Ricoh GR-Digital Review
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
|Street price|| US: $699
|Body Material||Magnesium alloy and plastic|
• 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 3264 x 2448
• 320 x 240 30fps
|File formats|| JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
|Conversion lenses||21mm equivalent wide converter (Optional)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|Focus||• Auto focus
• Manual focus
• Snap (Hyperfocal)
|AF area modes|| Multi-point
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 30cm – infinity
Macro: 1.5cm – infinity
|Metering|| Multi (256 zone)
|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
• Aperture priority
• Program shift AE
|Scene modes|| Text|
|White balance||• Auto
• Tungsten Light
• Fluorescent light
• Advanced (Manual fine-tune)
|White balance fine tune||
150 K step
|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
|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)|
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