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GRDII Articles at dc.watch.impress

Well..well..as in case of original GRD, the Japanese dc.watch.impress will most probably be the first place where we will see the first full res. GRD II photos, including the high ISO shots. Although I don't understand and cannot read the Japanese, dc.watch.impress is probably my most favorite "Digital Camera news" place I visit several times a day. They seem to have the first information form digital still camera industry and tests of newest cameras. And there are number of GRD tests and articles. Definitely a worth to visit site even if you don't understand Japanese!

They just released new GRDII article with huge set of GRDII exterior and menu shots. Unfortunately, the GRDII menu is in Japanese, so it's almost impossible for us foreigners to understand anything ;) But still..the menu seems to be very extensive as if it would be from DSLR! There are also some "record" and "preview" screen shots.
Japanese:
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/revie ... /7361.html
English (babelfish):
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfis ... F7361.html

I'm quite sure the full resolution GRDII shots will follow soon.
The worth to mention GRD/GRDII differences, mentioned in the above article (if i got them right):
- Changed ADJ wheel to lever seems to be a positive change. And because of the larger height it's now easier to use.
- Although the GRDII lens is the same as in case of original GRD, the focusing mechanism is now quieter!
- Better viewing angles on LCD.
- The internal flash can be raised by a manual switch at a camera side. I always prefer the mechanical way before electronic ;)
- New battery retention mechanism.
- Synchro Monitor OFF option with only the status information to be shown (if the external viewfinder is attached).

Here are the previous dc.watch.impress GRDII articles:
First news about GRDII
Japanese:
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/compa ... /7312.html
English (babelfish):
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfis ... F7312.html

Ricoh GRDII Japan Press Conference
Japanese:
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/compa ... /7324.html
English (babelfish):
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfis ... F7324.html

Ricoh GRDII at photoGRaph100
Japanese:
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/compa ... /7352.html
English (babelfish):
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfis ... F7352.html
 
- Synchro Monitor OFF option with only the status information to be shown (if the external viewfinder is attached).
This is something when I read it that I was really hoping will be back ported into the GRD 1 firmware but no mention of it despite the fact it's not hardware dependent. Fingers crossed!

~Pev
 
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