Ricoh GR Digital II Review

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Ricoh GR Digital II




Features & Controls


Ricoh GR Digital II

The GR Digital II features a wide angle 28mm equivalent fixed lens. This is an all-glass optic comprised of 6 elements in 5 groups (two aspherical lenses and three aspherical surfaces). The aperture range is F2.4 - F11. When powered down the lens retracts into the camera and is protected by an automatic lens barrier, no lens cap is required.

The contrast detection AF system has a focus range of 30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity in normal mode. Macro focus mode coverage is from 1.5cm (0.6 in.) to infinity.




Ricoh GR Digital II

The GR Digital II features two optional conversion lenses to choose from, the 1.43x Tele Conversion lens GT-1 and the 0.75x Wide conversion lens GW-1. To use these lenses, the Hood and Lens Adapter GH-1 is required.



Ricoh GR Digital II

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro modes. Flash range is 7.9 in. to 9.8 ft. (20cm to 3.0m). Using the optional conversion lenses with change the effective flash coverage. You can also see the flash release on the side.



Ricoh GR Digital II

Ricoh also offers two optional optical viewfinders that attach to the flash hot shoe. These are great to use when wanting to conserve precious battery life, or when following fast moving subjects in Burst mode. However, remember that these viewfinders only cover approx 80-85% of the captured image; so, the image you captured may not look like the one you framed in the viewfinder.



Ricoh GR Digital II

On the top you'll find the Power On/Off button, and Mode Dial which has positions for: Scene (Movie, Skew Correct, Text), Manual, Aperture priority, Program, Auto and My Mode 1 & 2. To rotate the dial, you first have to press the release button at the top. Next to that is the shutter release, and out on the front edge is the Sub command dial.



Ricoh GR Digital II

In the upper right is the zoom control which also functions as the Index / Magnify controls in play mode. Over to the left is the ADJust button/rocker switch, which gives you quick access to exposure compensation, white balance or ISO speeds. The Green Play button enters review or playback mode. Next we have the 4-way controller. It lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change the Mode when the mode dial is on the Scene position, "Right" to change flash mode, and press "Down" to enable Macro focus mode. The Fn or "Left" button can be set to a variety of functions (AF/MF, AE Lock, etc.) via the setup menu. The MENU/Ok button calls up and dismisses the menus, and accepts menu selections. Next is the Self-timer button (10 or 2 seconds), which also acts as the Delete button in playback mode. Lastly we have the DISPlay button, it controls the amount of overlay information on the LCD as well as activates the live histogram and grid lines.



Ricoh GR Digital II

The I/O ports are on the side: The Audio-Video Out lets you connect to a TV set with the supplied cable. The video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. The USB 2.0 (high-speed) port connects the camera to a computer to download the images and movies. The GR Digital II is PictBridge compatible so you can also plug the USB cable into any PictBridge compatible printer for direct printing.



Ricoh GR Digital II

The GR Digital II is equipped with 54MB of internal memory and also features a SD/MMC card slot. Ricoh does not specify the maximum card size allowed, however we had no problems using this OCZ (Class 6) 4GB SDHC card.


Storage Capacities (approximate)

Mode Quality Pixels Built-In
256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB
Still RAW 3648
x
2736
2 images 13 images 26 images 51 images 105 images 207 images 423
images
F 3648
x
2736
14 images 62 images 126 images 243 images 495 images 973 images 1989
images
N 3648
x
2736
24 images 109 images 219 images 422 images 853 images 1676 images 3426
images
RAW 3648
x
2432
3 images 15 images 30 images 58 images 118 images 232 images 475
images
F 3648
x
2432
15 images 70 images 142 images 273 images 553 images 1087 images 2222
images
N 3648
x
2432
27 images 122 images 247 images 476 images 960 images 1885 images 3854
images
RAW 2736
x
2736
3 images 17 images 35 images 68 images 140 images 274 images 561
images
F 2736 x 2736 18 images 83 images 168 images 323 images 653 images 1284 images 2624
images
N 2736 x 2736 32 images 144 images 291 images 599 images 1138 images 2235 images 4568
images
N 3264 x 2448 30 images 135 images 273 images 525 images 1059 images 2080 images 4253
images
N 2592
x
1944
47 images 213 images 430 images 828 images 1661 images 3261 images 6667
images
N 2048
x 1536
73 images 331 images 667 images 1285 images 2560 images 5027 images 10277
images
N 1280
x
960
133 images 599 images 1208 images 2323 images 4726 images 9282 images 18973
images
N 640
x
480
497 images 2227 images 4488 images 8632 images 15359 images 30159 images 61643
images
Text 3648
x
2736
24 images 109 images 219 images 422 images 853 images 1676 images 3426
images
2048
x
1536
73 images 331 images 667 images 1285 images 2560 images 5027 images 10277
images
Motion 640 x 480 15Frame/S 1'22" 6'7" 12'19" 23'42" 48'13" 99'8" 193'30"
640 x 480 30Frame/S 41" 3'5" 6'14" 11'59" 24'23" 50'10" 97'55"
320 x 240 15Frame/S 2'40" 11'57" 24'5" 46'19" 94'11" 193'41" 378'2"
320 x 240 30Frame/S 1'22" 6'7" 12'19" 23'42" 48'13" 99'8" 193'30"




Ricoh GR Digital II

The GR Digital II can be powered by either the included DB-60 3.7V 1150 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack or three standard AAA-type batteries (alkaline, Qxyride, Nickel-Hydrogen cells). Ricoh claims approx. 370 shots using the included Li-ion battery pack and up to 45 shots using the optional AAA cells.





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