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Ricoh GR Digital II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and design. The performance and lens also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the focus, while there are some critical opinions about the memory and sensor.

portability, lens, performance, design, image quality

value for money, shutter, features, sensor, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh GR Digital II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Ricoh GR Digital II


Optional accessories include: Tele conversion lens (GT-1), Mini external viewfinder (GV-2). Soft case for GV-2 (GC-2), External viewfinder (GV-1), Wide conversion lens (GW-1), Hood and adapter for GW-1, GT-1 (GH-1), Ac adapter (AC-4c), Soft case...

Highly Recommended!

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Ricoh GR Digital II Review


The Ricoh GR Digital II is the second compact digital camera that we've reviewed recently which has a 28mm fixed focal length lens, putting it it direct competition with the

The GR Digital II is another excellent addition to Ricoh's now extensive line-up of compact cameras for professional photographers. The 28mm lens with fast maximum aperture of f/2.4 and very little distortion is a winning combination for landscape and...

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Ricoh GR Digital II


Ahh, Ricoh, you've been missed. I haven't reviewed a Ricoh camera on this website since the year 2001. The good news is that I'll now be able to review their cameras as often I do those from other manufacturers

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Fast, 28 mm wide-angle lens ; Slim, very well constructed body; good control layout ; 2.7" LCD display with good viewing angle and sharpness (though see issue below) ; Tons of manual controls ;...

Very expensive ; Images on the soft side ; A bit too much noise reduction applied, especially at ISO 400 and above ; Focusing is sluggish at times, especially in dim light ; LCD nearly impossible to see in low light ; Poorly placed flash is easy to...

If you've got $700 to spend on a compact camera and don't plan on taking a lot of low light photos (seeing how you won't be able to see your subject on the LCD), then the GR Digital II is worth a look. There's certainly a lot to like about it, but...


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Ricoh GR Digital II Reviews and Resources


The GR Digital II is a cute compact camera that might appeal to street photographers looking to step away from a rangefinder and into digital, but doesn't deliver the features, performance, or image quality it should given its steep price tag.

Jeremy, You’re right, the zoom is digital. I've corrected the text accordingly. Thanks for pointing out the error.

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Ricoh GR Digital II


Great compact with a fantastic prime lens. I was concerned with the noise levels issues which I've read about in several articles and reviews, but I'm actually quite pleased with the output. The BW images are clean and tack sharp. The color renditions...

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Ricoh GR Digital II


I'm mentioning some other cameras first: leica digilux 1 (hello, LCT), Leica M 8. Each of these cameras shares qualities with the grd11; all three have a relationship with "the light" which is unique and especially rare in most digitals. I don't know...


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Ricoh GR Digital II


Just picked up this cam, the latest experiment to find a livable p&s/walkaround. I was sold on the E-420/pancake combo, but kept playing with the GR and eventually just gave in. The ergonomics are beautiful, the lens is razor-sharp, and everything...

Slightly noisy files, but I personally find them to look nice (this is my walkaround ; equivalent to my T3 with Tmax). Build quality of this camera is superb

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Ricoh GR Digital II


It's hard to rate this camera as it sits in a very small niche. When I bought it the other option was essentially the Panasonic LX2 (which I own) and the upcoming Sigma DP1. But it is clearly the more compact of the two - I can easily throw it in my...

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Ricoh GR Digital II


I bought this camera as a replacement for my Ricoh GX100. Unfortunately the shutter lag is so bad that I am going to have to return it. I figured with a non-zoom lens the shutter lag would be equal or even less than my GX100, but I was very wrong. I've...

Shutter lag is horrible even on a bright sunny day.

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Ricoh GR Digital II


Ever since I purchased this camera in January 08, it has been my primary "carry everywhere" camera; excellent for snapshots & it even stands up to 'bigger cameras' in terms of image quality. When I first came across the GRD I had my doubts regarding...

Dust problem ; My GRD II is fairly new, but at small apertures, there is spec of dust / hair visible ; must be some dust in the lens assembly or sensor, see here ; noticed this a couple of days after I bought the camera, but it was nothing that I could...

Product Specifications

A camera that's advanced yet simple to operate, reliable and precision built. Ricoh's GR DIGITAL II has evolved to let you pursue your own ideals. Boasting its forebears' superior imagery and sharpness that only the Ricoh GR Lens can provide yet achieving even higher image quality. In an amazingly compact, slim body - robustly constructed of lightweight diecast magnesium - the GR DIGITAL II encompasses enhanced expressive capability, along with improved operability that responds almost instantaneously to your commands. It is the kind of camera that urges you to use it, time and time again.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AAA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Model:GR Digital II
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Ricoh

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.4
Min Focal Length:5.9mm

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.75"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.5 mm ( 1/1.75 ) / 14.5 mm ( 1/1.75" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Blue / Green / Monochrome / Purple / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None