|SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD card
When testing the Ricoh GR Digital I have used a very special and extremely handy Secure Digital memory card; the SanDisk Ultra II Plus. The design of the card is similar to that of the SD standard memory card; on top the card features an additional function. Having removed the card from the Ricoh GR Digital camera, you can bend it in the middle after which a USB interface is freed. This enables you to insert the card directly from your camera in a free USB port of a notebook or computer without the need for a connection to the camera or a card reader to get access to the stored data. Of course you can read the data through the camera but I must admit that I use the card more and more to transport data such as photos, but also documents, to and fro my different work floors.
1GB Secure Digital memory card
The Lithium Ion battery and the SD memory card are settled in the same compartment on the bottom side of the Ricoh GR-D. The 8 Megapixels deliver extensive files, certainly when shooting in RAW. A memory card with a large capacity is quite necessary; I'd even go for a 1GB memory card. The table below shows how many images will fit on a 1GB Secure Digital memory card.
Considering 1GB storage capacity:
Resolution - 3264 x 2448 pixels - RAW - 33 images
Resolution - 3264 x 2176 pixels - RAW - 37 images
Resolution - 3264x2448 pixels - JPEG - fine - 158 images
Resolution - 3264x2176 pixels - JPEG - fine - 177 images
Resolution - 3264x2448 pixels - JPEG - normal - 275 images
Resolution - 2592x1944 pixels - JPEG - normal - 430 images
Resolution - 2048x1536 pixels - JPEG - normal - 683 images
Resolution - 1280x960 pixels - JPEG - normal - 1209 images
Resolution - 640x480 pixels - JPEG - normal - 5237 images
Text mode - 3267x2448 pixels - 1257 images
Text mode - 2048x1536 pixels - 1654 images
Video - 320x240 pixels - 12 min 19s
Video - 160x120 pixels - 46 min 1s
|Ricoh GR Digital - Processing the images
The speed of the SD memory card doesn't play a big role here. The differences are there but not extremely obvious. The Ricoh GR Digital has trouble processing the images in a high speed, especially when shooting in RAW you need to be patient. Also when using the faster Extreme III card. This is the weakest point of the GR Digital. You'd love to work with RAW to get the most of the camera, but you prefer not to work in RAW because of the slowness. This is partly due to the buffer but more so to the processor used for the Ricoh GR-D. There is also an internal memory available with room for RAW and JPEG images but unfortunately this doesn't work very fast either. Clearly you have to consider this when using the camera. Of course the Ricoh GR-D isn't a camera meant for the action photographer but a little bit more speed when processing the RAW format files to obtain high quality would have been highly appreciated.
Ricoh GR Digital - 3.7V Lithium Ion battery
The battery used for the GR Digital is the 3.7V Li-ion, but also two 1.5V AAA batteries can be used. It might be hard to remove the battery quickly at times since you can't get a good grip on it to take it out. Nor is there a catch or something that could push the battery out. This is something that could do with improving. That also applies to the lack of a safety catch to keep the battery in its place. Nor is it clear how the battery should be placed inside the camera, some instructions are required here.
Ricoh GR Digital - Energy use
The energy of the battery load is somewhat restricted; you will have to recharge the battery after some 100 images. Taking a battery charger with you on holiday or taking a second battery with you is advisable in this case. And it's always convenient to carry a second battery with you in situations where there is no possibility of recharging the battery. Of course you can also take a set of AAA format batteries as spare ones with you but don't count on too long a life. Besides the optional separate viewfinder will certainly add to saving some power because you don't have to use the monitor when the viewfinder is attached. You will just need the monitor to check the sharpness.