Ricoh GR Digital, Elegant Point & Shoot 8mp Digital Camera, 4x Digital Zoom, 2.5" LCD

Ricoh

About Ricoh

• Ricoh's unrivaled GR Lens enters the Digital Age...Exceptional resolution & low distortion in a single lens unit. Superb image resolution that clearly captures individual hairs. Crisp image quality even in the periphery. These are the proud hallmarks of Ricoh's highly renowned GR Lens, which is breathing new life into digital photography.
• The GR Lens (f/2.4, f=5.9mm, equivalent to 28mm focal length on 35mm film camera) compensates for various aberrations, & weaker light in the periphery to deliver high-resolution, high-contrast reproduction over the entire image.
• Ricoh's advanced CCD delivers signature GR image quality. This compact 1/1.8-type imaging sensor with approximately 8.13 million effective pixels fully complements the sharp GR Lens to produce images with rich gradations & a wide dynamic range even when shooting at high sensitivity settings up to ISO1600.
• Highly efficient color aberration correction functions in the GR Digital eliminate purple fringes & reproduce true-to-life images in vivid, fine detailand natural color.
• Even diagonal lines, which are a challenge for CCD sensors, are reproduced smoothly by an original image correction process in Ricoh's GR Engine.
• Low-noise internal circuitry together with advanced digital noise reduction helps ensure superb image quality. Customizable settings enhance control over image reproduction with simple manual adjustment of such settings as contrast & levels before shooting. Each setting offers 5 levels of adjustment, save up to 2 combinations of settings for later recall.
• With 1 press of the shutter button, the GR Digital simultaneously creates 2 image files: 1 in the JPEG data format & the other in RAW. This option gives users the flexibility to choose the best format later.
• The Auto mode automatically provides highly accurate white balance regardless of the subject's color & reflectivity. Also a white balance bracketing function generates several instances of the same shot with auto white balance settings.
• The GR Digital offers 2 automatic exposure (AE) modes, program shift & aperture priority, as well as a manual exposure mode.
• Throughout the entire shooting cycle, including the AF process, GR Digital works at maximum speed, in combination with fast data writing to memory card, to deliver fast 1.5 second response to sudden shutter opportunities.
• Durable, lightweight and easy to hold, its die-cast magnesium body protects high-precision inner circuitry from electromagnetic interference while exuding a highly satisfying look of genuine, luxurious quality.
• Ricoh developed an elegant one-action, one-button user-interface menu system that lets users instantly call up often-used functions.
• The large 2.5-type color TFT LCD monitor on the back of GR Digital provides 100% field of view. The GR Digital comes with 2 dials, a front dial for selecting the aperture & a rear dial for changing the shutter speed.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Accurate colors (6),Simple controls (6),Nice features and settings (5),Rugged (5),Great resolution (3)
Best Uses:
Everyday (4),Travel (4),Low light (3),Outdoors (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (4),Professional (3)

Ricoh Features

  • Ricoh's unrivaled GR Lens enters the digital age
  • Exceptional resolution and low distortion in a single lens unit
  • Retractable 5-group 6-lens unit showcases original Ricoh technology
  • Beautiful blurred backgrounds through seven aperture blades
  • 8-megapixel CCD and new GR Engine faithfully capture every scene
  • GR Lens advantages bring out high-resolution CCD potential
  • Color aberration correction eliminates purple fringes
  • Newly developed GR Engine reproduces true-to-life images
  • Meticulously screened components sharply reduce noise
  • A wealth of functions helps you realize your creative vision
  • Customizable settings enhance control over image reproduction
  • Simultaneous recording of JPEG and RAW for high flexibility
  • White balance adjustment lets you captures subtle differences in color nuance
  • High-precision AE quickly adjusts to suit any shooting environment
  • Approx. 1.5 sec. shooting cycle* for rapid shooting response
  • A supremely user-friendly, elegant design that makes owners proud
  • Sturdy yet elegant magnesium body
  • Simple, one-action-operation menu system
  • Clear 2.5-type, 210,000-pixel LCD with 100% coverage
  • Optional GV-1 external viewfinder for more comfortable framing
  • The newly developed GW-1 21mm Optional wide conversion lens unit expands the angle of view to a super-wide 21mm without compromising the camera's superb optical performance.
  • Built-in automatic pop-up flash with brightness sensor
  • Two-dial system enhances operability and user concentration
  • Wide-ranging shutter speeds (180-1/2000 sec.)
  • 3:2 aspect ratio available in RAW/Fine mode
  • Wide-ranging ISO speeds (64/100/200/400/800/1600)
  • 1.5cm close-ups in macro shooting mode
  • Fixed focus distance at 2.5m in snap mode
  • Automatic auxiliary AF light for accurate focusing even in dark environments
  • AF Target Selection function also provides focus-locking without moving camera
  • Hot shoe supports metering via external flash unit
  • 320 x 240 pixel/30fps video recording mode
  • 3-way power source (bundled rechargeable battery / AAA regular or rechargeable batteries / AC adaptor)
  • 3-point strap links with camera side and top
  • USB mass storage support
  • Fast data transfer via USB 2.0
  • PictBridge support

Ricoh Specifications

Image Sensor
1/1.8 primary color CCD (total pixels: 8,300,000)
Camera Effective Pixels
8,130,000 effective pixels
Lens Aperture
Focal distance> f=5.9 mm (28 mm converted to 35mm format camera)
Brightness (F)> f/2.4 to f/11
Lens composition> 6 elements; 5 groups: 7 diaphragm blades
Digital Zoom
4.0x
Shutter Speed
180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1 - 1/2,000 sec.
LCD Monitor
2.5 inch low-noise polysilicon TFT LCD; about 210,000 pixels
Viewfinder
Optional GV-1 external viewfinder for more comfortable framing Mounts on hot shoe almost directly above the lens
with framing guide for 21mm-equivalent field of view when using the optional GW1 21mm wide conversion lens
Focusing Area
Shooting range: About 0.3 m to infinity from lens tip
Macro shooting range: About 0.015 m to infinity from lens tip
Focus Method
Autofocus/ manual focus/ snap/ infinity (AF supplemental light also available)
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO; 64; 100; 200; 400; 800; 1,600
Exposure
Exposure adjustment: TTL-CCD photometric system: multi (256 div.)/ center focus photometry/ spot photometry
Exposure Compensation
Manual correction (+2.0 to -2.0 EV 1/3 EV steps)
auto bracket feature (-0.5 EV;±0; +0.5 EV)
White Balance
Auto; fixed (Daylight/ Overcast/ Tungsten Light/ fluorescent light/ manual/ advanced); white balance bracket feature
Flash
Built-in automatic pop-up
guide number of 12
Far enough from the lens to illuminate all corners of the wide 28mm-equivalent field of view without lens barrel vignetting.
Flash Range
Throw distance: approx. 0.2 to 3 m
Terminals for External Flash
Hot shoe supports metering via external flash unit Only when a recommended external flash unit is mounted.
Recommended flash units> Sigma Corporation's EF-500 DG Super and EF-500DG ST(forSigma)
Built-in Flash Operating Modes
Auto/ redeye suppression/ force flash/ slow synchro/ flash off
Recording Media
SD memory card (3.3V 32/ 64/ 128/ 256/ 512MB/ 1GB); multimedia card; built-in memory (26 MB)
Recording modes: Photo (Still, Continuous, S-Continuous, M-Continuous), Program shift/ Aperture-Priority/ Manual exposure, Scene (Text, Sound), Motion
Storage media
Storage capacity (built-in 26 MB storage) Still> 3,264 x 2,448: RAW: 1/F: 8/ N: 14; 3,264 x 2,176: RAW: 1/F: 9; 2,592 x 1,944: N: 22; 2,048 x 1,536: N: 36; 1,280 x 960: N: 63; 640 x 480: N: 277
Video> 320 x 240: 39 sec (30 frames/sec); 160 x 120: 2 min 26 sec (30 frames/sec)
Self-timer
Operating time: about 10 sec/ 2 sec
Interval timer: Shooting interval: 5 sec. to 3 hours (units of 5 sec.)
Interface
USB 2.0; Ricoh original mass storage selectable
Movie Recording Mode
Video> 320 x 240: 39 sec (30 frames/sec); 160 x 120: 2 min 26 sec (30 frames/sec)
Audio
AUDIO/ VIDEO interface: Audio OUT/ Video OUT
Image Size (Pixels)
Still> 3,264 x 2,448; 3,264 x 2,176; 2,592 x 1,944; 2,048 x 1,536; 1,280 x 960; 640 x 480
3,264 x 2,448; 2,048 x 1,536
Image Quality Modes
F (Fine)/N (Normal)/RAW
Image Recording Format
Still> compression: JPEG*9 (Exif ver. 2.21); RAW(DNG)
TIFF (MMR format/ITU-T.6)
Video Output
Video signal format Switch between NTSC & PAL
Dimensions
WxDxH: 4.21" x 0.98" x 2.28" / 107.0mm x 25.0mm x 58.0mm;
does not include protruding parts
Weight
Appx 6 oz / About 170 g (not including battery/ SD memory card/ strap); supplied parts: 1.05 ox / 30g (battery/ strap)
Power Source
1 Rechargeable battery (DB-60)
AC adapter (AC-4c option)
2 AAA alkaline dry-cell batteries
2 AAA Oxyride dry-cell batteries
2 AAA nickel-hydrogen dry-cell batteries

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.9

(based on 8 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

EXCELLENT Camera!

Great everyday camera or travel camera for an advanced amateur who wants great pics and no-frills.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost great but...

With optional viewfinder and snap-on rectangular shade, this approaches the feel of a traditional fine rangefinder, so it will appeal to Photo-J's and travellers who LIKE TO GET CLOSE to subjects with WIDE angles. Impressive build and amazingly low weight earns it's spot in my pocket when i want to travel light. Even with the fast-acting shutter-response to the shutter release button, my dissapointment is that the RAW files write terribly slowly, forcing you to lose precious spontaneity that ...

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With optional viewfinder and snap-on rectangular shade, this approaches the feel of a traditional fine rangefinder, so it will appeal to Photo-J's and travellers who LIKE TO GET CLOSE to subjects with WIDE angles. Impressive build and amazingly low weight earns it's spot in my pocket when i want to travel light. Even with the fast-acting shutter-response to the shutter release button, my dissapointment is that the RAW files write terribly slowly, forcing you to lose precious spontaneity that even old crank film cameras can capture faster. This removes the benefit that the camera's otherwise excellent design and features attempt to give. The images are also a bit noisier than I would have expected from a costly P&S camera. However, if you are not a "decisive moments" action shooter you will probably LOVE this camera. But if you like to capture sequential RAW frames, wait until Ricoh's next version or the competition. You will see these in the hands of photogs who are attracted to it's beautiful looks and cool add-on shade and finder, but they won't admit to losing precioius moments with the loss of file-writing speed.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

Better than they say

By

from NYC  -  Professional

First you don't need to shoot raw! Look at the image quality in a print 17x22 and you will see it is fine. Too many tech freaks and not enough real photographers review and put forward worthless opinions. Shhot and print and this camera does this just as well or better!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A camera for the disabled and the pro

By

from Taos, NM  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

There is a learning curve so this camera is only for those who are enthusiasts or pros. Results are worth it. Look at the Flickr Ricoh GRD site for the image quality and the talent. A joy to hold and operate epecially for those of us with a disability and who must shoot one-handed and quickly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Camera with sharp GR lens!

By

from Cupertino, CA and Japan  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

One of the best lens, GR Lens meets digital! No distortion and sharp enough. Also RICOH has been improving the firmware of GR-D based on the opinion from GR-D user, especially in Japan. But slow for RAW image. Expect built-in viewfinder and improvement for RAW image storage time for next version of GR-D.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Camera - a little pricey

By

from HBG, PA  -  Passionate Photographer

Nice light camera, I almost forget I'm wearing it. Fast, sharp lens. Images a little too grainy past 100 ISO. RAW write slow. Solid build. Too pricey for what it is. It's not a camera for everyone, this is a serious photographers camera. I wish the remote control was available.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun camera! Excellent images.

By

from Lafayette, LA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I'm used to D-SLR, so this lets me get great images with a small package.

 
2.0

Nice camera but not without issues

By

from San Diego  -  Professional

Fantastic controls don't makeup for the "unmatched file" issue I have.[...]

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Almost great but...

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Professional

With optional viewfinder and snap-on rectangular shade, this approaches the feel of a traditional fine rangefinder, so it will appeal to Photo-J's and travellers who LIKE TO GET CLOSE to subjects with WIDE angles. Impressive build and amazingly low weight earns it's spot in my pocket when i want to travel light. Even with the fast-acting shutter-response to the shutter release button, my dissapointment is that the RAW files write terribly slowly, forcing you to lose precious spontaneity that even old crank film cameras can capture faster. This removes the benefit that the camera's otherwise excellent design and features attempt to give. The images are also a bit noisier than I would have expected from a costly P&S camera. However, if you are not a "decisive moments" action shooter you will probably LOVE this camera. But if you like to capture sequential RAW frames, wait until Ricoh's next version or the competition. You will see these in the hands of photogs who are attracted to it's beautiful looks and cool add-on shade and finder, but they won't admit to losing precioius moments with the loss of file-writing speed.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT Camera!

By

from Ocala, FL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Great everyday camera or travel camera for an advanced amateur who wants great pics and no-frills.

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