Ricoh GR Digital II camera reviewed (Verdict: A peculiar sidearm)

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Serious Compacts reviews the Ricoh GR Digital II, in many ways the only camera in its a class: a truly pocketable camera with RAW support and a 28mm-equivalent f/2.4 lens (but only sneaker-zoom).

The GR Digital II is currently the flagship Ricoh compact and occupies a unique position in the “serious compact” market. It isn’t the right compact for most people, even amongst those who appreciate advanced compacts. For starters, it doesn’t zoom, lacks image stabilization, and sells for $500 at the time of this review (down from a $700 street price at introduction). That said, nearly every photographer I know who has tried this compact for as little as one week has been taken with it.

The Ricoh is above left, compared in profile to the Sigma DP1.

Ricoh GR Digital II Review [SeriousCompacts.com]

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6 Responses to Ricoh GR Digital II camera reviewed (Verdict: A peculiar sidearm)

  1. Anonymous says:

    i’ve got a dp1, and i have to say that you get used to lack of zoom pretty quickly. i do wish that the lens were a bit less wide, but i can forgive it since it makes some beautiful pictures. the handling is slow but by no means a dealbreaker.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A fast on, quick focus, no-zoom, fast lens is a WONDERFUL thing. It’s just a shame that not enough people realize it so there is still no digital equivalent for my old 35mm stylus epic that used to travel with me everywhere.

    With a zoom, you you’re trading in ease of composition for quality of photo. With A 14mb IMAGE, you can do a HUGE zoom and crop in photoshop and end up with a much better photo than the blurry and grainy results from the mediocre zoom lens in the average consumer camera.

    Take a look at the sample photos in the article for examples of just how much you can zoom and still have good images.

  3. acb says:

    The Panasonic DMC-LX3/Leica D-Lux4 has RAW and a f/2.0 24-60mm-equivalent lens, and is about the same size (other than the lens protruding slightly more).

  4. Not a Doktor says:

    So is this for crime scene photos?

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s really a great stuff, and the lack of zoom and image stabilization are pros to me. It makes it much more solid and adapted to many cases. It takes great pictures in dark places too. I love it.

  6. Tenn says:

    Image stabilization I can do without; barring high-force winds, I’ll do okay. But no zoom? What a deal breaker.

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