Ricoh GR officially announced, available for pre-order

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Ricoh officially announced their new GR digital compact camera. B&H is currently taking pre-orders for the new GR (price: $799.95).

The new GR has a redesigned 28mm equivalent f/2.8 lens. Here are a MTF charts comparison between the GR and the GR Digital IV:

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Detailed Ricoh GR technical specifications:

  • 16 MP APS-C size CMOS image sensor
  • Improved white balance algorithm and color reproduction
  • New GR ENGINE V
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • No anti-aliasing filter
  • No image stabilization
  • 4 fps
  • Newly designed 18.3mm (28mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens with 9 blade diaphragm
  • Lens design: 7 elements in 5 groups with 2 aspherical elements
  • High speed auto focus system with continuous shooting
  • Designated AF and aperture preview buttons
  • Pocket-sized compact with portable design
  • Large 3", 1.23 million dots LCD screen
  • Capture standard JPG or DNG (RAW)
  • Max shutter speed: 1/4000
  • ISO range: 100-25,600
  • Flexible Shooting Modes
  • Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording capabilities at 30, 25 and 24 fps
  • Eye-Fi card compatible
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Aprox. 1 second start-up time
  • AF speed: 0.2 seconds
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.3m (0.1m in macro mode)
  • Image effects, macro mode and 35mm crop mode
  • Shipping will start shipping in mid-May
  • Battery life: aprox. 290 shots
  • Dimensions: 117 x 61 x 34.7 (Nikon Coolpix A is 111 x 64.3 x 40.3)
  • Weight: 245 g (lighter than the Nikon Coolpix A which weights 299 g)
  • Price: $799.95
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.9 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
Sensor APS-C CMOS
Bit Depth 12-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVI, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM (Mono), WAV
Max Resolution 16MP: 4928 x 3264 @ 3:2
Other Resolutions 16MP: 4352 x 3264 @ 4:3
16MP: 3264 x 3264 @ 1:1
10MP: 3936 x 2608 @ 3:2
10MP: 3488 x 2608 @ 4:3
10MP: 2608 x 2608 @ 1:1
5MP: 2912 x 1936 @ 3:2
5MP: 2592 x 1936 @ 4:3
5MP: 1936 x 1936 @ 1:1
1MP: 1280 x 864 @ 3:2
1MP: 1152 x 864 @ 4:3
1MP: 864 x 864 @ 1:1
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3
Image Stabilization None
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Optics
Lens 7 elements in 5 groups
2 Aspheric
EFL: 18.3 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
Filter Thread 43 mm
Zoom None
Focus Range Normal: 11.76" (29.87 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 3.9" (9.91 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (High Sensitivity Mode: Auto, )
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, My Settings, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority, Time
Metering Range: EV 1.8 - EV 17.7
Compensation: -4 EV to +4 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Bleach-Bypass
Cross-Process
High Contrast B&W
High-Key
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
Positive Film
Retro
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent, Manual, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps at 16 MP
Interval Recording Yes
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Manual
Slow Sync
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range 3.3 - 9.8' (1.01 - 2.99 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Built-in Memory 54MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Still Images per GB JPEG: 39 @ Highest Resolution - 1820 @ Lowest Resolution
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 50 fps, 60 fps
1280 x 720: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 4GB or 25 Minute
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (1230000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi None
Software Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Waterproofing None
Power
Battery 1x DB-65 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter AC-U1 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 2.4 x 1.4" / 11.7 x 6.1 x 3.6 cm
Weight 8.6 oz / 244  g with battery and card

Press release:

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING DEFINES THE ADVANCED COMPACT SEGMENT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE RICOH GR CAMERA

Following on the Award Winning GR Digital Series the New RICOH GR Camera Features an APS-C-Sized Sensor and Compact 8.6 Ounce Body at Just $799.95

Denver, CO (April 16, 2013) — PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announced the RICOH GR, an ideal blend of image quality, camera size and price; setting a new benchmark for the advanced compact camera category. The new RICOH GR camera features an APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor delivering shallow depth of field, exceptional low-light performance and a wide dynamic range for remarkable images across a wide variety of shooting styles.

Remaining true to the heritage of the multi- award-winning RICOH GR Digital series the new Ricoh GR camera combines compact size with outstanding performance.  Featuring a 16 megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, no low-pass filter and a completely redesigned optical path the GR is built for superb image performance.  The newly developed and optimized18.3mm (28mm in 35mm format) F2.8 lens compactly provides high-resolution, wide-angle images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness all while minimizing chromatic aberration and distortion.  The camera’s category-leading, nine-blade aperture diaphragm produces a rounded bokeh effect across a wide range of apertures.

Advanced capabilities of the sensor and lens are supported by a newly developed GR ENGINE V imaging processor which optimizes high-sensitivity shooting to ISO 25600 minimizing noise, producing accurate, color-rich images. Finally, a newly designed lens driving mechanism and optimized AF algorithm combined with faster data readout speeds from the image sensor provide a high-speed auto focus system that can focus on a subject in a mere two-tenths (0.2) of a second. A super quick start-up time of approximately one second ensures photographers are guaranteed a speedy capture ready camera in even the most fleeting scenarios; making the RICOH GR the ideal companion camera at a fraction of the size of a DSLR.

“The introduction of the RICOH GR marks a new standard of confidence in the compact camera segment,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICA. “The RICOH GR camera’s unparalleled set of robust features and hardware completely redefines what can be expected from a compact camera.”

In keeping with its advanced functionality the GR also offers a range of helpful features common to DSLRs like in-body RAW-data development and a dedicated depth of field preview button to aid in accurate image framing and quick inspection of focus prior to capturing an image. Additionally, the GR boasts full 1080p HD video recording capabilities replete with continual AF during video capture creating sharply-focused, high-quality video output.

Instantaneous photo and video sharing is now a breeze with the GR’s optimized Eye-Fi SD card compatibility. Built-in menus allow the user to easily enable automatic transmission of images and video to a smartphone for rapid sharing.  Users can even select favorite images and resize them before transmission.

For consumers seeking additional creative expression, RICOH offers an optional wide-angle conversion lens extending coverage to 21mm. The new GR is also compatible with the full range of accessories already offered for the preceding GR Digital line of cameras including viewfinders, flashes, lens hoods and adapters and more.

Pricing and Availability
The new GR advanced digital compact camera provides incredible value with a category-low cost of $799.95 and will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in May 2013.

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  • AJ

    哈哈,It’s here!!!

  • simon

    looks really great for an 28mm equivalent pocket camera. a true film GR successor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.houdeshell Craig Houdeshell

    Someone please explain why all these new “small” pocket cameras are so bloody expensive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mosquito.slayer Miloš Bekić

      cause you have dLSR with prime lense in your jeans pocket :)

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