Ricoh GR Digital

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Ricoh GR Digital
Ricoh GR with hood.jpg
Type Point-and-shoot
Sensor 1/1.8″ CCD (8.1 Megapixels)
Maximum resolution 3264 × 2448
Lens 28 mm (in 35 mm full frame equivalent) f/2.4
Shutter speed range 180–1/2000 s
ASA/ISO range 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (not available in RAW mode)
Exposure metering 256 multi-point, Spot, Center-weighted
Viewfinder External via hotshoe
Rear LCD monitor 2.5″ TFT LCD, 210,000 pixels
Storage SD card, 26 MB internal memory
Battery 1× rechargeable D-60 battery or 2× AAA batteries
Dimensions 107 × 25 × 58 mm
Weight 200 g (with batteries and strap)

The Ricoh GR Digital is a compact digital camera. Its distinguishing feature is its fixed focal length lens (non-zoom). First announced at photokina 2004, it went on sale in Japan on 21 October 2005 at the price of ¥80,000. The GR Digital is Ricoh's digital successor to their popular 35 mm GR series film cameras. The Ricoh GR Digital was succeeded by the Ricoh GR Digital II. Despite certain criticisms, the Ricoh GR series has gained a cult status among street photographers[citation needed]. Its 35mm predecessor was made famous by Japanese street photographer Daido Moriyama, as it was his camera of choice.


  • 28 mm equivalent field of view (FOV) in 35 mm full frame format, f/2.4 GR lens
  • 8-megapixel CCD
  • Full manual controls: (front aperture dial, rear shutter speed dial)
  • Compact, magnesium body
  • Hotshoe for accessories


  • Noisy CCD even at the lowest (64) ISO Setting, significant noise at higher ISO settings (but 'grain' like, ideal for B&W)
  • Slow processing rate: up to 12 seconds between RAW shots, improved to 8 seconds with updated firmware
  • High price
  • No built-in optical viewfinder: an external optical viewfinder (GV-1/GV-2) is sold as an accessory


Imaging device 1/1.8″ primary colour CCD with 8,130,000 effective pixels (total pixels: 8,300,000)

Lens Focal distance: f=5.9 mm (28 mm converted to 35mm format camera); Aperture (F): F 2.4 to F 11*1; Lens composition: 6 elements; 5 groups with 7 diaphragm blades

Digital zoom 4.0x

Shooting range About 0.3 meters to infinity from lens tip

Macro shooting range About 0.015 m to infinity from lens tip

Shutter Still: 180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1 – 1/2,000 seconds; Video: 1/30 – 1/2,000 seconds

Pixels Still: 3,264 × 2,448; 3,264 × 2,176; 2,592 × 1,944; 2,048 × 1,536; 1,280 × 960; 640 × 480; Video: 320 × 240; 160 × 120

Picture-quality modes F (Fine), N (Normal), RAW

ISO sensitivity AUTO, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600

Flash Auto, red-eye suppression, force flash, slow synchro, flash off, Throw distance: approximately 0.2 to 3 meters

Focus Autofocus, manual focus, snap, infinity (AF supplemental light also available)

Exposure adjustment TTL-CCD photometric system: multi (256 divisions)/ center focus photometry/ spot photometry

Exposure compensation Manual correction (+2.0 to −2.0 EV 1/3 EV steps) Auto bracket feature (−0.5 EV; ±0; +0.5 EV)

White balance Auto; Fixed: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, Manual, Advanced; White balance bracket feature

Recording media SD memory card 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB at 3.3V; multimedia card; built-in memory (26 MB)

Recording modes Photo: Still, Continuous, S-Continuous, M-Continuous, Program shift, Aperture-Priority, Manual exposure; Scene: Text, Sound; Motion

Recording formats Still: Compressed : JPEG*9 (Exif version 2.21); Uncompressed : RAW(DNG) Text: TIFF (MMR format/ITU-T.6) Video: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG format compliant) Audio: WAV (Exif ver. 2.21 μ-law)

LCD monitor 2.5 inch low-noise polysilicon TFT LCD with about 210,000 pixels

A picture taken with a GR Digital

Self timer Operating time: 10 seconds or 2 seconds

Interval timer Shooting interval: 5 seconds to 3 hours (units of 5 seconds)

PC interface USB 2.0; Ricoh original mass storage selectable

Audio and Video interface Audio OUT/ Video OUT

Video signal format NTSC and PAL

Dimensions 107 x 25 x 58 mm (LxWxH); does not include protruding parts

Weight About 170 grams not including battery, SD memory card, and strap; Supplied parts: 30 grams (battery and strap)

Power 1 Rechargeable battery (DB-60); AC adapter (AC-4c option); 2 AAA alkaline dry-cell batteries; 2 AAA Oxyride dry-cell batteries; or 2 AAA nickel-hydrogen dry-cell batteries

Shooting capacity CIPA-standard compliant; When DB-60 used: about 250; When AAA alkaline dry-cell battery used: about 30

Temperature range for useC to 40°C

List of Optional Accessories with Model Numbers[edit]

External Viewfinder GV-1/GV-2

Wide-angle Conversion Lens GW-1

Hood & Adapter GH-1

AC Adapter AC-4c

Soft case GC-1

Neck strap GS-1

Cable switch CA-1

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery DB-60

Battery Charger BJ-6

1st Anniversary Limited Edition[edit]

Illustration by Katsuya Terada, limited to 1000 cameras worldwide. Blue/white with Angels. Released on 24th of November 2006. Functionality identical to the standard GR D except for the startup/shutdown screens.

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