Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pentax Ricoh GR Camera

Pentax-Ricoh has just announced the release of its new compact camera, Ricoh GR. The GR sports
a new 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 18.3mm F/2.8 lens, a newly developed GR ENGINE V processor, ISO 25600 capabilities, a built-in flash, full HD 1080/30p video recording and 4fps continuous shooting modes with high-speed autofocus, Eye-Fi SD card compatibility for easy image sharing, and various creative effects modes. The camera will be available in May for $799.95.


Accessories for Ricoh GR at BestBatt.com:

1. DB-65 battery;
2. BJ-6 charger for DB-65 battery



Press Release

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING DEFINES THE ADVANCED COMPACT SEGMENT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE RICOH GR CAMERA

Following on the Award Winning GR Digital Series the New RICOH GR Camera Features an APS-C-Sized Sensor and Compact 8.6 Ounce Body at Just $799.95

Denver, CO (April 16, 2013) — PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announced the RICOH GR, an ideal blend of image quality, camera size and price; setting a new benchmark for the advanced compact camera category. The new RICOH GR camera features an APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor delivering shallow depth of field, exceptional low-light performance and a wide dynamic range for remarkable images across a wide variety of shooting styles.

Remaining true to the heritage of the multi- award-winning RICOH GR Digital series the new Ricoh GR camera combines compact size with outstanding performance.  Featuring a 16 megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, no low-pass filter and a completely redesigned optical path the GR is built for superb image performance.  The newly developed and optimized18.3mm (28mm in 35mm format) F2.8 lens compactly provides high-resolution, wide-angle images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness all while minimizing chromatic aberration and distortion.  The camera’s category-leading, nine-blade aperture diaphragm produces a rounded bokeh effect across a wide range of apertures.

Advanced capabilities of the sensor and lens are supported by a newly developed GR ENGINE V imaging processor which optimizes high-sensitivity shooting to ISO 25600 minimizing noise, producing accurate, color-rich images. Finally, a newly designed lens driving mechanism and optimized AF algorithm combined with faster data readout speeds from the image sensor provide a high-speed auto focus system that can focus on a subject in a mere two-tenths (0.2) of a second. A super quick start-up time of approximately one second ensures photographers are guaranteed a speedy capture ready camera in even the most fleeting scenarios; making the RICOH GR the ideal companion camera at a fraction of the size of a DSLR.

“The introduction of the RICOH GR marks a new standard of confidence in the compact camera segment,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICA. “The RICOH GR camera’s unparalleled set of robust features and hardware completely redefines what can be expected from a compact camera.”

In keeping with its advanced functionality the GR also offers a range of helpful features common to DSLRs like in-body RAW-data development and a dedicated depth of field preview button to aid in accurate image framing and quick inspection of focus prior to capturing an image. Additionally, the GR boasts full 1080p HD video recording capabilities replete with continual AF during video capture creating sharply-focused, high-quality video output.

Instantaneous photo and video sharing is now a breeze with the GR’s optimized Eye-Fi SD card compatibility. Built-in menus allow the user to easily enable automatic transmission of images and video to a smartphone for rapid sharing.  Users can even select favorite images and resize them before transmission.

For consumers seeking additional creative expression, RICOH offers an optional wide-angle conversion lens extending coverage to 21mm. The new GR is also compatible with the full range of accessories already offered for the preceding GR Digital line of cameras including viewfinders, flashes, lens hoods and adapters and more.

Pricing and Availability
The new GR advanced digital compact camera provides incredible value with a category-low cost of $799.95 and will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in May 2013.
Additional information on the GR including product specifications is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news   and product images are available here: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html.

About PENTAX
PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here: www.pentaximaging.com/news

Specifications

TYPE Compact Digital Camera
SENSOR Type: CMOS Sensor
Size: APS-C
Color depth: 8 bit JPG, 12 bit RAW
Effective pixels (total pixels): 16.2MP ( )
Pixel mapping: n/a
LENS Type/construction: Ricoh GR lens, 7 elements, 5 groups (2 aspheric elements), 9 diaphragm blades
Optical zoom: n/a, fixed prime lens
Focal length (equiv.): 18.3mm (28mm)
Digital zoom: n/a
Aperture: f/2.8 – f/16
Filter diameter: tbd
FOCUS SYSTEM Type: TTL contrast detection auto focus system
Sensitivity range: LV 1.5 to 17.5 (without AF assist lamp)
Focus modes: Multi AF (Contrast AF method), Spot AF (Contrast AF method), Pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF, MF, Snap, infinity, Face recognition priority (only in Auto mode), Continuous
Focus point adjustment: Auto, User-Selectable, Center
Focus lock: Yes
AF assist: Yes
Focus range
Normal: 11.76” to infinity
Macro: 3.9” to infinity
VIEWFINDER Viewfinder: Yes via hotshoe mounted external optical viewfinder (sold separately)
LCD MONITOR 3.0" transparent LCD, w/ protective cover
LCD resolution: approx. 1,230,000 dots
LCD framerate: 60 FPS
Wide angle viewable: Yes
FLASH Type: Built-in series control auto flash
Flash modes: Auto, Flash ON, Slow-Sync, Manual, AUTO Red-Eye Flash, Flash ON Red
Eye, Slow-Sync Red-Eye
Effective range: 3.3’ - 9.8’ (auto ISO)
Guide Number: (5.4 / 100 ISO)
Flash exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
EXTERNAL FLASH Type: Hot shoe TTL-A (TTL w/ pre-flash)
Synchronization speed: 1/400 sec
STORAGE MEDIA Internal memory: 54 MB
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi (X2 Series)
INTERFACES Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV/USB out, HDMI (Micro, Type D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL, HD (HDMI supports HD Auto, 1080p, 720p, 480p)
Microphone: Built-in monaural
POWER SUPPLY Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery DB-65
Recordable images: Li-Ion approx. 290 (CIPA)
Playback time: Li-Ion approx. 190 min
Movie recording time: 25 min. maximum time per clip
AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)
PHYSICAL SPECS Body dimensions (W x H x D): 4.6” x 2.4” x 1.4”
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 7.6 oz (215g)
Loaded and ready: 8.6 oz (245g)
Primary construction material(s): Magnesium Alloy covers
Operating temperature: 32-104°F
Ruggedized features: n/a
LANGUAGE SUPPORT Depends on shipping destination). GRs shipped outside of Asia or Japan will include: English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Russian.
METERING SYSTEM Type: TTL
Sensitivity range: EV 1.8 to 17.8 (ISO 100)
Metering patterns: (multi, center, spot)
Exposure compensation: +/- 4 EV (1/3 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes.
Exposure bracketing: +/- 2 EV (3 frames, 1/2 or 1/3 steps, individual image exposure adjustable)
ISO SENSITIVITY AUTO, AUTO-HI, Manual ISO 100 – 25600
WHITE BALANCE Auto, Multi-P AUTO, Outdoors, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent 1, Incandescent 2, Daylight,Neutral White, Cool White, Warm White, Manual, Details, White Balance Bracket Function
Manual mode(s): Yes
WB fine adjustment: +/- 8 steps B-A axis or G-M axis
WB bracketing: Yes
SHUTTER Type: Mechanical and electronic shutter mechanism
Shutter speed: 1/4000 – 30 sec., Bulb, Time
CAPTURE MODES Mode selection: Auto shooting mode, Program shift mode, Aperture-Priority mode, Shutter-
Priority mode, Shutter/Aperture priority mode, Manual exposure mode, Bulb mode, Time mode, Movie, My Settings Mode.
Effects modes: B&W, B&W (TE), High Contrast B&W, Cross-Process, Positive Film,
Bleach-Bypass, Retro, Miniaturize, High-Key.
Green simplified mode available: n/a
Face Detection: AF & AE - available in Auto modes for up to 10 faces.
PAvTvTAvM: P, Av, Tv, TAv, M
Date Imprint: Yes (date, date & time)
Digital filters (capture): n/a
Electronic level: Yes (horizontal tilt, forward-back pitch)
File/Folder customization: Embed copyright
DRIVE MODES Mode selection: Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Interval shooting, Effect bracketing, Dynamic range bracketing, Contrast bracketing, Color space setting, FA/Move Target, Dynamic range compensation, Multiple exposure shooting, Interval composite, Noise reduction, Histogram, Grid Guide, Depth-of-field indicator, Electronic level indicator.

Continuous FPS: Approx. 4 fps (RAW or JPEG)
Multi-exposure: 2-4 shots, auto exposure adjustment, save individual images
Interval: Unlimited shots, 5s to 1h interval in 5s increments
HDR: Available as Dynamic Range Double Shot scene mode
Cable switch: Yes (sold separately)
PLAYBACK MODES Mode selection: Auto Rotate, Grid View, Enlarged Display (up to 16X), Slideshow, Resize, Skew Correct Mode, Level Compensation, White Balance Compensation, Trim, DPOF Setting, Color Moire Correction, Convert RAW, Clip Movie File, Save still image from movie, Eye-Fi Transfer
Digital filters (playback): n/a
FILE FORMATS Recorded resolutions: 16M (4928×3264), (4352×3264), (3264×3264), 10M (3936×2608), (3488×2608), (2608×2608), 5M (2912×1936), (2592×1936), (1936×1936), 1M (1280×864), (1152×864), (864×864) + 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480
Quality levels: RAW, RAW +, L (Large), M (Medium), S (Small), XS (Xtra Small)
File formats: RAW (DNG), RAW +, JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS WINDOWS: Windows 8(32bit/64bit / Windows 7(32bit/64bit)/ Windows Vista(32bit/64bit)/ Windows XP(SP3 or later, Home/Pro 32bit)
・Installation requires administrator rights
・Can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit Edition of Windows
Mac: MacOS X 10.8/10.7 / 10.6 / 10.5

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