Summary: The GR Digital II is a cute compact camera that might appeal to street photographers looking to step away from a rangefinder and into digital, but it doesn't deliver the features, performance, or image quality it should given its steep price tag.
Pros: Solid construction; nice wide-angle lens; hot shoe.
Cons: No zoom lens; no built-in optical viewfinder; slow start-up; clunky converter lens design.
Excerpt: The 28mm equivalent wide-angle lens on the Ricoh GR Digital II is great for landscapes, interiors, architecture and 'street' photography, but hopeless for portraits, long-range sports photography and all but the tamest wildlife.
Excerpt: Physical Views The GR Digital II compared to a standard CD disc. Continue on to Features & Controls Please visit Ricoh's Webstie to find the dealer near you. Ricoh GR Digital II Specifications Imaging Sensor 1/1.75" primary-color CCD with 10.01 million effective pixels (total pixels: 10.3 million) Lens Focal length 5.9 mm (equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera) F-aperture F2.4 to F11 (+F7.1 in auto mode is with ND filter) Shooting distance Approx.
Excerpt: Ahh, Ricoh, you've been missed. I haven't reviewed a Ricoh
camera on this website since the year 2001. The good news is that I'll now
be able to review their cameras as often I do those from other manufacturers.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Fast, 28 mm wide-angle lens, Slim, very well constructed body; good control layout, 2.7" LCD display with good viewing angle and sharpness (though see issue below), Tons of manual controls, Support for RAW (DNG) image format, Nice 2 fps continuous shooting mode (JPEGs only), Customizable buttons and spots on the mode dial, Handy "leveling" feature, Very little barrel distortion for a wide lens; redeye not a problem, V...
Cons: Very expensive, Images on the soft side, A bit too much noise reduction applied, especially at ISO 400 and above, Focusing is sluggish at times, especially in dim light, LCD nearly impossible to see in low light, Poorly placed flash is easy to close accidentally, Optical viewfinder a $200 extra, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, No Mac software included
Summary: The GR Digital II is another excellent addition to Ricoh's now extensive line-up of compact cameras for professional photographers. The 28mm lens with fast maximum aperture of f/2.4 and very little distortion is a winning combination for landscape and street photographers alike, especially as the GR Digital II continues the usual Ricoh tradition of being responsive to use, especially when shooting JPEGs.
Excerpt: If you are looking for a ‘point and shoot’ digital camera, then you may want to take a look at the Ricoh GR Digital II . Compact, well built and extremely customisable, this successor to the Ricoh GR Digital has plenty to offer photography enthusiasts, but priced a little over Â£300 it’s perhaps slightly less appropriate for people like me who don’t know their EV’s from their ISO’s .