D200_4me: Just checked my calendar. Yes, it's 2011. No HD video in this new model? The cult can have it...I'll stick to a more modern camera like the LX5 ;-)
Go buy a Sony, a Canon or Nikon.
Ricoh GR is for true photographers.
ZorSy: Fuji S602, I bought in 2002, had "hybrid AF" with external sensor helping live AF. It took Riicoh 8+ years to independently develop the same thing (and speed it up a bit). On these new cameras it looks the most advanced improvement is LCD. Are we supposed to be impressed?
There is snap mode ... on GRD ...Do you know how to take pictures?
DaveCS: I've been a fan of the GR series since the film ones & I've owned the GRD II & now III. This one I won't upgrade to but that's because I don't see a need. Having read through some of the detractors here I would just say "That's fine the camera is clearly not for you". I like this camera because of its ergonomics and fixed lens. To me, it's the perfect unobtrusive street shooter.
Narupol: "30fps VGA video capture"...
Ricoh, please do something better or do nothing.
Ricoh please remove the movie mode thanks.
All I have asked for is the best 28mm pocket cam.And no more scene modes please.
Max Pometun: What I don't understand is why Ricoh refuses to design a new GR digital with an adequate sensor in it. In the film days GR-1 was popular (you could say even had a cult following), despite being expensive, mainly b/c of image quality one could get with that lens.
With every new release of GR digital though I wonder, why Ricoh preserved all the good elements from the film version (controls, lens) and skip on arguably the most important part - the sensor?
Sensors as good as film is here. The foveon on the Sigma DP1 is amazing. I have the DP1, the GRD, and GXR GR28mm. The best sensor has to be foveon. Try it, put the files thru Lightroom.
The DP series are for true photographers. And are made that way.Shoot raw and nothing else.
I am thankful Ricoh had not changed the GR formula, except with making image improvements.
I think most here would agree:(1) I don't want a zoom lens. Just the best quality 28mm please.(2) I don't care about GPS ... whatever movie mode. Just the best image please.(3) The snap mode is the best thing ever. In fact, I don't want no face recognition.
This camera is unique and best for pros. This is meant for those who understand photography.Newbies, noobs, go away.
Nowadays, Canon and Nikon are not exactly selling cameras.Instead of making true photographic tools, they adding too much peripheral functions. HD recording .... GPS ... a whole lot of distractions.
I always ask:How has this improve the quality of the photo taken?A brighter lens? Higher quality processing? Higher bit raw? Lower noise?
Now Canon is doing something elseThey are pushing a faster digic engine ...A distraction only what you want is not a faster processorBut better quality DNG raw file.
JackM: As a DSLR and film shooter, I appreciate fast primes, but I have to wonder why anyone would buy this when they can have 28mm at f/2.0, plus zoom to 105mm, plus HD video in a smaller package, the wonderful S95. Maybe if this lens was f/1.6 or f/1.4, but as it is... man it's a tough sell. I'd like to see this camera reviewed for IQ side-by-side with the S95, XZ-1, and LX-5. Maybe the X100 too. I suppose if the IQ blows the zooms out of the water I might be interested.
The Ricoh GR is about photography. The heart and soul of a fixed 28mm. Your skills is learning to frame with it.
A fixed quality 28mm is way better than a stupid 10x zoom.
MarcMedios: I liked almost everything about the similar one I tried (friend of mine had it) except for the lack of zoom lens. I honestly couldn't care less about the old fashioned view of primes; zoom lenses today are as good as primes and produce exceptional quality. Why anyone would choose to limit his/her choices as opposed to gaining flexibility... beyond the pale. Most professionals I know use zooms for a good reason: flexibility. I'm holding on for the Sony NEX 7
I don't want the zoom. The GR Lens is a 28mm camera. Don't touch the lens.
Want a zoom? Go buy a Canon.
bla bla bla ... new digic engine ... more zoom ... add stupid GPS.Rubbish ... all new rubbish features none to improve your photos.All gimmick. Canon has no intention of selling you a real better camera.
Canon should add:1) 14 bit raw with DNG for native Lightroom support2) Gapless microlens CCD, at 10mp, no more.3) Dunt add more zoom, a good lens with a 4 step zoom is way better.E.g. 24mm, 28mm, 35, 50mm. Make it brighter at the tele end like f/3.5 at 50mm.
But then Canon wunt do that. Okay suckers go buy the S100 and think you have a newer better camera.