Ricoh GR II camera officially announced

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Ricoh officially announced the previously rumored Ricoh GR II camera with 16MP, Wi-Fi, NFC, fast auto focus, wireless flash functionality, full 1080p HD video for a price of $799.95 (available for pre-order at B&H, Amazon and Adorama). The previous version currently sells for $579. Shipping will start in July.

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Main technical specs:

  • 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (23.7×15.7mm)
  • ISO range 100-25600
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • GR ENGINE V Image Processor
  • 12-bit RAW & 8-bit JPEG image formats
  • 18.3mm prime lens (28mm equivalent) with f/2.8 max aperture
  • 3-inch, 1,230k dot LCD monitor
  • 14 White balance settings
  • Closest focus 3.9 inches
  • Exposure compensation to +/- 4EV
  • Built-in Flash, hot shoe
  • Wi-Fi, NFC, Remote control via smart phone
  • Full HD video at 1080p, h.264 compression and 30fps
  • Magnesium body
  • Built-in flash
  • Wireless Flash Control
  • 4 fps Continuous Shooting

The new iPhone app:

Ricoh GR II camera iPhone app
Lens MTF chart:

Ricoh GR II camera lens MTF chart
Features of the new Ricoh GR II camera:

High-quality, high-resolution: The GR 18.3mm F2.8 lens is a compact, high-performance GR lens with a focal length of 28mm (in the 35mm format). The GR II also boasts a large, APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels. Equal in imaging area to the type used for most PENTAX digital SLR models, the sensor combined with the GR lens assures exceptional image quality.

High-speed: The GR II’s high-speed AF system can focus in a mere 0.2 seconds, thanks to the optimization of its lens drive mechanism and AF algorithm, and it also has a one second start up and shut down time. Further, with the GR II users can go instantly from the play back mode to shooting by half pressing on the shutter release button.

Pocket-sized: Even though it incorporates a host of Wi-Fi functions, the GR II comes in the same size as the previous GR model. Its exterior housing is made of lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy, while its grip is shaped for easy, comfortable hold, and features a control button layout that enables simple one-hand operation.

Expanded creative functionality: The GR II provides a total of 17 effect modes with six new modes added including: Clarity, Brilliance, Bright, Portrait, Vibrant and HDR Tone. The new GR II also includes a full range of shooting functions including an in-camera RAW data development function, full HD movie recording for high-quality, extended videos; and,  wireless control of PENTAX AF360FGZII & AF540FGZII external flashes.

Additional images:

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