With apologies to The Who, meet the new boss, same as the old boss: Ricoh’s GR II premium compact camera looks just like the GR, but with added Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). To manage the new functions, Ricoh also announced GR Remote, a web-based application which allows users to control camera settings virtually via any browser, as well as view and share images wirelessly. Image Sync, available on Pentax DSLRs, is also supported on the new camera. It enables GR users to easily browse and transfer images to accompanying mobile devices.
The 18.3 mm f/2.8 lens is the equivalent of 28 mm (35 mm format). The GR II also boasts an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.2-megapixels. The company notes most of the Pentax DSLRs use the same size sensor, so image quality should be excellent.
The GR II’s high-speed AF system can focus in 0.2 seconds, thanks to the optimization of its lens drive mechanism and AF algorithm, and it also has a one second start up and shut down time. Further, with the GR II users can go instantly from the play back mode to shooting by half pressing on the shutter release button.
Its exterior housing is made of lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy, while its grip is shaped for easy, comfortable hold, and features a control button layout that enables simple one-hand operation.
The GR II provides a total of 17 effect modes with six new modes added: Clarity, Brilliance,
Bright, Portrait, Vibrant, and HDR Tone. The new GR II also includes a full range of shooting functions including an in-camera RAW data development function, full HD movie recording for high-quality, extended videos; and, wireless control of some Pentax external flashes.
The Ricoh GR II will be available across Canada in July for a suggested retail price of $899.99.