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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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jadot
By jadot (6 months ago)

Stick a 35mm equiv and an OVF and I'll dump my X100s.

(*pointless comment)

1 upvote
mumintroll
By mumintroll (6 months ago)

I would never switch from X100s to this ricoh. Even if it has 35mm.

1 upvote
Stealthy Ninja
By Stealthy Ninja (6 months ago)

Should come with a Hasselblad sticker.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

a Hassy sticker, or
a Leica not made by Leica, or
a Zeiss not designed by Zeiss means good quality
just as good as third-class Japanese makers.

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

This one's specially designed by Marb Woodson ... :)

0 upvotes
knize10
By knize10 (6 months ago)

Wood grip ? Why a wooden grip ? What a waste.

0 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (6 months ago)

A strong blow to Hasselblad; camera manufacturers start releasing cameras with wooden grips on their own! How did this happen? No one saw it coming...

6 upvotes
madmaxmedia
By madmaxmedia (6 months ago)

Wait, I thought this was the Hasselblad GR re-badge camera...

0 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (6 months ago)

Won't a charcoal dial make your fingers dirty?

3 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (6 months ago)

Urghhh....

0 upvotes
rondom
By rondom (6 months ago)

I need a wooden lcd, with previewed images engraved in wood.
ok, not to be hard on my favorite camera maker, the poor souls are only charging an extra 100 bucks for it. And it is not as tacky as the infamous hassel thing.

0 upvotes
Stefan M
By Stefan M (6 months ago)

Do really so many photographers think it is about the looks of a camera?
Well ... they are all very wrong.

cheers
Stefan

2 upvotes
quintana
By quintana (6 months ago)

Ricoh should rather build a variant with the 24 MP sensor used in the D7100. And then build 50/2 and 90/2.8 equivalent variants. They wouldn't fit in the pocket anymore obviously, but this three camera set would fulfill 95% of what I need.

1 upvote
rsf3127
By rsf3127 (6 months ago)

I would prefer a firmware to solve the moiré problem than this pimp stuff.

2 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (6 months ago)

Ah, another camera went "Hasselblad"..

5 upvotes
Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (6 months ago)

As long as no-one starts adding wooden innards...

0 upvotes
Eddirp
By Eddirp (6 months ago)

this would go well with my moss green timberland shoes

1 upvote
tomservo33
By tomservo33 (6 months ago)

Just speaking to the GR's features alone, it is a solid camera for landscape and vacation shots, but Why cant they afix a 10-12X (power) collapsable zoom to it and sell that as an alternate version. Considering the engineering now available, and the shrinking flange distance in APS-c format...maybe soon? Basically, I would Love a pocketable compact with a m4/3 sensor (or APS-C) and a good 10x zoom! Similar to an LX7 or GR feature set but with the big sensor....that would probably crush sales of low end DSLR? or would it?

0 upvotes
white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

Too bad. You can't have a pocketable micro4/3 camera with a 10X zoom. Just the law of physics.

The best you can have is the Lumix GM1 with a 3X zoom.

1 upvote
babujr
By babujr (6 months ago)

1. Is this Special Edition GR available only through the Ricoh sales center or will it be available also from B&H, Adorama, and others?

2. The body is said to be of magnesium alloy - so is the regular GR, right? Nothing special about the material of the Special Edition?

1 upvote
Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (6 months ago)

It will be available through regular camera stores. I work in a shop in Vancouver, BC and just ordered two(2) of the kits earlier this afternoon :) Available in November 2013 :) When in November, however, is anyone's guess :D Cheers

1 upvote
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

Hey Jack, don't forget, one is on hold for me, even though I'll be in Japan when it arrives!! I think for the extra $100 retail, you get the filter adapter and hood, case and strap, which is worth more than $100 reg retail... it's a bargain... the rest is just aesthetics on the body. It won't take better pictures. You'll just look more unique getting it... or silly, depending on your opinion...

1 upvote
Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (6 months ago)

Haven't forgotten B_H_T :D and, yep, different looking camera, but pics should be the same ;)

0 upvotes
babalu
By babalu (6 months ago)

Given the trend by Hasselblad, Leica, and now Ricoh, I am not going to settle for less than a massive 24 carat gold M4/3 body + platinum lens with diamond inlays by Nikon, and that's my final word !

Comment edited 7 minutes after posting
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yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

all Cleopatra had when she was bitten the asp.

0 upvotes
GrayW
By GrayW (6 months ago)

I think it looks nice too.

0 upvotes
iAPX
By iAPX (6 months ago)

It's not Leica or Hasselblad: they won't sell it (even if it's a great camera!).

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

A good observation. But the Ricoh won't be back ordered or incredibly expensive so there are some subtle differences.

0 upvotes
Dotes
By Dotes (6 months ago)

Who do I need to bribe for a 38mm eqv. GR?

5 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (6 months ago)

Count me in.

0 upvotes
EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (6 months ago)

i quite like it. Its a bit more subtle than Blads attempts at just bolting a piece of wood on the side.

0 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (6 months ago)

Damn! I was hoping for a fill Lunar version with a touch of bull horns and carrot colour...

2 upvotes
Wodheila
By Wodheila (6 months ago)

With all the attention needed to understand the specs and functional aspects of a camera purchase, has Ricoh actually determined that there are those that just say"Oooh, I want the blue one"?

1 upvote
waxwaine
By waxwaine (6 months ago)

Now, this is something new, a camera made of green stone, quartz or maybe marmol. It could last forever!

0 upvotes
Tungsten Nordstein
By Tungsten Nordstein (6 months ago)

I dislked those blue one, the white one and the red ring but this actually looks OK as ltd editions go. Give it a plain grip with that same body finish and it might actually be cool.

Anyway, at least it annoys the 'photographers' here.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Toccata47
By Toccata47 (6 months ago)

I think it's cool, but then again I liked the blue cloud model too.

0 upvotes
viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (6 months ago)

In the spirit of celebrating Ricoh's adventurous takeover, I was hoping for at least 120+ colour permutations.

8 upvotes
Toccata47
By Toccata47 (6 months ago)

Further proof that Pentax has integrated with Ricoh, not the other way 'round.

0 upvotes
harold1968
By harold1968 (6 months ago)

This must be a fashion
Am I the only one that doesn't want wood within a mile of my camera ?

0 upvotes
Tungsten Nordstein
By Tungsten Nordstein (6 months ago)

Don't worry – I don't think it's real wood.

2 upvotes
sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (6 months ago)

I'd be concentrating more on the helmet section if I were you.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

I feel the same way about my Deardorff camera.

Comment edited 10 seconds after posting
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BaldCol
By BaldCol (6 months ago)

I would't pay extra for it but for what it worth I think it's quite attractive.

3 upvotes
JWest
By JWest (6 months ago)

I know very little about the Ricoh GR itself, but I think I might be the only person here who thinks this special edition actually looks pretty nice.

7 upvotes
Cynog ap Brychan
By Cynog ap Brychan (6 months ago)

No, you're not the only one.

2 upvotes
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

I've ordered one because I think it looks decent, and all the extras you get with it. I was going to buy all those things separate anyways on the regular GR, so I'm actually saving money buying the Ltd. Edition. Good on Ricoh for not trying to charge too much extra. If it was a Leica, Nikon, or Sony, you think they would only add $100?

0 upvotes
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (6 months ago)

The cost, of the accessories, is actually very decent, compared to what you have to pay for similar items to your Olympus m4/3 camera!

0 upvotes
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

Exactly, basically if you like the look of the green, then you're paying for the cost of the accessories. It's a good deal... it's still cheaper than the Nikon Coolpix A by $200!! You can add the 21mm wide angle lens with that!! Or OVF!

0 upvotes
wayne131
By wayne131 (6 months ago)

Just buy the original version, it is a stunning camera.

3 upvotes
viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (6 months ago)

Exactly - the understatedness of the original version is more appealing than this creation. And cheaper, too.

5 upvotes
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

Well it's not cheaper if you consider the 3 extra accessories that you're getting. If you were planning on buying those accessories anyway, then it's pretty much the same price... actually slightly cheaper.... buy it's true. I think the black does look better...

0 upvotes
PrebenR
By PrebenR (6 months ago)

Why is it that some camera makers can only make their cameras more ugly with the Limited editions? Leica (apart from a couple), Pentax, Nikon, Ricoh, Olympus.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

Its all part of their branding exercise. They have succeeded in making everyone remember them.

0 upvotes
salehdidit
By salehdidit (6 months ago)

? the pentax k-5 LE is pretty special. attached to the 77mm silver ltd, it's a beauty.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

End of year revenue and publicity at very low cost. And, as these comments illustrate, many "pros" are quite concerned with their camera's appearance. Imagine if they could get people to buy new cameras as frequently as fashions change.

0 upvotes
JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (6 months ago)

It's OK. But who the hell would want it?

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

The not you's out there :)

0 upvotes
sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (6 months ago)

Well if you don't, I guess nobody will. Someone better call Ricoh and tell them quickly.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

I'd rather have a phone shaped like a soap dish but for photos, I've been able to get by with my GRs.

0 upvotes
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... I've seen some guys with some pretty hideous looking clothes, but hey, if they like it, who am I to judge. I've also seen people's significant other that I don't find very attractive, but who am I to tell them that they made a bad choice? It's only my opinion...

0 upvotes
Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (6 months ago)

They should ask Hasselblad for help about wooden grips. And then charge $10.000. Below that price I don't take cameras with wooden grips serious.

6 upvotes
hiplnsdrftr
By hiplnsdrftr (6 months ago)

The Pentax 67, one of the most widely used PRO cameras ever made, featured a wood grip.

0 upvotes
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

Wood grips last longer than leather grips, and some like to modify the shape of the grip by sanding it down to the shape of their hands, as was the case with the Pentax 67...

0 upvotes
Photo_AK
By Photo_AK (6 months ago)

damn fugly ...

0 upvotes
AdamT
By AdamT (6 months ago)

Yep, Ricoh have a long history of uglifying the GR series to make special editions no one wants and never become collectable, you`d think they`d learn .. remember the yucky blue GRD .......

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

Not to us round eyes, but in Japan... it's a different story Adam :). They like the odd and quirky ones.

I liked the White GRD IV quite a bit, personally. Would I buy one? Hmm, depends.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

They have pink washing machines in Japan.

0 upvotes
Bigheadtaco
By Bigheadtaco (6 months ago)

Sometimes what's ugly to you is beautiful to another...I think Saab cars are ugly, but there's people who love them. Same as the old square Volvo's...sometimes the uglier and the more unique, people find it beautiful...

0 upvotes
HetFotoAtelier
By HetFotoAtelier (6 months ago)

In Oak it's 5,95$ more :-)

0 upvotes
CortoPA
By CortoPA (6 months ago)

Broke People are funny.

4 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

LOL!

0 upvotes
panoviews
By panoviews (6 months ago)

All jpg's will be saved with a wooden frame!

14 upvotes
cinemascope
By cinemascope (6 months ago)

This was originally the "camouflage edition" ordered by the Japanese Army, but the whole pallet was eventually returned due to problems with the zoom button.

1 upvote
Carbon111
By Carbon111 (6 months ago)

Green hammertone and wood...looks like a Coleman camp stove.

4 upvotes
white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

Yucks.! Looks like a 10,000 years old moss covered piece of ancient brick from an archealogical site or a jade table weight from a Chinese Emperor's tomb.

Let a camera be a camera, just have it in black.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (6 months ago)

i have the regular one . no desire for this one

1 upvote
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (6 months ago)

And I am waiting for 24-50mm f2.8 zoom...

1 upvote
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (6 months ago)

do you not understand that the lens would be 3 times as big as the camera

6 upvotes
white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

You are very correct, Kodachrome200.

Now, am I feeding the earlier troll?

2 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (6 months ago)

Why 3 times bigger? We didn't have pancake power zooms few years back...and during film era we had Leica Minilux and others (full frame!) I am glad you are not in chargé of designing today's cameras!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 upvote
photo perzon
By photo perzon (6 months ago)

Would have liked a 35mm and a 50mm. And a tiny bounce flash. And an EVF.

4 upvotes
Marco Bubke
By Marco Bubke (6 months ago)

Please no EVF. Some people don't need view finder. Actually I would like a tiltable screen for shots from the waist.

4 upvotes
limlh
By limlh (6 months ago)

A handstrap for a small camera is much more useful than a built in grip.

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

Oh look, Ricoh is sporting wood.

6 upvotes
DouglasGottlieb
By DouglasGottlieb (6 months ago)

The current Ricoh has a wonderful, tactile rubberized feel grip and discreet styling that I love. I wish the LE was weather sealed and put the GR text on top or in back leaving a plain front, and added a golden ratio lines display. :)

Just sayin'. But loving the GR just the same

6 upvotes
Najinsky
By Najinsky (6 months ago)

This isn't a case of jumping on the Hassy trend, Ricoh has a long history of producing special editions of their GRs using alternative finishes, some of them truly truly ghastly.

But it's just an extra option to their regular stuff, and they've been doing it so long they must have some sort fan-base for the practice.

I suspect many of you are only just noticing Ricoh since the APS-C GR (or perhaps the Pentax take-over). They march to their own drum, and have a bit of a wacky side to them, but they make some great cameras.

9 upvotes
mike kobal
By mike kobal (6 months ago)

first, there was the flu season, then came the woody-gripy season, or was it the other way around? either way, we need to get over it

0 upvotes
SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (6 months ago)

camera, technology, optics, wood veneer- one of these things doesn't belong

I appreciate DPR posting these press releases

but what is Ricoh thinking?

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

What did people think this really is?
In reality, this is just a marketing dept way of saying "oh look, we have a camera too — now it is out of big headlines because it is 7 months old, but here's a colour splash to make it one extra headline somewhere". They'll do the same in several months again.

7 upvotes
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