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Ricoh GR Limited Edition

Ricoh releases a limited edition version of their famous GR 28mm f/2.8 equivalent fixed-focal length snapshot camera. The magnesium-alloy body is fitted with a new “metallic vintage green wave-tone finish” that is similar to hammer texturing often found on other luxury metallic furnishings. Another key change in styling is in the grip, which now has a magnificent wood burl in a ‘marbleized ebony’ color. The $899.95 USD retail price will also include a lens hood with adapter and matching strap and camera case in a contrasting tan brown leather. Available for purchase on Ricoh’s online website next month.

ABOUT the GR: Building upon an award winning series, the RICOH GR categorically redesigns the digital compact camera with its newly developed wide-angle lens and 16-megapixel APS-C size image sensor, all built into one of the smallest bodies in its class. Not only does the GR feature a larger sensor, its anti-aliasing filter-less design and fast lens make for incredible professional-grade imagery. Whether you’re looking for a second body to count on as a trusty sidekick, or simply want big pictures from a small camera, the GR will redefine your photography.

– Its 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor, with an image-sensitive area as wide as that of a PENTAX DSLR, offers low-noise characteristics, super-high resolution and rich contrast imaging with no compromise in image quality or color accuracy, in any lighting condition.

– The newly designed, fixed wide angle 18.3mm F2.8 GR lens, equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format, provides high resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness and is the highest performing lens ever created by Ricoh for a compact camera. Thanks to its nine-blade diaphragm, the GR lens produces a natural Bokeh effect at larger apertures.

– 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 style typical of the GR series. The body is designed for maximum holding comfort and operational ease, with all control buttons laid out for easy access with the right hand.

– The advanced GR ENGINE V imaging engine offers high sensitivity shooting with minimal noise and the GR’s anti-aliasing filterless design produces supremely high resolution, color-rich images with depth and beautiful Bokeh effects. To balance for lack of the Anti-aliasing filter, a chromatic moiré compensation function is added to minimize wavy moiré patterns and distortion in images.

– Enjoy DSLR-like handling and functionality with an AF button, accessible with the thumb on the back panel. When the AF 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. A preview button has also 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 visualize the level of the Bokeh effect in the resulting image.

The high speed autofocus system captures crisp subjects in a mere 0.2 seconds, thanks to the newly developed lens driving mechanism and optimized AF algorithm, as well as the ever-faster data readout speed from the image sensor. Start-up time is only one second, and the GR’s AF Continuous Shooting function captures a series of photos at a maximum speed of approximately four images per second, allowing capture of fast-moving subjects, such as athletes and wildlife, all in incredibly sharp focus.

The Image Effect modes allow the user to add a variety of visual effects to create distinctive expressions without the need for a computer. For greater creativity, three new modes have been added for the GR: “Retro,” “High Key” and “Miniaturize.” Selection of the nine Image Effect modes is pushbutton-easy, with the direct-access Effect button positioned on the camera’s side panel. Capture the tiniest details with macro mode—perfect for insects, flowers, nature and still life photography.

More: www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/digital-camera/RICOH_GR