Further enhanced snapshot performance that enables "shooting immediately after taking out of one's pocket"
Many users were waiting for added features to improve snapshot performance. Here are the major ones.
Compact external optical finder
A miniature viewfinder (GV-2 external miniature viewfinder, option) was developed to meet user demands for a "downsized optical finder that would be small enough to fit into pockets when mounted on the camera." "If built into the body, the finder sacrifices performance because of space issues. So, rather than opt for a halfway productive finder, we decided that a high performance externally mounted finder would be better," says Higuchi. And, to enhance portability, a case that can store the camera with the external miniature finder mounted on it was made.
Incorporates an electronic level for measuring level and depth of field indication
"When we take a picture in the horizontal posture, we get amazing depth," says Higuchi. This is the ABCs of picture-taking. But, it's very hard to take pictures horizontally. With externally mounted levels, time and skill were needed to capture a subject while measuring level. So, the GR DIGITAL II incorporates an electronic level, which can be viewed on the LCD. Moreover, because level is notified acoustically, users can know when the camera is level while looking through the finder. Subjects can be captured much faster than before.
Moreover, the GR DIGITAL II indicates the depth of field (focus range) on the LCD, which is convenient for deep focus shots that use manual focusing and aperture setting. By linking depth of field to the aperture dial and making it possible to check a reference depth of field on the LCD, operability is improved in snapshots without AF (auto focus).
Large high definition LCD
Great progress has been made with LCD technology over the past 2 years and, as time has gone by, users have called for higher definition even with the LCD that was latest available at the time of the GR DIGITAL's launch. The GR DIGITAL II incorporates a 2.7" LCD of approx. 230,000 pixels and wide viewing angle. And still yet, images taken in the vertical posture are automatically rotated for easy viewing.
Furthermore, ease of use and snapshot performance have been improved via many details such as a manually-operated pop-up flash and function dial that enables one-push mode selection from the JPEG mode to RAW mode, from color to B/W, etc. Higuchi tells, "We wanted to materialize what users requested as best possible." "And, for our users of the first generation GR DIGITAL, we also provide function-expanded firmware with several new functions of the GR DIGITAL II." Users who love their camera and want to keep using it are important as well.