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Introduction

The Ricoh GR II is a new premium compact camera that’s aimed squarely at the enthusiast photographer. At the heart of the Ricoh GR II is an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels and no anti-aliasing filter, and a 28mm fixed focal length lens which has a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, a nine-blade diaphragm and a manually adjustable ND (neutral density) filter. Images can be recorded either as JPEGs or in the Adobe DNG RAW format, there’s a pop-up flash and an external hotshoe which can accept a flashgun or an optional optical viewfinder, and full creative control over exposure is available. New features include Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, an improved white balance algorithm, enhanced noise management, six more effect modes and wireless flash support. Thanks to the GR ENGINE V imaging engine, the GR II offers high-sensitivity shooting at up to ISO 25600, plus it can focus in 0.2 seconds and offers 4fps burst shooting. The Ricoh GR II is available in black for £599.99 / $799. Two external viewfinders, the 28mm GV-1 and the 21/28mm GV-2, are both offered as an optional accessory for £220 / $219.

Ease of Use

The Ricoh GR II is a wide and fairly slim compact digital camera that just about fits into the palm of average sized hands, measuring 111.7 mm (W) x 61 mm (H) x 34.7 mm (D) and weighing around 215g without the battery or memory card fitted.

Utilizing a magnesium alloy body, the GR II is an exceedingly well built camera, and certainly up there with the best that the other manufacturers have to offer. Our review sample has an under-stated, all-black appearance which lends the camera a professional, no-nonsense feel. Despite its small dimensions, the Ricoh GR II has a large rubberized handgrip that allows you to get a really good grip, and there’s a substantial area of the same material acting as a thumb rest on the rear and right-hand side of the body. The all-metal, central tripod mount is another giveaway sign that this is intended to be a serious camera (most compacts have a plastic mount squeezed into one of the corners).

The GR II features a 28mm, f2.8 wide-angle fixed-focus lens, which will immediately put a lot of people off this camera. The GR II’s 28mm lens is perfect, however, for wide-angle shots, so if you’re a fan of land- and city- scapes, or you’re happy to get up close and personal, the combination of the GR II’s lens and every photographer’s constant companion, their legs, proves to be more versatile than you might first think. Ricoh have also included 35mm and 47mm crop modes, which as the names suggests changes the focal length to a a more classic 35mm or 47mm by cropping into the 16 megapixel image, producing a 10.2 megapixel photo and 5.7 megapixel photo respectively. Also, the optional GW-3 Wide Conversion Lens (£190) can be fitted to the GR II to provide a 21mm focal length.

The Ricoh GR II has a maximum ISO speed of 12800. Cleverly you can also set a specific shutter speed in Auto High ISO mode as well as setting the upper limit of the ISO sensitivity. Note that, like its predecessor, the Ricoh GR II doesn’t feature image stabilisation.

The GR II offers Full HD movie recording at 30/25/24fps in the H.264 video format with stereo sound. During recording the camera can be set to continuously focus on the centre of the frame (manual, smap and infinity focus options are also available). Various image Effects including Retro and Bleach Bypass are available during movie recording, and the white balance can also be set. You can’t set the aperture or shutter speed though, so you’ll have to rely on the camera’s exposure system when shooting video.

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Front of the Ricoh GR II

The Ricoh GR II features a 16 megapixel, APS-C-size CMOS image sensor an Anti-aliasing filter-less design, which promises fantastic image quality for a compact camera – you can judge for yourself on the Image Quality and Sample Images pages. There’s the usual choice of Fine and Normal JPEGs, but Ricoh have stolen a march on some of their competition by providing a RAW mode setting. Even better, the RAW format that they have chosen is not a proprietary one, but Adobe’s DNG format, which means that the Ricoh GR II’s files are instantly available in any RAW software that supports DNG (virtually every one). This is an excellent choice by Ricoh.

There are four external controls which form the creative heart of the GR II. Located on the top right of the camera are the Shooting Mode dial, the front command dial and what Ricoh refer to as the Up-Down dial, and on the back is the ADJ. dial. These controls allow you to choose which shooting mode you want to use, with a choice of full auto, program shift, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, shutter/aperture-priority (TAv) (borrowed from Pentax DSLR camera, this mode automatically sets the optimum ISO speed based on the shutter speed and aperture) and fully manual, and to control the settings of the particular mode that you have picked.

For example, in Manual mode, the front command dial dial sets the aperture and the Adj. dial sets the shutter speed, providing quick and intuitive access. In the aperture-priority, shutter-priority, shutter/aperture-priority modes, the Up-Down dial sets the exposure compensation. Furthermore, pressing the Adj. dial inwards allows you to quickly adjust five different settings that are commonly used. Press it to alter ISO Speed, Picture Size, Aspect Ratio, Focus and Exposure Metering, by default. Even better, the Adj. menu is customisable – you can choose what the settings do, allowing you to control exactly what you want quick access to, and you also set the Adj. dial to control the ISO speed by pressing left/right.

Continuing the customisation theme, you can configure the Ricoh GR II and save the current settings as one of three My Settings modes, which are accessible by setting the Shooting Mode dial to either the MY1, MY2 or MY3 option. This allows you to configure the GR II for different uses and allows quick access to each configuration (the camera remembers the settings when it’s turned off). The two Function (Fn) buttons on the rear of the camera and the Effect button on the side can also be customised to suit your particular needs. The Ricoh GR II is one of the most customisable compact cameras that we’ve ever reviewed.

The new Wi-Fi function lets you use your smartphone to change the Ricoh GR II’s key settings and even fire the shutter button remotely (including video recording) using the GR Remote application, while Image Sync automatically backs up your photos onto a mobile device or computer. The GR II now also features NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that’s used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect it to a compatible internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

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Rear of the Ricoh GR II

As the Ricoh GR II offers a full range of advanced exposure controls, it’s quite complex in terms of its design. There are 20 external controls in total, leaving just enough room for the 3 inch, 3:2 aspect ratio LCD screen on the back of the camera. Further appealing to the avid photographer in you, the Ricoh GR II has a range of focusing and metering modes that should cover most situations. On the focusing side, the multi-AF system has 9 separate auto focus points, and there’s also Spot AF, Pinpoint AF, Subject Tracking, Manual focus, Snap mode (can be changed to focus at either 1m, 1.5m, 2.5m, 5m or Infinity) and Infinity.

The Full Press Snap option takes a photo at one of the Snap mode distances with a full press of the shutter button. This means that you can use both the camera’s auto-focus system by half-pressing the shutter button, and over-ride it to instantly shoot at at a pre-determined distance without having to wait for the camera to focus. In terms of metering, the multi metering mode is 256 segment, and there’s also center weighted average metering and spot metering.

The AF function button/lever on the rear of the camera toggles between AEL/AFL and the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode. When it’s set to the latter, if you hold down the AF function button to focus on a moving subject and press the shutter release button at the same time, a series of sharp images of the subject is taken. Alternatively, the continuous shooting mode ican be automatically activated while the C-AF button is pressed.

Multi-pattern auto white balance is useful for scenes with mixed lighting – daylight and flash, or fluorescent and daylight, for example. Instead of just taking an average reading from the whole scene, which inevitably gets the white balance wrong for the secondary light source, the GR II breaks the image down into small areas and analyzes and sets the white balance for each one. In practice it produces a subtle but noticeable effect that is particularly useful for capturing more natural portraits when using flash. New to the GR II is the Color Temperature Extension white balance mode, which makes it possible to emphasize a predominant color within the image, such as the red in sunset scenes.

Also very useful is the ability to change the power of the built-in flash which can be set at 12 levels from full flash to 1/64, enabling you to balance the intensity for both the subject and background. The GR II also now offers wireless flash functionality. The built-in flash can be used to trigger external Pentax flashes as a slave, including the AF540FGZ II, AF360FGZ II, AF540FGZ and AF360FGZ flashguns.

The Ricoh GR II’s 3 inch, 1.23 million dot LCD screen is a real highlight. Both text and images really come alive on a simply breath-taking display that’s one of the best of any camera that we’ve ever reviewed. It also has an automatic brightness adjustment function which as the name suggests automatically matches the screen’s brightness to your surroundings. If you don’t like composing your photos by holding the camera at arms length and looking at the LCD screen, there’s also another way of framing your shots. You can additionally buy an optional, completely removable optical viewfinder. The OVF slots into the hot-shoe on top of the camera, allowing you to hold the camera up to your eye and instantly giving the GR II the feel of a single-lens reflex camera.

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Top of the Ricoh GR II

The Dynamic Range Compensation mode records images with greater dynamic range. When the Ricoh GR II is in DR mode it takes a single shot and attempts to expand the dynamic range. There are three DR strengths – Weak, Medium and Strong – and an Auto setting. You can also choose to bracket this feature too.

The electronic leveler is a neat feature that helps to ensure level shots while viewing through the LCD monitor, both in landscape and portrait mode. You can view the horizontal and vertical indicators on the LCD monitor to ensure that shots are aligned along each axis. If you’re using the external viewfinder, or can’t see the LCD screen in very bright sunlight, then the camera can also be set to make a sound to indicate a level horizon. It doesn’t sound like a big deal in theory, but in practice it really helps to make all those wide-angle shots perfectly level.

The Depth of field indicator is an equally useful function. If you set the GR II to either Manual or Aperture priority mode, and the Focus mode to Snap, Manual or Infinity, a vertical scale on the left of the LCD screen indicates the depth-of-field at the current aperture, helping to ensure sharp focus when you’re not relying on the camera’s auto-focus system.

In addition to Bracketing (exposure, white balance, effects, dynamic range correction, and contrast), Multiple Exposure and Interval Shooting modes, the Interval Composite mode takes a series of images at a fixed interval, then automatically combines the high-luminance pixel data from each images to create a single composite image, useful for quickly and accurately producing star trail images, for example.

The main menu system on the Ricoh GR II is straight-forward to use and is accessed by pressing the Menu/OK button in the middle of the navigation pad. There are three main menus, Shooting, Key Custom Options and Setup. Quite a lot of the camera’s main options, such as image size, sharpness, metering mode and continuous mode, are accessed here, so the Shooting Settings menu has 30 options spread over 3 screens, the Key Custom Options menu has 27 options, and the Setup menu has 40 options. Due to the high-resolution LCD screen and restricting the number of on-screen choices to 10, the various options and icons are clear and legible.

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The Ricoh GR II In-hand

Ricoh are well known for delivering responsive cameras, and the GR II certainly continues in that tradition. The start-up time from turning the Ricoh GR II on to being ready to take a photo is responsive at around 1 second. Focusing is very quick in good light, with a focusing speed of 0.2 seconds, despite not using the older GR IV model’s hybrid autofocus system. The camera also happily achieves focus most of the time indoors or in low-light situations, and macro focusing speed is pretty fast too at 0.4sec.

It takes about 0.5 second to store a JPEG image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card, and there is virtually no LCD blackout between each image. Shooting in RAW mode, the GR II only takes around 1 second to store a RAW image, and you can also take another shot while it’s being written to memory.

In the fastest Continuous mode the camera takes 4 frames per second for an unlimited number of images at the highest JPEG image quality, which is very good for this class of camera. Even better news is that the GR II can also shoot up to 10 RAW images at 4fps. Using the Subject Tracking AF mode, while the shutter-release button is pressed the GR II takes a series of photos and adjusts its focus on the subject at the same time using the external autofocus system, which proves very useful for quick-moving subjects.

Once you have captured a photo, the GR II has a good range of options when it comes to playing, reviewing and managing your images. You can instantly scroll through the images that you have taken, view thumbnails (81 onscreen at once!), zoom in and out up to 16x magnification, view slideshows with audio, set the print order, delete, protect and resize an image. Level Compensation allows you to correct the contrast and tone of an image after it has been taken, White Balance Compensation the white balance, and Color Moire Compensation usefully removes any artificial color banding. The Skew Correction function alters any photo that was taken at an angle so it appears as if it were taken directly in front of you. There’s even in-camera RAW Development, with 9 different parameters available.

Images are automatically rotated during playback to fit the current orientation of the camera. Pushing the Adjust dial instantly displays the image at a previously defined magnification, handy for quickly checking focus. The Display button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and aperture / shutter speed, and there is a small histogram available during both shooting and playback. The White Saturation display mode during image playback indicates over-exposed highlights by flashing those areas on and off. When taking a photo, pressing the Display button toggles between the detailed information, the histogram and gridlines to aid composition.

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Ricoh GR II Review Image

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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Ricoh GR II produced images of outstanding quality during the review period. The GR II produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-1600, with ISO 3200 also looking pretty good. ISO 6400 only shows a little noise, while the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 are quite a lot noisier but still retain saturation and fine detail, making them perfectly usable for small prints and resizing for web use.

The Ricoh GR II handled chromatic aberrations very well with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 16 megapixel images were just a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting of Normal and either require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you should increase the in-camera sharpening level. The Dynamic Range mode works well, resulting in images that have noticeably more dynamic range that those shot in the Normal mode.

The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 300 seconds and the Bulb mode allowing you to capture enough light for most situations. Macro performance is OK, allowing you to focus as close as 10cm away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate overall exposure.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Ricoh GR II. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Ricoh GR II’s fixed lens offers a wide-angle focal length of 28mm, as illustrated below.

28mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web – Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting of Normal. You can change the in-camera sharpening level to one of the preset levels if you don’t like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Ricoh GR II handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations.

Macro

The Ricoh GR II offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 10cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Ricoh GR II are Auto, Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Manual Flash, and Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off – Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On – Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Ricoh GR II’s maximum shutter speed is 300 seconds, which is excellent news if you’re seriously interested in night photography, and there’s also a Bulb setting for even longer exposures. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

Dynamic Range Compensation

When the Ricoh GR II is in the Dynamic Range Compensation mode it takes a single shot and attempts to expand the dyanamic range. Here is an example which was shot with Off and then the three modes (Weak, Medium and Strong).

Off

Dynamic Range – Weak

   

Dynamic Range – Medium

Dynamic Range – Strong

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Ricoh GR II camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Ricoh GR II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We’ve provided some Ricoh RAW (DNG) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

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1/250s · f/5.6 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/90s · f/5.6 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/250s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/640s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/400s · f/2.8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/90s · f/5.6 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/160s · f/2.8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/90s · f/2.8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/160s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/125s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/180s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/160s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/100s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/160s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/500s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/125s · f/5.6 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/640s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/200s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/125s · f/8 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/125s · f/11 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/1500s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/1000s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/1600s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/10s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 100
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1/20s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 200
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1/40s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 400
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1/80s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 800
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1/160s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 1600
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1/320s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 3200
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1/640s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 6400
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1/1250s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 12800
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1/640s · f/4 · 28mm · ISO 25600
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Sample Movie

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 21 second movie is 61.6Mb in size.

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Product Images

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Front of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Front of the Ricoh GR II / Lens Extended

 
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Front of the Ricoh GR II / Pop-up Flash

 
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Side of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Side of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Side of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Side of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Rear of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Rear of the Ricoh GR II / Image Displayed

 

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Rear of the Ricoh GR II / Turned On

 
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Rear of the Ricoh GR II / ADJ Menu

 
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Rear of the Ricoh GR II / Main Menu

 
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Top of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Bottom of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Side of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Side of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Front of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Front of the Ricoh GR II

 
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Memory Card Slot

 
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Battery Compartment

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Specifications

Sensor

Type: CMOS Sensor
Size: APS-C
Color depth: 8 bit JPG, 12 bit RAW
Effective pixels: 16.2 MP
Total pixels: 16.9 MP
Pixel mapping: Yes

Lens

Type/construction: Ricoh GR lens, 7 elements, 5 groups (2 aspheric elements), 9 diaphragm blades
Optical zoom: n/a, fixed prime lens
Focal length (equiv.): 18.3mm (28mm)
Digital zoom: n/a
Aperture: f/2.8 – f/16
Filter diameter: 49mm (when using GH-3 Hood & Adapter – sold separately)

Focus System

Type: TTL contrast detection auto focus system
Sensitivity range: LV 1.5 to 17.5 (without AF assist lamp)
Focus modes: Multi AF, Spot AF, Pinpoint AF, Subject tracking AF, MF, Snap, Infinity, Face
detection priority AF (in Auto shooting mode / when Portrait of Effect is set), Continuous AF,
Full Press Snap
Focus point adjustment: Auto, User-Selectable, Center
Focus lock: Yes
AF assist: Yes
Focus range Normal: 11.76” to infinity
Focus range Macro: 3.9” to infinity

Viewfinder

Viewfinder: Yes via hotshoe mounted external optical viewfinder (GV-1, GV-2 – sold separately)

LCD Monitor

3.0″ transparent LCD, w/ protective cover
LCD resolution: approx. 1,230,000 dots
LCD framerate: 60 FPS
Wide angle viewable: Yes

Flash

Type: Built-in series control auto flash
Flash modes: Auto, Flash ON, Slow-Sync, Manual, AUTO Red-Eye Flash, Flash ON Red
Eye, Slow-Sync Red-Eye, Wireless
Effective range: 3.3’ – 9.8’ (auto ISO)
Guide Number: (5.4 / 100 ISO)
Flash exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)

External Flash

Type: Hot shoe TTL-A (TTL w/ pre-flash)
Synchronization speed: 1/400 sec
Wireless Flash Function: PENTAX AF360FGZII, PENTAX AF540FGZII

Storage Media

Internal memory: 54 MB
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi (X2 Series, Mobi)
(SDHC/SDXC memory cards conform to UHS-I standards)

Interfaces

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV/USB out, HDMI (Micro, Type D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL, HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080p, 720p, 480p)
Microphone: Built-in monaural

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery DB-65
Recordable images: Li-Ion approx. 320 (CIPA)
Playback time: Li-Ion approx. 190 min
Movie recording time: 25 min. maximum time per clip
AC adapter available: Yes (AC Adapter AC-5c – sold separately)

Physical Specs

Body dimensions (W x H x D): 4.6” x 2.5” x 1.4”
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 7.8 oz (221g)
Loaded and ready: 8.9 oz (251g)
Primary construction material(s): Magnesium Alloy covers
Operating temperature: 32-104°F
Ruggedized features: n/a

Language Support

(Depends on shipping destination). GR II’s shipped outside of Asia or Japan will include:

English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italy, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish,
Czech, Hungarian, Turkey, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese,
Japanese.

Metering System

Type: TTL
Sensitivity range: EV 1.8 to 17.8 (ISO 100)
Metering patterns: (multi, center, spot)
Exposure compensation: +/- 4 EV (1/3 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes.
Exposure bracketing: +/- 2 EV (3 frames, 1/2 or 1/3 steps, individual image exposure adjustable)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, Auto-Hi (Maximum ISO / Minimum ISO selectable), Manual ISO 100 – 25600

White Balance

Auto, Multi-P AUTO, Outdoors, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent 1, Incandescent 2, Daylight FL,
Neutral White FL, Cool White FL, Warm White FL, CTE, CT, Manual,
Manual mode(s): Yes
WB fine adjustment: +/- 8 steps B-A axis or G-M axis
White Balance Bracket Function: Yes

Shutter

Type: Mechanical and electronic shutter mechanism
Shutter speed: 1/4000 – 300 sec., Bulb, Time

Capture Modes

Mode selection: Auto shooting mode, Program shift mode, Aperture-Priority mode, Shutter-
Priority mode, Shutter/Aperture priority mode, Manual exposure mode, Bulb mode, Time mode, Movie, My Settings Mode.
17 Effects Modes: B&W, B&W TE (Temperature Extended), High Contrast B&W, Cross
Process, Positive Film, Bleach-Bypass, Retro, Miniaturize, Shift Crop, High-Key, HDR Tone,
Clarity, Brilliance, Slight, Vibrant, Bright, Portrait.
Green simplified mode available: YES
Face Detection: AF & AE – available in Auto modes for up to 10 faces.
Top Dial Control: Auto, P, Av, Tv, TAv, M, Movie, My1, My2, My3
Date Imprint: Yes (date, date & time)
Digital filters (capture): n/a
Electronic level: Yes (horizontal tilt, forward-back pitch)
File/Folder customization: Embed copyright

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Interval shooting, Effect bracketing, Dynamic
range bracketing, Contrast bracketing, Color space setting, FA/Move Target, Dynamic range
compensation, Multiple exposure shooting, Interval composite, Noise reduction, Histogram, Grid
Guide, Depth-of-field indicator, Electronic level indicator.

Continuous FPS: Approx. 4 fps (RAW, RAW + or JPEG)
Multi-exposure: 2-4 shots, auto exposure adjustment, save individual images
Interval: Unlimited shots, 5s to 1h interval in 5s increments
HDR: Available as Dynamic Range Double Shot scene mode
Cable switch: Yes (Cable Switch CA-2 – sold separately)

Playback Modes

Mode selection: Auto Rotate, Highlight Alert, Thumbnail View, Enlarged Display (up to 16×), Slideshow, Protect, Resize, Skew Correction, Level Compensation, White Balance Compensation, Trim, DPOF Setting, Color Moire Correction, RAW Development, Clip Movie File, Save still image from movie

Computer Requirements

WINDOWS: Windows 8 / 8.1 (32bit/64bit) / Windows 7 (32bit/64bit) / Windows Vista (32bit/64bit)
Mac: OS X 10.10 / 10.9 / 10.8 / 10.7

Memory

Internal memory: 54 MB

Dimensions

4.6” x 2.5” x 1.4”

Weight

Without battery or removable memory: 7.8 oz (221g)
Loaded and ready: 8.9 oz (251g)

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Conclusion

It’s hard to get excited about a new camera that principally only adds wi-fi and NFC connectivity to its predecessor. The new Ricoh GR II certainly takes the title of “Smallest Upgrade Ever”, with just a handful of other minor new features to justify the full RRP of £599.99 / $799. Still, the original Ricoh GR was an excellent camera in its own right, so while we wouldn’t suggest (at all) that owners of that camera should rush out to upgrade, the Ricoh GR II remains an attractive proposition if you’re looking for a responsive, full-featured, understated and pocketable camera that delivers outstanding still images.

The Ricoh GR II (V) features a large APS-C image sensor that delivers great results. There’s almost no noise from the base sensitivity of ISO 100 all the way up to 3200, with the higher settings of 6400, 12,800 and even to a lesser extent 25,600 all perfectly usable for smaller prints – very impressive for any 1.5x sensor, never mind one housed in a humble compact camera. The tack-sharp 28mm lens and the on-trend absence of an optical low-pass filter both improve the image quality further, with the option of the ubiquitous Adobe DNG RAW format if you want to take control, complete with in-camera RAW processing.

The Ricoh GR II also excels in the speed department, with snappy autofocusing, fast power-on, shutter-lag and shot-to-shot times, and even 4fps burst mode for both unlimited JPEGs and an increased number of RAW files. The proven Snap AF mode makes the GR perfect for street-shooters, with the 35mm/47mm crop modes and the 21mm conversion lens very handy for those who desire a closer or wider view than the 28mm lens provides. The Ricoh GR II excels in the customisability department, with three function buttons, three My shooting modes and other customisable controls making this a camera that you truly can setup to suit your way of working, although it does take a while to work out what the best combinations are.

So although the Ricoh GR II is only a tiny step forward for the GR-series, feeling more like a stop-gap product rather than a fully-fledged new camera, its undeniably still a pleasure to shoot with, and importantly there are still very few direct competitors in the market. If the prospect of a small and discrete camera with a fixed 28mm lens and APS-C sensor sets your pulse racing, then despite its lack of technological progress, the Ricoh GR II is still well worth considering. We just hope that Ricoh up the ante for the next model…

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Ricoh GR II.

Nikon Coolpix A

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The Nikon Coolpix A is a new pocket camera for professionals. The Nikon A features the same 16 megapixel APS-C sensor as the D7000 DSLR, a 28mm f/2.8 lens, full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording, a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen and 4fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix A review to find out if this justifies the £999.99 / $1099.95 price-tag…

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a premium compact camera like no other. The LX100 features a large Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, fast 24-75mm lens, class-leading electronic viewfinder, all in a camera that you can fit in a jacket pocket. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review with sample JPEG, RAW and video files to find out just what this exciting new camera is capable of…

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

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Big sensor – check. Fast lens – check. Built-in viewfinder – check. Tilting LCD screen – check. Wi-fi and NFC – check. Advanced video options – check. Is the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III the ultimate compact camera? Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review to find out…

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Review Roundup

Reviews of the Ricoh GR II from around the web.

ephotozine.com »

The Ricoh GR II is an update to the Ricoh GR, and features a number of updates including built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, improved white balance, noise performance, effects modes, as well as the capability to wirelessly control external flash units. Features carried over from the GR include a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, plus a 28mm equivalent f/2.8 GR lens.
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