Ricoh GR Digital II Review

April 30, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 5 Comments |

Ricoh GR Digital IIThe Ricoh GR Digital II is not your usual run-of-the-mill compact digital camera. The fast 28mm fixed focal length lens, Adobe DNG RAW format, external hotshoe and 1:1 aspect ratio for square format photos all point to a serious camera for the seriously keen photographer. As does the £399 / $699 price-tag, which could alternatively buy you a DSLR camera with kit lens. The Ricoh GR Digital II is also not the only compact with a fixed 28mm lens, being recently joined by the much-delayed Sigma DP1, which offers a much larger APS-C sized sensor. Mark Goldstein found out if the Ricoh GR Digital II is a worthy addition to Ricoh’s extensive line-up of digital compacts for the professional.

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#1 sjoerd

I own a gr2 since 6 weeks, as a snapshot camera when not using the DSLR
it is great, good feeling, nice weight and design, great macro and sharp pictures. I only shoot in the raw mode, as with the DSLR.
i found one negative thing : the data transfer can only take place through the cable. not with a cardreader. the ricoh formatted disk (superblock) is not recognized by windows, linux or mac ? did i miss something ?

11:19 pm - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

#2 Mark Goldstein

I used a card-reader to transfer pictures shot with the GR Digital II (it's a SanDisk Extreme USB 2 model).

9:11 am - Thursday, May 1, 2008

#3 sjoerd

I used the sandisk sdhc 4GB and the sandisk extreme III 2GB. both have the same problem, card gets formatted in superblock format. i have tried 3 different cardreaders as well. Ricoh support is not very user friendly. they tell me i should contact the cardreaders vendor :(
however the cable transfer worked fine.
I also installed the latest firmware

7:06 pm - Friday, May 16, 2008

#4 fotogenetic

I think you need to put the noise performance above ISO 400 in perspective. If you compare the GR Digital II to an SLR, its performance above ISO 400 is poor, but compared to EVERY other small sensor digital camera whose images I've seen, including the Fuji F-Series cameras, it gives the most honest rendition (least watercolor or plastic looking images with a good balance of noise reduction). I shoot most of my street photography at night at ISO 1600 with the GRD I and II and in terms of IQ, it has the best balance, even compared to the images I've seen from the LX3, G9.

6:48 am - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

#5 Garry Parker

I really want to like this camera, but the images taken with it on every review site I've seen are really dreadful.
Colour fringing aplenty, and messy looking edges.
I'm not joking, the 100% views on these pictures put me in mind of cheap fixed focus plastic lensed cameras from 8 years ago! Viewing at screen sizes still shows poor quality images.
I'm hard pressed to find a camera on here with worse pictures.
Can anyone link to better images taken with one of these?
I'm not having a go at the reviewer's skills at all, it's just that I've never seen a good picture anywhere from this camera.
It's a pity, as this camera ticks all the boxes for me, apart from image quality.

12:52 am - Sunday, September 27, 2009