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Posted in good design, GR1s, things we like, tools of the trade by hemmant jha on June 1, 2009

Brilliant!

This image shows in plain view [or skillfully concealed, depends how you look at it] a brilliant, brilliant design feature that separates this compact camera from any others I’ve used or handled. This smart little idea makes this camera an excellent single-handed street shooter, and clearly shows that this machine was designed by people who understand cameras, photography and the process of taking pictures. What is this feature?

The first correct answer gets a prize of our choice – it’ll be something good.

Update : we have a winner! [check out the responses here]

thinkmore Ricoh GR1S 001A

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  1. Tauseef said, on June 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Is it the battery cover? Seems to show some kind of open/close method unlike any I’ve ever seen on a camera – I remember breaking the battery cover on my first (cheap) camera so I guess it’ll be useful to have something a little more sturdy that doesn’t open when your thumb’s on it.

  2. hemmant jha said, on June 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

    hello Tauseef, I’m afraid that’s not it…this kind of battery cover was a pretty standard thing when a lot of cameras used CR2 batteries, which were cylindrical and not flat like most modern cameras [digital cameras anyway]. High marks for trying…no prize, unfortunately.

  3. joshua wentz said, on June 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Is it that the tripod screw hole is off-center? If not, I’m totally stumped!

  4. hemmant jha said, on June 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    no, not that either…

  5. John said, on June 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    looks like it has a grove on the bottom to make it easier to hold for all the crazy angles one comes across when street shooting

  6. Erin said, on June 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Is it that the cord strap is attached at the bottom, preventing it from getting in the way of the lens?

  7. hemmant jha said, on June 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!

    John, you’re right – it is the shallow groove / trough on the bottom which makes single handed operation possible for all the ‘crazy angles’ involved in street shooting. The groove is just long enough that either the thumb or forefinger [or other fingers] locks into it depending on how the camera is held.

    Most importantly, it allows one to shoot discreetly, without having attention drawn to what would otherwise be a classic two-handed photographer / tourist stance. And it works beautifully with the Ricoh, which is pretty plain looking anyway.

  8. hemmant jha said, on June 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Erin, I’m afraid that’s not it…

  9. 190 « thinkmore said, on July 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    […] coming weeks, we will publish detailed examinations of each object, much as we’ve done here, here and here. More object examinations can be found under the ‘tools of the trade’ category […]


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