Ricoh GR Digital II

Last Update (22 April’09):
– Added New Firmware

Ricoh GR Digital II is a point-and-shoot digital camera features 10.01 megapixel,1/1.75″ CCD sensor, 5.9 mm (equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera) lens, Newly developed GR ENGINE II image processing engine, and a 2.7″ FT LCD screen. The camera measures 107.0 mm x 58.0 mm x 25.0 mm and it weighs Approx. 168 g. (Download Ricoh GR Digital II Brochure)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Ricoh GR Digital II Reviews

ePhotozine reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
Plus points: Excellent picture quality, Handy little features such as image leveler, Good macro performance, Good low ISO results. Minus points: Bad high ISO results, Lack of basic functions, Noisy motors, Slow focusing”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
“The built-in flash worked quite well indoors, with little red-eye, fairly good range and pleasing overall exposure. Overall, a good performance that is only let down by the noise levels at ISO 400 and above..”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
The bottom line: The GR Digital II is a cute compact camera that might appeal to street photographers looking to step away from a rangefinder and into digital, but doesn’t deliver the features, performance, or image quality it should given its steep price tag.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
“Image quality from the 10-megapixel GRD2 is outstanding. The exposure and saturation are excellent, and the color is very vivid. There is moderate barrel distortion from the 5.9mm lens that gets a little better when using the telephoto extension but much worse with the wide angle conversion lens.”
Rating: N/A

ThinkCamera reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
“Battery life is spectacular – hours of use and hundreds of images (a claimed 370 per charge) and there’s no sign of surrender… The GR DIGITAL II does what it’s designed to do well – provide some exceptional tools and manual controls to assist in taking great photographs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
“The camera generally took well-exposed photos, with pleasing, vivid color… Purple fringing wasn’t a problem and, much to my surprise, neither was redeye…”
Rating: N/A reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
“Images were richly detailed with natural-looking colours and atypically restrained saturation for a digicam. Skin tones were particularly well rendered. Imatest confirmed the lower saturation levels and showed the test camera to be capable of both excellent resolution and very good colour accuracy..”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital has a preview of the Ricoh GR Digital II and writes;
“At first sight not much seems to have changed but when you put some more time into this new model you will soon find out that some tenth of improvements and renewals have been applied…”

Ricoh GR Digital II Samples

Ricoh GR Digital II Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Ricoh GR Digital II Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Ricoh GR Digital II Sample Photos @ DCRP
Ricoh GR Digital II Sample Photos @ Ricoh Global

Ricoh GR Digital II User Manual (PDF)

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Ricoh GR Digital II Firmware

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Ricoh GR Digital II Press Release

Tokyo, Japan –30th October
– Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president: Shiro Kondo) is proud to announce the development and release of the GR DIGITAL II. This compact digital camera succeeds the high-resolution GR DIGITAL released in October 2005.

The multi-award winning GR DIGITAL was launched as the successor to the GR Series of 35 mm compact film cameras (first released in 1996) that were popular for their superb image quality. The GR’s outstanding performance met the high standards demanded by professional photographers. It’s compact 25mm thin magnesium alloy body has been highly accepted by a wide range of users including high-end amateur and professional photographers in the two years since its release.

The new GR DIGITAL II retains the original concept of the GR DIGITAL of being a high-resolution compact camera that achieves excellent resolving power from edge to edge, low noise, and low colour aberration.

In addition, it has, expressive power, operability, and expandability for even higher image quality. Main features of GR DIGITAL II The GR Digital II achieves even higher resolution with new GR Engine II.

* The GR DIGITAL II is equipped with the newly developed GR ENGINE II image processing engine to keep the excellent resolution, tone characteristics, and colour saturation of the GR DIGITAL, while achieving dramatic reduction in noise.
* A new 1/1.75-inch CCD with 10.01 million effective pixels is employed to achieve improved resolution with an increased number of pixels.
* High image quality that meets the needs of professionals is achieved by coupling with the F2.4 aperture, f5.9 mm focal length (equivalent to 28 mm on a 35mm camera) GR LENS popular for its high resolution feel and low distortion.

Highly expressive photos can be taken thanks to an acceleration sensor that measures camera tilt along the perpendicular axis and the newly developed image processing engine, GR ENGINE II.

* Equipped with an electronic level. o With the addition of an acceleration sensor, the GR DIGITAL II is equipped with an electronic level function that allows users to know if the camera is level while looking at the LCD monitor. This feature is especially effective when taking pictures of buildings or scenery. o With the level indicator display on the LCD monitor, composing photos with horizontal or vertical lines visible is now possible without looking away from the camera when shooting. o There is also a warning sound sensor that can be set to let you know if the camera is level during shooting.
* Square format photography enabled. o A 1:1 aspect ratio (vertical/horizontal ratio) image size that allows for easy photography of square format images is included. o Square format is achieved where one can enjoy photography different from standard rectangular images. That aspect ratio has been well received with classic 6×6 medium-format and Ricoh Caplio GX100 cameras. o RAW mode also is compatible with 1:1 aspect ratio (vertical/horizontal ratio).
* A variety of monochromatic expressions possible with black-and-white (TE*) settings. o Colour, colour depth, contrast, and sharpness of an image can each be adjusted in +/- five steps. o Colour can be selected as desired from sepia, red, green, blue, and purple. *TE?Toning?effect

Enhanced operability within a camera designed to accompany a design to accompany photographers wherever they go.

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