This is the Ricoh GR

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Ricoh-GR-digital-compact-camera-with-APS-C-sensor

More images and specifications leaked for the Ricon GR digital camera that will be announced later today (around midnight EST):

  • APS-C CMOS sensor 16.2 million effective pixel sensor, a low-pass filter-less
  • Two lenses are aspherical lens sheet 7 (28mm equivalent) 18.3mm F2.8, 5 groups
  • 9-blade aperture iris diaphragm
  • Magnesium alloy exterior
  • AF speed of 0.2 seconds
  • Shutter speed -1/4000 seconds 300 seconds
  • 30fps 1920 x 1080 video at (16:9), the recording format is H264
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • 3.0-inch 1.23 million dot LCD monitor
  • ISO100-25600
  • In-camera RAW development
  • With a new exposure TAv mode (AE Shutter & Aperture Priority mode)
  • 35mm crop mode (image size is M size)
  • The macro mode is twisted to 10cm from the front of the lens
  • Start-up time is 1 second
  • The size is 117mm x width 61mm x depth 34.7mm height
  • 245g weight (the battery, including media)
  • Will be released in late May also 21mm Wide Conversion Lens GW-3

Via Digicame-info

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  • Okaybro

    Ricoh GR > Nikon Coolpix A

    • richard

      easily

      • K

        Anytime the GR over the Coolpix…from a Nikon fan

  • xc1427

    I saw a newly designed OVF. I am sure it is not GV-1 or GV2.

  • John

    Finally a digital GR worthy of the GR name…

  • bird

    what is that big lens?

    • Matthew Morse

      21mm conversion lens. Effectively triples the size of the camera. LOL!

  • Matthew Morse

    Where do I send my money?

    • MB

      To me…

      • Matthew Morse

        LOL! Probably won’t happen. Worth a shot, though. :D

  • Fants

    Looks real purty, and hopefully we can infer from the size of that 21mm adapter that it’s really high-quality. Also, a bit longer, but a bit thinner and shorter than the Coolpix-A…and 50g less. 245g for an APS-C camera is nuts! This could definitely wind up being my first Ricoh.

  • Dozn Meda

    Extending lens? No, thank you. This is the first thing to break and render the whole camera useless.

    • Matthew Morse

      Please tell me this is a joke… I don’t know of a single compact camera in history that didn’t have an extending lens except for the little fixed-focus plastic point-and-shoot cameras. Even the little Olympus Mju had an extending lens, albeit only a small amount.

      The original GR Film cameras had extending lenses and most of them are still shooting film today, some 10 or 15 years later.

      I’ve had dozens of point-and-shoot cameras over the years and not a single one of them has had the extending lens assembly fail. I guess you just shoot with your cell phone? Or name a camera without an extending lens…

      • J Shin

        > I don’t know of a single compact camera in history that didn’t have an extending lens except for the little fixed-focus plastic point-and-shoot cameras.

        Just to list the ones with completely “flat” fronts: Olympus XA. Olympus Tough series. Sony TX-10 & TX-20. Ricoh PX. Panasonic TS-3.

        And many more, if you count “short nosed” cameras, such as Canonets, Olympus 35s, Leica CM, etc.

        I agree with you that the extending bits are not as fragile as they would seem. My complaint is more the start-up/shut-down time and complications with lens caps.

        • http://twitter.com/roberthawara robert hawara

          You don’t need a lens cap in this case though. Not a deal breaker for me. I have the LX5 and I’ve turned in on and off thousands of times, no issues here.

        • Matthew Morse

          The XA is a great example. I guess in this case, the Lomo LC-A is another example.

          The Olympus Tough Series, Sony TX, Ricoh PX and Panny TS-Series are not really in the same league as the GR. They have smaller sensors, slower lenses and while their lenses don’t extend outward from the body, they do move internally using a series of accordion-style mirrors and elements (a sort of side-to-side motion). I see your point, but creating a Ricoh GR with an APS-C sensor and a non-moving lens would be darn-near impossible. I’m not sure it’s physically possible at all with that large of a sensor. It could probably be done, but I’m not sure how it would work out dimensionally as they would have to compensate for the distance from the rear element to the sensor. Look inside of a small point and shoot film camera with a non-moving lens and you’ll see an empty cavity with the body thicker. Then look at a GR or similar camera witha moving lens and you’ll see that the camera body is thinner and that when the lens retracts, it’s almost touching the film plane.

          In this case, you don’t need a lens cap. It’s got a shutter in front of the lens. Same as most cameras. Also, the start-up/shut-down times seem relatively quick. I would think that a non-extending lens might only shave off 1/3 of a second or so as the “computer” still needs to boot inside the camera. It’s an electronic device so it is going to have some start-up time regardless of how many moving parts there are. Computers take time to initialize.

          I see your point, but I definitely don’t see a “moving lens” as a deal-breaker. Would you not use a DSLR because of moving lenses? Every DSLR lens moves in some way, shape or form. They have focus and zoom rings and most of the lens elements move, except for on certain lenses with internal focusing (again, the elements are still moving, just internally).

          I think the moving lens is a non-issue, personally. YMMV.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.standley.16 Mark Standley

        Olympus xa

        • Matthew Morse

          See above.

  • Marvin8

    “The macro mode is twisted to 10cm from the front of the lens.”
    What the heck does that mean? The closest you can shoot in macro mode is 10cm?

  • Marc

    If only it wouldn’t look so boring. Maybe make a silver version (or in al pentax q10 color variations :p)

    • http://twitter.com/timgrayphoto Timothy Gray Photo

      How about hot pink dyed ostrich skin leather, sequins around the lens mount, and a rhino horn shutter release button…whatdya think?

    • Mike

      I see a Hassleblad NEX in your future.

  • Rami G.

    Is it a 100 iso native? If so, that’s great. Also, this 21 does look promising. I hope the lens would perform as well as the Nikon’s

  • Christian M.

    I have just taken a very close look at my own GR-D IV and it seems like the new GR is almost the exact same size, so they have managed to squeeze an APS-C sensor into a really small compact camera body. Good stuff!

  • http://twitter.com/timgrayphoto Timothy Gray Photo

    I really like the looks of this camera – both design/build and specs. Nice focal length and the wide angle adapter is a well conceived accessory for this rig. I hope Ricoh markets the whoo-whoo-dilly out of this thing and it sells well.

  • Amora

    So it’s basically an upgrade of the previous GR…

    • samuel

      Yes but with an apsc sensor.

  • J Shin

    I don’t have a need for it, but sure looks like a viable contender.

  • HmStuckAt28Again

    I don’t get it — this is a 28 f/2.8 prime lens. Why is it so dark? At least make it f/2 or f/1.8 if they are going to go prime. Otherwise, I’d rather have an f/4 24-70 zoom.

    • TK

      I would love an f2 but it wont happen since the lens would be mega big:/

    • Matthew Morse

      I think physically, it would be very demanding to create an f/2 on an APS-C camera this small. The lens would have to be significantly bigger and would most likely cost significantly more money. Just my 2 cents on it.

      Would be nice though. :)

  • Peter Hoang

    LOVE IT!

    too bad its a 28mm lens, its just too wide for me. I wish it was a 40mm or even 50mm! (never going to happen)

    Ricoh should have put filter threads around the lens somehow…

  • madmax

    Without an integrated viewfinder nor an articulated screen, you NEED to buy the external viewfinder and this makes the camera a lot less “pocketable” and more expensive. Also, I´d prefer a non retractable lens and… where is the focus ring? Probably, great IQ, but bad ergonomics.

    • Matthew Morse

      Have you used a GR? The ergonomics are incredible. Probably some of the best in the world. I’d suggest you give one a try if you haven’t. Their screens are very usable in bright light. I’ve had the GRD and GRD 3. The GRD was BARELY usable outside, but the GRD 3 was really, really nice, even in bright light.

      Articulating screens, non-retracting lenses and focus rings add to the bulk of a camera. Ricoh really goes for simplicity, fast-handling and compactness. An articulating screen would add at least 1/8″ to the thickness of the camera. A non-retracting lens would either add an inch to the camera, or, if it were flush, would add probably a quarter to a half an inch to the overall thickness of the camera to compensate for the distance between the rear element and the “film” plane. Both of these would decrease the pocketability far more than not having them.

      As far as the focus ring is concerned… I see where you’re going here. I like the one on my RX100 for adjusting exposure compensation and would have enjoyed it on the GR, but I can live without. Especially because there’s an adjustment wheel on the front of the camera where your index finger goes…

  • TK

    I would like to see the comparison of grd v and gxr a28:)

  • coole

    this is very cool..but what happened to the hotshoe? its will be a problem?

    and will sony launch rx200 after this ? :D

  • http://twitter.com/ZDP189 Dan K

    I am a big fan of Ricoh. I own at least one of all the GR digitals and film cameras and point and shoots that Ricoh brought out in the same form factor. Of course, I will buy one.

    However, I think that Ricoh has somewhat lost the plot by diverging from the current small sensor strategy and I expect the GRDIV will be remembered as a stand-out and epitome of their line for years to come, much as the Fujifilm F31fd has proved to be.

    I would advise anyone on a budget who loves the GRDs to acquire a second hand GRDIV after the GRDV hits the streets and prices have fallen.

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