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Another Reader Enjoys the Ricoh GR

David C writes:

I rented one. The menu system is so much better than the OMD-D E-M5 it might as well be from another planet. It has one thing I've not seen since way back in the film days: the mode dial must be unlocked (push a button) before you can turn it…goodbye to switching modes accidentally while carrying on a hip strap.

OTOH it has one oddity I haven't figured out: it will fire with no card in the slot, and further it will buffer those shots so when you hit the view button they show up. Guess how I learned about this :-(.

And: separate battery charger please, surely providing one couldn't cost over a few dollars, nothing percentage-wise.

In all the thing is really amazing.

DIGLLOYD: The GR has internal memory and while it will fire without a card, the images are on the internal memory card and can be downloaded.

Ricoh has done so many things right with the GR, and so many features stand in bright relief to the design incompetence with so many others: grip, locking mode dial, menus, controls, built-in flash, long exposure support, class-leading lens, excellent sensor, exceptional handling and class-leading low weight: it all comes together. The only thing making it less than perfect is no EVF built-in or even optional as an add-on.

Yes, the Ricoh GR menus are generally excellent, while the Olympus menus are an electronic landfill for design concept failures: I wasted 15 minutes one day trying to locate a deeply buried setting. Then there is clutter, like Olympus PenPal Share.

As for the battery charger: these can be bought and every manufacturer has to make a price point; a few dollars might be the profit in this tough market. While I prefer a separate charger, I can buy one, but since the Sigma charger works for Ricoh batteries I don’t need to. And this is a minor nit compared to the design excellence and superb image quality for a camera under $800.


Ricoh GR

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