Pentax’s new Richoh GR announced

More and more premium compact cameras are starting to use sensors which we’re used to seeing in DSLR or compact system cameras and Pentax’s latest addition to the camera world, the Ricoh GR, is no different.

Hitting our shelves with a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor it draws a close comparison to the Nikon Coolpix A, which also has an equally similar magnesium-alloy body. But with the Ricoh GR being smaller, lighter and cheaper (at only £599) it’s certainly going to provide some strong competition.

The first Ricoh GR was launched in 1996, with their 35mm film compact camera, which was one of the most highly prized compact camera of its generation, so the latest additon certainly has a lot to live up to if it wants to follow in the 35mm’s footsteps.

To help it on it’s way it features an 18.3mm GR/f2.8 fixed lens, which is the equivalent of a 28mm lens on a full-frame sensor, with a large f/2.8 aperture. This helps to create a shallow depth of field which helps to enable low-light shooting.

With a start up speed of 1 second and a claimed 0.2second AF speed, with 4fps continuous shoooting and a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec, it aims to be a hit with street photographers.

With these specifications in mind, The Pentax Ricoh GR is certainly on par with the competition which is available already on the market. So if you’re looking at getting your hands on the Ricoh GR once it’s available it’s worthwhile getting yourself a camera case to protect the expensive investment.

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