Sep 13, 2005

Ricoh Announces 8 Megapixel GR Compact Digital Camera

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September 13, 2005 – Ricoh today announced a high-end 8 megapixel GR compact Digital compact camera. Featuring a fixed focal length lens and a slim 0.98-inch thick body, the Ricoh GR Digital is expected to be available in Europe in October at an estimated price of £399.99 ($729).

Offering a number of features targeted at enthusiasts, the Ricoh GR Digital features a wide angle 28mm (35mm equivalent) fixed focal length, f/2.4 lens, full manual controls over exposure and focus, as well as shutter and aperture priority modes. Controls for aperture and shutter speed are also conveniently placed on dials on the front and back of the camera’s body, much like an SLR.

The GR Digital’s lens features a low distortion design with a low-dispersion lens sandwiched between two aspheric elements: a concave lens facing the subject and a convex lens facing the sensor. The lens also utilizes an integrated neutral density filter and a 7-blade aperture, enabling better performance under bright light conditions, extending the utility of the lens’ f/11 minimum aperture.