After introducing the high-end DSLR Pentax K-3 II more than a month ago, Ricoh announced a new representative of its GR series - Ricoh GR II.
The Ricoh GR II represents the smallest compact so far with DSLR image quality, which makes it perfect for advanced amateurs and enthusiasts who want the quality of an SLR camera, but the flexibility of a smart phone. It is a successor of the Ricoh GR, one of the smallest and lightest compacts featuring an APS-C CMOS sensor, so it kept most of the original GR's characteristics.
As in the case of the predecessor, the GR II features a 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which takes most of the credit for the image quality at the level of DSLRs, a 28mm f/2.8 lens without optical stabilization, Full HD 1080/30p video, 4 fps continuous shooting, 54MB internal memory, pop-up flash, as well as a fixed 3" 1,230,000-dot TFT LCD screen (a viewfinder is also available only optionally).
As for the innovations, the most significant one is definitely built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, which brings fast connection to smart devices and easy transfer of images and videos. In addition, the Ricoh GR II boasts a high-speed AF system, which takes only 0.2 seconds to focus, increased 1/2500s shutter speed at the maximum aperture, increased buffer depth to 10 frames for 4 fps RAW shooting, and continuous or spot AF modes in video shooting.
The new Ricoh GR II will come onto the market in July, and it will be priced at $799.95.
The news was taken from RICOH.