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Dennis Hissink : October 30th 2007 - 10:46 CET

Ricoh GR Digital 2


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RicohRicoh GR Digital 2 : Ricoh announced the development and release of the new Ricoh GR Digital II. The Ricoh GR Digital 2 compact digital camera succeeds the high-resolution GR Digital released in October 2005. In 2006 the Ricoh GR Digital was honored with the DIWA Gold Award for its total package of excellent value for money. The GR Digital was launched as the successor to the GR Series of 35 mm compact film cameras popular for their superb image quality. Its depictive performance that satisfied even professional photographers was condensed into a compact 25-mm 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.
Ricoh GR Digital 2Ricoh GR Digital II camera - Engine
The new Ricoh GR Digital II retains the concept of the GR Digital that is the idea of being a high-resolution compact camera that achieves excellent resolving power from edge to edge, low noise, and low color aberration. It tops that off with, expressive power, operability, and expandability for even higher image quality. The Ricoh GR Digital II is equipped with the newly developed GR Engine II image processing engine to keep the excellent resolution, tone characteristics, and color saturation of the GR Digital, while achieving dramatic reduction in noise.

Ricoh GR Digital 2 digicam - CCD and Aperture
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.

GR Digital II compact camera - Level indicator display
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. With the addition of an acceleration sensor, the Ricoh GR Digital II could be equipped with an electronic level function that allows users to know if the camera is level while looking at the LCD monitor. Adjusting levelness when taking pictures of buildings or scenery takes further advantage of the characteristics of GR lens with its small distortion. With the level indicator display on the LCD monitor, composing photos with horizontal or vertical lines visible is possible without looking away from the camera when shooting. A level sensor sound to let you know if the camera is level during shooting can be set.

Ricoh GR Digital 2 digital camera - Square format and Digital effects
A 1:1 aspect ratio (vertical/horizontal ratio) image size that allows for easy photography of square format images is included. Square format is achieved where one can enjoy photography different from standard rectangular images. That aspect ratio has been well received with classic 6x6 medium-format and Ricoh Caplio GX100 cameras. RAW mode also is compatible with 1:1 aspect ratio (vertical/horizontal ratio). A variety of monochromatic expressions possible with black-and-white toning effect (TE) settings. Color, color depth, contrast, and sharpness of an image can each be adjusted in +/- five steps. Color can be selected as desired from sepia, red, green, blue, and purple.

Ricoh GR Digital II digital compact camera - Display and RAW format
Enhanced operability while inheriting a design to accompany photographers wherever they go. The function button allows for one-push mode switching. Settings can be registered to switch between “JPEG and RAW,” “Snap and AF,” “color and black & white,” and others for quick switching of modes when sudden photo opportunities present themselves. Functions registered to the Fn button can be saved to the My Settings Mode. By displaying the depth of field in the focus bar, the distance range of the depth of field can be confirmed in advance. The 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel display with a high 160º viewing angle is easy to view from both low and high angles. Writing time for RAW mode has been reduced and shooting during RAW image writing has been achieved. Image writing time in RAW mode has been reduced to as short as approx. 3.8 sec. And with boosted buffer memory, the next shot can be taken while the first is still being written. (RAW writing time for GR Digital was approx. 11 sec., and continuous shooting was not possible.)

Ricoh Digital 2 camera - Flash photography and Viewfinder
A manual pop-up flash operated by a sliding switch is employed to prevent accidental flash operation. The camera is equipped with a flash exposure compensation function that can compensate light intensity from +2.0 EV to -2.0 EV. An information display mode shows specific information of your choice on the screen even when the LCD monitor is turned off thereby increasing its ease of use when using the external viewfinder.

Ricoh GR Digital 2 - Shooting mode and Battery
The mode dial is equipped with two My Setting modes. Just aligning the mode dial to a My Setting allows the user to switch to a preregistered shooting setting of choice. The Ricoh GR Digital II has been equipped with an ADJ. lever to assign functions with a push after setting values are chosen from the operation menu in ADJ. mode. Automatic horizontal or vertical rotation of images according to the camera position has been achieved and can be viewed during playback on the LCD monitor. Approx. 370 shots can be taken with one charge of the included rechargeable battery (DB-60). (The GR Digital could take approx. 250 shots.) A thin, compact size was achieved, measuring 107.0 × 59.0 × 25.0 (W x H x D) and weighing 168 g, while ease of use was improved.

Ricoh GR Digital 2 options
• Ricoh Tele Conversion Lens GT-1 (Upcoming product)
• Ricoh External Viewfinder GV-2
• Ricoh Soft Case (For GV-2) GC-2
• Ricoh External Viewfinder GV-1
• Ricoh Wide Conversion Lens GW-1
• Ricoh Hood & Adapter GH-1
• Ricoh AC Adapter AC-4c
• Ricoh Soft Case GC-1
• Ricoh Neck Strap GS-1
• Ricoh Neck Strap ST-2
• Ricoh Cable Switch CA-1
• Ricoh Rechargeable Battery DB-60
• Ricoh Battery Charger BJ-6

Ricoh GR Digital II accessories included
• Rechargeable Battery (Ricoh DB-60)
• Battery charger (Ricoh BJ-6)
• USB Cable
• AV Cable
• Hand Strap
• Software CD-ROM
• Instruction Manuals

Ricoh GR Digital 2 digital still camera - Accessories
GR Digital optional accessories can continue to be used with the Ricoh GR Digital II. And the new GT-1, GV-2, and GC-2 can also be used with the original GR Digital. A tele conversion lens (GT-1) equivalent to 40 mm on a 35 mm camera has been added to the lineup for shooting with a standard frame. The external viewfinder (GV-2) is an upcoming product and equivalent to 28 mm on a 35 mm camera has been added. It is even compatible with 1:1 aspect ratio image size photography. (The currently available external viewfinder (GV-1) is equivalent to 28 mm and 21 mm on a 35 mm camera.) A soft case (GC-2) has been added to the lineup that can accommodate GR Digital II with the GV-2 attached.





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