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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

A premium street photographer's compact with a fixed 28mm lens

Ricoh GR Digital IV review

BLACK AND WHITE: An example of the Ricoh GR Digital IV's in-camera black and white processing. A high-contrast mono effect is also available, as is a range of toning options.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

MACRO: Close focusing is excellent with the Ricoh GR Digital IV. Macro Target focusing enables you to place the focus point precisely, while the new Camera Shake Correction helps to reduce blur when shooting at such magnification.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

CONTRAST: Metering is generally good, although this backlit white sheet required some positive compensation to bring back the brightness. For high-contrast conditions, the Dynamic Range scene mode is excellent, combining two separate exposures automatically.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

CROSS PROCESS: The range of image settings are particularly good, with parameters such as contrast, vividness and vignetting being manually adjustable for each. This portrait was shot at ISO 400 using the Cross Process effect.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

COMPOSITE: The Ricoh GR Digital IV's multi-exposure mode enables you to capture up to five images in succession. These are then automatically combined into a single composite. An Interval Composite Scene mode can also be used to capture a time-lapse composite of subjects such as star trails.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

MONTAGE: No HD movies, no panorama mode... the Ricoh GR Digital IV might not have all the gimmicks, but it's still got some creative tricks up its sleeve, including a Stream Continuous mode that captures up to 16 frames in two seconds and produces a single montage JPEG using them.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV review

LITTLE FRINGING: Chromatic aberration is well controlled by the Ricoh GR Digital IV, with purple fringing around high contrast areas being very minimal during our testing period.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameRicoh
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)168 g
Flash Memory Capacity54 MB
Minimum Focus Distance15 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported2
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution10.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedMultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height58 mm
Width107 mm
Depth25 mm
Focal Length5.90 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product Model174063
Product NameGR Digital II Compact Camera
Manufacturer Part Number174063
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

A camera that delivers the intended results. A camera that's advanced yet simple to operate, reliable and precision built. Ricoh's GR Digital has evolved to let you pursue your own ideals. Now comes the GR Digital II. Boasting its forebears' superior imagery and sharpness that only the Ricoh GR Lens can provide yet achieving even higher image quality. In an amazingly compact, slim body, robustly constructed of lightweight diecast magnesium, the GR Digital II encompasses enhanced expressive capability and adds new functions, along with improved operability that responds almost instantaneously to your commands. It's the kind of camera that urges you to use it, time and time again.

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