Ricoh GR II Performance


Timing and Performance

Very good performance overall, with some noteworthy improvements over its predecessor

Startup/Play to Record

Power on
to first shot

~1.3 seconds

Time it takes to turn on and capture a shot.

Play to Record,
first shot

~0.5 second

Time until first shot is captured.

Startup time is much slower than most DSLRs, but not bad for a compact camera and improved over the GR's 1.9 seconds. Switching from Play to Record is quite fast, and about the same as the GR.


Shutter Response (Lag Time)

Full Autofocus,
Spot AF (center) mode

0.291 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting.

Full Autofocus,
Spot AF mode
Auto Flash Enabled

0.450 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting, Auto flash enabled.

Manual Focus

0.086 second

For most cameras, shutter lag is less in manual focus than autofocus, but usually not as fast as when the camera is "prefocused".

Prefocused

0.026 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.

The Ricoh GR II's autofocus and shutter lag times are pretty fast, and similar to the GR's. Full autofocus shutter lag is about 0.29 second in Spot AF mode (center). With the flash enabled, the Ricoh GR II's full AF shutter lag increases to about 0.45s to account for the preflash metering.

When manually focused, the Ricoh GR II's shutter lag drops to only 0.086 second which is quite fast, and when prefocused, shutter lag is a very quick 0.026 second.


Cycle Time (shot to shot)

Single Shot mode
Large JPEG

< 0.30 second

Average time per shot.

Single Shot mode
RAW + L JPEG

0.45 second

Average time per shot.

Early shutter
penalty?

No

Some cameras don't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous Mode
Large JPEG

0.25 second (4.00 frames per second);
80+ frames total;
1 second to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over 80 shots with no signs of slowing.

Continuous Mode
RAW

0.16 second (6.08 frames per second);
10 frames total;
9 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 10 frames, then stops.

Continuous Mode
RAW + L JPEG

0.16 second (6.08 frames per second);
10 frames total;
12 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 10 frames, then stops.

Flash Recycling

1.4 seconds

Flash at maximum output.

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 95 MB/sec UHS-I SDHC card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity and noise reduction settings can also affect cycle times and burst mode performance.

Single-shot cycle times are quite fast for a compact camera, and much improved over the GR. When shooting just JPEGs, it's so fast that we can't accurately measure it as it depends on the dexterity and rhythm of the user. When shooting RAW+JPEG files, cycle time is 0.45 second which is still very fast. The GR took about 0.9 and 2.0 seconds respectively. We no longer test just RAW file cycle time in single-shot mode, as it's usually somewhere in between JPEG and RAW+JPEG.

In Continuous mode, the GR II captures 4 large JPEG frames per second, exactly matching Ricoh's spec. That's the same speed as the GR and below average these days, though there doesn't appear to be a buffer limit, at least with a fast card. The GR II can capture RAW or RAW+L JPEG frames at about 6.1 frames per second, and buffer depth has been increased to 10 frames, a welcome improvement over the GR's meager 4 frame buffer.

Buffer clearing is fast when shooting JPEGs at only about one second. The GR II does however take much longer with RAW files, up to 12 seconds after a max-length burst of RAW+JPEG frames versus 4 seconds for the GR, but that's no surprise with the deeper buffer. And the GR II won't let you take another shot or change any settings while the buffer is clearing.

The built-in flash takes only 1.4 seconds on average to recycle after a full discharge, which is very fast.


Bottom line, the Ricoh GR Mark II's performance is generally very good with some nice improvements over its predecessor. Startup is still a bit sluggish compared to DSLRs but improved over the GR, single-shot cycle times are much improved, and autofocus and shutter lag remain fast. Burst speed with just JPEGs remains mediocre at 4 frames per second, though there doesn't appear to be a buffer limit. With RAW files, bursts still speed up to about 6.1 fps, but with an improved buffer depth of 10 shots. Buffer clearing is very fast with just JPEGs, but a little slow with RAW files.

Battery

Battery Life
Good battery life for its class, and improved over its predecessor

Operating Mode Battery Life
Still Capture,
(CIPA standard)
320 shots

The Ricoh GR II uses a custom rechargeable DB-65 lithium-ion battery pack for power, which is charged in-camera via USB. (A dedicated BJ-6 battery charger is available for additional cost.) This is the same battery pack as the GR, but battery life has been improved from 290 to 320 shots per charge using the CIPA standard. Although battery life is pretty good for its class, we still recommend getting a second battery for your GR II if you plan any extended outings.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fully-charged rechargeable battery), based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

 



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