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April 16, 2013

New Ricoh GR with 16mp APS-C sensor and 28/2.8 eq prime lens is official for $800

The world of Big Sensor Primes is getting a new member today! The new Ricoh GR with a 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor and 28mm f2.8 (35mm equivalent) prime lens is officially announced, joining the Fuji X100* and Leica X* and Nikon A* and Sigma DP-Merrills at the APS-C-ish sensor size.

The Ricoh GR is available for pre-order for $800 at Adorama.

Ricoh GR Hands-On Previews
+ six page preview at dpreview
+ first impressions at Imaging Resource along with 9-minute video (also YouTube embedded below)
+ side by side with the Nikon A at ePhotozine
+ first impressions at ePhotozine
+ video at What Digital Camera?
+ Tech Radar

Ricoh GR Samples
+ studio test samples both JPEG and DNG at Imaging Resource

It is also interesting that Ricoh is continuing on the GR path in parallel to the Pentax brand. Then again, it would be rather strange if there was a "Pentax GR". On the other hand, nothing stops them from releasing the insides of this camera in a Pentax-branded shell. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Other features include:
+ GR Engine V
+ "anti-aliasing filterless design" - their language
+ 9 blade diaphragm lens (18.3mm native, 28mm equivalent)
+ dedicated Autofocus and Aperture Preview buttons
+ RAW is DNG
+ ISO up to 25,600
+ 1080p h.264 video recording

Press Release Parade
+ dpreview
+ dpnow
+ Focus Numerique

Ricoh GR Hands-On And Other Videos

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