Ricoh GR Digital

Announced Sep 13, 2005 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 mm
Andrew Higgins
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An expensive camera no doubt. But also doubtless is that this is a unique, and very special camera. The very opposite of a 'happy snapper, holiday point n shoot', but a wonderful tool for a real photography enthusiast. It reminds me of a Leica, in that in many ways it is a 'difficult' camera, with quirks and flaws, yet it seems to encourage photography! Isn't that the point? You'll love it, or hate it. I'm with the former . . . Problems: Problems?? A few challenges, but not a problem for a ...

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sunskisurf
 
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I have had this camera for a year and a half now. First did not like the output, then realized that this camera had to be learned. Once learned (to a certain degree), the pictures are stunningly unique. I own/ owned several different digicams, Panasonic Fz15, Olympus C7000, Canon SD 200, Fuji f30, Fuji f31fd and older models. I really like all the above mentioned cameras. I especially have a softspot for my Panasonic Fz 15. But the GRD is unique, not as good in low light as the Fuji's, ...

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Underrated, overpriced little camera. How do you figure that? Well, the way the cameras are reviewed does not play to the strengths of the GR Digital. These strengths are a superlative little wide angle lens, the perfect size and weight, and a versatile control system designed for the experienced photographer rather than for amateurs. Most importantly the sample images I saw on the web, at Ricoh and elsewhere, simply do not do this camera justice. With only the smallest attention to setting ...

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twoten
 
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I've had the GRD for about a year now. I bought it after being very impressed by photos taken by GRD users on Flickr. I would encourage anyone to browse Flickr if you are thinking of purchasing the GRD. I would agree with the noise issues that have been highlighted in the Dpreview and had viewed all comments about it's 'film-like grain' to be nothing more than Ricoh-fanboy excuses for noise. However, they were right. The noise is indeed, 'film-like' and a lot more pleasant to look at compared ...

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londonmilan
 
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Having read the website official review by Simon Joinson I have to say I am 100% in agreement. I bought this camera on the strength of my Ricoh GR film version that I bought years ago. That is quite simply a fantastic camera. I wanted a compact 35mm and heard that it was one of the best on the market. I was delighted with it; great design, ease of use, view-finder metering information, fully auto or fully manual. Just a brilliant camera with great results. When the GR digital camera came out ...

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Gabonne
 
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I have tried tons of digicams through the last years, always looking for the "perfect"one. Also tried most of DSLR's on the market today, but for obvious reasons I prefer a small p&s to carry everywhere and with a live view screen. This GR is the best so far. I have tried the film version and found it very sharp and nice. This one is even better. The built is astonishing. The images u get are very film-like, really awosome. This is a DIFFERENT camera than all the other small cams u could ...

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My extensive review of the camera can be found in my blog (check profile). The overall design of the camera is definitely one of its top features: the dual-thumbwheel design that is found mostly on DSLRs and the user interface that is heads and shoulders above its contemporaries. The images I'm getting from the camera, while not godawful compared to most point and shoots, is still inferior to the images I get from my DSLR and a cheap lens. CA can be found without even trying. The main ...

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I had this excellent digital camera for almost a year. I like the wide angle f2.4 lens, the small size of the camera, the ability of changing the menu on the fly with the wheel. I wouldn't think of leaving the house without this wonderful digital camera. It accepts memory cards up to 2gb. Low light images are good with ISO up to 1600. This is not your every day digital camera. This is a excellent digital camera that takes a little of thinking on your part when taking pictures. Highly ...

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Tom Caldwell
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The first camera I have bought that was not on impulse. I had enough cameras I thought and why would I pay so much for a "p&s" with fixed lens and no IS? I guessed that the price might reflect some inner qualities that could not be found by just reading specifications. I took one of my other loved and quite similar cameras to the shop and compared them casually back to back. The result was that my credit card came out so fast that it nearly melted. This is one beautiful little camera for ...

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angusbeare
 
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I've put my thoughts on this camera on my web site in case anyone's interested. (Under equipment). http://www.angusbeare.com/tabid/85/Default.aspx I like the camera but I've got one or two issues with. After buying a Canon EOS i now realise what a pain the Ricoh can be in terms of changing settings. The interface on the Canon is so much better. I find the Ricoh exposure inconsistent, flash exposure poor and battery life very poor. If I leave the batteries in the camera they are dead after ...

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