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Ricoh GR Digital II

By dpreview staff on Oct 30, 2007 at 15:53 GMT

Ricoh today announced the successor to its GR Digital premium compact. The Ricoh GR Digital II carries over the well-received 28mm equiv. lens from its predecessor, matching it to a new 10 megapixel sensor and new GR Engine II image processing system. For those of us with one leg longer than the other there is a new electronic leveling system à la Nikon D3 and the option to shoot TLR-style square images. Performance is said to be improved with a larger buffer memory and halved RAW file-write time with the option of continuous shooting. Battery life is also said to have come on leaps and bounds with up to 370 shots now possible on a charge - the original gave up after 250. The Ricoh GR Digital II will cost £399.99 when it hits UK shops in December.

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Press release:

New Ricoh GR DIGITAL II

Digital camera inheriting the GR DIGITAL concept with even higher image quality and performance.

Tokyo, Japan – 30th October - Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president: Shiro Kondo) is proud to announce the development and release of the GR DIGITAL II. This compact digital camera succeeds the high-resolution GR DIGITAL released in October 2005.

The multi-award winning GR DIGITAL was launched as the successor to the GR Series of 35 mm compact film cameras (first released in 1996) that were popular for their superb image quality. The GR's outstanding performance met the high standards demanded by professional photographers. It's compact 25mm thin magnesium alloy body has been highly accepted by a wide range of users including high-end amateur and professional photographers in the two years since its release.

The new GR DIGITAL II retains the original concept of the GR DIGITAL of being a high-resolution compact camera that achieves excellent resolving power from edge to edge, low noise, and low colour aberration. In addition, it has, expressive power, operability, and expandability for even higher image quality.

The GRD II will be available at RRP £399.99 Inc at the beginning of December.

Main features of GR DIGITAL II

The GR Digital II achieves even higher resolution with new GR Engine II.
  • The GR DIGITAL II is equipped with the newly developed GR ENGINE II image processing engine to keep the excellent resolution, tone characteristics, and colour saturation of the GR DIGITAL, while achieving dramatic reduction in noise.
  • A new 1/1.75-inch CCD with 10.01 million effective pixels is employed to achieve improved resolution with an increased number of pixels.
  • High image quality that meets the needs of professionals is achieved by coupling with the F2.4 aperture, f5.9 mm focal length (equivalent to 28 mm on a 35mm camera) GR LENS popular for its high resolution feel and low distortion.

Highly expressive photos can be taken thanks to an acceleration sensor that measures camera tilt along the perpendicular axis and the newly developed image processing engine, GR ENGINE II.

  • Equipped with an electronic level.
    • With the addition of an acceleration sensor, the GR DIGITAL II is equipped with an electronic level function that allows users to know if the camera is level while looking at the LCD monitor. This feature is especially effective when taking pictures of buildings or scenery.
    • With the level indicator display on the LCD monitor, composing photos with horizontal or vertical lines visible is now possible without looking away from the camera when shooting.
    • There is also a warning sound sensor that can be set to let you know if the camera is level during shooting.
  • Square format photography enabled.
    • A 1:1 aspect ratio (vertical/horizontal ratio) image size that allows for easy photography of square format images is included.
    • Square format is achieved where one can enjoy photography different from standard rectangular images. That aspect ratio has been well received with classic 6x6 medium-format and Ricoh Caplio GX100 cameras.
    • RAW mode also is compatible with 1:1 aspect ratio (vertical/horizontal ratio).
  • A variety of monochromatic expressions possible with black-and-white (TE*) settings.
    • Colour, colour depth, contrast, and sharpness of an image can each be adjusted in +/- five steps.
    • Colour can be selected as desired from sepia, red, green, blue, and purple.
      *TE=Toning effect

Enhanced operability within a camera designed to accompany a design to accompany photographers wherever they go.

  • The function button allows for one-push mode switching. Settings can be registered to switch between “JPEG and RAW,” “Snap and AF,” “colour and black & white,” and others for quick switching of modes when sudden photo opportunities present themselves.
  • Functions registered to the Fn button can be saved to the My Settings Mode.
  • By displaying the depth of field in the focus bar, the distance range of the depth of field can be confirmed in advance.
  • The 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel display with a high 160º viewing angle is easy to view from both low and high angles.
  • Writing time for RAW mode has been reduced and shooting during RAW image writing has been achieved.
  • Image writing time in RAW mode has been reduced to as short as approx. 3.8 sec. In addition, the next shot can be taken whilst the first is still being written thanks to the boosted buffer memory. (RAW writing time for GR DIGITAL was approx. 11 sec., and continuous shooting was not possible.)
  • A manual pop-up flash operated by a sliding switch is employed to prevent accidental flash operation. The camera is equipped with a flash exposure compensation function that can compensate light intensity from +2.0 EV to -2.0 EV.
  • An information display mode shows specific information of your choice on the screen even when the LCD monitor is turned off thereby increasing its ease of use when using the external viewfinder.
  • The mode dial is equipped with two My Setting modes. Simply aligning the mode dial to a My Setting allows the user to switch to a preregistered shooting setting of choice.
  • The GR DIGITAL II has been equipped with an ADJ. lever to assign functions with a push after setting values are chosen from the operation menu in ADJ. mode.
  • Automatic horizontal or vertical rotation of images according to the camera position has been achieved and can be viewed during playback on the LCD monitor.
  • Approx. 370 shots can be taken with one charge of the included rechargeable battery (DB-60). (The GR DIGITAL could take approx. 250 shots.)
  • A thin, compact size was achieved, measuring 107.0 × 59.0 × 25.0 (W x H x D) and weighing 168 g, while ease of use was improved.

Expandability is increased with a wide range of optional accessories.

  • GR DIGITAL optional accessories can continue to be used with the GR DIGITAL II. And the new GT-1, GV-2, and GC-2 can also be used with the original GR DIGITAL.
  • A tele conversion lens (GT-1) equivalent to 40 mm on a 35 mm camera has been added to the lineup for shooting with a standard frame. ※Upcoming product
  • An external viewfinder (GV-2) equivalent to 28 mm on a 35 mm camera has been added. It is even compatible with 1:1 aspect ratio image size photography. (The currently available external viewfinder (GV-1) is equivalent to 28 mm and 21 mm on a 35 mm camera.)
  • A soft case (GC-2) has been added to the lineup that can accommodate GR DIGITAL II with the GV-2 attached

List of GR DIGITAL II options

  • Tele Conversion Len GT-1* (Upcoming product)
  • External Viewfinder GV-2*
  • Soft Case (For GV-2) GC-2*
  • External Viewfinder GV-1
  • Wide Conversion Lens GW-1
  • Hood & Adapter GH-1
  • AC Adapter AC-4c
  • Soft Case GC-1
  • Neck Strap GS-1
  • Neck Strap ST-2
  • Cable Switch CA-1
  • Rechargeable Battery DB-60
  • Battery Charger BJ-6
    *Newly released optional accessories

Accessories included

  • Rechargeable Battery (DB-60)
  • Battery charger (BJ-6)
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manuals

Ricoh GR Digital II specifications

Ricoh GR Digital II
Sensor

• 1/1.75" Type CCD
• 10.3 million total pixels
• 10.01 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3648 x 2736
• 3648 x 2432
• 2736 x 2736
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 15/30 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15/30 fps
File formats • JPEG (Exif v2.21, DPOF)
• RAW (DNG)
• AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG)
Lens • 28mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.4 - F11
• 6 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical elements)
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 4x (up to 5.7x at 640 x 480)
Focus • Auto focus
• Manual focus
• Snap
• Infinity
AF area modes • Multi-point AF
• Spot AF
AF lock Yes
AF assist lamp Yes
Closest focus distance • Standard AF: 30 cm
• Macro: 1.5 cm
Metering • 256-point multi-segment
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lock Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Exposure Bracketing +/- 1/3, 1/5 EV
Shutter speed 1-1/2000 sec
Modes

• Auto
• Program AE (with exposure shift)
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual

Scene modes

• Skew correct
• Text
• Movie
• My Settings

White balance • Auto
• Outdoors
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Manual
WB bracketing Yes
Self timer 2 or 10sec
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Range (Internal, Auto ISO): 20cm - 3.0m
• Hotshoe for external flash unit
Viewfinder Optional hotshoe-mounted viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.7-inch transparent amorphous silicon TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Storage • SD, SDHC, MMC compatible
• 54 MB internal storage
Power • Li-Ion battery pack DB60
• Optional AC adapter AC-4c
Weight (no batt) 168g (5.9 oz)
Dimensions 107 x 58 x 25 mm (4.2 x 2.3 x 1.0 in)
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