For information about the Ricoh GR, launched in 2013 - click here to read our hands-on Ricoh GR preview.

Announced almost a year ago - and rumored for a long time before - the GR Digital was always going to be something of a niche product. Described as a 'professional grade high resolution compact' the GR Digital echoes the design and ethos of the popular and very highly regarded GR series of film compacts and is unusual in having a fixed 28mm equivalent F2.4 lens and full photographic control. The 8MP GR-D (as we'll call it from now on) is also fairly expandable; with an optional optical viewfinder, 21mm equivalent ultra wide converter and dedicated flash available (though by then you've spend well over $1000). Originally released only in Europe and Asia, the GR-D has recently made its way to North America, though you're still unlikely to find it on the shelves of your local camera store. So does the GR-D live up to all the hype or is it just another 8MP compact with pretensions? Let's find out, starting as usual with the headline features:

  • Newly Developed GR Lens Provides High Resolution and resolving power
  • 8.13 million effective pixels
  • High resolution 2.5-inch LCD
  • World's first twin-dial control system in a compact
  • Magnesium Alloy case
  • Optional high performance optical viewfinder
  • Optional 21mm equivalent wide converter
  • Manual, Program, Program shift AE and Aperture Priority modes
  • 1.5 cm macro mode

GR-Digital specifications

Street price • US: $699
• UK: £380
Body Material Magnesium alloy and plastic
Sensor

• 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Text:
• 3264 x 2448
• 2048 x 1536

Movie clips

• 320 x 240 30fps
• 160 x 120 30fps

File formats • JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• RAW
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens

• 28mm equiv.
• F2.4
• Ricoh GR Lens
• 6 elements including low dispersion glass and two molded aspherical elements
• Seven-bladed aperture diaphragm

Image stabilization None
Conversion lenses 21mm equivalent wide converter (Optional)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus • Auto focus
• Manual focus
• Snap (Hyperfocal)
• Infinity
AF area modes • Multi-point
• Spot
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 30cm – infinity
• Macro: 1.5cm – infinity
Metering • Multi (256 zone)
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing -0.5 EV, 0, +0.5 EV
Shutter speed 180 - 1/2000 sec
Aperture • F2.4 - 11 (f7.1 - 11 with ND filter)
• 1/3 EV increments in P, A , M modes
Modes • Program
• Aperture priority
• Program shift AE
Scene modes • Text
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Tungsten Light
• Fluorescent light
• Manual
• Advanced (Manual fine-tune)
White balance fine tune

• 150 K step
• +/- 1500 K
• White balance bracketing

Self timer 10 / 2 secs
Continuous shooting • Cont (Limited only by size of card)
• Multi-shot (16 shots combined into one image) at 8fps
Image parameters Hard, normal, soft, b/w, two presets
Flash • Built-in pop-up
• Auto, red-eye suppression, force flash, slow synchro, no flash
• Range: Approx. 0.2 to 3 m (when ISO Auto is set)
Viewfinder Optional hotshoe-mounted Galilean finder with frame lines for 21/28mm
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 210,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• AV out
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD / MMC card
• 26 MB internal memory
Power • 1x rechargeable D-60 battery or 2x AAA batteries
• Charger optional
Weight 170 g (6 oz) (no card, batteries or strap)
200 g (7.1 oz) (with batteries and strap)
Dimensions 107 x 25 x 58 mm (4.2 x 1 x 2.3 in)