Reducing drive noise
Another topic in mechanism design was to "reduce the sound when the shutter-release button was halfway depressed." When the subject is found and the shutter-release button pressed down halfway, the camera focuses on the subject, so the lenses operate to adjust the focal point. When this happens, they unavoidably make noise, but users had requested that this "noise be reduced".
"I myself have tried to take pictures at a friend's wedding and have been bothered by sound in such a solemn moment, so I wanted to reduce the sound of the shutter. We were able to silence it by changing the motor's drive system and searching for the best control parameters," tells Suzuki.
The painstaking incorporation of an electronic level
"When the CCD is level, the camera must be indicated as level. Matching the CCD and sensor output was an issue in the production process." The problem was solved by adjusting each camera one by one on the production line. "We incorporated an electronic level because the depth when taking pictures of buildings can change depending on whether the camera is level or not. The result was a camera that can take pictures instantly after the user takes it from his/her pocket," says Matsutani.
Since the GR DIGITAL II is carefully adjusted one by one in the production process, it is semi-handmade. It will be interesting to see what users think of this camera that embodies the perfection sought by planning, design and production teams.