Two very different camera’s but yet I can see a lot of similarities. The Ricoh GR is small, the Canon S95 is a bit smaller. Both are black and minimalistic and kind of square looking. My S95 has a grip that originally isn’t supposed to be there but which gives the camera an even more Ricoh-like look. They have a lens (duh) and their type at the lower right corner. A lot more similar than I’d expected visually. Not only the front but also the back with all the buttons layed out at the right side of the camera look kind of similar.
The Ricoh top is a bit more “quiet” than the S95, as you can see, and the Ricoh has a flash-shoe on top where you also could place a viewfinder.
And that’s where it all ends.
The S95 is a great little camera but without a grip feels like a little bar of soap sometimes. The Ricoh is made to hold and use with one hand and has a rubbery grip you can really hold on to.
On the inside the two cameras of course differ a lot. Small sensor/APS-C sensor etc…The handling and feel is also very different. The Ricoh is an instant shooter with no delay whatsoever and that cannot be said of the Canon. Of course no problem because these are two very different cameras at the end of the day with a very different price tag. Must say that the Canon S95 is really good in low light situations, although the Ricoh did not dissappoint me at all. The Canon focusses closer in macro mode but on all other fronts the Ricoh is the absolute much better camera in my humble opinion, and so it should be, considering the price and hardware and everything else this camera has to offer.
Conclusion: Two great camera’s both highly recommended for unobstrusive picture taking. Highly similar and highly different too.