Ricoh GR Digital Camera

Ricoh GR Digital Camera

Ricoh GR Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 16.2MP APS-C Format CMOS Sensor
  • GR ENGINE V Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-pass Filter
  • 18.3mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1,230k-dot White Magic LCD Screen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture
  • ISO Range of 100-25600
  • High Speed AF and 4 fps Burst Shooting
  • Image Effects and Macro Mode
  • Compact Magnesium Alloy Body
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Ricoh GR Overview

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The GR Digital Camera from Ricoh is a high performance compact camera with a 16.2MP APS-C size sensor and the GR Engine V Image Processor for sharp, high resolution imaging and fast response time. The camera's sensor is designed without the optical low-pass filter in order to produce particularly sharp details.

Its fixed focal length 18.3mm lens has the 35mm equivalency of a 28mm lens, and with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 you can effectively work this wide-angle lens in low light situations and produce shallow depth of field images. Two aspherical elements in the lens design minimize aberrations for sharpness from corner to corner within the frame. 

An expansive ISO range from 100-25600 provides further low light capability and the GR Engine V works to keep noise-levels down, even at high ISOs. Full HD 1080p video capture is supported with continuous autofocus during shooting. Multiple resolutions and frames per second are available including 60 fps in 720 HD.

A 3.0" 1,230k-dot LCD monitor provides composition and playback viewing and WhiteMagic technology, which adds white pixels to the standard RGB colors, improves image brightness, contrast and visibility even in the brightest lighting. The camera itself offers a compact, lightweight design built from magnesium alloy with an ergonomic rubberized grip and conveniently placed controls all accessible with one hand. A pop-up flash and hot shoe mount are incorporated as is a dual-axis electronic level for proper image alignment.

The GR supports both JPEG and RAW formats and offers fast performance, including one second start-up time, fast autofocus speeds and up to 4 fps continuous shooting speed at full resolution. A designated AF button provides continuous AF when shooting moving subjects and an aperture preview button allows you to check your exposure and depth of field before shooting.

Fully automatic modes, including Face Detection, are available as are aperture and shutter priority modes and full manual exposure control. The GR also offers Shutter / Aperture Priority mode which automatically sets ISO sensitivity based on your exposure adjustments. Macro mode for detailed close-ups is supported and a 35mm crop mode allows you to size your images with 35mm film frame ratios. Nine image effects are also available to add creative expression to both your stills and videos. Image Effects include Retro, Cross-Process and High Key.

Function-enhancing firmware upgrades, which have been popular with all GR-series models, will become available for the new GR as well, keeping its advanced performance features up to date.


16 MP APS-C CMOS Image Sensor
The GR's 16.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor offers low-noise characteristics even at high ISO, super-high resolution imaging quality, color accuracy and a wide dynamic range.
GR ENGINE V Image Processor
The advanced GR ENGINE V imaging engine offers high-sensitivity shooting with minimal noise and fast response times, including fast autofocus and up to 4 fps continuous shooting.
No Optical Low-Pass Filter
The omission of the low-pass filter in the sensor design enables particularly sharp details and color-rich images. To balance for lack of the Optical Low-Pass filter, a chromatic moiré compensation function is added to minimize wavy moiré patterns and distortion in certain images.
18.3mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equivalency in 35mm Format)
The GR's fixed wide angle 18.3mm f/2.8 GR lens, equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format, provides high resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness and low distortion. The seven element lens design includes two aspherical elements to minimize chromatic aberrations. With its newly designed nine blade diaphragm, the GR lens produces a natural bokeh effect at larger apertures.
3.0" 1,230k-dot LCD Screen with WhiteMagic Technology
Featuring Sony WhiteMagic technology which adds white pixels to the standard RGB colors to improve image brightness and visibility, the rear 3.0" LCD provides composition and playback viewing.
Optional Optical Viewfinders
Two optical viewfinders are available (both sold separately) to enhance composition capability and stability. The GV-2 28mm mini viewfinder and the GV-1 21/28mm viewfinder both attach to the camera's hot shoe mount.
Full HD 1080p Video Recording
Capture Full HD video in widescreen 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080) with efficient, high quality h.264 compression at 30 fps. Continuous Autofocus remains active with movement as the camera stays focused on moving subjects in the center of its angle of view.
ISO 100-25600
Supported by its APS-C sensor and the advanced GR V imaging engine, the GR offers high sensitivity shooting from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 with minimal noise.
High Speed Autofocus System with 4 fps Continuous Shooting
The high speed autofocus system captures crisp subjects in a mere 0.2 seconds, and start-up time is only one second. The GR's AF Continuous Shooting function captures a series of photos at a maximum speed of four frames per second, allowing capture of fast-moving subjects in sharp focus.
Designated AF & Aperture Preview Buttons
An AF (autofocus) button is accessible with the thumb on the back panel. When the AF lever is set to the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode, you can capture a series of images of a moving subject - all in sharp focus - by pushing the shutter release button while depressing the AF button. An aperture preview button is on the camera's side panel for quick confirmation of the depth of field before shooting.
JPG or DNG RAW Capture
Capture both JPG and open-standard DNG RAW images. The GR offers a variety of computer-free image processing functions, including in-body RAW-data development to output JPEG format files.
Manual and Automatic Modes
You can set the GR to shoot on fully automatic mode, allowing the camera to determine the optimal settings for each shot or shoot in manual, controlling all settings to you exact needs. Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes as well as custom My Settings mode are available also.
Shutter Speed/Aperture Priority Mode
The GR features the original Shutter speed / Aperture Priority (TAv) exposure mode, featured only in PENTAX/RICOH-brand digital SLR cameras. This innovative mode automatically sets the optimum ISO sensitivity based on the shutter speed and aperture selected by the photographer.
Shutter Type
The GR utilizes an in-lens leaf shutter and enables flash sync up to 1/2000 of a second.
Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe Mount
The GR offers a convenient built-in pop-up flash unit with several flash modes, a Guide Number of 5.4 (at ISO 100) and an effective range of 3.3 - 9.8'. In addition a TTL-A (TTL with pre-flash) hot shoe mount for an external flash is provided. The maximum sync speed for an external flash is 1/400 seconds.
Neutral Density Filter
For further exposure control the GR incorporates an ND filter in both manual and automatic modes.
Image Effects
The Image Effect modes allow the user to add a variety of visual effects to create distinctive expressions without the need for a computer. The direct-access Effect button positioned on the camera's side panel makes selection of one of the nine image effects easy. Effects include: B&W, B&W (Toning Effect), High Contrast B&W, Cross-Process, Positive Film, Bleach-Bypass, Retro, Miniaturize, High-Key.
Macro Mode
Macro mode allows you to capture the details with sharp close-up imaging. Minimum focus distance in macro Mode is 3.9".
35mm Crop Mode
For that classic 35mm look, use the specialized crop mode to instantly set a 35mm frame ratio crop.
Durable Compact Design
Despite its large image sensor, the GR has a compact and portable design. Its casing is made of a lightweight magnesium alloy, while its exterior design retains the style typical of the GR series. Designed for maximum comfort and operational ease, all control buttons are laid out for easy access with the right hand.
Dual-axis Electronic Level
For high precision horizontal and vertical alignment, use the electronic dual-axis level to make sure your shot is perfectly aligned with the horizon or framed just the way you want it.
Eye-Fi Card Compatible
With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone, and even select favorite images and resize them before transmission. In the playback mode, the user can also recall the transmitted images on the monitor using the Effect button on the side panel.
Languages Supported
GRs shipped outside of Asia or Japan will include: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Russian.

Ricoh GR Specs

Pixels Actual: 16.9 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
Bit Depth 12-Bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVI,
Audio: Linear PCM (Mono), WAV
Max Resolution 16 MP4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3
Image Stabilization None
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Lens 7 Elements in 5 Groups
2 Aspherical
Effective Focal Length: 18.3mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) to f/16 (T)
Filter Thread 43mm
Zoom None
Focus Range Normal: 11.76" to Infinity / 29.87 cm to Infinity
Macro: 3.9" to Infinity / 9.91 cm to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 25600 (High Sensitivity Mode:Auto, )
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 to 1/4000 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, My Settings, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority, Time
Metering Range: EV 1.8 to EV 17.7
Compensation: -4 EV to +4 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
Shooting Modes Bleach-Bypass
High Contrast B&W
Miniature Effect
Positive Film
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent, Manual, Shade
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps at 16 MP for up to Frames
Interval Recording Yes
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Flash On
Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range 3.3 to 9.8' / 1.0 to 3.0 m
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Built-In Memory 54 MB
Memory Card Type SD
Still Images per GB JPEG: 39at Max Resolution to 1820 at Min Resolution
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, 50 fps, 60 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 4 GB or 25 Minute
Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (1,230,000 Pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1 x AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi None
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8 
Waterproofing None
Battery 1 x DB-65 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter AC-U1 (Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.6 x 2.4 x 1.4" / 11.7 x 6.1 x 3.6 cm
Weight 8.6 oz / 243.8 g with battery and card
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.5 x 3.9"

Ricoh GR Reviews

GR Digital Camera is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 89.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The always carry Powerhouse The thing about the GR is this, if you like or think you might like to shoot with a fast fixed 28mm lens this baby is for you. Scattered all over the web are many positive technical reviews of the GR. I won't repeat them. What there isn't enough emphasis on is the fixed lens of this beautiful powerhouse. It's 28mm. That is wide for some and perfect for others. If you are in the others category you're in luck because you won't find a more convenient way to get great photographs from a camera whose ergonomics and software have been refined over many models until they just seem sright.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite! I LOVE street photography, and now I have a favorite camera for high-contrast b&w. The thrilling results just beg me to take more. I'm a high school teacher of photography and yearbook. After the first day of photos around campus and the FFA/agriculture department (farming/welding equipment), my photo students' jaws dropped at the results. Other students around campus were begging me to take their picture and show it them. How fun is that! I love the ease of changing the effects by a simple button on the left side. I still have much to learn for taking advantage of the camera features, but I am already sold. The rest is icing on the cake.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I am sure many people reading this review have read many other reviewers reviews of the camera. Suffice it to say this camera is as good as everyone has made it out to be. There are no critical flaws of any sort and many of the small things that I would call flaws are definitely subjective user to user. Most every aspect of this camera can be customized and can be made to fit it's user perfectly and it is definitely worth the time to get the camera set up for you. That being said if you have a good grasp of the fundamentals of photography then you will have no problem getting the shots you want right out of the box.
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from waited a long time for nothing traded in a x20 to finally get this ricoh, what a mistake. complicated menus, to many menus, auto focus is spotty. to many shots out of focus. camera feels good in hands. no battery charger or viewfinder. all extra costs. don't understand all the rave reviews about this camera. i've been into photography for around 45 years and had a few cameras. also 28mm just to wide for me. image quality to me was no better than the fuji x20, and some cases not as good as the x20. returned the ricoh after 4 or 5 days and bought another x20. far as i'm concern, even with ricoh 16mp and aps-c size sensor, fuji x20 is still the camera for me.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The new Ricoh GR I recently acquired the Ricoh GR Digital after pre-ordering it from B&H. I think they were pretty much the first to get it in stock and shipping was great as usual. There are already reviews out there. Most of what is said is true. Pros: It is very small (shorter than my iPhone 5) and well made as most Ricohs are. It fits the hand almost perfectly. It has great battery life although it is charged through the camera rather than with an outside charger. It is made with a long list of very useful features tailored for street photography. There is a useful 35mm in camera cropping function but the file then becomes medium JPEG at best. Auto focus is fast although not blazing as I thought it would be from the advertisements. The buttons are very customizable; almost everything is customizable. Great 28mm lens if that suits your style of shooting. It has any art filters. RAW already compatible with Lightroom and iPhoto. Feels like made for B&W photography because when RAW files are converted to B&W, with a little post-processing, the tones are great. Not quite like a Leica Monochrom but very good. Fast start up time, fast file writing. Price is better than its competitors in the same class. Cons (not too many): Not so good low light focusing. I see some noise at 1600. No viewfinder. The exposure metering is good but I'm used to better. The image quality is great, especially in B&W but I expected a little better with the APS-C sensor. I sometimes like to shoot in JPEG Hi-contrast B&W mode and pretend like I'm Daido or something. I don't like the Hi-contrast mode with the Ricoh GR because it is really, really contrasty. The Sony RX1 does a better job with that but we are talking about a better, pricier full frame camera. Overall, I like the camera a lot. I am impressed by what it can do at the size that it is. Perhaps the image quality is better with a Fuji X100s or a Coolpix A but the the price, the compactness, and usability of the Ricoh can't be beat. I'm not a pro so I did my amateur best. Hope it helps somebody.
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful camera This is a wonderful upgrade to the Ricoh GRD line. I use this camera on hikes on the Appalachian trail as well as for street shooting in cities. The IQ of the new sensor is excellent. The camera's physical controls are the best I've ever used on a small camera, it's built for serious photographers. I wish the typeface on the menus was a bit larger but that's a minor quibble, I can get to menus on the fly easily with it's physical controls. I also have a Sony RX100 and use it almost exclusively at 28mm so I wasn't worried about buying a relatively expensive compact camera with a prime lens. I have no regrets and while I wish the lens was a bit faster (f/2 would have been nice) I understand that a larger sensor meant a different lens given the small depth of the camera's body. I have yet to experiment with all of the built in image processing options, I'm just testing it with RAW images so far and they're excellent, deep images that are easy to process with Lightroom. For those who know what they want in a small camera, this one is certainly one to consider, the ultimate small travel/street camera for sure.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lean, fast street-shooter. Street photography, an amazing 28mm lens, with great depth of field f9 at 3 meters to infinity all in focus. The snap focus (pre-focus at specific distance), in combination with the depth of field, ensures that everything is tack-sharp, to capture 1/1000th decisive moments on the street without an lag. Even if you use auto-focus that is very quick too.The sensor is amazing, the auto-ISO function which calculates automatically the sensitivity based on the light and your aperture / shutter speed settings is great. I've have street shots at f/9 with 1/300 speeds where the ISO shot up to 6200, and I've cropped 50% with no noise visible, amazing !I have neve felt the way I felt for this about another camera I've owned before (and I've owned my fair share in 25 years as photographer). Worth every single dollar spend on it.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wolf in sheep's clothing Throughout my long adult years I've pined for that first camera I ever had, that plastic Kodak click camera. Now I think I may have found it's reincarnation. However, there is a lot to learn with the GR; it's a serious camera (makes my Canon S95 seem like child's play). So far I'm thrilled with my results ...mostly anyway, but admit to being baffled by others. I'm climbing a steep learning curve, but once I've mastered this amazing instrument, I suspect I will keep and use the GR forever.
Date published: 2013-09-17
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