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Building upon an award winning series, the RICOH GR II categorically redesigns the digital compact camera with its newly developed wide-angle lens and 16-megapixel APS-C size image sensor, all built into one of the smallest bodies in its class. Not only does the GR feature a larger sensor, its anti-aliasing filter-less design and fast 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens make for incredible, high-sensitivity, professional-grade imagery. In addition to high-speed autofocus improvements and onboard Wi-Fi compatibility, enjoy DSLR-like handling and functionality with full 1080 HD video capture capabilities. Whether you’re looking for a second body to count on as a trusty sidekick, or simply want big pictures from a small camera, the GR II will redefine your photography.
Most helpful customer reviews
77 of 81 people found the following review helpful.
The best point and shoot camera of its size in terms of image quality & functionality but the wifi app is useless.
Okay, I bought the camera where there was zero review on Amazon. But I search around for review of the predecessor of this camera and saw nothing but glowing review for the quality of the image, built of the camera, and the functionality of camera so I plunge the bucks and bought this camera because I want the wifi and NFC options that this updated version have.
Just a background of my skill level and knowledge as photographer; I am a working pro shooting fashion and celeb for a living. I own the Sony A7R and rent top of the line Nikons and Canons as well as medium format systems for big advertising jobs.
So I want a point and shoot camera that is at least going to let me print the image to the size of 16X20 if I so desired and a small finger nail sized sensors inside a tiny point and shoot is not going to pass muster in my book.
Having gotten that out of the way, I find this Ricoh GR II quite impressive in terms of ergonomic built, and the resposiveness in terms of instant switch on andm pretty much zero lag time on the shutter click.
The film effect option is simply beautiful. I have NEVER wanted to shoot anything in black and white on camera because I always do the b&w conversion in photoshop afterwards. But I find myself shooting B&W on this camera adjusted to high contrast and the images look just stunning.
This camera make me want to shoot things I see again every day.
The only downside of this camera, and the one thing that I choose this one over it's earlier model, was the part that is a big let down.
The share app option is outdated. You can only upload the file on to facebook and nowhere else.
You can't even email the image you have shot through the app because once you convert the image on camera (Which is amazing because I have never come across any camera that let you do raw conversion on-camera without using any computer - 5 star on that part!), you can not move the file to anywhere else on your smartphone. It stays in the IMAGE SYNC app that is dedicated to Ricoh.
Here is another thing, if you want to use your smart phone as the monitor to the camera and control the camera with your smartphone, you need to open up a GR remote web page through your smartphone web browser, and store that page on your smartphone as a quick app icon on your phone (much like all the app icon). The good thing is though, it gives your smart phone full control of your camera once it is connected to it via wifi.
But let's get back to the IMAGE SYNC app for a second, that app need major update because as it stands right now, it is virtually useless. I mean I am not paying extra for the wifi option so I can upload my images on facebook only. I want to be able to send images to my clients or others throug emails and text or what have you.
The verdict is, yes, this camera is way better than the Sony RX100 IV in terms of image quality and it is even comparable if not better in super low light handling because of the superior size of the sensor. You just can not compare a tiny 1" sensor to a bigger APS-C sensor any time of the day, end of discussion.
The downside is, the app function is totally useless, unless Ricoh rally and completely revise app.
So for those who are deciding whether to get this camera or the older model, I say save the extra two hundred dollars and get the older model because other than the addition of wifi (with a useless app) and NFC, this camera is indentical in every way to the older Ricoh GR.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful.
Pros: Great camera for mobility. It is small and light so you can carry it everywhere. Large sensor, good white balance. Pretty fast auto focus, and the ability to use snap focus.
The camera is very fast in operation. Also, you can literally hold in one hand and change Just about most (if not all) settings with the hand you are using to hold it. That frees up the other hand for whatever you want - hold an umbrella in the rain, or a drink, or whatever.
Menus are straightforward and easy to understand.
Pretty decent macro function.
Max 2.8 aperture and no image stabilization means you can only do so much in dark conditions. ISO works well at 1600, but isn't great at 3200. you can also do fractional increments, and pick a value somewhere in between.
Overall, this is a fantastic camera. I use it for street and travel, and it is easy to carry and easy to use. If you need a low light monster, this isn't it. Also, it's a fixed 28mm lens. I grew to like it a lot, though if given the choice I would have taken 35mm in the same package. Of corse, there is no camera that offers 35mm in he same package. And the overall package is so good that I bought it and now I like 28mm. also if you are new to cameras this is probably not a good only camera.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Great camera, some issues
Awesome compact camera. Great image quality, and the wifi to my phone works perfectly with the Ricoh app. Image quality is superb. This is a fantastic pocketable travel camera, and the best for street photography. Ergonomics are better than any camera I've used - love the one-handed operation. Sensor dust can still be an issue, so I'd like to see better sealing on the next iteration. That being said, I'm happy live with spot healing a bit here and there in post if it means I get this IQ in my pocket.