On this page, I describe how you can configure the Ricoh GR. I will demonstrate the basic configuration options for this camera, but will not give any recommendations. I cannot guarantee that my list of configuration options is complete...
In the following, I will describe the options that the Ricoh GR offers for configuration. Configuration means here that you can configure certain camera controls (dials, levers, buttons) to behave differently, for example, to allow to set different things (for example, to set exposure, focus, or dynamic range).
Buttons that set variants or modes of a certain function, on the other hand, will not be regarded as configurable here (for example, the flash button that cycles through different flash modes). But some cases made be "border cases."..
Note that I could also have chose to simple list all the menus and their options (which I do more or less for the "Key Custom Options" menu because it contains most of the configuration options), but then I would have simply replicated the camera manual.
The following photos show the Ricoh GR camera controls, some of which can be configured (marked by a "C"), while others set certain characteristics.
Left side view (from the back)
(C) Configurable (more or less...)
The options that change the behavior of camera controls can set set up in the "Key Custom Options" menu. The table below provides an overview of the options:
|Control||Details||Name in Menu||Options (Names according to Menu)||Default||
|ADJ./ISO Lever||Lever positions 1-5||ADJ Lever Settings 1-5||Off, ISO, Picture Size, Aspect Ratio, Focus, Image, Expo. Metering, Cont.Mode, Auto Bracket, Flash Comp., Flash Amount, Dyn Range Comp, SnapFocusDist., Effect||
2: Dyn Range Comp
3: Expo. Metering
4: Aspect Ratio
|Direct ISO control||ADJ. Direct ISO Control||Off, On||Off||On|
(Up-Down Dial, ADJ. Lever)
|M/TAv mode||M/TAv Mode Dial Setting||Setting1: Aperture on up-down wheel, shutter speed on ADJ. lever;
Setting 2: vice versa
|Playback mode||Playback Mode Dial Options||Setting1: Magnify on up-down wheel, Enlarge Next/Prev on
Setting 2: Scroll image up/down on up-down wheel, Scroll image left/right on ADJ. lever
|Function Buttons||Fn1 button (direction wheel: left)||Set Fn1 button||Off, 28/35/47 mm (Crop), MultiAF/SpotAF, MultiAF/PinpointAF, AF/MF, AF/Snap, AF/Subject Trckng, JPEG>RAW, JPEG>RAW+, ND Filter, Effect, FA/Move Target, ISO, Picture Size, Aspect Ratio, Focus, SnapFocusDist., Image, Expo. Metering, Cont. mode, Multi Exposure, Auto Bracket, Flash Comp., Flash Amount., Dyn Range Comp, Self-timer, Frame Rate (Movies)||FA/Move Target||SnapFocusDist. or FA/Move Target**|
|Fn2 (Self-timer)||Set Fn2 button||Self-timer||AF/MF**|
|Effect Button (Effect)||Effect Button Setting||Effect||28/35/47 mm **|
|AF Button, AF Function Switching Lever||Locking exposure, distance or both||AEL/AFL Setting||AFL, AEL+AFL, AEL||AFL||AFL**|
|C-AF Continuous Setting||Off, AF Priority, Shutter Priority||Off||Off|
|Button behavior (press = on, or toggle)||AEL/AFL Lock Keep Setting||Off (press to keep lock), On (toggle)||Off||On|
|AFL Focus Settings*||Multi AF, Spot AF, Pinpoint AF||Spot AF||Spot AF|
|Shutter Button||Mode change in M mode||One Press M Mode||Aperture Priority, Shttr Priority, Program||Aperture Priority||Aperture Priority|
|Confirmation of settings||Shutter Button Confirmation*||Off, On (shutter confirms settings)||Off||On|
Note that Ricoh's capitalization of function names in the menus is not consistent.
The options that can be assigned to the five ADJ. lever positions and to the three function buttons are different from all the other options, because they themselves contain various options. For example, "Focus" offers the options Multi AF, Spot AF, Pinpoint AF, Subject-Tracking AF, MF (manual focus), Snap focus, and infinity.
*) Added through firmware updates; **) May change over time...
If you turn the mode dial to the green camera symbol, you set the camera to auto shooting mode, for auto mode for short. In this mode, a lot of settings are preconfigured for the photographer who wants it quick and easy - or want to put the camera in the hands of someone else... Pictures are taken with the following settings:
The settings cannot be changed for the above functions. Note that two functions are only available in auto mode: auto macro and face recognition priority AF.
On this page, I more or less describe the "mechanics" of the configuration options for the Ricoh GR. For ways of using them, I would like to point you to some place on the Web where this topic is dealt with (see links below).
In the table above, I also list my current configuration, but do not take that too seriously. This may change over time and according to my needs and habits - and I may forget to update my preferred settings here...
The Ricoh GR is a highly customizable camera, and it satisfies most of my needs. In many ways, it is even too configurable, and I may forget what I actually configured. But in that case, I can go into the "Key Custom Options" Menu and find out what I have configured...