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Today, Ricoh is announcing an update to what may possibly be the best point and shoot digital camera ever made. The Ricoh GR II is an update to the original Ricoh GR and adds WiFi Integration, NFC, and uses a 16.2MP APS-C sensor along with a 28mm f2.8 equivalent lens. We’re not sure if it the same sensor as the original, but we’re sure they wouldn’t do that. Otherwise, the camera seems to be very much the same as the original–which may start to show its age very soon compared to what Canon, Sony and Fujifilm are delivering these days.

The Ricoh GR II has autofocus performance enhancements and boasts AF confirmation as quick as 0.2 seconds. The camera can also wirelessly control the Pentax flashes available on the market.

When it drops in July, you can get it for $799.95 from B&H Photo or Adorama. More photos are after the jump.

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All images by Chris Voss. Used with permission.

Photographer Chris Voss moved to Brooklyn from Oakland, CA in 2013 to pursue his dream of shooting in the streets and spaces of NYC. Of course, the city houses some of the best street photographers in the industry–and so the inspiration comes from them. But Chris’s love for photography started when he developed a roll of film that was shot during his birth. He uses exclusively point and shoot film cameras including the Yashica T3 or anything that is not broken at the time.

After getting the film developed, he shares the images to Instagram. His images bring out an NYC that you don’t see much; but is always there.

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All images and text in this story by Beat Belmont. Original concept by the Phoblographer.

I got into photography because of a camera. In late 2012, I saw a Yashica Electro 35 ME on a Swiss auction-website and just wanted it. I didn’t know much about cameras, photography or film. But I thought it could be interesting to go a different way than everybody around me who came back from vacations with a thousand jpegs, only to let them rot on a hard drive.

I got the camera, ran a few rolls through it, had fun and then GAS kicked in. I had just begun to earn some money from newspaper-internships during my journalism-studies. Over the next year I bought about ten different cameras. I didn’t need them, but I still used all of them. For me, that’s one of the amazing aspects of shooting film nowadays – you can pick up all sorts of interesting cameras for a fraction of their original price and they click away just like new ones.

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The point-and-shoot space is alive and well, at least with Canon on the scene. The company is set to release two new cameras in its SX and ELPH lines. The SX is Canon’s superzoom line, and the ELPH is Canon’s basic point-and-shoot line.

The new superzoom is the SX410 IS, which sports 40x optical zoom and built-in image stabilization. It packs a 20 MP CCD sensor, and it weighs just 11.5 oz. While it can’t fit in your pocket, it’ll fit in your bag and barely add any weight. It has creative filters to add some versatility to your image making, and it has 720p HD video capability.

It’ll arrive in red and black in March 2015 for $279.00.

The new point-and-shoot is the ELPH 350 HS. This camera has a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and 12x optical zoom. The 350 HS’s ISO range tops out at 3200, and it has built-in wi-fi to facilitate sharing to your favorite platforms. It also has NFC, which will work with some Android devices. Unlike the SX410 IS, the ELPH 350 HS has 1080p HD video.

It’ll arrive in black and silver in March 2015 for $209.00.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Heavy Leather Classic Strap review images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.5

The pro camera: it’s a moniker used often to distinguish one camera from another. There are devices designed and targeted at enthusiasts, semi-professionals, hobbyists, and of course–professionals. Many of the cameras targeted at the pros are much more expensive and bring with them a host of crazy features that you’ll probably never use but that companies have decided to pack into the cameras as a way to sell them. It works, and it’s not at all like we’re bashing the exemplary products that lead the way on innovation in the photo world.

But the idea of a professional camera is a myth.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 first impressions product photos (6 of 7)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve spent long, countless hours reviewing lots of photo gear this year. And we’ve spent time compiling lists of the best gear. Yes, we know that it’s the photographer who ultimately creates the images, and we’ve had that in mind the entire time that we wrote this list. There’s something for everyone here: the pro, the enthusiast, the semi-pro and the beginner in our roundup of the best photo gear.

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