a strong graininess with negatives, but the quintessential positive film is strong against under-gradation.

Descriptive features of the GR1


As shown in the examples, the images are vivid and subtle, though more subdued than those of high-end compact cameras such as Contax.

If your main camera is a Nikon, it would be a good match as a sub-camera because of its close description.


The resolution is solid, though not as high as the Contax T3 and others. The lines are fine but tasteful and elegant.

However, the GR1’s rendering becomes somewhat sleepy when the aperture exceeds F8, so if you want to take advantage of the features of GR lenses, you should be able to use F4 and F5.6 aggressively.

Therefore, the choice of film ISO is important. If sunny situations are the main focus, ISO 160-200 is recommended.

Exposure Accuracy

It can be used safely with positive film (reversal) (about slightly over at the -1/2 setting).

The exposure modes are center-weighted and average metering, but the difference is small. Except in extreme situations, the exposure will often be the same.

For this reason, I think center-weighted (subject priority) is more stable and easier to use.