Ricoh GR II Gordon Laing, August 2016
 
 

Ricoh GR II review

The Ricoh GR II is a compact aimed at enthusiasts with a large APSC sensor and a fixed wide angle lens. Announced in June 2015, it's the successor to the original GR, adding Wifi and NFC, along with a larger buffer for RAW shooting, a faster shutter speed at the maximum aperture and some tweaks to the white balance and video AF options.

The core premise of the GR II remains the same as its predecessor: packing a 16 Megapixel APSC sensor into a relatively pocketable Magnesium Alloy body with a fixed 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens. Like its predecessor, there's no built-in electronic viewfinder, although you can slot-on optional optical viewfinder accessories. There's also wide angle and macro conversion lens adapters available.

The GR II may sound like a camera with pretty specific features, but there are in fact two other compacts with 16 Megapixel APSC sensors and 28mm equivalent f2.8 fixed lenses: Nikon's older COOLPIX A and Fujifilm's more recent X70. Each shares the same concept but has pros and cons to weigh-up, so to help guide you to the right choice, Doug Kaye and I filmed the following video review for you! If you're interested in the other two options, check out my Nikon COOLPIX A review and Fujifilm X70 review.

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