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Ricoh announces limited edition GR with wood grip and extra accessories

By dpreview staff on Oct 21, 2013 at 22:00 GMT
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Ricoh has announced a 'Limited Edition' GR camera, which features a 'high-end' design plus bonus accessories. The Limited Edition GR's magnesium-alloy body comes in a 'metallic vintage green wave-tone finish' and features a 'marbleized ebony grip patterned in burl wood'. To sweeten the deal, Ricoh is including a lens hood (with adapter) as well as a leather case and strap, all of which complement the camera's color scheme.

The GR Limited Edition has a list price of $899.95 / £699.99 and will be available to purchase next month from Ricoh's website.

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Press Release:

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation Reveals Limited Edition GR Camera

Ricoh GR Limited Edition debuts with high-end styling and premium accessories

DENVER, CO, October 21, 2013Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) today announced the Ricoh GR Limited Edition. Retaining the advanced feature-set found in the Ricoh GR, which was introduced in April 2013, the Ricoh GR Limited Edition sports elevated styling and new premium accessories.
                                                             
The Ricoh GR Limited Edition features a magnesium-alloy body sheathed in a metallic vintage green wave-tone finish with a high-gloss shine. Trimmed with a marbleized ebony grip patterned in burl wood, this Limited Edition is accented with a charcoal mode dial, settings buttons and four-way selector.  Also included with the Ricoh GR Limited Edition is the GH-3 hood and adapter in a special textured finish as well as newly designed genuine leather camera case and strap, tinted in a chocolate hue emphasizing the high-end design of this award-winning camera. The Ricoh GR Limited Edition features a special exit screen that brandishes the Ricoh GR Limited Edition logo when the user powers the camera off.

“Since its introduction, the response to the Ricoh GR has been tremendous,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging. “This multi-award winning camera not only supports photographers creativity with an outstanding feature set but also enables photographers to differentiate themselves through a unique design that shows off its exterior styling and premium accessories.”

Featuring a 16 megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, no low-pass filter the Ricoh GR is built for superb image performance.  Its 18.3mm (28mm in 35mm format) F2.8 lens compactly provides high-resolution, wide-angle images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness all while minimizing chromatic aberration and distortion.  The camera’s category-leading, nine-blade aperture diaphragm produces a rounded bokeh effect across a wide range of apertures.

Pricing and Availability

The Ricoh GR Limited Edition includes the newly designed camera case and strap and the GH-3 hood and adapter. The Ricoh GR Limited Edition will be available in limited quantity at www.us.rcoh-imaging.com  in November 2013 for a suggested retail price of $899.95.

Ricoh GR specifications

Price
MSRP $799 / £599
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4352 x 3264, 3264 x 3264, 3936 x 2608, 3488 x 2608, 2608 x 2608, 2912 x 1936, 2592 x 1936, 1936×1936, 1280 x 864, 1152 x 864, 864 x 864
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed300 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program shift
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Shutter/Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
  • Bulb mode
  • Time mode
  • Movie
  • My Settings Mode.
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range5.40 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot-shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/2000 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±4 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (+/- 8 steps B-A axis or G-M axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage included54 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion DB65 rechargeable battery
Battery Life (CIPA)290
Weight (inc. batteries)245 g (0.54 lb / 8.64 oz)
Dimensions117 x 61 x 35 mm (4.61 x 2.4 x 1.38)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Comments

Total comments: 145
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Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (6 months ago)

Besides fungus in the lens, and following the trend started by Hasselblad, people have a new reason for concern: wood termite in the grip of their cameras.

6 upvotes
Prairie Pal
By Prairie Pal (6 months ago)

Et tu Ricoh? Silly gooses!

4 upvotes
BigJ2013
By BigJ2013 (6 months ago)

Big deal! what a waste of time.

2 upvotes
Daniel from Bavaria
By Daniel from Bavaria (6 months ago)

Put a Hasselblad batch on it and ask for 7999 USD. >:)

Ok, no inovation, but just 100 bucks more for those who like it. That is at least reasonable, even if I will never get the sense of such "limited" editions.

Daniel

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
photogeek
By photogeek (6 months ago)

Amazing innovation right there. Why don't you guys just fold up the tent and leave the market to Sony instead. Oh, I forgot, you just did.

4 upvotes
Chris_in_Osaka
By Chris_in_Osaka (6 months ago)

At least this wooden grip blends in. The one on the Olympus E-P5 luxury edition looks like a glued on afterthought.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91s4dcy4wPL._AA1500_.jpg

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

That's because it is a glued-on afterthought. Still it looks a hundred times more luxurious than the Ricoh.

0 upvotes
Russell Dawkins
By Russell Dawkins (6 months ago)

Yes, luxurious like the hyper-gloss "wood" dashboard inserts and vinyl roof tops of 1970s and 80s American luxury cars, and sporting a similar sense of design, i.e., none.
As a design, the Ricoh is in a completely different league. It has it; the Olympus has "style".
If you want to anger a designer, call him/her a stylist.

Comment edited 47 seconds after posting
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OBI656
By OBI656 (6 months ago)

Pretty ugly camera ... inside even worst.

2 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

Inside? Did you see a picture of it inside? What a comment. I know it has a very large APS-C sensor inside and a crackin lens also. Also your english needs correcting. Should read even worse, not "worst."

1 upvote
Gesture
By Gesture (6 months ago)

This camera is probably amenable to this approach. But I wish the OEMs would enhance marketing in other ways than style editions.

1 upvote
rtogog
By rtogog (6 months ago)

Need SR not just gimmick......

1 upvote
UnitedNations
By UnitedNations (6 months ago)

No inbuilt nd filter? No thanks.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

I has an ND filter inside, why don't you try looking up your facts first?

Carl

11 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

The whole point of difference between Hasselblad and Ricoh in this is that the old dad Ricoh is fancying his own pipe in his latest preferred wooden finish.

I wonder when Nikon will do the same with the Coolpix A? Next year is the year of Horse according to Chinese calendar, and last time Nikon did something like this was the year of Dragon. So maybe Nikon will saddle up something for 2014?

:)

0 upvotes
luxor2
By luxor2 (6 months ago)

Looks like a bathroom fixture! The cameras are a great conversation starter, like, are you colorblind?

1 upvote
yonsarh
By yonsarh (6 months ago)

In Japan, Ricoh is more popular than canikon. I think...

1 upvote
mcshan
By mcshan (6 months ago)

Oh joy...oh rapture.

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (6 months ago)

100 dollars more is a lot more reasonable than Hasselblad charging 4 times the price of the sony (or whatever it was a lot) for a wooden grip.

11 upvotes
ZorSy
By ZorSy (6 months ago)

I reckon it doesn't have Hassy price tag as the grip is not the actual solid burl, just veneer (albeit whoever tried to handle bur(or burl) would know it's a hard wood to work with). As for colour, it reminds me of the "hammered" finish old Russian microscopes had. At least Ricoh created "collector's" item at reasonable price tag - though I don't quite understand the concept of something being disposable battery operated and being collector's item at the same time. IMO it was already "retro" enough...

1 upvote
Joe Talks Photo Gear
By Joe Talks Photo Gear (6 months ago)

Maybe including the viewfinder would make it worth it. Otherwise, WTF?

1 upvote
pdelux
By pdelux (6 months ago)

WOW just WOW.

2 upvotes
egk4260
By egk4260 (6 months ago)

Remember this similar post regarding the sigma sd-1

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/10/special-edition-sigma-sd1-dipped-in-wood/

0 upvotes
DDWD10
By DDWD10 (6 months ago)

Reminds me of a marble-walled elevator lobby.

2 upvotes
neo_nights
By neo_nights (6 months ago)

RicoH'sselblad.

0 upvotes
Serenity Now
By Serenity Now (6 months ago)

Need to watch out for termites

1 upvote
RussellInCincinnati
By RussellInCincinnati (6 months ago)

Also what is the compelling need for Ricoh to innovate in this camera class at this moment? The GR is all of, what, 6 months old? Is there another camera with quite this low weight/size, and quite this lens quality that also has an APS-C or larger sensor?

Could see making fun of Ricoh's "lack of innovation" as evidenced by this cosmetic announcement, if the Ricoh GR was years old and way behind the times, say. Which would be true if you could buy an APS-C camera now with a noticeably sharper lens, or significantly less weight, or one that produces noticeably less noisy raw files. What would that much more modern camera be?

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

Not at all. The GR is a very fine camera indeed. But what kind of world there would be if Ricoh doesn't deserve a well-meaning stab in the ribs, but only mindless praises?

0 upvotes
RussellInCincinnati
By RussellInCincinnati (6 months ago)

So all accurate descriptions of some of Ricoh's accomplishments, that do not happen to include descriptions of their Ricoh's mis-steps, are by definition mindless? Doubt you would talk this way to a person standing in front of you.

0 upvotes
RussellInCincinnati
By RussellInCincinnati (6 months ago)

Not a bad deal at all if you planned on buying the name-brand hood and adapter anyway. You pay all of about $15 dollars more for this kit with hood and adapter, and you get some trim that somebody might even like.

0 upvotes
Ferling
By Ferling (6 months ago)

I prefer my own "wooden grip". Thank you. :)

0 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (6 months ago)

May the Hasselblings rest in peace, knowing that they brought leather straps to the digital age.

1 upvote
Greg Lovern
By Greg Lovern (6 months ago)

Finally, a camera in the color scheme I need to take the pictures I've always wanted to take!

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

"Good GRIP, Batman! Another imploding brand!" (Burt Ward)

"That's where they (gasp) all end up (puff), Robin!" (Adam West)

.

2 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

Much more interesting than Hasselstein. Now we have a trend to see who can make the best package with luxury grip...

3 upvotes
Duckie
By Duckie (6 months ago)

Always no stock. Bought the alternative already.

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

This is ingenious and well-played move from Ricoh: when everyone else in the industry is announcing newest FFs and latest lens designs, Ricoh announces more colours.
If Ricoh Theta camera doesn't come in piano black, I'd be hugely disappointed.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
neo_nights
By neo_nights (6 months ago)

So much for a faithful wife, eh?
Hehehehehe!

2 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

Wife (Pentax) has a weird old stepfather who fancies to smoke his own pipes in various wooden finishes. This is the latest one ...

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (6 months ago)

This is not the first (or last) limited edition Ricoh. Quite a few Ricohtaku will be buying this to add to their collection.

Ricoh have a bit of a cult following in Japan. They even organize user conferences for their fans.

2 upvotes
sarkozy
By sarkozy (6 months ago)

GR is an interesting Street Camera - worth with the new quality is a purchase

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
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cinemascope
By cinemascope (6 months ago)

I thought Otakus never left home...

0 upvotes
km25
By km25 (6 months ago)

Nice camera, bad idea. Why not just make a good funcual grip, say to put on any of these camera.

0 upvotes
FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

Still only f2.8.

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

You don't need much more with a wide-angle lens. f/2 could be convenient for available light, but for wide-angle applications you need all depth of field you can get. Forget 'creamy bokeh': you need 50mm and more for that.

0 upvotes
photog4u
By photog4u (6 months ago)

It looks like it was dipped in puke. A terrible stain on an otherwise impecable camera. Ri-Blad or Hassel-coh :)

1 upvote
Damo83
By Damo83 (6 months ago)

Give me two!

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

The 'Hasselblad syndrome' has struck Ricoh.

2 upvotes
Harold66
By Harold66 (6 months ago)

from a Normal retail of $800 all the way up ( kidding) to... $899. you must not be paying attention to the price of the Hasselblad mock-ups
Not to mention that Ricoh has always limited editions of its own GR. Nothing new here

0 upvotes
janbanan
By janbanan (6 months ago)

I don't know why wood imitation is so popular at companies that on there edge?

Don't they ever read design trends? Take a look at Lumix DMC-GM1 or fuji.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

If it were Hasselblad, they would add a zero at the end instead of just $100. ;-)

6 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

Oh No!

Then, it was Mega Fix Els...

Now, it is the GRIP race!

.

3 upvotes
dougjgreen1
By dougjgreen1 (6 months ago)

I coulda sworn this was the new Hasselblad

1 upvote
Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (6 months ago)

I really wanted to make a Hasselblad joke, but held back.

12 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

a wood grip could be interpreted as "in trouble",
10 tricks to save business:
- heavy raw cooking
- color variations
- German brand
- wood grip
...

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
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awojtas
By awojtas (6 months ago)

There is a secret Heidelbokeh conference every year. During this conference, all the camera manufacturers gather in secrecy to discuss domination plans for the upcoming year.

Despite the media blackout shrouding this event, a strangely named policy called "Retroturd's law" has been leaked and we now have further details on how this policy is constituted.

It appears this is a strictly enforced policy whereby the number of cameras commonly viewed as "retrolicious", "wow!" or proponents of GAS - examples being the GM1, EP5 or any X-En series - are to be equally balanced by the deliberate release of what are referred to as "retroturds".

Today, we have confirmation that this policy is still enforced and it appears Ricoh has drawn the short-straw for implementation, taking over from long-time defender Hasselblad.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
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