Ricoh GR Digital II Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Ricoh Caplio GR Digital II
Resolution: 10.01 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/1.75 inch
(7.4mm x 5.5mm)
Lens: Non-Zoom
(28mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 80 - 1600
Shutter: 1/2000 - 180 sec
Max Aperture: 2.4
Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.0 in.
(107 x 58 x 25 mm)
Weight: 5.9 oz (168 g)
MSRP: $700
Availability: 12/2007
Manufacturer: Ricoh
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Ricoh GR II Intro

The Ricoh GR II is an update to the previous Caplio GR Digital model, with the most notable change being the use of a 1/1.75" CCD image sensor with ten megapixel resolution in place of the lower-res eight megapixel CCD used in the previous camera. The new sensor is coupled to a new GR ENGINE II image processing engine as well.

Ricoh GR II Features

The Ricoh GR II's fixed focal length 5.9mm lens is equivalent to 28 mm on a 35mm camera, a very useful, true wide-angle. A 4x digital zoom is provided, with up to 5.7x at 640x480 pixels. Aperture range is a reasonably fast f/2.4 to f/11. The Ricoh GR II includes a 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels with a high 160 degree viewing angle, but no optical viewfinder is provided. An optional add-on optical viewfinder is however offered.

Other features offered by the GR II is a relatively compact and thin magnesium alloy body, the ability to shoot in RAW mode, and a unique electronic level function that allows users to know if the camera is level. The GR II stores its images and movies on SD/SDHC cards or in 54MB of internal memory. Connectivity includes high-speed USB 2.0 and analog A/V out. The GR II's CIPA-rated battery life is 370 shots using the provided DB-60 lithium-ion battery pack.

Ricoh GR II Pricing and Availability

The Ricoh GR II digital camera ships from December 2007 in European markets, with United Kingdom pricing set at 400 inclusive of value-added tax. The Ricoh GR Digital II is available at select retailers in the the US for about $700.


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