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A photographer's camera that fits in your pocketThe compact Ricoh GR II has a lightweight set of features but delivers if all you want is great photos at a modest price.
[MUSIC] Like its three year old predecessor, Ricoh GR II is a standout if all you want is great photos for about $700 or 600 pounds and as long as you're willing to work a little for them. I'm Lauri Grunin for CNET and this is the Ricoh GR II An enthusiast compact with a fixed 28mm f/2.8 lens and a relatively big APS-C size sensor. It mainly just adds wi-fi for remote shooting and file transfer with phones and tablets. Because the rest of it is old though, it feels a little dated with slow auto focus in low light and mediocre video and movie options. This camera is all about the photos. With its default settings, high contrast JPEGs, under certain circumstances, come out a little flat. And there's a lot of blurring from noise reduction by ISO 6400. But there's also a lot you can do with the RAWs, and a ton of settings in the camera for tweaking the JPEG. I wouldn't paint a racing stripe on it, but it's fast enough for most street and landscape photography, which are it's primary uses, and for shooting some types of action. And there's a lot to like. It's a good size and weight with a decent rubber grip that makes it easy to shoot single handed. And once you've configured it to your taste, it's quite streamlined to use. I don't really like feel of the manual focusing. But it does have a full press to snap mode that automatically focuses at a user specified distance when you press the shutter button. On the other hand, the camera is surprisingly complicated, given that it doesn't have a huge feature set. Plus, if you've got vision issues, you may have a problem with the tiny print in the menu. that's for the Wi-fi it has some what bear bounce Wireless transfer App, which is supplemented by a furiously pro-featured trouble shooting web Application called Reco Geo Remote, that can control almost every setting in the Camera. It is a nice camera for inconspicuous and quick street shooting, or the travel camera for the landscape fan But if you're looking for something that's equally adept at video or offers the shooting angle flexibility that a movable LCD or view finder provides, this may not be the camera for you. For more detail beyond just the highlights, pop over to CNET to read the full review. [MUSIC]