Ricoh yesterday announced the renewal of its flagship camera, the GR, the only historical model to have been maintained after the acquisition of Pentax.
Never change a winning team: GR II is a modest upgrade of GR , two years after he gave a fresh start to the GR series, which was initiated there near 20 years of the time of the film.
According to a2zcamerablog, the Ricoh GR II is a camera with a large sensor and fixed focus for experts. It happens zoom to remain compact enough to fit in the pocket, otherwise jeans, at least a jacket. Most of the data sheet is inherited from its predecessor. We can then find the equivalent fixed focal length 28 mm f / 2.8 (with trimming function 35 and now also 47 mm), the CMOS sensor APS-C of 16 million pixels screen (ten times larger than that of a compact mainstream), chip processing engine GR V (in which he climbs with ISO 25600) and the LCD screen of 3 inches and 640 x 480 pixels RGBW. Ricoh has not taken the opportunity to add a phase-detection autofocus, touch and / or rotating screen.
Aesthetically and ergonomically, the GR II is identical to its predecessor, feature for feature. Besides the outside there is nothing to distinguish the new model from the old.
If this is the emergence of NFC inscription on the handle anti-slip coating. The main contribution of the new model is actually connectivity Wi-Fi wireless with NFC to automate the connection of a compatible phone, which is now a standard. As usual, a mobile application allows you to control the device and transfer the contents of its memory card for backup or sharing without using a computer.
GR II also has improved image quality. The white balance algorithm and management of digital noise have been optimized. But this only applies to JPEG files, not for RAW in DNG standard. Above all, they are software optimizations that could be made to the previous generation, which undoubtedly will be if Ricoh remains true to form. Finally include improved autofocus in video (1080p).
Not enough to replace the old with the new model, but the Ricoh GR II remains a very good compact expert for a traditional approach to photography. It will be available in France in mid-July retail price of 800 euros.