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September 15, 2011

New Ricoh GRD IV arrives with sensor-shift stabilization, hybrid AF

After years of waiting, Ricoh has decided to update their GRD prime fixed lens digital camera with the new Mark IV model, the GRD IV! The camera continues with a 10mp 1/1.7" CCD sensor, which perhaps may explain the VGA video and slow burst mode. The main specs are a 28mm f1.9 (35mm equivalent) lens, RAW (DNG), 3-inch mega-dot display, and a LiIon battery with a CIPA estimate of 390 shots. The camera will be available in the usual black, along with a limited edition white body.

Some of the differences between the IV and III include sensor-shift stabilization, hybrid AF, Engine IV, and maximum ISO 3200.

More details
+ 3-page preview at d-preview
+ hands-on at ThePhoBlographer with limited edition white GRD4
+ DC Watch Impress: announcement and white [computer translated]
+ press releases at ephotozine, Quesabesde, Le Monde, Photo Review, dpreview, Focus N, et al
+ launch interview at Am Pho UK
+ discussion at Serious Compacts

Ricoh GRD III gets firmware release #5
Ricoh has not forgotten about the GRD III, firmware release #5 has been revealed with five key additions. See it all via ephotozine and Photography Blog

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