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Ricoh GR Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP) 3 inch LCD Screen

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  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • New High-performing GR Lens equivalent to 28mm F2.8
  • Full HD movie with HDMI terminal
  • 3inch LCD monitor 1230 kdots
  • Continuous Shooting up to 4 fps
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  • Item Weight: 213 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 175749
  • ASIN: B00CEZPQJE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 April 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,897 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Exceptional image description, assured by the new GR LENS 18.3mm F2.8

The GR comes equipped with a newly designed GR Lens with the angle of view equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format. Designed to be compact while providing high performance, this lens delivers high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness and rich contrast, while minimising distortion and chromatic aberration by incorporating two high-precision aspherical lens elements and a highly refractive low-dispersion glass element in its optics. It also offers a few extra benefits unique to a unifocal lens, such as sharp, crisp image resolution even at the open aperture of F2.8, and superb image definition with backlit subjects.

Thanks to its nine-blade diaphragm, the GR produces a natural Bokeh effect at larger apertures, while creating beautiful light beams at smaller apertures. Thanks to its manually adjustable ND (neutral density) filter, the GR lets the user open the aperture up even in bright sunshine for a wider range of creative expression.

Improved image quality, supported by the large image sensor, GR ENGINE V and Anti-aliasing filter-less design

The GR comes equipped with a new APS-C-size CMOS image sensor, providing an image-sensitive area as wide as that of a PENTAX DSLR image sensor. Thanks to this large image sensor, the GR offers approximately 16.2 effective megapixels to produce beautiful, high-resolution images. By coupling the large image sensor with the newly developed GR ENGINE V imaging engine, the GR offers high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 25600 with minimal high-sensitivity noise to produce high-resolution, rich-gradation images with a natural sense of depth and a beautiful Bokeh effect. The image sensor is optimised for the GR 18.3mm F2.8 Lens. To give top priority to image resolution, an Anti-aliasing filter-less design has been adopted to bring out optimum lens performance and assure exceptional image quality over the entire image field.

Quick response to shutter opportunities

The GR provides a high-speed autofocus system that can focus on the subject in a mere 0.2 seconds, thanks to the newly developed lens driving mechanism and optimised AF algorithm, as well as the ever-faster data readout speed from the image sensor. With its start-up time of approximately one second, the GR responds quickly and flawlessly even to fleeting shutter opportunities. The GR’s AF Continuous Shooting function captures a series of photos at a maximum speed of approximately four images per second, allowing the photographer to capture a fast-moving subjects, such as athletes and wildlife, in sharp focus.

Pocket size for superb operability

Despite the incorporation of the large image sensor, the GR has a compact and portable design. Its casing is made of a magnesium alloy that is both light and highly rigid, while its exterior design retains the flair and style typical of the GR series. A preview button has been added to the camera’s side panel for quick confirmation of the depth of field before shooting, making it easier for the photographer to visualise the level of the Bokeh effect in the resulting image. The focus-assist function comes in handy during manual-focus operation. This, coupled with the image magnification and target shift functions, simplifies manual-focus shooting.

An AF function button/lever has been newly added to the camera’s back panel. When the lever is set to the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode, the user can capture a series of images of a moving subject — all in sharp focus — by pushing the shutter release button while depressing the AF button. The user can also choose an optional setting, in which the continuous shooting mode is automatically activated while the C-AF button is pressed.

The GR features the PENTAX-original Shutter-speed/Aperture-Priority (TAv) exposure mode, featured only in PENTAX-branded digital SLR cameras. This innovative mode automatically sets the optimum ISO sensitivity based on the shutter speed and aperture selected by the photographer. Aperture and shutter speed indicators have been added to the monitor screen. The layout of on-screen indicators has also been optimised to the 3:2 aspect ratio, with redesigned grid guide and electronic level. All these combine in the GR’s greatly upgraded usability.

Although it incorporates a large-aperture lens, the GR features a built-in lens barrier mechanism that automatically opens and closes the barrier as the power is switched on and off. This allows the user to react swiftly to all photographic opportunities.

An array of shooting functions

The Image Effect modes allow the user to add a variety of visual effects to create distinctive expressions without the need for a PC. For greater creativity, three new modes have been added for the GR: Retro for a nostalgic ambience with subdued saturation; High Key for a bright, lively result while retaining subtle gradation in highlights; and Miniaturise for a diorama-like appearance, popular in the CX-series models.

The precision of the Multi-pattern AWB (auto white balance) function has been upgraded to automatically achieve more faithful colour reproduction by more clearly defining white balance to fit the light source of each segregated area of the image when there are mixed light sources. The Dynamic Range Compensation function, which minimises completely washed-out highlights and pitch-black shadows, now, offers pixel-level compensation to almost eliminate borders along the luminance threshold areas and achieve the smoother transition of gradation. Even when the user fails to set the macro shooting mode, the GR’s Auto Macro function will set it automatically by monitoring the distance to the subject.

The Face Detection AF & AE function automatically captures the subject’s face in sharp focus and with perfect exposure. The Interval Composite mode captures a series of images of the night sky at a fixed interval, then selects and combines only the high-luminance pixel data from each of those images to produce a single composite image. The GR offers a variety of PC-free image processing functions, including in-body RAW-data development to output JPEG-format files.

High-quality Full HD recording of extended movie clips

Taking advantage of the H.264 video format, the GR’s Full HD movie recording function captures high-quality; extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Image Effects such as Retro and Bleach Bypass are available during movie recording. During recording, its AF system remains active and the camera continuously focuses subjects in the centre of its angle of view.

Eye-Fi card compatibility for easy image transmission to smartphones

With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone, and even select favourite images and resize them before transmission. In the playback mode, the user can also recall the transmitted images on the monitor using the Effect button on the side panel.

Box Contains

Rechargeable battery
USB power adapter
Power plug
USB cable
CD
Hand strap
Hot shoe cover
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2014
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A few years ago Ricoh were laughed at with the launch of the GRD series of cameras. I mean, a compact camera with a wide angle prime lens with very wide maximum aperture, that's a joke right?

Only it wasn't and, as each iteration of the GRD cameras came along they slowly, quietly and without fanfare, changed what was thought possible from a compact camera.

I jumped in with the GRD-IV and, once I got my head around the insane customization, quickly fell in love with the camera, it was by far, and I mean by a country mile, the most ergonomically pleasing and well thought out camera I had ever used.

So, jump ahead to this camera, the GR. What are the USP's above and beyond the GRD series. Well, first thing is the sensor is now APS-C size, which means it has the same sensor as your average consumers DSLR. This is stunning in a compact. Secondly, as well as 16mp of resolution, the anti alias filter has been removed which means you will obtain bitingly sharp pictures. Thirdly, the files up to ISO 1600 (sometimes even 3200) are sharp, clean and eminently usable.

I really can't say enough good things about this camera. When companies such as Nikon jump aboard this format (with the release of the Coolpix A) you know that something is happening here. However, Ricoh was years ahead of the curve and had refined their compact through five generations. Sorry Nikon but I will look at your offering once it has matured.

So, for a lot less than the Nikon Coolpix A you get a magnesium alloyed body, stealthy looking compact that will garner no attention when you are out shooting. There are numerous in-camera effects that are totally usable rather than cheesy, the bleach bypass and hi-contrast black and white are my favourites.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Matthews on 7 Jun. 2014
I bought this as an every day carry about camera so I can leave the DSLR at home. Problem with compact cameras is the image quality. This is overcome with this camera. It's crop image is as good as my cannon 650 DSLR. Quality not on par with my 3D mk 111, but it's only 10% of its cost. I have taken some very usable photographs at 1600 ISO on this. I sell stock photos through an agent and images on this camera pass quality control. I use it in RAW and process in Lightroom.

It's light and got a very fast focuse speed. For street photographs it's a dream come true. I use this with a £2.00 app on my iPhone for geocoding locational shoots. But don't skimp on the card quality or you will be letting the camera down. Use a high speed card above 45mb/s and you got a winning combination.

Battery is charged via the camera. Not the best idea I have come across. Plugging a camera into electricity socket is not something I was keen on so I bough a cheap charger of Amazon with another cheap battery as back up. For less that £20 you get both. I think they are called dot photo.

Yes it's expensive for a compact camera with no zoom. But if your reading this then your more interested in quality photographs. This camera gives quality photographs. I have had A3 prints from it and very good quality. 8x10 Prints on par with my full frame in the right conditions.

I'm not dissapointment with this camera.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Karia on 22 Sept. 2013
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I was just about to purchase a Fuji X20 when I became aware this little baby was in the offing for release. I recently got involved in Street photography and bought a little Ricoh CX5 to use instead of cumbersome DSLR's or my Canon Compact.
The Ricoh CX5 astounded me in terms of swift focus and beautifully 'inky' black and white shots that people say are second only to Leica. So I saved and waited....quite a long wait as it was heavily pre-odered. The GR Expert was the perfect blend of DSLR sized sensor performance and portability...if Ricoh could pull it off.

Eventually, it arrived and I was sceptical that anything could live up to the buzz surrounding this release..but you know what? It really does.
The moment you unbox it and hold it, it becomes clear that this was designed by people who actually take photographs. The weight, the grip, the balance in your hand for one handed shooting..it's simply exquisite. It screams quality but is also very low key to look at and doesn't attract unwanted attention.

Then you realise how rich it is in terms of options and settings. You find that the buttons and dials you reach for instinctively do the job..because many of them do whatever needs doing at the time. You can assign so many functions to specific buttons or dials but even if you choose not to..it always seems instinctive.

There are a range of 'creative options' and they are inspiring...not only that but when you choose one you have further control as to the singular aspects that make up that option via slider controls and can fine tune each to your own , very personal and specific tastes.

The Black and Whites excel and there are enough settings in that field alone to explore and fine tune for a long, long time.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Laura H on 15 Nov. 2013
I don't normally write reviews but I feel compelled to do so with the Ricoh GR as I'm just so impressed. My main camera is a Nikon d7100 and 99% of the time I have a prime lens on it and my most usual photographic subjects are my kids. The only problem with the dslr is that it's just not always practical to take it with me when I'm out and about with the kids due to its size, but my old point and shoot camera, although decent enough, just annoyed me as the quality was so far behind my d7100 that it didn't inspire me to take it with me. Consequently I felt I was missing out on a lot of everyday moments of the kids that I really wanted to be able to get a decent photo of.

Then I discovered the existence of this amazing camera! Wow! Incredibly similar sensor to the d7000 and it is apparent that, though this may look like a point and shoot, it is anything but (though of course you can use it that way if you want but that would be a waste!). I'm stunned by the image quality, the shallow depth of field I can achieve thanks to the large sensor and fast lens (especially in the fantastic macro mode) and how well it performs at high ISOs. There is definite noise at high ISOs, but as another reviewer said, it is somehow good noise and almost adds to the character of those images. I love how I can customise pretty much every aspect of this camera - the various function buttons, how it focuses, and all the tweaks you can make to how it processes the image in camera.

The one thing that concerned me before buying it was the focal length. It's so much wider than I normally shoot with, but now I actually have the camera I wouldn't change it. It's wide enough to get everything in shot indoors and the quality is so good that I can crop if I want to later.
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