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Ricoh releases second function-enhancing firmware update for GR DIGITAL II

Tokyo, Japan - July 23 - Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo) announced today that it will release on July 24 the second function-enhancing firmware update for its GR DIGITAL II, a high-resolution compact digital camera launched in November 2007.
Successor model to the GR DIGITAL, which proved very popular in the two years following its October 2005 launch, the compact GR DIGITAL II achieves a level of image quality capable of satisfying professional photographers, experienced amateurs, and photo aficionados. Ricoh's function-enhancing firmware updates are developed in response to opinions and requests received from a large number of customers via GR BLOG, surveys submitted at customer registration time, etc. They make it possible to update already purchased GR DIGITAL II cameras with the latest functions. This is the second release of function-enhancing firmware for the GR DIGITAL II; the first release took place on March 27, 2008.

  • *For the predecessor GR DIGITAL model, there was a total of five releases beginning from March 24, 2006. Those releases were downloaded by many users and were very well received.
The function-enhancing firmware and instructions for using these functions can be downloaded free of charge from the Ricoh website.

<Enhanced functions>

(1) It is now possible to finely adjust white balance color tones.
  Shooting can be done with the color tone corrected to green, magenta, blue, or amber.
  White balance compensation can be set for the ADJ lever or the Function Button.
  Color tone correction can also be done in playback mode for previously taken still images.

(2) It is now possible to specify noise reduction based on ISO sensitivity.
  For image processing with noise reduction priority, the following ISO sensitivity settings can be selected: "ISO401>", "ISO801>", and "ISO1600".

(3) It is now possible to automatically shift aperture value in aperture priority mode.
  When the set aperture value will result in overexposure because the light is too bright, the camera will automatically raise the aperture value to enable shooting with the correct exposure.

(4) ISO Sensitivity display
  When the ISO sensitivity is set to Auto or Auto-Hi, half-pressing the shutter button will display the ISO sensitivity on the monitor.

(5) Detailed information display in playback mode
  The white balance compensation value and the image setting values (contrast, sharpness, etc.) used during shooting are now displayed in playback mode.

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