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Ricoh GR

 The new GR inherits the product concept of the GR DIGITAL series while upgrading the basic specifications and functions of its predecessor. 
It is a pure joy to own and use, as it offers a wider selection of functions and much-improved performance, while retaining a pocket-size body and the refined design shared by all GR-series models.

New GR LENS 18.3mm F2.8

gr lens

Large 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor and new GR ENGINE V 

The GR comes equipped with a new APS-C-size CMOS image sensor, providing an image-sensitive area as wide as that of a PENTAX DSLR image sensor. Thanks to this large image sensor, the GR offers approximately 16.2 effective megapixels to produce beautiful, high-resolution images.

 gr engine

By coupling the large image sensor with the newly developed GR ENGINE V imaging engine, the GR offers high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 25600 with minimal high-sensitivity noise to produce high-resolution, rich-gradation images with a natural sense of depth and a beautiful Bokeh effect.


The image sensor is optimized for the GR 18.3mm F2.8 Lens.  To give top priority to image resolution, an Anti-aliasing filter-less design has been adopted to bring out optimum lens performance and assure exceptional image quality over the entire image field.

Quick response to shutter opportunities

The GR provides a high-speed autofocus system that can focus on the subject in a mere 0.2 seconds,* thanks to the newly developed lens driving mechanism and optimized AF algorithm, as well as the ever-faster data readout speed from the image sensor. With its start-up time of approximately one second, the GR responds quickly and flawlessly even to fleeting shutter opportunities.

The GR’s AF Continuous Shooting function captures a series of photos at a maximum speed of approximately four images per second, allowing the photographer to capture a fast-moving subjects, such as athletes and wildlife, in sharp focus.

* Measured  against  CIPA standards.

Pocket size for superb operability

Despite the incorporation of the large image sensor, the GR has a compact and portable design. Its casing is made of a magnesium alloy that is both light and highly rigid, while its exterior design retains the flair and style typical of the GR series.

compact body 

The body is designed for maximum holding comfort and operational ease. All control buttons are laid out for easy access with the right hand. A preview button has been added to the camera’s side panel for quick confirmation of the depth of field before shooting, making it easier for the photographer to visualize the level of the Bokeh effect in the resulting image.

The focus-assist function comes in handy during manual-focus operation. This, coupled with the image magnification and target shift functions, simplifies manual-focus shooting.


An AF function button/lever has been newly added to the camera’s back panel. When the lever is set to the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode, the user can capture a series of images of a moving subject — all in sharp focus — by pushing the shutter release button while depressing the AF button. The user can also choose an optional setting, in which the continuous shooting mode is automatically activated while the C-AF button is pressed.

The GR features the PENTAX-original Shutter-speed/Aperture-Priority (TAv) exposure mode, featured only in PENTAX-branded digital SLR cameras. This innovative mode automatically sets the optimum ISO sensitivity based on the shutter speed and aperture selected by the photographer.

Aperture and shutter speed indicators have been added to the monitor screen. The layout of on-screen indicators has also been optimized to the 3:2 aspect ratio, with redesigned grid guide and electronic level. All these combine in the GR’s greatly upgraded usability.

Although it incorporates a large-aperture lens, the GR features a built-in lens barrier mechanism that automatically opens and closes the barrier as the power is switched on and off. This allows the user to react swiftly to all photographic opportunities.

An array of shooting functions

The Image Effect modes allow the user to add a variety of visual effects to create distinctive expressions without the need for a PC. For greater creativity, three new modes have been added for the GR: Retro for a nostalgic ambience with subdued saturation; High Key for a bright, lively result while retaining subtle gradation in highlights; and Miniaturize for a diorama-like appearance, popular in the CX-series models. Selection of the nine Image Effect modes is pushbutton-easy, with the direct-access Effect button positioned on the camera’s side panel.

The precision of the Multi-pattern AWB (auto white balance) function has been upgraded to automatically achieve more faithful colour reproduction by more clearly defining white balance to fit the light source of each segregated area of the image when there are mixed light sources.

The Dynamic Range Compensation function, which minimizes completely washed-out highlights and pitch-black shadows, now offers pixel-level compensation to almost eliminate borders along the luminance threshold areas and achieve the smoother transition of gradation.

Even when the user fails to set the macro shooting mode, the GR’s Auto Macro function will set it automatically by monitoring the distance to the subject. The Face Detection AF & AE function automatically captures the subject’s face in sharp focus and with perfect exposure. (These functions are available only in the Auto shooting mode.)

The Interval Composite mode captures a series of images of the night sky at a fixed interval, then selects and combines only the high-luminance pixel data from each of those images to produce a single composite image. This mode comes in handy when the user wishes to combine the trails of the moon and the stars with a landscape.

GR offers a variety of PC-free image processing functions, including in-body RAW-data development to output JPEG-format files.

High-quality Full HD recording of extended movie clips

Taking advantage of the H.264 video format, the GR’s Full HD movie recording function captures high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Image Effects such as Retro and Bleach Bypass are available during movie recording. During recording, its AF system remains active and the camera continuously focuses subjects in the centre of its angle of view. With this AF mechanism, the user is always assured of sharp focus, along with the high image quality delivered by the combination of the GR Lens and the large image sensor.

Eye-Fi card compatibility for easy image transmission to smartphones

With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone,** and even select favorite images and resize them before transmission. In the playback mode, the user can also recall the transmitted images on the monitor using the Effect button on the side panel.


** The automatic transmission mode must be selected in advance on the settings menu.

Function expansion via firmware upgrade 

Function-enhancing firmware upgrades, which have been popular with all GR-series models — from the GR DIGITAL to the GR DIGITAL IV — are scheduled to become available along the way for the new GR as well. By upgrading the camera’s firmware, the user can always take advantage of the latest, most advanced functions to optimize the camera’s performance.

Other features

  •   High resolution 3'' LCD monitor

  •   Dual-axis electronic level for high-precision horizontal and vertical alignment
  •   Non-directional stereo microphone
  •   Crop mode*** for instant setting of a 35mm angle of view in the
      35mm format
  •   Chromatic moiré compensation function to minimize wavy moiré patterns in   
      the image
  •   Optional GW-3 Wide Conversion Lens (with 0.75X magnification and optics
      optimized for the GR) for 21mm ultra-wide-angle shooting
  •   Compatibility with UHS-1 high-speed memory cards
  •   SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING RAW-data
      processing software (developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included; in-
      body RAW-data development also available

*** When this mode is selected, the largest recorded size is M.

♦HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

♦Adobe is a trademark or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States of America and other countries.

♦Eye-Fi, Eye-Fi connected, and the Eye-Fi logo are registered trademarks of Eye-Fi Japan Co., Ltd.

♦All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

♦Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Technical details

Article Number
Article Number 175744
Camera Type Compact digital camera


Total Pixels

approx. 16.9 megapixels

Effective Pixels

approximately 16.2 megapixels


Nb of recorded pixels:

[3:2]4928×3264 (L), 3936×2608 (M), 2912×1936 (S), 1280×864(XS)

[4:3]4352×3264 (L), 3488×2608 (M), 2592×1936(S), 1152×864(XS)

[1:1]3264×3264(L), 2608×2608(M), 1936×1936(S), 864×864 (XS)

Nb of individual recorded pixels:

L:4928×3264, 4352×3264, 3264×3264

M:3936×2608, 3488×2608, 2608×2608

S:2912×1936, 2592×1936, 1936×1936

XS:1280×864, 1152×864, 864×864




Sensibility: Auto, AUTO-HI, Manual ISO 100 - 25600

Auto ISO rang: ISO 100-800(ISO AUTO)

Auto ISO range for SR: ISO100�25600(ISO AUTO-HI)

Focal Length

18.3mm, approx. 28mm in 35mm

Aperture: F2.8-16 (Smallest aperture : F16)

Digital Zoom



7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical lens elements)

Focusing System

TTL contrast detection auto focus system


Multi AF (Contrast AF method), Spot AF (Contrast AF method), Pinpoint AF, Subject tracking AF, MF, Snap, in finity, Face recognition priority (only in Auto mode), Continuous

Focus Range (automatic)

Standard : approx. 0.3m to infinity

Macro : Approx. 0.1m to infinity


Largest magnification: approx 0.2X (with Macro mode, and focal length 18.3mm)


Focus Range (manual)

Manual : 0.1m - infinity

AF assist

AF Assist lamp available


3.0" transparent TFT color LCD, With protective acrylic cover, 160°

LCD Frame rate 60 fps


approx. 1.230K dots


1/4000-300 sec, Bulb, Time

Exposure system

TTL metering in multi, center-weighted, and spot modes with autoexposure lock

Exposure Control

Manual (+4.0 to -4.0EV in increments of 1/3EV); auto bracketing (-2.0EV to +2.0EV, 1/3EV or 1/2 step)

Exposure Modes

Program AE, Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE, Shutter/Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure


Manual (+4.0 to -4.0EV in increments of 1/3EV); auto bracketing (-2.0EV to +2.0EV, 1/3EV or 1/2 step)


Type Integrated flash control in serie
Guide Number

5.4 (ISO 100 equivalent)


Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Manual, AUTO Red-Eye Flash, Flash On Red-Eye, Slow Synchro Red-Eye

Effective Range

0.2m - 3.0m (ISO AUTO)

Exposure Compensation


Exposure Parameters

Auto shooting mode, Program shift mode, Aperture priority mode, Shutter priority mode, Shutter/Aperture priority mode, Manual exposure mode, Movie, My Settings Mode

Continuous shooting (approx. 4 fps (max. frames at cont. Shoot: 999 frames), Self-timer (2 sec, custom), Interval shooting , Effect bracket, Dynamic range bracket, Contrast bracket, Color space setting, FA/Move Target, Dynamic range compensation, Multiple exposure shooting, Interval composite, Noise reduction, Histogram, Grid Guide, Depth-of-field indicator, Electronic level indicator

Face Recognition

AF&AE available for Auto modes, up to 10 faces

White Balance

Auto, Multi-P AUTO, Outdoors, Shade, Cloudy, Incan descent 1, Incandescent 2, Daylight, Neutral White, Cool White, Warm White, Manual, Details, White Balance Bracket Function

Digital Filter

Black&White, B&W (TE), High Contrast B&W, Cross Pro cess, Positive Film, Bleach Bypass, Retro, Miniaturize, High Key


Full HD movie with HDMI terminal

Sound: monaural (audio sampling rate : 32KHz, 16bit, stereo)

Resolution: 1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×480

Movie edit functions: Clip Movie File, Save still image from movie


Playback Functions:

Auto Rotate, Grid View, Enlarged Display (up to 16×), Slideshow, Resize, Skew Correct, Mode, Level Compen sation, White Balance Compensation, Trim, DPOF Setting, Color Moire Correction, Convert RAW, Clip Movie File, Save still image from movie,Eye-Fi Transfer


approximately 54 MB


SD/SDHC, SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi card (X2 series) compatible

File Format

Photo format: JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), RAW (DNG),

Video format: MPEG�4 AVC/H.264

Special Features

TAv and PASM modes

Dedicated AF-L/AF-C button

Built-in RAW development

Numerous Shortcuts and customizable functions for intuitive operability

Bracketing function / Interval mode / Custom Image / Multiple exposure shooting /Four aspect ratio mode [16:9], [4:3], [3:2], and [1:1]

Various mode effects

Eye-Fi card compatible for easy image transmission to smart phones

Wide range of optional accessories

Electronic level

Noise Reduction Auto, Manual

Start-up time approx. 1 sec

Release time lug approx. 0.03 sec


English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italy, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hunga rian,Turkey, Greek, Russian


Video output: NTSC/PAL

USB: High-Speed USB

HDMI: HDMI output terminal (Type D, Micro port)



Rechargeable DB-65 lithium-ion battery,

Optional AC Adapter available


Capacity Still*: approx. 290 shots

Playback**: Approx. 190 min.

Movie* : approx. 45 min.

*/** (with rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)


6.1 cm


11.7 cm


3.47 cm


215g (body only), 245g

PC Windows XP SP3, VistaTM, 7 and 8

Mac OS X 10.5 or more recent
Included Software

Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING

Kit Content

Rechargeable battery

USB power adapter

Power plug

USB cable


Hand strap

Hot shoe cover


Rechargeable battery DB-65

Battery charger BJ-6

Leather case

AC adapter AC-5C

AV cable

HDMI cable HC-1

Cable switch CA-2

Lens cap

Hood and adapter

External viewfinder GV-1

External mini viewfinder GV-2

Wide conversion lens 21mm

External Flash TTL GF-1

Leather Hand strap GS-2

Neck strap GS-1

Neck strap ST2


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