Excerpt: Great compact with a fantastic prime lens. I was concerned with the noise levels issues which I've read about in several articles and reviews, but I'm actually quite pleased with the output. The BW images are clean and tack sharp. The color renditions are also very good. The 28mm lens is ideal for how I photograph and haven't missed not having optical zoom features. The built quality is solid and the controls are very intuitive and easy to use.
Excerpt: I'm mentioning some other cameras first: leica digilux 1 (hello, LCT), Leica M 8. Each of these cameras shares qualities with the grd11; all three have a relationship with "the light" which is unique and especially rare in most digitals. I don't know what to call it, so I'll refer a term coined by professional audio-writer Harry Pearson (apologies if I've got the name wrong): "continuousness".
Excerpt: Just picked up this cam, the latest experiment to find a livable p&s/walkaround. I was sold on the E-420/pancake combo, but kept playing with the GR and eventually just gave in. The ergonomics are beautiful, the lens is razor-sharp, and everything about this camera just screams "use me"! I've been a Canon shooter for quite a while, but despite owning a few of the G's over the years, never loved them.
Summary: ...unless you know what you are buying, and you are sure that it's what you want. This is a fixed focal lens, only 28mm equivalent. No optical zoom... It does not give you photos w/o noise.. It makes beautiful B+W photos, which you may not care at all. It takes RAW photos (also), which you may not care about, because it takes so long to convert to JPG. Therefore you are better off with a Canon or Sony, if you think these are important problems for you.
Summary: I owned a Ricoh GR1v film camera (RIP) and hoped the GR Digital 2 would provide a similarly high level of image sharpness and color rendition, along with the 28mm fixed lens and great minimalist design. Unfortunately, I was disappointed: the GRD2 is not the digital equivalent of the GR1v in terms of image quality. Color rendition was OK in good outdoor light, but images were not sharp and focus was inconsistent in all settings, even in SNAP and infinity.
Summary: I've done a lot of research before buying my 1st Ricoh. Since I used to use DSLR and film SLR(still use it), and decided to come back to the p&s world, I knew what a high-end p&s could offer and could not. You will get plenty of info. on the technical side of the camera, so I'll skip it here. I started my search from Panny LX3.. and ended up debating whether to choose GRD ii or GX200..
Summary: I just believe this camera should get its due. It is a compact digital camera with full manual control. It is a compact camera that has buttons and controls fully customizable. It is a comapct camera that fits snugly into your shirt pocket. It is a compact camera that can capture images in RAW in .DNG format. It is a comapct camera with a fixed lens (28mm). It is a compact camera that has no 'Image Stabilization' feature.
Excellent Camera for Users Who Like Manual Controls
11 November 2008
Summary: I've been using the Ricoh GR II for a little over two weeks now and I must say that it is an excellent camera. For me the primary thing that I needed was a pocket camera with a fast wide-angle lens, easy to use manual controls (shutter speed, ISO, f-Stop, etc.) that can shoot in low light and in the RAW format.
Summary: This is a very nice camera, with a ton of little tweaks that show Ricoh has again listened to users. But the image quality is virtually identical to the previous model so it's hard to justify the price. The camera is beautifully made and in this respect, essentially identical to the GR-1 film cameras. The flash on mine isn't loose although it is a manual pop-up which is a mixed blessing, in my opinion. As with the original GRD, the lens is quite good.
Excerpt: It's hard to rate this camera as it sits in a very small niche. When I bought it the other option was essentially the Panasonic LX2 (which I own) and the upcoming Sigma DP1. But it is clearly the more compact of the two - I can easily throw it in my pocket. The build quality is excellent and the controls are intuitive in a way that other cameras aren't. I can essentially shoot whatever I want in a variety of setting without ever having to access the menu.