Ricoh GR Digital Wins DIWA Gold

December 20, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | DIWA | Comment |

Ricoh GR DigitalDIWA Press Release

The first DIWA Gold Award to Ricoh for their GR Digital camera

A decade ago, Ricoh launched their classic GR1 camera for 35 mm film, a durable and robust camera that offered a professional performance and a high-quality 28 mm lens. The Ricoh GR Digital is a modern, digital version of the GR1 with many high-tech modifications, yet based on the same unique philosophy. This puts the GR Digital in a class of its own, a perfect photographic companion for the photographic connoisseur.

Amsterdam, December 20, 2006: DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, today has the pleasure of announcing a DIWA Gold Award to the remarkable Ricoh GR Digital semi-pro compact camera.

Most people would never consider buying a camera that doesn’t feature an optical zoom and many will certainly be surprised to see the DIWA experts honour such a camera with a Gold Award. Zoom lenses are obviously more versatile, but in most cases their optical performance is inferior. Besides, the GR Digital isn’t equipped with just any lens, but a powerful f/2.4 wide angle lens (28 mm equiv.) of excellent quality with 1.5 cm macro capability. A first class wide converter (21 mm equiv.) can be added to strengthen its wide angle potential even further.

Just like its 10 year older idol, the GR Digital body is housed in magnesium alloy to withstand the harsh environments often related to professional photography. With its 8 Megapixel image resolution, ISO 64-1600 sensitivities, RAW and JPEG formats, sRGB and Adobe RGB, dual command dials, automatic or manual exposure and white balance, 15 AF points, individual parameter settings for image quality, as well as a wide range of shutter speeds, aperture settings and metering modes, the GR Digital is an ideal compact to supplement bulky camera equipment.

Unlike professional D-SLR cameras, the Ricoh GR Digital can even shoot video sequences and add 8 sec. voice narrations to still images, and it features a built-in pop-up flash. Its 2.5-inch high resolution LCD screen provides user-friendly menu navigation, image review and playback.

These amazing qualities, plus a favourable price tag certainly pleased the international DIWA group of experts. Although specifications alone aren’t proof of excellence, the summarized test results from the strict DIWA testing procedure were more than enough to convince the test panel that the Ricoh GR Digital deserves a DIWA Gold Award for its total package of excellent value for money.

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