Compiled list of GRD FW wishes

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Compiled list of GRD FW wishes

Postby odklizec » Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:53 am

I've compiled this small list of GRD FW wishes made by Ricoh users at dpreview forum. If you have something else, don't hesitate to make a comment.
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Flash exposure compensation - A must have for camera of this class and price! None automatic solution is good enough. Now available both in GRD/GRDII

+-1 and +-2 EV bracketing - Good for HDR photos and while the camera is capable to go +-2 EV exposure, why not in bracketing?

An option to shot DNG only without corresponding JPEG - It should make the GX100 RAW writing 1-2sec faster (with currently the fastest card Sandisk Extreme III or Panasonic SDHC class 6) or even fasster in case of GRD. No JPEG processing = less time required for writing RAW..simple math;) There should definitely be a difference between storing just single 14MB file and storing 14MB + processing and storing additional 3,5MB JPEG? Many shooters (especially GRD users) would gladly pay the price of lost RAW preview (which is not RAW preview at all) if it would mean faster RAW writing. Not to mention that there already is a small thumbnail stored in each RAW. Sure, it's small, but why not use it for rough preview?

1:1 RAW format - There already is an option for 3:2 RAW so why not 1:1? Possible slowdown because of RAW processing?? 3:2 saves slower than the original 4:3 RAW so maybe the 1:1 would require even longer time?Now available in GRDII

BW jpeg customization (B&W color filters) - Definitely! Great for all "pure" B&W shooters.partially available both in GRD/GRDII. The color filters (aka BW TE) are not what we hoped for

Focus Lock - Not just by half pressed shutter button, but the same (similar) way as AF Lock. Even Canon Ixus compacts have this feature and it's very useful! No need to press an hold the shutter button all the time!Now available in GRDII

Power ON after Auto Power OFF using just the shutter button - that's sounds reasonable.

Better, more granular, battery reporting - more precise battery status would be really welcome. This is something I really love on Sony cameras.

Interval shooting start from 1 or 2 secs - Manual continuous shooting allows to take 1.6 frames/secs so why not to allow Interval shooting from 1-2 secs? Starting it from 5 secs is too limiting.

Noise reduction OFF switch for JPEG mode. Although the Ricoh is famous about their low noise processing, GX100 JPEG images are visible more processed, which is visible mainly at ISO400 and above. In addition, many users like noise in their low ISO shots. Sure, there is an option to use RAW, but it's not practical to use it all the time, mainly because of slow RAW writing speed and size of RAW files. Now available in GRDII

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NO EXPOSURE SIMULATION IN M-MODE
I use mainly the M-Mode with spot metering. The exposure indicator works very good but I hate the software for simulating the exposure in the display in this particular mode. This is done for example by darkening live preview when a underexposure-setting is set. Especially when working with an external flash unit, this can result in a totaly black preview if you stop down the lens, set a small ISO number and a fast exposure time (which might work well with the flash, but you can't see anything of the scene in the preview). I would like to have a clear preview of my scene, no matter which exposure parameters I set in the M-Mode.

MORE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE P-MODE AND THE GREEN-CAMERA-MODE
As far as I figured out, there is no difference between this both modes if you aim and shoot. The only difference is the aperture/time shifting ability in the P-Mode. I would like to have the green-camera-mode for shots where I don't have the time to set new iso settings for example. So in the green-camera-mode, ISO should always be "auto", the metering mode should always be "multi" and so the AF, no matter what ISO, metering and AF is set in the other modes. This would result in an "idiot-proof" mode for spontaneous snap-shots.

BIGGER EXPOSURE INDICATOR WITH EV SCALE IN THE M-MODE
If you use the display without any parameters displaying, the parameters only show up as long as you change them. I like this very much because this way I can see the parameters when I need them and can compose the picture without having the numbers and symbols on the display. Anyway I would like to have a detailed exposure indicator (the bar) with an EV scale.

ADDITIONAL R,G AND B HISTOGRAM FUNCTIONALITY IN THE PLAYBACK MODE
The luminosity histogram is ok for evaluating the exposure of the taken image, but it would be better, being able to switch between luminosity and each color channel in the histogram.
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I don't like the AE warning by aperture F 2,5 (shutterspeed 1/760sec) and F 4,1 (1/1410). Why not a shutterspeed-range from 3 min till 1/2000sec by all apertures?

In macro-mode you get a cross for focusing which you can change in several directions. This cross works also by objects further away, only the focusing is a lot slower than. Why not in the menus for AE METER and FOCUS the possibility to choose that cross ? In this way you can make a combination
of both AE METERING and FOCUSING with a cross that you can change in all directions.
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Re: Compiled list of GRD FW wishes

Postby Supa » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:38 am

Good list indeed

from my side it will be in order of interest :

+-1 and +-2 EV bracketing
Have a display mode with only speed/aperture and main seeting. Black background and information in big Typo
Fast changing Settings 1 and Settings 2 without restarting camera
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Re: Compiled list of GRD FW wishes

Postby odklizec » Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:01 am

Hi Supa,

I'm afraid, there is no chance for more GRDI FW updates. Ricoh already announced the last FW with some of the GRDII features is the final one for GRDI. But there is still a room for improvements in GRDII ;) I'm sure, we will see some of the most requested additions in future FW updates. GRDII is not even a year old and Ricoh is known for their FW enhancing updates.
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Re: Compiled list of GRD FW wishes

Postby kinley » Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:46 pm

I am a budding photographer and I have always enjoyed visiting this forum. I was using Canon before and it was only recently that I shifted to Ricoh GRD III. I am very pleased with its performance. In my view it is the best camera available in the market at the moment. I would like to point out that Ricoh has been doing a really commendable job over the years by providing us some truly world class products. I am happy with the way Ricoh makes their GR digital cameras. I do not want to make any new wish in this regard.
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