Ricoh GR-Digital Review
The GR-D is, externally, refreshingly austere, and couldn't be farther away from the brash shiny designs shared by the majority of modern compact cameras. The styling is unashamedly serious, and the matt black finish, rubberized grip and lack of frills give the impression of an uncompromising photographic tool. And the GR-D doesn't just look like a piece of military equipment; it's built like a tank too; under the skin is a die-cast magnesium body. I've seen many 'retro' styled digital cameras in my time, but the GR-D is one of the few to actually succeed in capturing some of the essence of a high quality film camera, and - physically at least - is a worthwhile successor to the famous GR-1 (Ricoh's highly regarded 35mm compact and the GR-D's inspiration).
In your hand
At 200g (7.1oz) fully loaded the GR-D is lighter than it looks, but it does feel reassuringly solid and fairly stable. Despite the none-slip grip I would have preferred a slightly bigger grip (or something a little more substantial on the rear) as the body is so slim that it doesn't feel particularly safe carried and used in one hand. The wrist strap helps here, but if you attach the optional 21mm lens and/or viewfinder it feels a lot safer, and steadier, if you support the camera with both hands. Operationally the GR-D is - for the experienced photographer - simply superb, with twin control dials giving fast, fluid control over exposures.
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