The New Ricoh GR Digital Camera

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Ricoh has announced the release of their high performance GR Digital Camera. Improving on the successes of their GR DIGITAL (I-IV) series, but eliminating the numbered nomenclature, the simply named GR is a formidable point-and-shoot, conceived and designed to compete with the Nikon COOLPIX A, Canon PowerShot G1X and Fujifilm X100s, for example. With an APS-C-sized 16.2MP CMOS sensor, the GR provides high resolution and detailed images with rich colors and minimal noise, even at the camera’s higher ISO sensitivities, which extend to 25600. Its GR Engine V Image Processor brings with it fast performance speeds and enables low-noise, high-sensitivity imaging in both stills and Full HD 1080p video capture. The GR is built without an optical low-pass filter, which enhances its ability to capture extremely sharp, detailed images.

The lens on the GR is a fixed 18.3mm f/2.8 Ricoh GR lens, which provides the 35mm equivalent of a 28mm lens. This wide-angle focal length is practical for numerous shooting situations and is an ideal length for day-to-day photographing of friends and family and the life around you. Its wide f/2.8 maximum aperture enables shutter speeds fast enough for sharp imaging in low-light situations. A wide aperture also provides shallow depth of field focusing for handsome portraiture, and its nine-blade diaphragm can produce natural bokeh at the wide apertures. Two aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberrations. An available macro mode allows for detailed close-up shooting, as close as 3.9”.

A 3.0” 1,230k-dot LCD monitor provides composition and playback viewing, and with WhiteMagic technology adding white pixels to the monitor’s RGB colors, brightness and visibility are enhanced even in bright sunlight. Although it houses and APS-C sized sensor, the camera is compact and easily managed with one hand, thanks to intelligent placement of its control buttons and large hand grip. Its magnesium-alloy construction keeps the camera lightweight and durable. Optional optical view finders are available for stable, eye-level composition, if you are so inclined. Both a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe for mounting external flash units are available. A dual-axis electronic level is integrated into the camera’s design for vertical and horizontal image alignment.

As mentioned, the GR incorporates Full HD 1080p video recording with full-time continuous autofocus during movie recording. Three resolutions are available as well as several frame rates, including 60 fps in 720 HD.

The GR has made strides in terms of performance speeds. Start-up time has been reduced to just one second and, thanks to an optimized algorithm and fast data readout from the sensor, its 190-point hybrid autofocus system is fast (0.2 seconds) and accurate. Continuous shooting speed is rated at 4 fps at full resolution. Continuous autofocus allows you to stay sharp when following fast-moving subjects. Another DSLR-like feature is that the GR provides a preview button to check your exposure and confirm depth of field before you shoot.

Full manual exposure control is provided as well as shutter and aperture priority. The GR also offers Shutter/Aperture priority mode (TAv) which lets the camera set the optimal ISO sensitivity when you set aperture and shutter speeds. Automatic modes are also available to allow the camera to determine the best settings based on the scene it reads. Face Detection (up to 10 faces) and Target Detection will recognize what you are shooting and adjust the camera’s settings accordingly. The GR provides both RAW and JPEG capture and can convert DNG RAW files in-camera to output them as JPEGS while saving the RAW format image. In addition, because the GR has removed its optical low-pass filter, it provides a moiré correction function in playback mode.

Nine Image Effect modes are available to add an expressive touch to your images. Just press a button to add a Retro look or Miniature effect or a high-contrast black-and-white look to your creations. Also, as a special effect, 35mm Crop Mode shoots with the classic 35mm frame ratio.

Lastly, the GR is Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card compatible to enable you to automatically transfer images to your smartphone or device for instant sharing and storing. The GR is easily upgradable via scheduled function-enhancing firmware updates.

For more information about the Ricoh GR, speak to a sales professional in the B&H SuperStore in New York, over the phone at 1-800-606-6969 or online via Live Chat.

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Total Pixels 16.2MP
Effective Pixels 16MP
Color Depth JPEG:8 bit; RAW: 12 bit
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
File Formats RAW (DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW + JPEG, DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Resolutions 16MP: 4928×3264
14.2MP: 4352 x 3264
10.7MP: 3264 x 3264
10MP: 3936 x 2608
9.1MP: 3488 x 2608
6.8MP: 2608 x 2608
5.6MP:   2912 x 1936
5MP: 2592 x 1936
3.7MP: 1936 x 1936
2MP: 1920 x 1080
1MP:  1280 x 864
0.99MP: 1152 x 864
0.9MP: 1280 x 720
0.75MP: 864 x 864
0.3MP: 640 x 480
Aspect Ratios 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 16:9
Lens Type Ricoh GR lens
Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups, 2 aspherical elements
Diaphragm Blades 9
Focal Length Fixed 18.3mm
Focal Length 35mm Equivalent Fixed 28mm
Aperture f/2.8-16
Filter Diameter 43mm (Hood and GH-2 Adapter Required)
Focus Type TTL 190-point hybrid autofocus, AF assist lamp, AF external sensor
Sensitivity Range LV 4-17
Focus Modes Multi AF, (Contrast AF method), Spot AF (Contrast AF method), Pinpoint AF, Subject Tracking AF
Manual Focus, Snap, Infinity, Face Recognition Priority in Auto mode
Focus Point Adjustment Auto, User-selectable, Center
Focus Lock Yes
AF Assist Yes
Focus Range Normal: 11.76" - infinity (29.9 cm - infinity)
Macro: 3.9" - infinity (9.9 cm - infinity)
Metering System Type TTL
Sensitivity Range EV 1.8 - 17.7 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4)
Metering Patterns Multi, Center, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 4 EV (1/3 steps)
Exposure Lock Yes
Exposure Bracketing +/-2 EV (3 frames, 1/2 or 1/3 steps, individual image exposure adjustable)
Shutter Type Programmed AE mechanical and electronic shutter mechanism
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 30 seconds, Bulb, Time
ISO Sensitivity Auto, Auto-Hi, Manual 100-25600
White Balance Type Image Sensor Detection
White Balance Modes Auto, Multi-P Auto, Outdoors, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent 1, Incandescent 2, Daylight
Neutral White, Cool White, Warm White, Manual, Details, White Balance Bracket Function
WB Fine Adjustment +/-8 steps B-A axis or G-M axis
WB Bracketing Yes
Capture Modes Auto mode, Program Shift mode, Aperture-priority mode, Shutter-Priority mode, Shutter/Aperture Priority mode,
Manual Exposure mode, Bulb mode, Time mode, My Settings mode, Movie mode
Effects Modes B&W, B&W (TE), High Contrast B&W, Cross Process, Positive Film, Bleach-Bypass, Retro, Miniaturize, High-Key
Face Detection AF & AE - available in Auto mode for up to 10 faces
Date Imprint Yes (Date, Date & Time)
Electronic Level Yes (horizontal tilt, forward-back pitch)
Drive Modes Continuous Shooting, Self-timer, Interval Shooting, Effect Bracketing, Dynamic Range Bracketing
Contrast Bracketing, Color Space setting
Interval Composite, Noise Reduction, Histogram, Grid Guide, Depth-of-Field Indicator, Electronic Level Indicator
Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps
Multi-exposure 2-4 shots, auto exposure adjustment, save individual images
Interval Unlimited Shots, 5 sec to 1 hour interval in 5 sec increments
HDR Available as Dynamic Range Double Shot scene mode
Cable switch Yes, (sold separately)
LCD 3.0" transparent LCD with protective cover
LCD Resolution 1,230,000 dots
LCD Framerate 22 fps
Wide-angle Viewable Yes
Viewfinder Optional (external optical viewfinder mounts to hot shoe)
Flash Type Built-in Pop-up auto flash
Flash Modes Auto, Flash ON, Slow-sync, manual, AUTO Red-Eye, Flash ON/Red-eye, Slow Sync/Red-eye
Effective Range 3.3-9.8' (1-2.99 m) at Auto ISO
Guide Number 5.4 at ISO 100
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV (1/3 steps)
External Flash Hot shoe TTL-A (TTL pre-flash)
Synchronization Speed 1/2000 sec
Video File Format-compression AVI (Motion JPG)
Sound WAV (PCM), Monaural
Shutter Speed 1/2000 to 1/30
Video Resolutions (fps) 1920 x 1080p (30/25/24); 1280 x 720p (30/50/60); 640 x 480p (30/25/24)
Movie Recording Time 25 minute maximum time per clip
Internal Memory Storage 54 MB
Removable Memory SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi (X2 series)
Interface Ports USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV/USB out, HDMI (Micro, Type D)
Video Out NTSC, PAL, HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080p, 720p, 480p)
Microphone Built-in Monaural
Power Supply DB-65 Rechargeable Li-ion battery
AC Adapter Yes (sold separately)
System Requirements Windows: 8, 7, Vista (32bit/64 bit
Windows XP (SP3 or later, Home/Pro 32bit)
Mac: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Playback Modes Auto Rotate, Grid View, Enlarged Display (up to 16x), Slideshow, Resize, Skew Correct Mode
Level Compensation, White Balance Compensation, Trim, DPOF Setting, Color Moire Correction
Convert RAW, Clip Movie File, Save still image from movie, Eye-Fi Transfer
Construction Material Magnesium-alloy covers
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD)  4.6 x 2.4 x 1.4"
Weight (with battery
& card)
8.6 oz (245 g)

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