Overview: The Ricoh GR camera from Pentax is a high-performance
digital camera in a compact form. The GR features a 16-megapixel APS-C-sized
CMOS image sensor, and a fast 18.3mm F2.8 lens. The camera has a tough Magnesium
Image Sensor: The APS-C-sized image sensor (23.5mm x 15.6mm) is the
same size as the imager in the Pentax K3 DSLR. It is much larger than the
sensors found in many compact digital cameras (typically 1/2.3"). It has 16.9
gross megapixels, and 16.2 effective megapixels. The APS-C image sensor provides
super-high resolution, rich contrast, and low noise, even in low-light shooting
Lens: The GR has a 18.3mm fixed focal length lens (equivalent to 28mm
in the 35mm format) to give you beautiful wide angle shots and pleasing
portraits. It is the highest performing lens created by Ricoh for a compact
camera. It features 7 elements in 5 groups, including 2 aspherical lens elements
with 2 surfaces. The nine-blade circular diaphragm gives you a natural Bokeh
effect at large apertures. The aperture range is F2.8 to F16. The focus range is
11.76" to infinity for normal shooting, and 3.9" to infinity for macro shooting.
3" LCD Screen: The camera has a large 3" LCD screen with 1,228,800
dots (640 x 4 x 480). It features Sony WhiteMagic technology, which adds white
pixels to the standard red/green/blue (RGB) pixels for improved brightness. The
LCD also has a transparent protective cover.
Recording Media: The Ricoh GR records still images and movies on SD,
SDHC, or SDXC memory cards, including high-speed UHS-I cards. You can also use
X2-series Eye-Fi cards (SD cards with built-in wireless LAN functionality). The
camera has an internal memory of approximately 54 MB for storing a few test
shots, if needed.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from
the following shooting modes:
- Auto Shooting: The camera automatically sets the optimal aperture
and shutter speed, depending upon the subject.
- Program Shift: You can choose from different combinations of
aperture and shutter speed settings. You can increase/decrease the shutter
speed to freeze action or show movement, or change the aperture to
increase/decrease the depth of field. The exposure remains relatively the
same throughout the combinations.
- Aperture Priority: You set the aperture for the desired depth of
field, and the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed.
- Shutter Priority: You set the shutter speed, and the camera
automatically adjusts the aperture setting.
- Shutter/Aperture Priority: This Pentax-original exposure mode
automatically sets the optimum ISO sensitivity based on the shutter speed
and aperture selected by the photographer.
- Manual: You can manually set the aperture and shutter speed.
- Movies: This mode is for shooting movies in Full HD (1920 x 1080
@ 30p/24p), HD (1280 x 720 @ 60i/30p/24p), or SD (640 x 480 @ 30p/24p) with
sound. Movies are recorded in MOV format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and
Linear PCM audio. The maximum recording time per movie is 25 minutes or file
size of 4 GB.
- My1/My2/My3: You can store your favorite or frequently-used
settings in one of the three My Settings. These can easily be recalled by
turning the mode dial to the desired position.
Still Images: The GR records still images in JPEG and RAW (DNG)
formats. You can select from three aspect ratios: 3:2, 4:3, or 1:1 in four sizes
for JPEG images. RAW images are recorded in Large size only, and must be
"developed" using the supplied Silkypix Developer Studio software. A large JPEG
image can be recorded with a RAW image simultaneously, if desired. The image
sizes available include:
|Large (16 MB equivalent)
||4928 x 3264
||4352 x 3264
||3264 x 3264
|Medium (10 MB equivalent)
||3936 x 2608
||3488 x 2608
||2608 x 2608
|Small (5 MB equivalent)
||2912 x 1936
||2592 x 1936
||1936 x 1936
|X Small (1 MB equivalent)
||1280 x 864
||1152 x 864
||864 x 864
Focusing Modes: The GR features a high-speed auto focusing system,
capable of locking in focus in as little as 0.2 seconds. There are several focus
modes to choose from: Multi AF, Spot AF, Pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF,
Manual, Snap, and Infinity.
Continuous Shooting Modes: The Ricoh GR offers several continuous
shooting and bracketing modes:
- Continuous: The camera will record photos as long as you hold
down the shutter release button. Auto focus is fixed at the first frame.
Shooting speed is approximately 4 frames per second.
- Auto Bracket: Three shots are recorded with differing values of
- Exposure: 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV from -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV
- White Balance: current white balance, more red, more blue
- White Balance-Preset: selects different preset WB values for
the three shots
- Effects: selects different effects for the three shots
- Dynamic Range: varies the Dynamic Range Compensation to Off,
- Contrast: takes three images, each with different contrasts.
- Multiple Exposure: Records up to five images and merges them
together. Options include: Automatic Exposure (off/on), Save Each Shot
(off/on), or Saves Images in Progress (off/on).
- Interval Shooting: You can set up a series of photographs taken
at fixed intervals. You can choose the shooting interval (1 sec, 2 sec, or 5
sec to 1 hour in 5-second increments), and number of shots (1-99).
- Interval Composite: Merges a series of continuous images taken at
fixed intervals so that the bright areas remain. Suggested uses include
recording trails of light formed by stars or the moon by shooting a fixed
position in nightscapes. You can choose to save only the merged image, save
all of the unmerged images, or save each image at the point it is merged.
Flash Modes: The GR has a built-in pop-up flash, plus a hot shoe for
connecting the optional GF-1, or other flash unit. Available flash modes
include: Auto Flash, Flash On, Flash Synchro, Manual Flash, Red-eye Flash Auto,
Red-eye Flash On, Red-eye Flash Synchro. The intensity of the flash can be
adjusted from -2.0EV to +2.0EV in increments of 1/3EV (Flash Exposure
Compensation). For manual flash, you can choose a flash intensity value in
fractions of maximum intensity: Full, 1/1.4, 1/2, 1/2.8, 1/4, 1/5.6, 1/8, 1/11,
1/16, 1/22, 1/32, or 1/64. The flash recycling time is approximately 5 seconds.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the ISO Sensitivity automatically or
manually. In Auto mode, the camera adjusts the sensitivity between 100 and 800
according to the brightness, distance to the subject, macro settings, and the
format. Auto-Hi lets you set the sensitivity higher than in Auto. The
sensitivity can be set manually between ISO 100 and ISO 25600 in 1 EV steps (9
settings) or 1/3 EV steps (25 settings). Noise reduction can be applied, if
needed. You can select Strong, Medium, or Weak.
White Balance: You can adjust the white balance on the camera so that
white objects appear white under any kind of light. By default, the camera is
set to Multi-P Auto for shooting under multiple light sources. You can also
select Auto, Outdoors, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent 1 or 2, Daylight Fluorescent,
Neutral White Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, and Warm White Fluorescent,
Color Temperature (adjustable from 2500K to 10000K), or Manual.
Metering Method: The Ricoh GR utilizes a 484-segment TTL
(through-the-lens) metering system. You can select from three types of exposure
metering: Multi, Center-weighted, and Spot.
Exposure Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a
picture using Exposure Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -4 and +4 EV
at 1/3 EV steps.
Electronic Level: To make sure your photos are level perfect, you can
use the camera's built-in dual axis electronic level. The level gives you a high
precision horizontal and vertical alignment.
Effects: You can record images with special effects, including: Black
& White, B&W/TE, High Contrast B&W, Cross Process, Positive Film, Bleach Bypass,
Retro, Miniature, and High Key. With most effects, you can manually set the
contrast, sharpness, vignetting, saturation, and toning effect.
Playing Back Images: You can view images one at a time in the 3" LCD
monitor. The Thumbnail View lets you view multiple images at once. The 20-frame
view displays four rows of five thumbnail images. The 81-frame view shows nine
rows of nine images. To get a closer look, you can enlarge an image, and move
around the enlarged image to see a desired portion.
Auto Rotate: When Auto Rotate is set to On, images are rotated
automatically according to the camera orientation.
Editing Images: Images can be edited in the camera as follows:
- Resize: reduces the image to Small or X-Small size
- Trim: crops the image and saves the trimmed image as a new file
- Skew Correct: corrects images of rectangular objects shot at an
- Level Compensation: the brightness and contrast can be corrected
- White Balance Compensation: corrects the color tones of images
- Color Moire Compensation: reduces color interference cause by
regular overlapping patterns
35mm Crop Mode: For pictures that have a classic 35mm look, you can
use the special crop mode to instantly set the angle of view to 35mm.
Printing: You can print still images stored in the memory card at a
store with a print service. A digital print order form (DPOF) can be set to
choose the selection and number of prints desired.
DB-65 Battery: The Ricoh GR comes with a DB-65 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (3.6V, 1250mAh, 4.5Wh). The battery charge in the camera
using the supplied AC-U1 AC adapter, and the supplied USB cable. Charging time
is approximately 3 hours with the AC-U1, or about 5 hours when connected to a
computer via USB. With the optional BJ-6 battery charger, the battery can be
charged in 2.5 hours. A fully charged battery provides enough power to record
approximately 290 pictures.
Micro HDMI: You can connect the camera to a TV or other AV device to
playback images. The camera features a Micro HDMI (Type D) terminal for
connecting to an HDMI-equipped HDTV.
USB/AV Out: The camera has a single output that can be used for
connecting the supplied USB cable, or an optional AV cable. With the USB cable,
you can connect the camera to your computer to download your images and movies.
With an optional AV-1 AV cable, you can connect the camera to a TV with only a
composite video input.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE: Packaged with the camera, the
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE software on CD-ROM, lets you convert and adjust
the color of RAW files, and save the file in JPEG or TIFF format.
System Requirements: You can transfer recorded still images and movies
to a computer by connecting the camera with the supplied USB cable. The camera
and included SILKYPIX software works with computers running the following
- Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)
- Windows XP Home Edition SP3 / Professional (32-bit)
- can be operated as a 32-bit application on 64-bit systems
- must have administrator privileges to install
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6 / 10.5